Ring Alarm control of smart lighting upon Entry Delay & Alarm Event via Alexa Routine

One thing I already miss from my 25+yr old ADT alarm system is its ability to control smart lighting in the house based on certain alarm system events. It did this using ancient 1970’s X-10 technology…

for example my old ADT system could:

  1. upon Arming the system, at start of exit delay turn on some lights

  2. upon coming home and triggering the front door Entry Delay, turn on some lights

  3. upon triggering the burgler/fire Alarm, in addition to sounding the siren, turn on (or blink) all the house smart lights

etc

Now along with my new Ring Alarm I already have a bunch of Alexa-enabled wifi smart light switches and sockets in my house. I should be able to do the same, right? Well… not quite exactly

I know that all my Ring Alarm sensors now show up as devices in the Alexa app as triggers for Routines , so I can now create routines based on contact & motion sensor activity (thanks!). However the Ring Alarm system itself only has these 3 Alexa Routine triggers: Armed Away, Disarmed, Armed Stay

I can already use Armed Away to trigger a routine to turn on the Porch lights when I set the alarm and leave the house (#1 above). And while I can set a routine based on the front door opening, that’s not really the same as when the entry delay starts, e.g. opening the front door when system is disarmed and I’m already home, I don’t need to turn on the hallway light. And there’s no way at all to create a routine based on setting off the alarm/siren. So I currently can’t replicate those actions #2 and #3 I mentioned above.

So, my Feature Request:

Please add 2 new Alexa Routine triggers for Start of Entry Delay, and Alarm Triggered… that would let me set up routines to fill in the missing functionality. Thanks

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Similarly, I’d like to Change the Ring Mode setting when I run a routine. I like to have the Mode on AWAY when I go to sleep (even though I am home). When I say, “Alexa good-night”, she runs through several commands, but she doesn’t have the ability to change the mode to AWAY.

I too wish for the alarm to be able to control a ge smart switch upon alarm trigger.

I like your ideas and these are features I would use too.

Trigger alarm and turn on all lights would be good idea. Thieves don’t like lights. Also would help prevent people from accidentally shooting a family member in the dark if they draw a weapon. See, these features can save lives!

Thieves don’t like lights. Also would help prevent people from accidentally shooting a family member in the dark if they draw a weapon. See, these features can save lives!

Being able to turn on the lights automatically via Alexa when the alarm goes off would be really useful and, as bradium stated, could save lives.

Yes, please! This is something I’ve wanted ever since I’ve started using Ring, and was disappointed when I found out it wasn’t a feature.

It is very disapointing that the integration with Alexa is so limited, expecially since both Ring and Alexa are part of Amazon. I would have thought the various teams would have found a way to work together on the integration of both systems.

This seems like it should have been added in version 1… Ring cannot turn any lights on, or activate any products upon the Alarm ringing? That just makes no sense. I would like to have it turn on all my smart lights. So far, I haven’t been able to figure out how to make them do that, but I will keep trying.