Honeywell Home Tuxedo: Local Scenes Using Sunrise & Sunset

Honeywell Home Tuxedo: Local Scenes Using Sunrise & Sunset

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In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows you how to set a local smart scene using sunrise or sunset as a trigger on a Honeywell Tuxedo Keypad Z-Wave Controller. Being able to create smart scenes with time-based triggers of your local sunrise or sunset is only possible when building the scene locally at the Tuxedo Keypad. If you try to make the smart scene remotely through Total Connect 2.0, then sunrise and sunset trigger options will not be available. This makes the local scenes slightly more valuable, and you may want to save some for use with sunrise or sunset triggers. For reference, the Tuxedo Keypad supports ten (10) local scenes and twenty (20) remote smart scenes through Total Connect 2.0.

A smart scene will have one or more predetermined actions occur automatically when a trigger takes place. The trigger could be something like arming or disarming the system or faulting a certain sensor on the system. You can even set a condition that will tell the smart scene to only go through if a certain prerequisite is validated when the trigger occurs. For example, you might have a smart scene that occurs at sunrise or sunset, but only if your system is in a disarmed state. In other words, in that hypothetical example, even if a time-based trigger of the sunrise time or sunset time occurred, the smart scene wouldn't occur if the system was armed away or armed stay based on the optional condition that was set.


Hi, DIYers. This is Michael, from Alarm Grid. And today I'm going to be showing you local sunrise and sunset triggers on a Tuxedo keypad, because the Tuxedo is a Z-wave controller, and you can use it to create smart scenes, to have your Z-wave devices activate automatically when there's a schedule or with certain predetermined system events. And one trigger that you can use-- it's time-based-- it's sunrise and sunset. So I'm going to be showing you today how you would create a scene that you might use for coming home to have your lights on, so that they're already on when you get home, so that way you can get into your driveway safely and whatnot. And we'll set a condition, so that way it only happens when the system is armed away. So that way your system's still armed, and you're not home yet, and you have the scene go into effect. So we are at the main screen of our Tuxedo here. And we're going to choose Devices. And you see we have some living room lights and we have a porch light already set up with the Tuxedo. So we're going to be using those in our scene today. So if I choose the Scene button at the bottom, then you see we have local and remote scenes. Now, I want to point out, you can only do the sunrise and sunset triggers when you do local scenes. You can't do it remote scenes through total connect. So you have 10 local scenes and 20 remote scenes. But you only get the 10 local scenes in this case. And one thing I do want to point out-- I'm going to go back to the main screen here-- I want to show you the-- where you get the weather forecast. That's where it's going to get the sunrise and sunset time, in the upper right corner of the main screen. So you see we have a sunset time-- that's 7:46 military time. And then the sunrise today is 6:54. You see we have our zip code right there at the bottom. And if you-- it gets this from the network connection, from being connected to the internet. If you lose the internet connection, then the tuxedo will just retain the sunrise and sunset time every single day, when, of course, that's a different time every day. So make sure your Tuxedo is connected with the AlarmNet servers and you have-- that you have the correct zip code set in here, so that way it gets the proper information and it regenerates on a daily basis. Anyway, that aside, let's go back into what we were actually doing. Choose Devices. And then I'll choose Scenes. And this is where I will create the scene. So I'm going to create. I'm going to do Add. And we're going to set a condition-- we're going to set the condition that the system is armed away. So we're going to do Security, and then we'll do Away Secured, and we'll press the check mark button down there. So that's the condition. Now for the trigger, we want it to be sun sets, because we're-- it's nighttime. We're coming home. We'll set it to-- we'll set it every day of the week, just in case maybe we're out on a Saturday or Sunday, doing some shopping or something. And so we're going to do start time. And we're going to sunset, right there, sunset. Then we'll do yes. And so we'll press the check mark down there. OK, and now we're going to choose Actions. So we're going to do two actions. We're going to-- we could just set all the lights on, because those are all the lights we have programmed, but let's say we had other lights, and we didn't necessarily want those to turn on. So we'll set them separately. So we have our porch light that we want to come on, so that way when we're pulling up to the house we can see that the porch light's on, and get on there-- get into our driveway safely. And we'll choose on. And then we're going to press the check mark. And now we're going to another action. This time we'll turn on our living room lights, so that way when we walk into the house our lights are on and we are not bumping all over the place. So I'll choose living room lights and we'll set to on. And that one had a dimmer function, so we could set it to a different level if we wanted to. But we're just going to set it all the way. And we'll do that on. And then we'll press the Save button down there. And you see, we have our scene created. If we wanted to test it we could press the Manual button. But you see, we have it enabled. We definitely keep our scene enabled. And from there we can just return home. So that is how you create a local scene using sunrise or sunset as a trigger. You have to do it locally. You can't create a remote scene through Total Connect 2.0. This is only for local scenes. And you have 10 of those available, so you should be good to go. So that is how you create a scene using sunrise/sunset triggers. 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