A scene is a series of actions from your devices that take place as a result of one command. The command might be initiated by you, or it might be initiated automatically, either by the time of day or by other conditions.
As an example of a scene that you manually command, you can create one-touch scenes that can control temperature or lighting in your house when you're away at work. As an example of an automated scene, your thermostat might turn itself down at a given time of day, or automatically any time there's bright light in the room that's picked up by a daylight sensor.
Note: A scene usually encompasses multiple devices at one time, though it doesn't have to. You can have a scene that controls or monitors only a single device.
To create a scene, go to the Dashboard and click Automation. You'll see a set of submenus that let you define the specifics of the scene.
Now click New scene. You'll be taken to a page as shown below that displays your devices and lets you decide what each of them will do (or not do) during your scene. By default, you'll see all the devices in your setup when you begin to create a scene, but a submenu lets you look at devices by specific type as well -- Lights, Climate, Sensors, etc.
Note: Some devices from different manufacturers may fall into a different category than you expect.
Let's create a scene that leaves the lights on downstairs after you've gone to bed, so that someone coming home later has light to arrive by. Start by giving the scene a name -- simply type in whatever you want to call the scene. For our purposes, we'll call it Late Arrival.
For this scene, we'll use two lights that light up the home's entry hallway, and set them to dim illumination -- use the slider to change the dim level. Since you're expecting this late night arrival, you don't want the motion sensor to set off any alarms, so for this scene we will set our motion sensor to "Bypass." In this setup, there's also a SmartSwitch energy monitor, and it's nice to keep tabs on your energy consumption, so this will be left on.
You'll notice two more optional selections you can make at the top of the screen via a drop-down menu. The first is to build in a time delay into the scene. For this example, we could dim one of the lights first, and have the second one dim at a later time. We'll discuss this optional feature further in our Advanced Settings.
The second optional selection lets you assign the scene to a room. Click the drop-down menu for rooms and select the one that this scene takes place in (or controls).
Note: If you hover your mouse over the question mark icons an explanation will appear for these two options.
When the scene is set up the way you want it, click the Confirm Changes button to the right of your Dashboard. This will ensure that both the Dashboard and the devices in your scene understand the scene. When you're satisfied with your scene, be sure to click the Save button at the top of the Dashboard screen.
Note: Always remember to save your scene after you're done creating or modifying it and confirming the changes. The save button is on the upper right of your screen.
Now that you've created a scene, let's decide what it is that will make that scene happen. As previously stated you can "run" a scene by pressing a button. But you can also have scenes run themselves. What makes them go off is a trigger -- an event that sets off another event -- or a schedule that you set the time for. Let's explore those now.
NEXT: Triggering Scenes