One thing that would boost automation possibilities would be ability to set up variables and manipulate and act on changes to that value. I have seen the virtual devices and that is really a step in the right direction!
Bump on this.
I couldn’t agree more on this. Today it’s impossible to set/store a custom value, eg. lux-level or dimmer level, in a variable (custom device) and then use it in one, or even more important, in multiple automations with same value as condidtion or trigger.
It would be really beneficial to be able to use it in that way.
Also using the time as variable for condition in multiple automations would be good in this case.
I see now in the latest release that the Virtual Dimmer device can be used to hold values and be used for comparison.
A good step on the way, but unfortunately it’s only allowed to hold values in the range of 0-100 (as percentage). Using it with a lux value that, in my case, can vary from 0 - 30 000 makes it not usable for this purpose. A bigger span would be useful. Or even better, a new type like “Parameter” to make its purpose clear!