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Nathan Lowrie suggested

Alexa Routines: select times that change like Sunset and sunrise

The time trigger in Alexa Routines is great, but for many routines I want to trigger them at Sunset or Sunrise or sometime after that value. Since sunset and sunrise vary every day, you cannot easily trigger them with a set time. So, I propose the following:

  • Make sunset and sunrise available for selection as a time trigger.
  • Make it possible to specify the trigger as X minutes/hours before or after sunrise or sunset.
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Just adding that this change makes sense. Most other Smart Home Hubs support this.

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I am looking for this as one of my main routines.

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Mizzlily commented

I agree with this, would make it so much easier. At the moment I manually change the times the smart bulbs/plugs switch on in accordance to when it begins to get dark here, which seems to change weekly. Still it's better than the company who developed the smart products as they don't even have a grouping option or routines!

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Michael_Seifert commented

Wondering when this will happen? It is like the developers left us hanging. Sunrise/Sunset time settings would enable users with the Echo Plus to cease using the apps that control "their" (WeMo, TP-Link, Sengled, etc.) devices.

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Eweforia commented

I asked for this one year ago. I want to create a repeating reminder that is triggered at sunset every day. I totally depend on Alexa's repeating reminders, and I have a lot of tasks that need to be done at sunset (like closing the chicken coop door to keep predators out).

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newuser-4c7af53e-7112-47d3-86a7-393eab19d4fb commented

We need the sunset/sunrise commands. I need to be able to turn on light for my U. S. flag at sunset and turn off at sunrise. I also need to turn on Christmas lights at sun set and turn off at a set time of night (like 11:00 pm.)

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newuser-06c6b764-4735-41fe-a861-57cc976af975 commented

Not just Sunset and Sunrise. My light and switch app has conditions like temperature, humidity, weather, and air quality per your home location. Also a condition pending on other device, like if device X is switched off then turn on Devixe B.

Kind of disappointed with the lack of programming features of Echo Plus and Alexa App.

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Lee commented

I also would like this feature - especially the ability to program something like - turn off the lights 15 minutes after sunrise or turn on the lights 10 minutes before sunrise.

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newuser-4f3cdcbb-6f2a-4143-b3fb-687146ea619f commented

I’m baffled why this hasn’t already been fix. It would literally take less than 5 minutes of progra

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Herman Miami commented

I Agree. We need this

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BakerBug commented

I'll join in and say that I would love to see this feature added!

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Waterlu commented

I also would like this feature. I am currently using Active Home X10 for such control. It uses dawn and dusk tables which update weekly. Unfortunately X10 is only capable of controlling its own proprietary devices and is relatively out of production.

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