App manual – Configuration screen

You get to the configuration screen by pressing the button in the (Other options) menu. Here you can edit a subset of options of the configuration of the ETHA Light Switch Python program on the Raspberry Pi Zero W (see here).

Any changes to the configuration are only sent to the ETHA Light Switch when you press either the (Back) button of your device or the (Up) button in the app bar. Pressing these buttons when no changes are made will not send anything to the time switch. Pressing Discard changes in the menu will discard all changes made.

The options you can change are:

Group name

The name of the group to which this ETHA Light Switch belongs. This option is only visible if the time switch belongs to a group.


The name of this ETHA Light Switch itself.

Default flash time (minutes)

The default flash time for this ETHA Light Switch. Clicking on this field opens a time picker dialog.

Here you can set the default flash time in hours and minutes. In the field Default flash time (minutes) the time is shown in minutes only. See here for more information on the default flash time.

Shift solar times

Indicates what to do when a solar time is not defined. Within 48.5° of the Equator, all solar times are always defined. Outside that range, not all solar times are always defined. There are moments of the year in certain places when only solar midnight and solar noon are defined. At some days in the summer in the far north, for example, the people living there never see a sunset. So at solar midnight (when the Sun reaches the lowest point in its orbit) it can be very clear.

More information about Shift solar times can be found here.

Invert state LED

The state LED is the LED that indicates the state of the time switch. The LED is normally on when the ETHA Light Switch Python program is running. This can be troublesome in certain environments (for example, a bedroom). Here you can inverse that: with Invert state LED turned on, the LED stays off (except when signalling things). See further here.

Latitude (degrees)
Longitude (degrees)

Here you can enter the coordinates of the location of your ETHA Light Switch. The coordinates are used, together with the date, to calculate the solar times. You can either enter the coordinates manually, or let your device determine the coordinates for you by querying the GPS location. For the latter option, press the button. Mind you, you will need to allow the ETHA Manager Android app permission to access this (if your device has Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” or higher):

Once you deny the permission, the button disappears until the next time you come to the configuration screen. If you tick Don't ask again, the button disappears forever. You have been warned!

Clicking the button (and having allowed permission) changes the button to the progress bar and starts GPS to determine the position of your Android device. This may take a little while. After some time you’ll see the Latitude (degrees) and Longitude (degrees) fields change. The longer you wait, the more precise your location will become. To stop the GPS determination process, press the button (it will revert back to again).

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