Wondering if this is a place I could ask for help with my flow

I am not a programmer or coder at all, but managed to cobble together kind of a circadian rhythm color led flow for my home assistant. It works perfectly well for my needs, but it would be nice if the lights wouldn't turn back on after I turn them off in home assistant. how could the time scripts check to see if the light states are on or off before running the time of day script?

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I am guessing you are using the node-red-contrib-home-assistant-websocket node, right?
In this case, you can use the "current state" node. It will give you in NR the status of the entity in HA.
Is this what you are looking for?

I am using this... Home Assistant Community Add-on: Node-RED

I was thinking that someone way smarter than me could open the flow, see what I've done and show me a better way to accomplish what I have done and add the ability to check the current state before changing colors or turning the lights on. I'm sure that it's pretty clunky the way I did it.

That's the one!!
I don't use bigtimer as I find it very clunky and not very convenient. I am a big fan of cronplus.
So, using cronplus you could do something like that:

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At 9pm check if one light is on, if true, then put them all in red-orange 60%. If you want you can test all light and then put red/orange if all are on. You would need to checj the state of all lights. But, the basic is here.

And you would need one flow at sunrise to switch off (again with cronplus).

wow, I really appreciate that! I will take a look in a couple of hours when I get off of work!