Misfunctioning Light Switches

I need help with misfunctioning light switches. I have rebooted the system but the lights will not turn on and off. Our nephew installed the system but does not live nearby. We are in Anaheim CA. I have been trying to find an electrician who knows the OpenHAB system but cannot find anyone. If I don’t get this figured out my husband will want to take out the whole system.

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Hi Eileen,

Welcome to the community. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble.

I doubt that any electricians will know much about openHAB, which is simply a software that runs on a computer. They’ll only be concerned about the wired switches in your walls.

It’s really difficult for us to offer any help unless you tell us about your system. However, I can appreciate that you don’t know much about it, since your nephew set it up for you. That’s kind of an issue.

openHAB isn’t a set-it-and-forget it type of system. If your nephew set it up, then he’s your system administrator and troubleshooter, because he knows how it’s supposed to work. I don’t know what’s going on with it, and we could go back and forth for days/weeks with people here asking you questions and you trying to figure out what you’re supposed to look for and tell us. That’s going to be frustrating for everyone.

My recommendation is for you to talk to your nephew and then get him to jump into the community, search for some answers, and ask questions if he doesn’t find any. If he’s not going to be immediately available to you, then he needs to teach you enough about it to manage the system yourself.

Please note that I’m not trying to brush you off or make you walk away from openHAB–if I didn’t care, then I just wouldn’t respond at all. I just don’t want you to have a bad experience running openHAB (or Home Assistant or any other automation software), and I think that means learning how it works so that you can make changes and fix it when necessary.

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