Lightstrip automation using different colors. I tried everything.

Cupertino, January 31, 2021

I posted about this earlier, but I thought I would try for the last time to make a new post with an update of everything I did for the situation and if anyone has any idea what the problem might be or could confirm that it is simply not possible to do. I have this light strip in the bathroom that I did automations for when the bathroom sensor detects movement to start at a specific color depending on the time of day. We did two automations, one for the day and one for the night. The daytime color I set to blue and the night color I set to red. It is assumed that the automation will turn off the light strip after five minutes. Unfortunately, no matter what time of day it is, only one color will activate when motion is detected, depending on which color was last. If it was red, then the light stays red when it detects movement even if it is daylight. I tried to set the automations so that they didn't exceed the midnight threshold, doing another automation after midnight, but that didn't help. Same result. I tried using a completely different motion sensor, such as the Phillips Hue sensor (instead of the light switching sensor) which I brought to the bathroom to see if that was the problem, disabling the original automations and using the Phillips sensor as trigger ... but that didn't work. Same result. I tried to have the automation use a scene that I set up instead of triggering the lightstrip directly, but it didn't work. I tried to create dummy switches with homebridge, so when the motion sensor detects something that triggers the dummy switch and then another automation that tells when the dummy switch is triggered, make the lightstrip red (or blue depending on the dummy switch which I configured). Not. It did not work. Same result. I also tried to create this automation in the third-party Home + application, but that didn't make a difference either. It's almost as if I couldn't have two automations for two different colors at different times of the day. Am I missing something or is this not possible? The only option I have left is to buy another light strip and put it next to the original light strip and have two different devices, one for red and one for blue. Which seems ridiculous. By the way, if you create a scene to turn blue or red light, the scene works perfectly, even with Siri. I can't believe I can't work and I don't know what else to do but buy a new light strip. Did I miss something?

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