You are taking all the right steps to optimize battery usage @Carrera997 . The only other thing I would add is to ensure the duration is at 30 seconds. The longer the lights stay on the more battery it will use. Trying this recommendation, along with different combinations of settings, should certainly lead to a better experience with battery usage.
Hey @Carrera997 , we've not done anything new from our side in regards to battery life. Smart Lighting features various battery preservation settings, which should allow users to tailor their usage. Can you confirm that you are using brand new main brand batteries? Also, are your lights operating properly according to your settings?
With Smart Lighting, signal only travels from the Bridge to the specified Smart Light, and does not jump from Smart Light to Smart Light. The good news is that the command to trigger will jump from device to device as long as they are in a group.
For example, your gate may be too far from the Bridge for your application to control that Smart Light, but if Path Lights are on the way from the Bridge to the gate and are in a Light Group with the Smart Light on your gate, then lights will trigger each other as intended. Keep in mind that it is best practice to keep these devices within reasonable range as operation is much more consistent this way.
Your next best bet may be one of our Spotlight or Floodlight Cameras. However, given the distance, this option might also require an extender that is rated for outdoor use as you’ll need one half way between your gate and your router, along with very efficient Wifi.
Please let us know of any other questions!
Thanks Marley. Understood. All 20 devices do have some bridge connectivity.
Peer-to-peer device communication (vs hub & spoke) might be a nice future enhancent to extend range of path + step lights and reduce overall battery life.
Hey @Carrera997 , part of my last response was actually indended for a different inquiry from another neighbor, sorry if some of it sounded irrelevant to your scenario! Nevertheless, the portion about distance of travel and efficiency in connection will definitely help with your concerns.
We are interested in the results, feel free to share any further observations you have with battery life while monitoring. Meanwhile, I'll definitely share your feature request with the team, thank you!