Home automation is an endless world of possibilities. With it, you can do everything from turning on your lights at sunset to feeding your cat when you wake up and everything in between. Absolutely nothing is off limits!
So, what all can you do? Here are a few examples…
At night, all your lights turn off and doors/windows notify you when opened.
This is one of the most common home automation “scenes,” primarily because it’s one of the easiest and most convenient. To accomplish this in an automated home, you need three things:
- A hub to be the brains of your operation.
- At least one switch or bulb that is compatible with your hub’s wireless technologies. My preference is Z-wave, as I’m sure you can tell!
- At least one door/window sensor. Alternatively, you can use a motion sensor.
After you have all the pieces you need, simply set up a scene or mode to activate your devices when you either enter a room at a certain time, open a door, or via a manually pressed button. Easy peasy!
When motion is sensed in a room, turn on the light in that room.
Again, this is one of the easier home automation scenes to create, because it’s a simple one trigger one action scenario. To set this up in your automated home, you need the same three devices listed above: a smart hub, a smart switch (or smart bulb), and a motion sensor.
Once you have all the automation devices needed, it’s as easy as setting up a scene to activate the light once the motion sensor is tripped.
Let’s make it a bit more complex…
When motion is sensed, turn on a light and keep it on until no motion is sensed for 5 minutes.
This automated home set up requires the exact same devices as the previous example, the only difference is the set up of the scene. This will vary from hub to hub, but I will get to that in future posts. For now, if this is something you would like to set up in your automated home, search for a scene like this on the respective forum of your smart hub.
You can even take this one step further…
When motion is sensed, turn on a light and keep it on until motion is no longer sensed for at least 5 minutes. If the light switch is manually turned on or off, disable the motion sensor for 25 minutes.
The purpose of this scene is let you turn off a motion activated light if your, for example, watching a movie, or you just want to keep the light off while you play hide and seek. 😉
This is another scene that is hub dependent to set up, so do a quick search and you should find some information on setting this up on your automation hub.
When the garage door is open for one hour, close it.
This is a simple scene to set up, as long as you have the required devices. You have a couple options for this: The first is a garage door opener z-wave all in one setup. That option is the easiest, but it’s also a tad expensive.
A cheaper option is to buy the devices separately and DIY the set-up. The two devices needed consist of a switch and a sensor. With those two devices, you can create your own automated garage door for about half the price of the all in one setup, however, it requires a bit more work on your part.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless when it comes to automated homes. Basically, if you can dream up an idea, you can make it happen one way or another!
So, what do you want to do with your home? Let me know in the comments and I can help lead you in the right direction.
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