As anyone with small kids can relate, bed time has been a particular struggle in our house with the kids getting to sleep later and later. Their rooms are on the 2nd floor and often times we’d find lamps on (not visible from downstairs) and sleep time was pushing closer and closer to 11:00 PM. It was a source of struggle and frustration with strong-willed kids that would then be extra cranky each morning.
Enter SmartThings and some GE switches and lamp dimmers.
Each kid has a lamp in their room that is connected to a GE lamp dimmer module and the switches to their overhead lights have been replaced with GE z-wave switches.
With the Smart Lighting SmartApp we’ve created three automations: the first turns off the overhead light at 4 minutes after sunset; the second turns on the tabletop lamps at the same time; and the third turns off the hall light and their lamps at 9:00 PM.
The result: the kids now sleep every night at 9:00 on the dot. We had a babysitter last night and the kids assured her not to worry, the lights would go off when it was time to go to bed. As soon as the automation kicked in, all 3 kids said goodnight and went straight to sleep.
It’s a great use-case that’s worked really well for us, eliminated the nightly bed time battle, and has brought my wife around on the whole home automation experiment (expense) so I thought I’d share.
Best of luck!
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