Operating Modes

USING MODES

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Operating modes are used extensively in Loxone Config, particularly if using Auto Config. An operating mode is used to control the behaviour of the building at certain times or whilst in a ‘mode’. Typically these are used to define how you wish the house to behave over a short to medium time span.

For example, a Night Mode would be used to change the behaviour of the home during the hours when you would normally be sleeping. A Mode such as All Out or Away could be used to affect the behaviour when everyone is at work/school for the day or away on holiday.

Operating modes can affect function blocks in the background and as they are part of the Loxone Periphery can be dragged and dropped onto the page just like outputs to be triggered. Once an operating mode has been dragged onto the page as an output it can then be dragged on again as an input to create logic when it is then active. A little like a memory flag.

There are a number of predefined modes as default in Loxone config. Using Auto Config will create the most useful and commonly used modes in addition to this. New modes can be easily created in addition to these predefined ones.

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Starting from Loxone Config version 8.3 and the latest version of the Smart Home app, an operating mode can also be activated via the app for a certain period of time. You can find more information in our online documentation under Operating Mode Schedules 

OPERATING MODES IN AUTO CONFIG

Auto Config makes excellent use of Operating Modes, in this section, we will look at the Operating Modes that Auto Config creates and what their functionality is. For more information on what Auto Config is, please click here. 

ALARM

The Alarm Operating mode

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ALL OUT

The All Out Operating Mode is part of the All Out Mode created in Auto Config. This is the feature that is activated by a triple click on any light switch in a thoroughfare.

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Actions on activation are:

  • Arm burglar alarm on delay (V)
  • Turn off all lights
  • Activate Presence Simulation Mode
  • Stops the Music
  • Activate Automatic Shading
  • Deactivate Intelligent Room Controller Overrides
  • Disables Media Controllers and Wellness Devices

Actions on deactivation are:

  • Disarms the Burglar Alarm
  • Disables “Away Mode”

It’s important to give your customer a method to deactivate this mode as part of their coming home routine, the NFC Code Touch is perfect for this! 

AMENITY ALARM

The Amenity Alarm mode is triggered by the Fire and Water Alarm block created. The Amenity Alarm mode is currently (as of 9.1) not further implemented in Auto Config but is created in order to make further configuration when the Fire and Water Alarm is triggered.

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AT HOME

The At Home operating mode is in many ways the opposite to either the All Out or Away Modes. At present (version 9.1) auto config does not utilise the “At Home” mode anywhere in config but it is added for easier configuration of specialist features.

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AWAY

Away mode is utilised when everyone is out of the house for an extended period of time, say for example a holiday. Away mode can be used to provide a setback in the heating.

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The Away mode is in Auto Config activated by the app, as this is a feature that is only used on the odd occasion. By using the Task Recorder the user is then able to schedule this to be turned off 24hrs before they return from holiday ensuring the house is warm on their return.

Looking at an Intelligent Room Controller (IRC) we can see that the Away mode forces the IRC to adopt the Frost Protection temperature as it’s lower limit rather than the normal Monday – Sunday schedule. This is an example of when an operating mode is active it is communicating with another block in the background.

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ENTERTAINING

Entertaining mode is used to set the house up ready for entertaining guests, Auto Config will configure it to put the IRCs in the property into “Entertaining Mode” which uses the slightly lower “Party” temperature. This can also be seen in the above image of the IRC’s schedule.

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An additional feature could be using the Lighting Controller‘s “Automatic” feature to ensure that the lighting used when the “entertaining” mode is active in the house is an appropriate lighting mood.

NIGHT

Night mode is used to ensure that during the hours of night in the home when everyone is in bed, the house will behave slightly differently to make it a safer and more comfortable place to be.

To Activate:

  • Triple-click on any bedroom lightswitch

To Deactivate:

  • Sunrise
  • Alarm Clock
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Actions on activation are:

  • Arm burglar alarm without motion sensors (window & door contacts only) on delay (Vnm)
  • Turn off all lights
  • Stops the Music
  • Deactivate Intelligent Room Controller Overrides
  • Disables Media Controllers and Wellness Devices

Actions on deactivation are:

  • Disarms burglar alarm

PRESENCE SIMULATION

Presence Simulation is an Operating Mode that is used for giving the illusion of occupancy in the home whilst nobody is there. Predominantly this can be done with lighting but it also does this with the audio system with Auto Config. Find out more about Presence Simulation.

Auto config automatically configures Presence Simulation for the All Out mode.

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SHADING FROST PROTECTION

Shading Frost Protection is designed primarily for use with external blinds, shutters and awnings. If the outside temperature drops below 1°C and there is moisture detected by the rain sensor then all blinds (via the Shading Overview block) are put into safety shutdown mode. This is designed to prevent them from being damaged by frosting.

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SHADING STORM PROTECTION

Shading Storm Protection is designed primarily for use with external blinds, shutters and awnings. If the wind speed exceeds 45mph then all blinds (via the Shading Overviewblock) are put into safety shutdown mode. This is designed to prevent them from being damaged by high winds.

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CUSTOM MODES

 

1. CREATE A MODE

To create a new mode go to the Periphery Tree and find the operating mode underneath the Rooms, Categories, User and User Groups; here you will be able to find ‘Operating modes’. By clicking on this, you will see the top ribbon change to allow you to add a new operating mode.

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2. NAME THE MODE

Give the mode you have created an appropriate name, in this case we will call it ‘Guest mode’ and it will cause a different temperature schedule in the Guest Room IRC.

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3. ADD THE MODE TO THE IRC

As you can see the Guest Room IRC only runs at Economy Temperature during the week as typically it is not in use.

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By Selecting the drop down under “User defined modes” we can select our newly created “Guest Mode”.

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Then by clicking the ‘add mode’ button, it will then appear in our schedule.

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Now by filling it with an appropriate schedule, anytime “Guest Mode” is active the IRC will ignore any other schedule entries and assume the schedule defined under “Guest Mode”.

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4. ACTIVATING MODE

In order to activate the mode we need to create some logic to make it easy to turn it on and off. In this example we are simply going to create a “Switch” function block that will allow the mode to be turned on and off easily through the app.

Guest Mode is simply then dragged from it’s location in the Periphery to be connected to the block in order for it to be activated.

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5. ADDITIONAL ACTIONS

If I need the activation of my guest mode to do more items, rather than creating lots of References, once the mode has initially added to the configuration as an output (as above). Further pull-ins from the periphery of the operating mode will appear as inputs to be used elsewhere in the config. In many ways like a Reference or Memory Flag.