Lua

Somfy TaHoma Home Center 3 integration

💡 A new version of this Somfy TaHoma Quick App is released and available via JDK Benelux. The Quick App is re-written from the ground up and uses the official...

Ventus W830 Quick App for FIBARO Home Center 3

The Ventus W830 (and Alecto WS5500) weather stations can be configured to send weather data to a local server. To add the weather station to the Home Center 3 you...

FIBARO Home Center 3 Energy Panel explained!

The FIBARO Energy Panel had a big update in firmware 5.093. I’ll show you how it gives you insight in your home energy usage and what is needed to fully...

Sonos Group Controller Quick App

In this article I show you how to use my Sonos Group Controller Quick App to control your Sonos System with Home Center 3 Lua scenes. If you know how...

Intelligent RoboRock automation with Home Center 3

In 2018, I automated the vacuuming by our Roborock vacuum cleaner in such a way that if no one was home during the day, it automatically started vacuuming. If we...

Advanced Quick App development with Tiny Quick App Emulator

Why install an IDE if the HC3 has an online editor? The code editor embedded in the HC3 web interface is great. It has code completion and is very fast....

Wake up relaxed and energized in your smarthome...

Today I’ll show you how you can conveniently ensure that your Sonos speaker automatically starts playing in your home office during the week and your favorite music starts playing from...

How do I start a Quick App function with the HC3 REST API?

There was some fuzz in the forums that no more parameters could be sent to LUA scenes using the HTTP REST API of the Home Center 3.

Let Sonos wake you up with your favorite music and soft home lights!

Almost two years ago I wrote an article about my advanced wake-up routine. In this Fibaro Home Center 2 LUA scene I use the Philips Hue API to retrieve the...

The Button: Lua code samples to use with Home Center 2

Sometimes I want to manually push a switch to turn on a device or simply run a light scene. Sometimes manual operation is faster than automation. The first Fibaro Button...

Intelligent rain detection for your Gardena robotic lawnmower

The Gardena SILENO Robotic Lawnmowers have no rain sensor, they just work in the rain. Amazing technology but when there is a rainstorm it’s safer to park the mower. I...

Garden irrigation: One-click watering with predefined time-out

With Fibaro Home Center 2 I can use the Sprinkler Panel to fully automate my garden watering with no effort. But sometimes I don’t want to fully automate something. For...

Hibernate your home with an advanced Home Center 2 scene to automatically turn off all lights (and save state)

After I build reliable presence detection I wanted to automatically turn off the lights when nobody is at home. I though it would be nice if the controller remembers the...

Presence detection with Unifi, Node-RED and Home Center 2

To my experience is presence detection with use of geofencing unreliable. Therefore I searched for an other rock solid solution to check the presence of our smartphone’s. I started with...

Advanced wake-up routine wake-up with Home Center 2 and Philips Hue

In our bedroom we integrated a Philips Hue lightstrip in the ceiling and use this with the Philips Hue app as a wake-up light. It beautifully fakes a sunrise in...

Scene

Synchronize your window coverings with the sun's movement

Knowing the sun’s position, you can automatically adjust your blinds based on the time of the year. This method of automation does not only enhances indoor comfort but also helps...

FIBARO smart energy management

In the Netherlands we are using more and more electrical energy sources for our devices and heating in our home’s. We are also increasingly driving electric cars. Last year, 114,000...

How to dim lights based on the ambient light intensity

The standard behavior of motion sensors is that they only trigger an event when somebody is entering the room. In this blog I show you how to turn on the...

Home Connect for FIBARO Home Center 3

Preheat your oven when you arrive at home. Or save energy by automatically start your washing machine when your solar panels produce enough energy.

HC3 Lua scenes part 5: How to do a simple HTTP request

Sometimes you want to do a simple HTTP request from a Lua scene on your Home Center 3 to interact with a local device (like an Raspberry or Arduino project)...

HC3 Lua scenes part 4: setTimeOut vs Sleep explained

The hub.setTimeOut() function has many uses. It can be used to allow a task to wait a fixed time before performing an action. Like polling every minute for new data....

HC3 Lua scenes part 3: sourceTrigger explained

The Home Center 3 Lua engine comes with a special variable called sourceTrigger. You can use the sourceTrigger variable to make your scenes react differently based on different trigger parameters....

HC3 Lua scenes part 2: Variables explained

Variables are very powerful when programming Lua scenes and building Quick Apps with the Home Center 3. In this blog I explain the different types of variables that are available...

HC3 Lua scenes part 1: Conditions explained

How Lua conditions work is very well documented on the FIBARO manuals website. But despite that I still get a lot of questions about this topic in writing Lua scenes....

RITUALS The Perfume Genie Quick App for HC3

You can use home fragrances to enrich the atmosphere at home to achieve a personal atmosphere, but these aren’t smart and this blog is about smart homes. Therefore I created...

Sonos bedtime scene with sleep timer for the Home Center 3

To make sure you don’t have to use your smartphone before going to bed I’ll show you how to use the power of your Home Center 3 and Sonos system...

Top 3 Z-Wave smoke detectors to easily make safety scenes (with examples)

By installing a smart smoke detector, you can integrate it with your other smart devices in your home. In the event of a fire you can automatically open the shutters...

How do I send an HTTP request from a Lua scene with the Home Center 3?

There are several smart home hubs and devices on the market and you can often connect them via an REST API. This API communication works via the HTTP (Internet) protocol...

How do you create intelligent light scenes with Lua on your Home Center 3?

Many automations can be programmed much more flexibly and efficiently in Lua instead of block scenes.

Advanced Presence Simulation with FIBARO Home Center 3

Did you know that burglars usually avoid homes where someone is present? Because the chance of being discovered is of course very high. A smart home equipped with presence simulation...

Interactive alarm activation scene for Home Center 3

In addition to my previous blog about installing a HC3 alarm system I wrote a smart alarm activation scene to arm the HC3 alarm with a RFID reader, keyfob or...

Build an alarm system with your Home Center 3

With the Home Center 3 (HC3) it is possible to configure a smart alarm system with the connected Z-Wave sensors. The advantage is that you can use the sensors not...

Somfy TaHoma Home Center 3 integration

💡 A new version of this Somfy TaHoma Quick App is released and available via JDK Benelux. The Quick App is re-written from the ground up and uses the official...

Ventus W830 Quick App for FIBARO Home Center 3

The Ventus W830 (and Alecto WS5500) weather stations can be configured to send weather data to a local server. To add the weather station to the Home Center 3 you...

Sonos Group Controller Quick App

In this article I show you how to use my Sonos Group Controller Quick App to control your Sonos System with Home Center 3 Lua scenes. If you know how...

Intelligent RoboRock automation with Home Center 3

In 2018, I automated the vacuuming by our Roborock vacuum cleaner in such a way that if no one was home during the day, it automatically started vacuuming. If we...

Advanced Quick App development with Tiny Quick App Emulator

Why install an IDE if the HC3 has an online editor? The code editor embedded in the HC3 web interface is great. It has code completion and is very fast....

Wake up relaxed and energized in your smarthome...

Today I’ll show you how you can conveniently ensure that your Sonos speaker automatically starts playing in your home office during the week and your favorite music starts playing from...

Let Sonos wake you up with your favorite music and soft home lights!

Almost two years ago I wrote an article about my advanced wake-up routine. In this Fibaro Home Center 2 LUA scene I use the Philips Hue API to retrieve the...

The Button: Lua code samples to use with Home Center 2

Sometimes I want to manually push a switch to turn on a device or simply run a light scene. Sometimes manual operation is faster than automation. The first Fibaro Button...

Intelligent rain detection for your Gardena robotic lawnmower

The Gardena SILENO Robotic Lawnmowers have no rain sensor, they just work in the rain. Amazing technology but when there is a rainstorm it’s safer to park the mower. I...

Garden irrigation: One-click watering with predefined time-out

With Fibaro Home Center 2 I can use the Sprinkler Panel to fully automate my garden watering with no effort. But sometimes I don’t want to fully automate something. For...

Hibernate your home with an advanced Home Center 2 scene to automatically turn off all lights (and save state)

After I build reliable presence detection I wanted to automatically turn off the lights when nobody is at home. I though it would be nice if the controller remembers the...

Presence detection with Unifi, Node-RED and Home Center 2

To my experience is presence detection with use of geofencing unreliable. Therefore I searched for an other rock solid solution to check the presence of our smartphone’s. I started with...

Advanced wake-up routine wake-up with Home Center 2 and Philips Hue

In our bedroom we integrated a Philips Hue lightstrip in the ceiling and use this with the Philips Hue app as a wake-up light. It beautifully fakes a sunrise in...

Linux

See people at your door with Ring Doorbell and Home Center 2

The Ring Video Doorbell API is closed. So it is very difficult to integrate the doorbell into other systems. Also it is not possible to get a snapshot of the...

Python

See people at your door with Ring Doorbell and Home Center 2

The Ring Video Doorbell API is closed. So it is very difficult to integrate the doorbell into other systems. Also it is not possible to get a snapshot of the...

Virtual Device

Intelligent rain detection for your Gardena robotic lawnmower

The Gardena SILENO Robotic Lawnmowers have no rain sensor, they just work in the rain. Amazing technology but when there is a rainstorm it’s safer to park the mower. I...

Garden irrigation: One-click watering with predefined time-out

With Fibaro Home Center 2 I can use the Sprinkler Panel to fully automate my garden watering with no effort. But sometimes I don’t want to fully automate something. For...

Windows 10

Windows 10 Fibaro Home Center 2 and 3 app

While working from home for eight months now I wanted to toggle a light or run a scene from my Windows 10 laptop. After some Googling I didn’t find an...

Windows 11

Windows 10 Fibaro Home Center 2 and 3 app

While working from home for eight months now I wanted to toggle a light or run a scene from my Windows 10 laptop. After some Googling I didn’t find an...

Quick App

New Quick App GUI elements for the FIBARO Home Center 3

With system update 5.1.50 FIBARO introduced some new GUI elements for Quick Apps in the HC3. In this blog I’ll show you how they work and how you can control...

Home Connect for FIBARO Home Center 3

Preheat your oven when you arrive at home. Or save energy by automatically start your washing machine when your solar panels produce enough energy.

RITUALS The Perfume Genie Quick App for HC3

You can use home fragrances to enrich the atmosphere at home to achieve a personal atmosphere, but these aren’t smart and this blog is about smart homes. Therefore I created...

Sonos bedtime scene with sleep timer for the Home Center 3

To make sure you don’t have to use your smartphone before going to bed I’ll show you how to use the power of your Home Center 3 and Sonos system...

How do I send an HTTP request from a Lua scene with the Home Center 3?

There are several smart home hubs and devices on the market and you can often connect them via an REST API. This API communication works via the HTTP (Internet) protocol...

How do you create intelligent light scenes with Lua on your Home Center 3?

Many automations can be programmed much more flexibly and efficiently in Lua instead of block scenes.

Somfy TaHoma Home Center 3 integration

💡 A new version of this Somfy TaHoma Quick App is released and available via JDK Benelux. The Quick App is re-written from the ground up and uses the official...

Ventus W830 Quick App for FIBARO Home Center 3

The Ventus W830 (and Alecto WS5500) weather stations can be configured to send weather data to a local server. To add the weather station to the Home Center 3 you...

FIBARO Home Center 3 Energy Panel explained!

The FIBARO Energy Panel had a big update in firmware 5.093. I’ll show you how it gives you insight in your home energy usage and what is needed to fully...

Sonos Group Controller Quick App

In this article I show you how to use my Sonos Group Controller Quick App to control your Sonos System with Home Center 3 Lua scenes. If you know how...

Intelligent RoboRock automation with Home Center 3

In 2018, I automated the vacuuming by our Roborock vacuum cleaner in such a way that if no one was home during the day, it automatically started vacuuming. If we...

Advanced Quick App development with Tiny Quick App Emulator

Why install an IDE if the HC3 has an online editor? The code editor embedded in the HC3 web interface is great. It has code completion and is very fast....

Wake up relaxed and energized in your smarthome...

Today I’ll show you how you can conveniently ensure that your Sonos speaker automatically starts playing in your home office during the week and your favorite music starts playing from...

How do I start a Quick App function with the HC3 REST API?

There was some fuzz in the forums that no more parameters could be sent to LUA scenes using the HTTP REST API of the Home Center 3.

Review

Homey Pro (Early 2023) vs FIBARO HC3

After my experiences with the Homey Bridge, I became curious about the Homey Pro (Early 2023). So I installed the Homey Pro besides my Home Center 3 and recreated parts...

Exclusive Homey Bridge review! Is Homey Cloud secure?

As a FIBARO user and enthusiast I follow Homey on the side-line because they make awesome products and their interfaces are gorgeous. I was eager to try their new Homey...