More adventures in Home Automation

So I’ve been slowly “smartifying” the new house. When we moved we brought most of the smart kit with us, so I immediately had some iDevices Wall Switches, door locks, and cameras. Since then I’ve added another Camera to the front porch, and some smart bulbs.

HomeKit Home app viewFirst the Camera. It’s a Logitech Circle 2 (Wired, so that it’s HomeKit friendly). Overall it’s a good camera if you can get past Logitech’s mostly horrible install and set up instructions. Really a homeKit code that’s grey font on black plastic, 2pt font, under a piece of the camera, so you need to write it down since you can’t pair while the camera is unpowered… Really Logitech? Beyond that, it’s a great camera. It is weatherproof and does a great job at night. I don’t pay for the smart alerts, because nearly $10/month is a bit extreme. It’s great as is and really I want it more for watching for upcoming appts and watching for deliveries.

 

HomeKit app Automation for lightsAfter that, I added some Philips Hue White¬†bulbs. I’m not a huge fan of smart bulbs vs. smart switches since smart bulbs have a point of failure that switches don’t, the switch. I’m going to have to get some covers or something for the switches in question. That said, they’re a great addition. Using the Home app on iOS I’ve chained two bulbs (one fixture) to turn on with another set of lights, so now it’s one and done, lighting the living room. Handy for sure. I’ve added a bulb to our jam cellar room in the basement, with the intention of adding a motion sensor. Right now that little room has an old-timey pull string. I’m hoping to just make it, “open door, the light comes on. Motion stops, light off”

The last of the four-pack Hue lights went into the front porch light. I’d attempted to replace the switch with a smart switch, but the j-box is really, REALLY old. The existing switch barely fits in the box, a smart switch would never fit. Thankfully a smart bulb does the same job. Since I hate running lights when not needed, it’s been annoying me to have my porch light on 24/7, now the light is on sunset to sunrise only, just like the back porch lights.

 

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

%d bloggers like this: