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This guide shows how to control your blinds, shutters, curtains or awnings based on environmental conditions such as the current weather, ambient temperature and light levels.
We will be using a Fibaro Home Center Lite Z-Wave Controller with the Fibaro Roller Shutter 2 connected to provide control of a Somfy Sonesse 40WT blind as the basis for the guide, but the principles can be applied to other motor control devices.
Before beginning, it is assumed that you have a fully functioning device controlling your blinds, shutters, curtains or awnings!
VERA Blind control device
For more details on controlling Somfy Blinds, please see our previous Application Notes:
For the ambient temperature input side of the logic, you could use a Z-Wave.me Dry Contact / Temperature sensor or a Fibaro Universal Door & Window Sensor with the optional DS18B20 Digital Thermometer.
In our test case, we are using a Fibaro Motion Sensor to provide both the temperature and light level from one sensor:
Fibaro Motion Sensor
We will also be using the built in "Weather Conditions" support that the Fibaro Home Center offers:
Fibaro Home Center Weather
In order for the Fibaro Home Center Weather feature to provide accurate current conditions and future forecasts, it's important to make sure that your location is configured correctly.
Fibaro Home Center Location
The Scene that we will be adding is relatively simple.
It uses several conditions that are "ANDED" together so that if "ALL" of the conditions are true, our Scene will run!
Fibaro Home Center Add Scene
Fibaro Home Center Configure Scene Logic
Fibaro Home Center Scene
Fibaro Home Center should now constantly check the conditions we entered and will close the blind automatically when those conditions are met :-)
Fibaro Home Center
Note: The keen eyed will have spotted that the Scene we implemented only "closes" the blind - it is left as an excercise for you to complete the logic to "open" the blind!
We hope that you've found this application note useful!