At this time of the year the fall directions are falling and festive Christmas decorations are rising. When you hang up a row of Christmas lights in your house, there are several ways to automate them so you do not have to worry about manually turning them on and off.
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Remember that you do not need the fanciest smart products to make this happen, but you have a little more flexibility, as far as you can, if you already have a smart hub. Let's start with that.
The cheapest, simplest option: Outlet Timer
If you just want your lights to turn on and off every day at a certain time, you can not go wrong with a simple power outlet timer. They are cheap and you can buy them anywhere. This two-pack is only $ 11 and is great for low-power bipolar devices such as Christmas lights and lamps.
They are the simplest solution for automating Christmas lights, as they only set the times when the light is desired to turn on and off, plug in, and off you go.
For advanced automation: Smart Plugs
If you want to do more than a socket timer offers, you should purchase a smart plug instead. You can program your lights to turn on and off at specific times. Unlike some outlets, you can also select specific days to control your lights at different times. For example, on the weekends, you might want your Christmas lights to be on for longer than the week.
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Plus, If You Want If your Christmas lights are on when you're home, you can set up an automation task based on your location the lights will turn on when you arrive home, and turn off when leaving. This requires a smart hub and the associated app (such as the Wink Hub). That way, the app can use your phone for the location section of the task, and then your Christmas lights would know based on what to do with that information.
Or, if you like the idea of turning your Christmas lights on and off with your voice, a smart plug is a great way to do it. Most smartplugs work with Alexa and Google Assistant. Some smart plugs also work with Siri if they support HomeKit. Find out which connectors support which standards.
For Outdoor Lighting: Weatherproof Timer or Smart Plug
If you want to automate all your outdoor Christmas lighting, you can still use timers or smart plugs. However, you should make sure that they are used in an outdoor environment
This outdoor timer works great if you are looking for something cheap. If you want something clever, this Outdoor Smart Plug from iClever is easy, cheap and works great.
Note, however, that the US outdoor connections must be protected by code through a weatherproof box a type. There are many types of outlet covers to choose from but the downside is that you usually do not have a wallet timer or a smart plug in any of these and plugs can plug in and still close the cover all the way. Make sure that the covers of your outdoor power outlet are capable of doing so.
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The best solution is to install a smart power outlet that completely replaces the conventional one currently in place. It's like having a smart plug, but the smart components are fully integrated into the container itself, which saves a lot of space. With just a little know-how, you can install one yourself. We have a guide to guide you through the process (it's meant for USB jacks, but it also works with these outdoor sockets). 19659007] Most of these devices use ZigBee or Z-Wave as Wi-Fi protocol. Therefore, you need an intelligent hub, such as the Wink Hub, to get it up and running (though you'll find some that use Wi-Fi instead). However, once you do this, they will work almost as well as a smart plug. This allows you to perform all kinds of automation tasks, such as Turn on the Christmas lights when it gets dark, and turn them off when the sun rises in the hotel tomorrow.