Home Automation

Welcome to The Automation Place.

I wanted to document flows and automations that interest me, heavily based on Node-RED. When I was first learning Node-RED, I noticed a lack of practical examples so I thought I’d share mine.

I’ve been doing a lot of work on setting up a Node-RED based security system. This page gets the most traffic, so it seems that people are interested. I will continue to improve upon it as I learn more about Node-RED. I will also be sharing my automations that I use to manage this alarm system.

Below are the most recent posts but if you want to browse them all, they can be found here.

  • Time based automations, with Node-RED

    October 30, 2019 by

    Time based flows are probably the easiest to do. In this example, you can see that I’m using an inject node set to trigger at 8pm to set my Ecobee thermostat to 73*. The same with setting the alarm, turning lights on and off, etc. Setting up something to trigger at a specific time is… Read more

  • Using the “stoptimer” node, in Node-RED

    October 24, 2019 by

    The stoptimer node has two functions. It refreshes the timer whenever it receives a new message, which is useful for motion automations; and it can start a timer when something happens, and stop the timer if something else happens. They are very useful in motion lighting automations. In the flow screenshot above, when the kitchen… Read more

  • Better notifications with Telegram and Node-RED.

    October 23, 2019 by

    Previously, I made a post about setting up a Telegram bot with Node-RED and sending notifications using a call service node. This works great for basic notifications, although it doesn’t handle any of the custom formatting that Telegram supports, or the logging that can be kept. To get better notifications, we’ll want to have everything… Read more

  • Zooz ZSE40 Z-Wave Plus sensor with Home Assistant and Node-RED

    October 19, 2019 by

    The Zooz Z-Wave Plus 4-in-1 Sensor ZSE40 has become my go-to and I’ve replaced all of the other motion sensors in my home with them. They are fast, super cheap and can be mounted on the ceiling (which is my preference), corner mounted or mounted on the wall. These things are great. The Smartest House… Read more

  • Sending picture notifications, with Node-RED and Telegram

    October 12, 2019 by

    I have a SkyBell HD doorbell, and it sends notifications to my wife and I with the SkyBell app when it detects motion or the doorbell button is pressed. It works well enough, but it’s another separate app sending separate notifications. The entire point of automation is to make life easier, so let’s see about… Read more

  • Location based automations, with Node-RED.

    October 7, 2019 by

    Location based automations are a great way for your house to respond to your presence. Set your thermostat, alarm, and lights depending on whether you are home or not. I do this using trigger state nodes. This nodes considers an entity’s current and previous state and passes on the message. We’re going to use it… Read more

  • Node-RED and Telegram

    October 3, 2019 by

    If you already have a Telegram bot setup in Node-RED, see my post, Better notifications with Telegram and Node-RED to send notifications with Telegram formatting and logging. In my humble opinion, Telegram is probably the best way to send and receive notifications from Home Assistant. You can create groups for everyone in your house, you can… Read more

  • Working with motion flows in Node-RED

    October 3, 2019 by

    Motion automations are some of my favorites. I’ve noticed a lot of questions across the internet about how to set them up, so I’ll do a few simple ones to help others get started. Motion activated light.Super simple. Grab an “events: state” node , and a “call service” node . Configure the events state node… Read more

  • Node-RED + Home Assistant Security System

    October 2, 2019 by

    In this post, I will show how I setup my home security system. Setup this way, it is a manual system, and will need to be manually armed and disarmed. I will share how I’ve automated the system in later posts, that will be linked here. My last two houses were smart homes. SmartThings was… Read more

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