You may have gathered from previous posts that I love automating as much as possible, to make life easier.
A lot of it is done through services, such as Zapier or IFTTT, but there are other forms of automation. Those that use physical equipment.
I'm referring to the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple Home (through Siri).
Using these small, unintrusive, devices, it's possible to listen to music, find out information and connect to a host to different technology.
But - you don't need these. For example; I have a TP-Link HS100 in the hall, to which is connected a lamp. The plug has a companion app (called Kasa) and it's this where the magic happens.
It's possible to schedule the lamp to turn on through a regular schedule, set a timer for how long the lamp is on, see the total amount of time the lamp has been on, and, of course, turn the lamp on and off remotely.
One big benefit is home security. You can now control the lights to turn on and off to make it look as though there is someone home.
Now - connect this to your Echo (or Home) and you have the ability to turn the lamp on and off with your voice....
"Alexa - turn on the hall lamp"; "Alexa - turn off the hall lamp"
Of course, the HS100 isn't just for lamps; you can connect compatible cameras (Kasa Cam) so you can view what's happening. You can set up routines; which will link lots of devices together - maybe a lamp in the hall, and another upstairs.
When it's time for bed, you can set the downstairs lamp to turn off and the upstairs one to switch on!
I also have a routine on my Amazon Echo. I just say "Alexa, bedtime" and the lamps downstairs turn off.
As autumn (and winter) approach, and the nights start drawing in, then why not get a couple of these devices so you can easily control the lamps in your home.
I love home automation; and I love the flexibility it gives me. If you don't already have it, this is a great way to start (and you don't need an Alexa or Google to make it work).
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