Using Vera UI7 as a Dusk to Dawn Light Controller

This application note shows how to use VERA as a Dusk to Dawn controller to automatically control a light.

Project Aim

The aim of this project is automatically control a light during the night:

  • Use VERA Edge as the central controller and scheduler
  • Light turns On at Dusk (Sunset)
  • Light turns Off at Dawn (Sunrise)
  • The time of Sunset and Sunrise is automatically calculated by VERA - no need to change the times manually

Setting the Scene

This application needs two Scenes to be created:

  • Scene 1 - turns the light On at Sunset
  • Scene 2 - turns the light Off at Sunrise
  • Note: As this application uses VERA's time control, you need to ensure that it's time and location have been correctly configured. For further information take a look at Application Note 118 - Setting Time and Location in Vera Edge

Create Scene 1 - Sunset

Scenes are created and edited in VERA's Scenes Tab. For further information take a look at Application Note 103 - Creating Scenes in VERA UI7

  • Create a Scene with a Daily Schedule to trigger at Sunset

Sunset Trigger


  • Select the Z-Wave device to be turned On by the scene
  • Give the new scene a name and assign it to a room
  • Save the Scene

Scene


Create Scene 2 - Sunrise

To create the second Scene to switch the light Off at Sunrise, follow the same process as above:

  • Create a Scene with a Daily Schedule to trigger at Sunrise
  • Select the Z-Wave device to be turned Off by the scene
  • Give the new scene a name and assign it to a room
  • Save the Scene

We now have two scenes that will control the On and Off times for the light.

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Copyright Vesternet 2015

Updated: 05/11/2015