Remotely turn on outdoor lights?


(laureen ) #1

Is there a way to remotely turn on outdoor lights?


#2

Sure, but you have to have made the lights “smart” in some way, that is you have to have added a device with a radio so that it can communicate wirelessly with the smart things hub.

That could just be a regular screw in smart bulb like the GE outdoor floodlight, or it could be replacing the light switch that controls the regular lights with a smart switch from any of many different brands.

controlling outdoor lights is a very popular use case for home automation. :sunglasses:


(laureen ) #3

Are the switches difficult to install? These are probably stupid questions but I just bought the device and all of the info on this site is making my head spin.


(Mark) #4

Smart switches can be more difficult to wire than dumb switches, depends on the circuit and to some extent the switch. How comfortable are you with home electrical work?


#5

Can be.

If you happen to buy models which are also compatible with wink, you can use their pro installation service which cost about $40 per switch.

https://pro.com/wink#/partner/wink

You can also check with local electricians, many may charge more or less, You just have to shop around.

I have a local electrician who only charges me $15 a switch for installation if he’s doing at least four at a time, but he’s curious about home automation and likes to see all the stuff at my house. :sunglasses: