In this video we will go over the Best Smart
Home Automation Ideas. Ones that are actually helpful and avoid the
ones you will pay a bunch of money for and never really use! There are 5 basic parts of Home Automation. 1) A device acts as a Trigger (Like a motion
detector) 2) A device that completes an action when triggered (Like a Smart Vacuum Cleaner)
3) A device that can do both (Like a Door Lock. It can be locked by something triggering it
or Locking it can trigger something else). 4) Apps that get everything and all the devices
to work together and do a sequence of actions. I only use devices that work with three apps
the Stringify app, the IFTTT app, and the SmartThings App. And 5) A hub for the all the devices to communicate
with, so it can then communicate with the three smart Apps. In my home I mostly use the Smartthings Hub. Lets start with my Door Sensors because they
are consistent triggers. They work almost 100% of the time which makes
them very reliable and really effective. My favorite use for them is in my balcony
sliding door. I have it set to turn on my Outdoor strip
lights to a blue color every time someone opens the door but I preset stringify to do
this only at nighttime . Now, you don’t just have to use the door sensor to control them,
you can also use the smartthings app or any trigger device that works with any of the
three smart apps. Now these same type of door sensors can also
turn on my pantry light every time I open the pantry door. It is really helpful as this is one of the
lights people forget to turn off all the time and I know I want my pantry light to turn
on every time I am in the Pantry. The pantry lights turn on by triggering my
smart light switch. So I can still also use the light switch to
toggle them on and off too. As another idea you can use your door sensors
on your window for security and hook them up to a alarm siren. This helps keep intruders out and can in some
cases keep sneaky teenagers in. This works because the siren is also a smart
device. The siren works as a good deterrent because
it has a strobe effect as well as the siren that goes off. IF you don’t want the siren going off every
time you open the window, in stringify just set them to go off only during certain hours
or when your house is set in away mode. And I’ll explain that in a little bit. Now this is my favorite smart home device
and this might surprise a lot of people. It is a smart outlet with a power button on
the front. It really takes your smart home to the next
level. The beauty of this device is that you can
turn most dumb things into smart things. For example, if you plug this normal Humidifier
into a smart outlet you can now turn it on and off a variety of ways: from the smartthings
app, your voice, on a schedule or use whatever other trigger you want to turn it on with. But you can also just turn it on and off from
the power button on the outlet and this is really important if you have people that won’t
be comfortable with smart appliances. This is one of the 2 important reasons for
the power button on the outlet. Take this space heater for example you can
start heating a room up in the morning before you even get out of bed by telling google
home, or scheduling it in stringify, pressing on in the smartthings app or just press the
physical button on itself. In fact you can smart control the on and off
to any device that can turn on and off by just plugging it in. Let me explain. This fan is turned on. I unplug it, then I plug it back in and it
is still turned on. Therefore this smart outlet can make this
fan smart. Contrarily this second fan I have is turned
on but when I unplug it then plug it in again it doesn’t automatically turn back on so this
device won’t become smart with the smart outlet. I have found this to be particularly useful
with curling irons in the house. For example, you can have them on a timer
in stringify that once you turn them on they will automatically turn off in 30 minutes. You could still make sure you didn’t leave
it on and turn it off from where ever you are in the world so you don’t have to worry
about always leaving a curling iron on. As you can see you can take almost any of
your electric devices and make them somewhat smart. I even plug my washer and dryer into the outlet. Lets say I want to turn on the washer an hour
before I come home so my clothes don’t sit wet all day. Or let’s say I want a hot blanket ready when
I get home on a cold night. I don’t know. Do whatever you want… that’s the point. And here is something crazy. You can even turn a normal TV into a smart
with just this outlet. I did this with my old TV in my Garage Gym. Then I hooked up a chromecast to it and it
pretty much is a fully smart tv now. More to come on that in just a bit. Now like I said once a device is hooked into
my smartthings network any device can trigger another. So I can literally just use this Smart outlet
button as a smart switch for anything else. Look this outlet has no device plugged into
it. Yet I use stringify so I can turn on this
other light that is plugged into a different smart outlet by pressing the button of the
outlet with nothing plugged into it. So this means in the morning from my bed I
can just press a button near my bed to start up my coffee maker. In fact this coffee maker wasn’t even a smart
coffee maker until I hooked it into an outlet as well. If you want to get really fancy look how nothing
is plugged into this smart outlet. Yet I can literally turn on and off all these
lights and devices including my fireplace by just tapping a button. It can do this because this is a preset I
made in the stringify app. The more you become familiar with Smartthings,
IFTTT and Stringify the more stuff like this you can do. And it is not that hard. Now here I just did that by pressing a button,
but actually in my house this is my light setting preset for when guests come over. I turn them on, not with a button, but with
my voice sensor! You probably don’t call them a voice sensor
though. You probably call them Alexa or Google home,
but when it comes to home automation, to me, these are just sensors that use your voice
to trigger actions. Most of my house is set up to do certain action
sequences in response to my voice command. My fireplace is something I always use to
turn on and off with my voice. In fact it is one of the only devices I use
that doesn’t have a physical switch or toggle on and off. To be honest I had to rig it that way because
my fireplace could only use a special device to plug it into the system to make it smart. Your fireplace may be different. I will link to this device along with every
device I talk about in this video below in the description. And since it works with the three smart apps
anything can control it. I also use my voice sensor to turn on and
off my whole Garage Gym by simply saying it’s workout time. It turns on my garage lights, TV, Fan, and
my Garage door. This is the beauty of having everything set
up with the big 3 smart apps: Smartthings, IFTTT, and Stringify. And, I normally don’t get any devices that
don’t connect to at least one of those three apps. Because If I do I cannot plug them into a
string of events like I did here with my garage gym setup. I do have 2 devices that are exceptions that
I don’t use with those 3 apps. The first is my dog feeder. I have it feed my dogs twice a day and I never
worry about feeding my dogs besides that. It even informs me if there happens to be
an error or doesn’t feed them for some reason. You can also control the smart feeder with
your voice, it’s app, or a button on it. I like my smart feeder cause its the best
one on the market but I don’t love it because it doesn’t connect to any of the 3 smart apps. In Fact, Post below if you know one that does. The next thing I control on a time schedule
is my smart vacuum. Its nice to have a freshly vacuumed house
every morning. Especially with shedding pets. Now when we have guests coming outside of
the schedule I can still control it with it’s own app or Alexa. I love this vacuum because it both vacuums
and mops. Okay if you are ready I am going to show you
something that changed my life. I now control everything on my TV with my
voice through Google Home. To do this I subscribed to YouTube TV to replace
our Cable, I then connected my TV to Chromecast and also set up the Logitech Hub (This hub
controls my TV better than my Smartthings Hub). Using Google Home I am then able to completely
replace the need for the remote and I just tell the tv what show or channel I want to
watch. Or How long to rewind or what time or second
in the show I want to skip to. All other smart TV combinations at this point
are not as good as this setup. I have another video that gives you more specifics
on this. I will post that video at the end of this
one. And don’t worry you can still use your phone
app too to control and surf the TV as well you don’t have to use your voice. The biggest expense I have for my smart home
automation are my smart light dimmer switches. I literally switched out every light switch
in my house with a smart dimmer switch. Here you can see I control my chandelier with
my dimmer switch to turn them on off and to increase or decrease the brightness. In case, you aren’t already getting the pattern
in this video I can also use my voice or any other trigger to turn them or control them. People ask why I use smart dimmer switches
instead of buying smart light bulbs. First, expensive Smart Light Bulbs you have
to replace when they die or break. Second people always turn the light switches
off that control smart light bulbs and they don’t work if the light switch is off. Third: people that are smartthings illiterate
can still turn on and off the lights without even knowing the difference if you use smart
dimmer switches. Like the outlet button, what is cool about
these switches is that you can have them turn on any device or string of actions you have
preset. Here you can see I can turn 2 separate lights
on with one switch. That entry lamp is controlled with a smart
outlet so now one switch turns on all my lights in my entryway. Or if I want to that switch can control something
completely else as well. I could even unscrew that light bulb and control
just the entry lamp with the switch or really any other device I wanted. For example that light switch can now control
my space heater or turn on all my gym lights if I wanted to control it that way. I do have some smart light bulbs in my home
but those are in areas mostly where I want to switch the color and tone of the light
and not just the brightness. So with smart white light bulbs you can switch
the tone of the white light. I can make the lights more yellow and subdued
and romantic or more bluish which makes things feel more clean and bright. If all you want to do is change the white
tone I recommend these bulbs. They are less expensive and I will link to
them like everything else in this video, below. Then there are smart colored light bulbs. If you go with colored lights I recommend
going with Philips Hue light bulbs. Their lighting apps are far superior and make
the lights do all sorts of tricks. Like I can set them as pulsing Christmas lights,
or a fiery lava ambiance, or even give them a lightning bolt effect or I can have them
match the colors that are on my TV. But there are tons of 3rd party apps that
can do much more impressive stuff than even these ideas. Osram bulbs are like Phillips Hue but they
are cheaper and have some different type of bulbs that Philips Hue doesn’t. But once again both work with Smartthings
to simply change the color of light. Arrival or Presence Sensors are the next smartthing
that I use. First off they can work as a beeper to find
your keys… very helpful to me. But they are meant to detect whether you are
present or away from your home. I used them in the past when I have to leave
town I attach them to my dogs collar and they notify me in case my dog gets out. Stringify sends me a notification the dog
is missing if they pass outside the certain present area. Then I can let the dog sitter know right away
if my dog escapes. I also use my arrival sensors to turn on my
outside lights as soon as I get home. And some people use them as a way to make
sure their garage is closed by getting a notification of the garage door’s status when your sensor
is detected that you are away from home. I use them mostly as a conditional device
in stringify. Let me explain what that is. In Stringify you can have lights turn on lets
say… on the condition that it is nighttime. But with these presence detectors you can
have things only happen on the condition that you are home or away, whichever you desire. Here is an Example: my front door locks at
10:30 every night if all my presence detectors are in present mode or in other words if everyone
is home in my house. Or my windows being opened only triggers an
alarm if all my sensors are set to away. Meaning my sensors are outside of the detectable
presence. Like a presence or arrival sensor I can use
my phones GPS to detect when I have entered or left a larger area than just my home. I use this to trigger my smart thermostat. When my phone enters or leaves a radius from
my home I can have the thermostat turn on or off. This is good cause my thermostat can start
cooling my house a few miles before I get home from work instead of right as I arrive
or being turned on all day. I set this up in the IFTTT app. I recommend other smart thermostats than my
own but this was the only smart one that worked with my house’s warranty. BUT since it works with Smartthings I can
still use my voice, phone, schedules or other devices to control my thermostat. But back to my point you can sort of use your
phones GPS much like an arrival sensor. Both have a few different advantages and disadvantages. My Smart Doorbells are another life changing
device. I can see who is at my door anywhere in the
world to decide if I want to answer or not. This is awesome!! We don’t even have to leave the bed to see
if we want to answer the door. Also this device has both a doorbell and motion
detector on it that work as triggers because this works with smartthings as well. So this records any time there is motion or
the door bell is pressed. BUT because this also hooks up to smartthings
you can use it to turn on the lights at when motion is detected at night. Or you can be fancy and have it change the
light color when the doorbell is pressed. I like this one better than Ring Doorbells
even though ring is more popular. I think it looks better and it doesn’t require
a monthly fee like Ring does. And a link to that doorbell is found below
this video. Despite what these doorbell companies claim
they are not that good at catching thieves or for security purposes. I don’t really use it as my security camera. Watch my video on security camera setups if
you want to know the best way to do setup for cheap, without a monthly bill, and find
the best camera and and position for security purposes. But also, while I love my security cameras
I don’t really use them for smart home reasons which is why the smart doorbell camera is
so useful. My Smart Door lock is another life changer. I don’t even know where the keys to my front
door are at anymore because I don’t ever use them. I just plug my code in and it locks and unlocks
my front door. Also, on my phone I can unlock the door from
anywhere I want in the world as well. However my door lock is also a smart triggering
device. I have my entry lights come on whenever I
unlock the front door at nighttime. Also I have a routine when I tell google home
that I am leaving it waits 20 seconds enough time for me to leave and it turns everything
off, it sets my thermostat and it locks my front doors. Ok. Now we move on to motion sensors… though
we did already sort of just talked about the one on my doorbell. Most people want to use motion sensors to
turn things on and I do use them to turn on my closet lights. I also use them to turn on the night lights
in my kitchen if they sense movement but only after the hour of 12 AM. However, I find Motion Detectors more useful
in turning off devices. For example turning off my closet light if
no motion is detected for 10 minutes. Or closing my garage door if there is no motion
in the garage for 20 minutes and so forth. These can really cut the electricity bill
if used right. I found them also to be useful in areas and
times you want to be notified if there is movement. You can have it trigger your siren alarm when
you are on vacation and there is movement in your bedroom or somewhere in your house. Or receive an alert if someone enters your
room when you are gone to work. You can put one wherever you hide the Christmas
presents or on the stairs if you have a crawling baby and you want to be warned in those moments. Next is the wet sensor. People use this to put under their sinks or
near their washer so they can catch a leak before it gets bad. I have found a more frequent use though. Now, I have tested this out and found that
you can use it to catch the person peeing on the toilet seat. I put mine on the toilet seat and it can notify
me whenever it senses the wetness of urine but also when the pee is no longer detected…
hopefully meaning they cleaned it up. Okay back on a serious note. These multipurpose sensors that I will link
to below not only work as open door sensors and temperature sensors but also Vibration
and Tilting sensors. They are really good. They sense the slightest movement both when
I hit the counter or just tap it. Attach this to the baby crib and you will
be alerted when they are awake and start moving, for me I have it set to trigger and turn on
a red light when the baby is awake. Also, you can attach them to trash cans so
you know when animals are getting into the trash as the trash cans will start to vibrate
or tilt. You can then either have it turn on a light
to scare them away or send you a notification to catch them in the act. Let me now show you my favorite cascade of
events that I have my smart home do. After I give google the command �time for
bed� all my lights turn off, my front door locks, my thermostat changes and the garage
door closes if I forgot to close it before. This footage comes from my video Showing Google
Home Automation in Real time. If you want to see how fast this all can happen
give it a watch. Once again every device I use is found in
the description below this video. If this video helped you out give it a like
and subscribe to the channel. In the comments let me know of any better
devices you find, questions you have about smart home automation, or helpful smart home
videos you want to see made.

100 thoughts on “WOW! The Best SMART HOME Automation Guide. Plus, Thousands of Ideas!”

  1. IMPORTANT STRINGIFY UPDATE: You will need to start using WEBCORE instead of Stringify because Stringify was bought out. The good news is Webcore is WAY more powerful and customizable than Stringify. But unfortunately Webcore is more difficult to use. You will have to watch videos on how to install and use it. ONCE you do join the webcore community to learn how to use IFTTT to voice control and do everything else. Click on the description above to see all the products I use.

  2. What is the router you use with all these devices? I have a Dlink DIR – 850L and it stops connecting to more than 12 devices. My other smart switches keep on blinking and not connecting.

  3. Anyone know how to turn a big dumb wall AC into a smat AC? All I need is a on/off switch that can be triggered, big enough to handle the 220V load

  4. You can also use your phone as a presence sensor * IF phone is connected to wireless THEN…. (USED IT IN IFTTT) – Used it to open garage door and turn on desired lights …

  5. 7:05 ok Google it's workout time… My TV turns on to the women's workout channel and I sit and watch them work out…. Then I say ok Google open the chips lol

  6. Dude… I wish I had the time and money (*cough cough* and privelages *cough*) to make a smart home like this.

  7. I have a desk lamp that’s LED and the on of switch is a touch switch in the base. Because of that it won’t work with a smart switch since whenever power is cut from it and turned back on, the electronic switch returns to “off”. Have you found any work around a for controlling devices with electronic switches.

  8. Rick, you need to start making DIY and setup videos. You have wealth of knowledge. Please share.

  9. Looks your automation is complicated as you use third apps. WebCore can do everything that you showed in your video with actually much more stuff and multiple conditions. Highly recommend you to use it

  10. Super feeder (for automatically feeding any pet or animal) works with all smart home hubs etc by simply using a smart plug.

  11. Hi Rick! At 9:59 you mentioned using Smart Dimmer switches would prevent a bulb from going "offline" but does this also apply to all other Smart Switches? My number one pain is the fact that somebody might turn off the wall switch and just render my light useless within my ecosystem. I'm confused with what options I have to prevent that from happening 🙁

  12. I believe that domination and control is the agenda of so called smart technology. it isn't smart to rely on any form of electronic technology. All forms of electronic technology robs us of our innate abilities to survive and thrive in this 3D reality. It is better to enhance you innate abilities by natural means which are always under our control. Best wishes

  13. I believe that domination and control is the agenda of so called smart technology. it isn't smart to rely on any form of electronic technology. All forms of electronic technology robs us of our innate abilities to survive and thrive in this 3D reality. It is better to enhance you innate abilities by natural means which are always under our control. Best wishes

  14. Do you want THE best two smart-home advices??? Here you go: 1st – try and keep all you "smart" switches, devices and automatons local (i.e. also working offline!), you want your home to "function" even if the internet goes out. 2nd advice – NEVER relay and a "smart" anything for your alarm system! You might thing it's "fancy" but it only introduces vulnerabilities. Your alarm system should never be "open" to the internet.

  15. question for any one that might know >> at minute 4:44, you turn on the TV with the SYLVANIA adapter ?? can this also work with lets say an AC ?? AND i can i turn on the AC FROM my phone ?? lets say 1hour before reaching home ??

  16. One EMP -> no wi-fi. No power -> no internet -> no Google, IFTTT, Stringify or Webcore -> no security. That's a STUPID home design.
    A simple mechanical plunger switch as used for decades in refrigerators, could turn on and off a pantry light whenever power was available. No wi-fi, internet, software, programming, servers or batteries are needed. Adding gadgets to a stupidly constructed house that has first floor huge sliding glass patio doors doesn't provide security. It adds unreliable limited (unwatched) surveillance. A ten million year old rock could circumvent that door slide switch, and if no one is home, and your phone and cable connections are overhead cables, a couple of LEDs and a beeper isn't a deterrent. No homeowner who installs a DIY "security system" is going to pay for line fault and power monitoring by a central monitoring station and 5 minute response time like a bank might.

  17. These smart wall plugs are taking up both of the sockets on the wall. why are those wall socket things so big? Don't they have smart wall plug that don't eliminate both plugs on the wall?? This way I can plug on 2 smart plugs on the 2 sockets on the wall outlets?

  18. Smart home no one need this or u want be fat ! And its expensive tech also they can control ur stuff and issues can happen so i wouldnt buy this ever. We waste electric alot we waste water why not think about some more important stuff u lazy humans !

  19. Wow this was an incredible video. This is exactly the type of smart home automation video that I was looking for that went in depth. Please post more of these automations when you get them. Thank you

  20. The smart outlet is a dangerous thing. Most things like TVs and washers aren’t made to be turned on and off my unplugging it from power outlets every day

  21. I just purchased a new home and want to turn it into a smart home. I already have a google home hub and am about to purchase a smartthings hub.

    One thing that I absolutely want to upgrade to smart is the ceiling fans. When the house was built, the fans were wired using 14/2 (hot and neutral) so they currently require pull chains to operate. I want a controller that will operate the fan speed and fan light independently. Because there are only 2 wires running to the fans, a wall mounted smart switch won't work. It has to be something that mounts in the fan bell.


  22. these guys are so annoying, their always trying to automate the most obscure things that are not worth the trouble, and sometimes just nutty ideas.

  23. i would not call it a voice sensor, i would call it a voice command….. just like uhm you know everyone else XD

  24. Dude I spoofed your DNS and while starting the lights your lamps where updated with my firmware. I can now open your doors, turn your lights on and see all your shares. TNX.

  25. Great video, very useful, got some great ideas! Would be nice if you provided a list of your devices,like door/windows sensors, etc. It's often hard to catch these things in the video.

  26. This is incredibly cool. However what always worries me about setups like these – what if someone steals your phone? Will they just be able to waltz in because the home thinks it's you returning?

  27. This was a great overview – Thank you for the effort you put into this. What (if any) of these apps (other than Google Home etc) will work if you don't have consistent internet access. Its not so much internet access as I have a problem with – Ask google to turn on a light – which goes to Google who sends notification to Philips (for instance) to ask Philips to turn on my light which contacts the Hue Hub where the work gets done. I find this a bit of a privacy issue. With the exception of voice control – I would prefer that the smart home would stay home and still work. (With the exception of voice commands – Which I tend not to use very much. Same with camera's – I have a security camera (made in China) that I discovered to be streaming out my router. It has no business sending my data anywhere other then say something on my LAN that will record if I want it to.
    In summary – I would like a smart home that can survive without the support of cooperate servers around the world. What brands do I need to stay clear of? Or better yet – what devices will work if I give them no Internet access.

  28. doorbell link doesn't work and I didn't see a link to the security cams.. looking at taking advantage of Amazon Prime day 🙂

  29. i have 2 questions: Firstly, even if i have smart sockets with a button, shouldn't i have also an appliance that has analogic comands (a switch to leave on the open position)? Secondly, i'm trying to find some kind of economic and tiny sensor to put inside my car, to get notified to my smartphone if someone hits it (even a little) when they try to park near mine (i live in a crowded neighborhood). I don't want a proximity sensor or a motion sensor because they are difficult to install and don't work when my cars engine is turned off and it is parked. I also don't want it to be that evident that i have it because i'm afraid someone would want to break into the car. Do you have any advice to give? Thank you very much

  30. This can be done years ago in China, still a good video for people still clueless bout what smart home really is.

  31. Most of the coffee maker don't just start when you plug them in. How can I make sure I can make my coffee maker smart before I buy one?

  32. Video loaded with dangerous advice. Never turn on any portable heating device automatically. Many appliances you had plugged in would overload the device. Your comment section is loaded with fake comments.

  33. BOOTLEG AZZ GET VIVINT SMARTHOME. Someone can break in n take everything from you without a Verified Response! Cops can rob smart homes more easier if not connected to real Adt or Vivint. PLUS YOU HAVE A LOT OF RADIATION WITH ALL THAT SMART JUNK CANCER BY AGE 60 BRO.. YOU GOT A BUTTLOAD OF RADIATION GOING TROUGH YOUR HOME!!!!! WOW UR COOKING YOUR BRAIN! I Hope you Sleep Well. Test how much Radiation you have in the NEXT VIDEO!!

  34. For smart light bulbs i would definetly recommend xiaomis yeelight. They can, like Philips Hue, run various scenes and there is an RGB option for them too. The best part is that they are priced below 20 dollars, in contrary to Philips Hue

  35. Wireless camera/security systems should be removed from the market ASAP due to known security deficiencies. Spoofing/Jamming are their common weakness-failure.

  36. This is a good video. I am starting to bring smart tech inside my house. I am building it slowly due to cost and I like what I already have. Watching your video tells me I have not scratched the surface. I have also made some mistakes in what I am doing. For instance. I have a new garage door with a new Chamberlain smart garage door opener, but it will not work with Alexa. I am trying to build this around Alexa so I can voice control things. I bought the Ring video doorbell and the video quality is not as good as I was led to believe by watching the online videos. I have a lot to learn to build this out efficiently.

  37. Great video- very extensive. Thank you. However, there are simpler/cheaper ways to shut closet and pantry lights off in a “dumb” way. I installed the Lutron Maestro motion sensing light switches. These are common types of switches in institutions likes offices and schools. They are occupancy sensors and can shut off lights when no motion is detected. They can also turn on with motion.

  38. What is the best "rain" and "wind" detector that can be control in Alexa
    I have bought the Netatmo, you cannot do scenario in Alexa 🙁
    You must use IFTTT, but as IFTTT is SO BASIC I cannot make my home automation
    The kind of automation I need :
    – If it is raining or the wind is blowing at more than 20 km/h put my marquee up
    – if the temperature is over 20° and it is not raining or the wind is less than 20 km/h put my marquee down

  39. I believe that the reason most people don't jump on home automation is that
    1. They don't know how much it can benefit them and their families.
    2. They are overwhelmed by all the devices available and don't have a clear goal in mind to focus on.
    3. Also their imagination has shrunk to a great extent over the years because of daily work, etc.
    That is where your video helps to remedy. Getting people to engage their imagination again requires special skills. And explaining things at a level anyone can understand can get them to make changes happen.

    Good job.

  40. Hopefully you can help me with this dilemma, I bought a smartplug to automate my coffee maker. The problem is it's a programmable coffee maker, and does not just have a simple on off rocker switch. Therefore the smartplug will not turn it on. It's a Black & Decker coffee maker and I can't seem to put it into any kind of manual mode. Any ideas how I can solve this problem?

  41. I have a question for you. I have my Philips Hue bulbs to automatically wake up. Is there a way to make them wake up and preset a color for each room? Thanks in advance

  42. You know they make pressure switches made for doors to turn lights on and off with the door being opened and closed, right?

  43. I apologize if I missed it in the video but what I don't understand is, do you need some kind of home 'smart hub' that connects all these things? Or do they all just connect over wifi? I see smart items sold but am not sure if I need to start with buying a smart hub.

  44. wildly awesome vid!! Im trying to break into the smart home/ home automation side as I recently purchased my first home and have been struggling to figure out where to get started. Finding your vid has been a tremendous help and has made me feel much better about tackling this project. Thanks man. Insanely great job with the vid, edits and the explanations.

  45. I like smart switches in preference to smart bulbs, but in areas I may want coloured globes, smart globes are the only option.
    To keep the smart globes still operating in a traditional fashion, I hardwire the bulbs and then use a scene switch as a replacement for the normal wall switch.
    Gives the best of both worlds.

  46. Not sure using a presence detector to turn off all the outside lights when you're going away from the house is a good idea. That's like telling the burglars, I'm out now!

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