- Aug 15, 2008
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I don't get the need for home automation... however having bedroom curtains/blinds that open up at a pre-determined time would be awesome. However, not sure why using a remote wouldn't suffice. For lighting around the home... what's the point of automating lights in rooms without occupants? I would be more interested in switches that control overhead lights (plus dimmers) and table/floor lamps - very discreet hiding of table/floor lamp cords. Exterior lighting should be on a timer and maybe some others on motion control. What am I missing? I think I've posted on this before but clearly I've learned nothing.
Along with being able to open/close the curtains (which I just use the remote/voice control for right now since I haven't got it scheduled), it would be nice to be able to shut off the bedroom lights from bed. Sometimes you forget to flip the switch off...you finish reading, flip the bedside light off, and realize you're going to have to get out of bed to turn off the room light? And maybe disturb your cat?
Ditto for lights in a room with a TV. I am fortunate that my dimmer is in reach of the couch, but it is real nice to not have to get up to adjust the lights. If I had automatic blinds in there, I'd want those synced up too.
Of course both of those scenarios are really more about remote control rather than scheduled on/off...but that really all still falls under the smart home/home automation umbrella. Instead of a bunch of proprietary remotes, you can have it all linked into one smart system that is easily controlled with your phone or via google home/alexa/etc.