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Setting Up Color Notifications • Google Home
Setting Up Color Notifications • Google Home

This article will teach you how to setup notifications inside the Google Home app as well as provide specific examples.

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Written by Eric Hines
Updated over a week ago

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Please use the article below to understand more about setting up color Notifications in the Apple Home App. We will discuss first how to generically setup a notification and then follow up with specific examples that our community members have asked for.

At the bottom of each scenario, we will put links to the products used for reference.

Color Notification Overview

Color notifications are used when you want to have a visual cue on your LED bar notify you of a certain event. A few examples would be:

  • LED changes purple if your garage door is left open past 9pm

  • LED Bar changes red if your front door is unlocked

  • LED Bar changes orange if a door is opened at night time

These notifications are accomplished by setting up Automations within the Apple Home App.

Setting Up Color Notifications in Google Home

There are lots of use cases for using the LED Bar (Light Strip) as a notification tool inside your house. From notifying you if the garage door is left open past 9pm, to understanding the Armed status of your Home Monitoring system, color notifications are a great way to quickly see whatever you're monitoring.

Below we'll setup a basic animation that will notify you if your lights were turned on between 9pm and 8am.

  1. Before we get started, it's important to rename the LED Bar Accessory to make it easier to find when setting up your automation. In your Google Home app, click on the, "Devices" tab at the bottom and locate the device that has the color palette icon in it (it's usually listed second).

  2. Click on the gear icon at the top and then click on where it says, "Name"

  3. Rename your device (make it something so you know it's the LED Bar) and click, "Save"

  4. Exit back to the main, "Device" screen and then click on, "Automations" at the bottom

  5. Click on, "+ Add" and then click on, "Household" (as of April 18, 2024, you cannot click on, "Personal" as the options to set automations are limited and do not include, "When a device does something" which is required for notifications to work)

  6. Feel free to name your automation by clicking on the pencil by where it says, "Untitled", typing in the name you'd like and then clicking the checkmark

  7. Click on, "+ Add starter"

  8. Click on, "When a device does something"

  9. Click on the light that you want to monitor (that will set off your notification)

  10. Click on where it says, "Turns on or off" and make sure, "Turns on" is highlighted. Then click on, "Time and days", select, "Between two times" and input the times you'd like (in this case, we'll use 9pm and 8am), followed by clicking on, "Done"

  11. Click on, "Add starter"

  12. Click on, "Add action"

  13. Click on, "Adjust Home Devices"

  14. Click on your Inovelli switches LED Bar endpoint (what you renamed in Steps 1-3)

  15. Click in the checkbox where it says, "Change brightness", "Turn on or off", and "Change color". Under the brightness, use the slider to select how bright you'd like the notification to be and under, "Turn on or off", make sure, "Turn on" is highlighted. Finally, click on the color bar to change the color of the notification.

  16. Select the color you want and then click on the checkmark. Then click, "Add action"

  17. Ensure everything looks correct and, if so, click, "Save"

  18. Look for your routine under where it says, "Household Routines:

  19. Test out your notification by turning on a light in between the hours of 9pm and 8am. Your LED Bar should turn whatever color you set it to. To clear it, double-tap the favorites button on your switch (top-right corner of the switch).

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