How the 'Schedule' automation works
A major benefit of the schedule automation, is that you can save lots of time adding individual timers. It works great for any devices that you would normally create more than one timer for. It works in the same way a timer does (requiring a set time and an action), but it enables you to see each action at different times, all in one place.
Here are some ideas for using the schedule:
- Automating the heating throughout the week
- Simulating occupancy by turning on lights to make it seem like someone's home
- Switching the outside lights on every night and turning off in the morning
- Turning off devices/appliances in the evening to restrict use
The example below shows you how to do this for a thermostat to control the heating throughout the week, however you can follow the same procedure for other Lightwave devices.
1. Select the green '+' icon at the bottom of your screen and choose the 'Automation' icon.
2. Select 'Schedule'.
3. Select a device that you would like to create a schedule for. Here, we are choosing the thermostat.
4. When the device is selected, the app will ask what function you would like that device to perform. Some device have multiple functions - in this case we will be choosing 'Target' as the state of our thermostat will always be on. Hit 'Done' when all actions are ticked.
5. The '1' indicated next to the device shows us that we have chosen one action from that device. Hit 'Next' to continue.
6. From this screen we can see all the different days of the week. If preferred, you can choose individual days by selecting the letter in the circle that corresponds to that day. When the circle is filled in with green, the app is showing all events under that day. Select the 'Add Event' tile when the desired day is selected.
7. An event could be considered like a schedule block, such as morning or evening. Selecting 'Set Start Time' will allow you to set the time at which you event should start.
8. Select either the 'Time', 'Dusk' or 'Dawn' option. Tapping on the 'Time' tile will give you the option to scroll through and select your time. If you would like 'Dawn' or 'Dusk', these can be chosen instead, but you can also set a time before/after dusk/dawn to suit your needs. Here we have chosen 30 minutes after dawn. Hit 'Set' and then 'Done' when finished here.
9. The start time has been added and now the target temperature needs to be changed from the default of 10 degrees. Tap on 'Set Target to' to change this.
10. Drag the orange bar up and down or use the '+' and '-' to adjust. Select 'Save' in the top right to proceed.
11. Select 'Set End Time' to choose a time that you would like the heating to turn down.
12. Select either the 'Time', 'Dusk' or 'Dawn' option again. Here we have chosen 'Time' as we would like to set a specific time for our heating to turn off. Hit 'Confirm' when scrolled through to your desired time, followed by 'Done' in the top right.
13. The target temperature for our end time is already at 10 degrees, but you can change this the same way by tapping on 'Set Target to' on the tile to the right. Select 'Done' to finish creating this event.
14. Now our morning event is made, we shall add the evening schedule block next. Same as before, select 'Add Event'.
15. Either 'Time', 'Dawn' or 'Dusk' can be chosen but for this example, we want the heating come on at exactly dusk. Select 'Done' in the top right when you have chosen your second event start time.
16. Select 'Set Target to' on the left side to adjust the start time target temperature for this event.
17. Drag the orange bar up and down or use the '+' and '-' to adjust. Select 'Save' in the top right to proceed.
18. Select 'Set End Time' to choose a time that the event should end.
19. Choose your end time and tap 'Confirm' and then 'Done'. As this is our heating schedule, we will be having 22:00 as the time when the heating turns down.
20. Like before, select 'Set Target to' on the right side tile to adjust the target temperature.
21. Choose a desired target temperature. As in this example, this event is going to be the last one in the day so what we set here is going to determine the target temperature of the thermostat throughout the night and until the target is changed by the user, or when the next event comes (following morning). Hit 'Save' when finished.
22. Ensure the event looks ok and select 'Done' to complete the event setup.
23. We can see both of the events we have made. More can be added but these would need to be earlier in the day. If you would like the schedule on this day to be the same as others, selecting 'Copy Events' will allow you to copy the event to other days in the week. If other days vary then you can add an event to that day if required.
24. Select all days that you would like this event to run on by switching the tab to green on the corresponding day. Tap 'Done' to finish and return to the event summary screen.
25. By going into each day, you will see that the events that you have just made are also in the other days. This can help by saving lots of time. Select 'Next' when finished adding events.
26. Provide a name for the schedule you have just created. If you would like this schedule to be applied to other devices on your app, you can switch the tab to green next to them. Be aware that only devices that use the same actions will appear. If we were looking to apply this to TRVs as well, if we had TRVs on the app, they would appear. Likewise if the schedule was for power devices, we would have the option to apply the same schedule to other power devices as they have the same functions (on/off/lock).
Select 'Done' to finish creating your schedule.
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