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The power of the Format Date function and how to use it for shortcuts using time of day or sunrise/sunset (part 2)

This is part two of the power of the Format Date function, and it will build on what we looked at in part 1. We’ll look at how we can utilize the Format Date function for use with the sunrise and sunset. In part three we’ll look at using this technique with offsets (for example if …

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The power of the Format Date function and how to use it for shortcuts using time of day or sunrise/sunset (part 1)

In this post I want to spotlight the Format Date function, which is very useful and makes using time in shortcuts a breeze. I’ll explain how you can use it with a shortcut example. What is the Format Date function? 🤔 The Format Date function formats date values as the name implies. However, it also …

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Building a shortcut using conditionals with sunrise minus one hour, time of day and room brightness

Keith, a reader of this blog, had a rather interesting problem he was trying to solve, and as I was taking a look at it, I thought the solution could help many with how to break down a trickier problem into smaller bits. What do we want to do? Use a Hue Motion Sensor to …

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How to use a motion sensor to turn your lights off with HomeKit (but giving you a warning first) – More advanced version

In this post, we’ll have a look at how we can use a motion sensor to turn your lights off with HomeKit, but not before giving you a warning before doing so. I suggest that you start by looking at an earlier post about how to use a motion sensor to turn on and off …

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How to use a motion sensor to turn on and off your lights with HomeKit

Using motion sensors to turn your lights on and off is both comfortable and can help you save energy. This works best for areas in the home where you pass through, or rooms where you are not perfectly still for a longer period of time. We’ve got a small kitchen that is mostly used for …

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How to use time of day as a parameter when writing HomeKit shortcuts (part 2)

In part two we’ll look at a more advanced example of using time of day as a parameter when writing a HomeKit shortcut. You can find part 1 here. If you need a more in-depth explanation on how to get started, please check the first Do more with the Hue Dimmer Switch (or any switch) …

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How to use time of day as a parameter when writing HomeKit shortcuts (part 1)

Using time of day as a parameter might be useful for determining the brightness or color of your lights to be used when turning on your lights. Perhaps you want a higher brightness level in the middle of the day, and a softer warmer light in the evening. This isn’t as straightforward to do in …

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Hue Dimmer Switch: Make a button toggle between different predetermined levels of brightness

Do more with the Hue Dimmer Switch (or any switch) in HomeKit! This is the second of many tips about how you can get more out of your Hue Dimmer Switch. I’m going to talk about the Hue Dimmer Switch, but this is true for any HomeKit compatible light switch. If you can set it …

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Hue Dimmer Switch: Use each button as a toggle for a specific light

Do more with the Hue Dimmer Switch (or any switch) in HomeKit! This will be the first of many tips about how you can get more out of your Hue Dimmer Switch. I’m going to talk about the Hue Dimmer Switch, but this is true for any HomeKit compatible light switch. If you can set …

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