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Outdoor Illuminance Template Sensor

Phil Bruckner (@pnbruckner) created a terrific outdoor Illuminance sensor component. Unfortunately it seemed that every time he has added support for a new weather service, support for that servic...

Inovelli Red Series Status LED Script Update

This is a follow up to my previous article Inovelli Z-Wave Dimmer Status LED in Home Assistant. If you are interested in the basics of how to use this script to send notification light animations t...

IKEA Trådfri Remote: ZHA Double (and Triple) Click

I recently picked up an IKEA Trådfri Remote to try out. My computer is in the Living Room and I thought it would be nice to have a multi function remote to manage the fan and lights around me. U...

Jekyll Local Testing using Docker on Unraid

This site runs a software called Jekyll It requires a copy of the software to be installed on your local computer to preview the article you are writing. When I started this website I had to insta...

DIY Irrigation Controller: Lovelace User Interface

Irrigation Controller Part 2 While my the Irrigation Controller can be manually started and stopped with physical buttons, the primary user interface was always intended to be built in Lovelace. ...

DIY Irrigation Controller

This project took a long time to put together. There were a lot more frustrations than I expected. At times I had concerns about being able to pull it off. But I am prouder of this accomplishment,...

Inovelli Z-Wave Dimmer Status LED in Home Assistant

Recently I ordered Inovelli (Red Series) Z-Wave Dimmer from Amazon. I primarily got it because for the ability to take actions based on up to 5 taps up (and down). I set it up to toggle one lamp w...

Home Assistant Template Macros: Date and Time

Over time I have created a large library of date and time manipulation code which are used in my automations and scripts. I plan to update this post with the snippets as I add to my library. Date ...

Voice Event Reminders with a User Interface

Some of my favorite “quality of life” automations are: 1.) an LED strip that turns on when anyone enters the kitchen, 2.) bedside lights that help us wake up in the morning, and 3.) Alexa voice ale...

Wife Approval Factor (WAF) Crisis

How to stop accepting flaky components, and start replacing them A few months ago I posted a message in the Home Assistant Community outlining the problems that were driving down the acceptance of...