Users need quick access to the “dashboard” to switch lights on/off. Hunting for a bookmarked web address is fine for testing but is a cumbersome light switch!
Apple puts HomeKit items right into the iOS Control Center pull-down. Other programmable hubs (like Home Assistant) offer an “dashboard app” which gives users 1-click access. These solutions also allow for separation of rights between dashboard users (use a switch) and developer rights (delete a node).
Node Red flows offer great stubs for programming and visualization, but its real-world utility is impaired by no 1-click access point that can be safely shared with house members.
I started playing with that package but couldn’t get it to function. First the install failed to populate all dependent service nodes. Then the basic “switch example” did not create a HomeKit accessory key. Perhaps it is worth another shot?
The developer advertises Discord for discussion and asking questions. However, their “invitation” fails on the Discord server after requiring the creation of an account.
Definitely - from my perspective. I'm running an installation, meanwhile for years, without any issue and maximum WAF !
If you create an initial flow & share it here, I'm convinced this community will support you in getting it operational...
From personal experience, and for maximum WAF, I've always found that the best UI for a light switch is, er, a light switch. I've found that family members do not appreciate my hobby of automating stuff (not that switching on a light with a switch is "automation") and finding a phone, unlocking it, navigating to the right app then the right page / widget before clicking on it, just to turn on a light, is not progress compared with just pressing a switch on the wall like we've been doing for a hundred years.
Dashboards on phones or tablets are great for more complex control or monitoring of multiple scenarios (and Julian's is awesome) but I try always to have switches available that do exactly what they look like they are supposed to do. Saves me having to brief visitors on how to do basic stuff like turn on the lights too. If you don't have enough switches close to where to need to be then install some more. There are various battery powered or even energy harvesting "Encocean" switches that can be stuck literally anywhere.
Light switches are not being replaced. I agree, you do need them as a backup and for the uneducated visitor. However, motion sensors, speech triggers and smartphone screens are already used more often than switches in our house.
P.S. WAF? You make me feel unwelcomed. Please use grown-up, non-sexist language. Is this a forum for giggling little boys?
Please lets treat each other with respect in the forum. The response you are responding to was made in good faith and in a light-hearted way. Many in the forum will understand the desire and need to ensure that non-technical members of their family are the important ones when working with home automation. This is neither sexist nor childish.
Please simply know that at least one person here finds sexually-polarized language offensive, even in "light-hearted ways". All we can derive from the last post is that TotallyInformation defends the "WAF" expression as non-offending and is in agreement that "wives" are equal to "non-technical members".