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Smarten Up Game Day With Z-Wave

Smarten Up Game Day With Z-Wave

Football season is officially here, which means Sundays are spent with family and friends catching your favorite teams go head to head. Watching the game huddled around your TV is great, but what about amplifying the experience with your smart home? We offer a few creative ways to smarten up your game day viewing setup with Z-Wave tech.

Create the perfect gameday atmosphere

How to take your viewing experience up a notch? Start with your lighting. The Aeotec Z-Wave LED Strip comes with mounting equipment and double-sided tape so you can easily add it anywhere in your home. Set a strip along the back of your TV or underneath an entertainment system. Then, choose your favorite team’s colors from the over 16 million color combinations to flash throughout the game.

Next, smarten up your blinds and set them to a schedule that automatically dims when it’s game time. The FortrezZ Z-Wave MIMOlite Motor Control module can be used to add smart control to a wide variety of home applications, including your motorized blinds.

How can all of these products work together? With smart home scenes! Scenes allow you to control multiple smart devices in your home from one central place on your phone (depending on which Z-Wave compatible hub you have the process will differ slightly). Set a “Game Day” scene that sets your LED strip lighting to team colors, closes the blinds and dims the lights in your room at 1 pm (or whenever your favorite team is scheduled to play).

Keep an eye on your kitchen

Everyone knows that snacks are crucial to a successful gameday viewing party. But did you know that you can use Z-Wave tech to control appliances in your kitchen? Making a queso dip in your Crockpot? Plug it into an appliance module like the GoControl Z-Wave Plus Smart Appliance Module or the two-outlet GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control & Appliance Module to turn it on or off. You can even include the module into your game day smart scene so that your snacks are ready to go by half-time.

See who’s at the door

Don’t miss a single play getting up to let guests in – allow access and keep an eye on your front door with smart locks. The new August Smart Lock Pro + Connect (available in silver or dark gray) lets you lock and unlock your door, control keyless access and keep track of who comes and goes, all from an app on your smartphone. The lock is also voice control compatible, meaning you can tell Alexa or Google Assistant to unlock your door from the comfort of your couch.

Smart home solutions aren’t reserved for gameday. Learn more about all of the various applications and use cases for Z-Wave technology in every room of your home via our Solutions page.

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