Step 11/13 Tips for smart lighting and motion sensor Automation
Smart lighting is the easiest way how to start your smart home journey. But now, we have arrived at the point where your lighting system can live up to its full potential. Lighting and motion sensor is a combination unlike no other as these two products complement each other's features. Once you link your lights with one or more motion sensors, you will notice the immediate upgrade within your living space.
Essentially this Automation will ensure that your lights work hands-free. Thus, forget about touching the light switch because it will no longer be necessary. Moreover, you can set the lighting to turn on in a specific colour, brightness and tone, depending on the specific device capabilities. But don't worry about increasing your electricity bill, because you have the chance to choose how long after the movement light will turn Off. You will even save money as we sometimes tend to forget to turn the light Off. Throw this thought out of your head because you will not have to reach for that switch. Also, set up a specific schedule or set for the Automation to start only when the sun is setting.
Here is how you can create a complete Automation:
First set up the Automation Condition:
1. Within Smart Program choose When device status changes
2. Select your motion sensor
3. Select Motion detection
4. Put the Switch On
These steps ensure that the sensor is the main trigger for this Automation.
Moving forward choose the lighting device that will be triggered with movement:
5. Choose Run the device task
6. Select the lighting device
7. Adjust the smart Functions
You can repeat these steps to add as many lighting devices as you want.
Choose the specific settings for the specific lighting device:
8. If you want a white light- adjust the Tone and Brightness
9. If you want a color light- adjust the Color, Saturation and Brightness
10. Turn the Switch On
Here you can get creative with the colors, brightness and tones, to create your desired environment.
Add additional Condition for a more precise Automation, thus making sure that the light is off before it is turned back on:
11. Select the "+" and choose When device status changes
12. Select the same lighting device
13. Choose Switch
14. Put the Switch Off
Finally, adjust the Automation design:
15. Adjust to All Conditions Are Met
16. Adjust the Name, Style and Effective Period
These steps are the foundation for creating motion sensor lighting. You can further customize and adjust the settings to fit your needs.
When you are combining lights with motion sensors, we recommend putting the same lighting device within the Condition. When you select the light and set the switch Off, it will ensure that the light can only turn On if it was turned Off in the first place. The trick is to change to All Conditions Are Met, which means that the Automation will only start working when both a motion has been detected, and the light is Off. As a result, the motion sensor will not try to activate the light, making the Automation more effective.
On the contrary, Any Condition is Met will start the Automation if at least one of the devices is triggered.
How and where you use this combination is up to you, as there are endless options to choose from. Here we will give you some inspirational ideas and solutions that you can recreate in your home.
The most common use for this combination is to guide you through the nighttime by providing light when moving from one room to another. Because you can completely customize the schedule, you can make sure that this Automation works only when it is dark outside. As stairs and hallways take you from place to place, motion sensor lighting can become a lifesaver. Midnight trips around the house will become that much safer once the lights in the hallway turn on once you have started moving. The days where a trip to the bathroom entailed blindly looking for the light switch are behind you. Moreover, kids will no longer have to be afraid to go to the bathroom in the dark.
Going up/down the stairs is a job in itself, where looking for the light is just another obstacle in your journey. The solution is quite easy. Just put the sensor in an optimal position to see the following steps every time you are taking the stairs. This is extremely helpful when you need to carry things up the stairs like laundry or bags.
If there are any pets freely running around your home, we would advise setting the motion sensor a little bit higher so that they cannot accidentally trigger the lights. When you are placing sensors around your home, it's best to keep in mind this factor.
If you have a garage, then you know the hustle of getting out of the car in the dark once you have parked your car. That is a minor issue that can be adjusted with the help of this combination. Once your car is starting to make its way into the garage, the motion sensor will recognize the motion and automatically illuminate the space.
You can set the time frame for the lights as well as the Automation itself. Furthermore, adjust to your preferred lighting settings depending of the time of the day or any other preferences. The bottom line is, that no matter where you put this Automation within your home, you can customize it to fit in your daily routine, thus saving time and money in the process.
Now that we're nearing the end of our RobertSmart App introductory posts, it's time to move on to the next step. In our next blog, we'll discuss a subject that may seem complicated at first glance but is actually very easy. Automated Tap-to-Run effectively combines the two smart programs into one, allowing you to assign additional functions to the existing Tap-to-Run tasks. As we explore the possibilities of this Automation, follow along with devices within your smart home.
RobertSmart App is constantly evolving, therefore, this information complies with the 5.5.230 version.