I’m taking a quick intermission from posting about Kodi (any good smart home’s entertainment system) to bring you a pretty cool smart home automation tip.

Besides security, one of the goals of home automation is to eliminate a lot of the manual work we do in our daily lives.  It should relieve much of our need to remember to do things like turning of lights when we leave a room or setting an alarm when we leave the house.

This smart home tip is pretty nice because it automates turning lights on and off using a motion sensor, but only when it’s dark enough in the room to need lights.  This tip helps save energy because the lights turn off automatically when there’s no motion for a while, and it doesn’t waste electricity running the lights during the day.

Required Smart Home Devices

For this tutorial, you’ll need the following hardware.

Of course, you’ll need the Samsung SmartThings Hub.  Find out why I like SmartThings.

You will need a multisensor that does at least motion sensing and light/illuminance sensing.  This one is my favorite and also senses temperature, humidity, UV, and vibration (these are no necessary, but are an added bonus).

The last thing you need is a smart device that will turn your lights on and off.  There are a ton of options for this.  Here are some of my recommended options for smart light switching.

How to Set Up Smart Lighting in SmartThings

I’m assuming you can figure out how to pair the above devices to SmartThings.  It’s pretty easy.

Now, comes the fun part.  Lets set up the Smart Lighting SmartApp to take care of all the automation.

  • Open the SmartThings app
  • If you have not used the Smart Lighting SmartApp before…
    • Tap on the Marketplace icon at the bottom
    • Tap on the Lights & Switches category
    • Tap on Smart Lights
  • If you have used the Smart Lighting SmartApp before…
    • Tap on the Automation icon at the bottom
    • Tap on the SmartApps tab at the top
    • Tap on Smart Lighting
  • Select all the settings similar to my screenshots below
  • Tap “More options” to set the illuminance condition, selecting your multisensor and choosing your light threshold number
  • Tap Save, Next, give it a name, and Save

You might need to adjust the light threshold by opening your Multisensor device under the “My Home” page.  Check the Lux number which represents the light level detected by the Multisensor.

Pretty cool, huh?

Did you get try it out yourself?  What do you think?

Did you run into any issues?

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