Burglars love nothing more than poorly lit and less-frequented places as it helps them stay stealthy. Given that it’s dark most of the time, in the northern hemisphere anyway, in the fall and winter, it makes it all the more important to protect your home against any attempted break-ins.
Make the holiday season magical by following our tips on how to create the perfect mood. Switch on your festive lights as soon as motion is detected – no matter if it’s for kids eagerly awaiting gifts or for when you arrive home after a long walk.
To work your magic, all you need are a smart plug or a multi-plug outlet such as Eve Energy or Eve Energy Strip as well as a smart motion detector such as Eve Motion. If you want, you can also add further HomeKit-enabled lights such as Eve Light Strip or Philips Hue lamps to your setup – and even audio systems using AirPlay 2.
This type of automation requires a HomePod, HomePod mini or Apple TV as a home hub.
Let’s get festive!
Plug your Christmas tree lights and/or other lights into Eve Energy. Position Eve Motion where you want any movement to turn on the festive lights (in our example we use the entrance hallway). In our example, we only want the lights to switch on when it’s dark outside. Adding a time also works just as well, or you can just not set any time conditions at all. Now it’s time to get going:
From now on, a festive mood will flood your home as soon as Eve Motion detects that it’s dark outside and someone enters your home.
To switch off your festive lighting whenever you want, create another scene called something like "Festivities over":
Automation > Add Scene > Add Actions > (Room) > Eve Energy: Power off > Add
You can also set up a rule that not only turns on your festive lighting, but also switches it off again if no motion is detected for a while. However, as the motion detector is located in a different room, it’s best to switch off the lights using Siri or the app. Just say "Hey Siri, Festivities over" and everything will switch off. Alternatively, go to Automation and add a timer that activates the scene every day at a specific time.
Have a magical holiday season – with Eve!
Make your home smart the easy way by equipping it with HomeKit-enabled smart plugs. They’re super intuitive to use and you can set them up in no time at all. Once that’s done, you're ready to make your lamps and appliances smart and control them via an app, using easy-to-learn voice commands, based on a schedule or even depending on your location.
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