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    Default Automation and dimming of outside lighting

    ok here goes, I have on the outside of my house a front wall light, x2 small lighting bollards at the entrance of my drive way and x2 down slots in my facias.
    There are all controlled by a sangamo solar time clock in my loft.
    The lamps in the light fittings are all dimmable LEDís but what I want to do is design a system when the lights go on when itís dusk and then all dim down to about 25% at say 10:30pm then off at midnight.
    I know I could possibly use a domestic dimmer switch which goes into circuit at that 10:30pm time and possibly use some kind of relay but unsure how.
    Any help would greatly be appreciated Thank you .

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    Not 100% sure but this may help, or at least give you some more ideas.

    Have a look at Fibaro dimmers for the switch.

    If you have SmartThings, a Z-Wave controller or an Echo plus these can be used as the controller.

    Programme a routine into the controller that comes on at dusk, dims at 10:30 & off at 12.

    Do you also want to increase the brightness if you detect movement between 10:30 and 12? Do you wan the lights to come on after 12 if they detect movement?


    Frank

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    Proberbly looking for the correct relay to do this

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