Adding a delay in a scene

Nathan shared this question 2 months ago
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I'm trying to wrap my head around creating a scene but need to add some delays. I'll be turning on about 15 pinball machines attached to controlled outlets. I don't want them all to power on at the same time. I'd like to do one or two at a time followed by a 2 second delay before the next one turns on.

How do I add a 2 second delay in between outlets?

I want it to be controllable via Alexa, so I think it has to be a scene?

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I think I got it. I created a virtual switch that is turned on by the scene. When the scene is turned on, it runs the rule that turns on each outlet followed by a "Wait 2 seconds" block. I'll have to test it when I get home.

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Hi Nathan. Do you really need to use the scenes at all?

Just do a rule named "Pinball start up" and trigger each switch device one by one with a delay using a wait block in the rule puzzle.

To trigger your rule you can use any type of remote control, wall switch, time scheduler or a virtual switch named Pinball on.

// Henning :)

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Thanks for the help. I got it to work. How do I handle the virtual switch once everything is on? I'm assuming it needs to be turned off right after running?

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Hi. OK. You can leave the virtual switch on if you like but then you might not be able to trigger it next time.

I normally turn off the trigger switch at the end of the rule.

Send a picture of your rule if you need any more detailed advice.

// Henning :)

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Thanks for your help Henning. I just got back from being out of town. I can't seem to get it to allow me to turn off the HTTP swtich at the end of the rule. It doesn't fit in the block. How do I turn it off?

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