We often talk about smart home in terms of devices: how flood sensors can save you from soggy disaster; what makes one Z-Wave hub different from another. But when you get right down to it, it's the programming that makes a smart home smart, not to mention uniquely yours.
Take motion sensors for example. Most of them are pretty similar in both form and function, from straightforward offerings that just detect motion to more advanced models that add temperature sensing and even humidity, light, ultraviolet, and vibration readings to the mix. Installing any of these sensors, along with a Z-Wave compatible hub, is like giving your home eyes and ears, and the input that they detect can be used to give you real home automation.
But rather than dealing purely in hypotheticals, I thought I might dig into some of the very specific ways I've used motion sensors in my own smart home system to enhance comfort and safety for my family, save energy, and avoid a few broken toes.
One of the big advantages of Z-Wave motion sensors is that most are battery powered, which allows you to place them literally anywhere. For example, I have a motion sensor under my bed, aiming outward, that only works between midnight and sunrise. That way when it senses my feet as I'm crawling out of bed, my bathroom light turns on at 10 percent brightness—just enough to keep me from kicking the furniture on the way to the powder room and back. Even my dog has his own motion sensor in the hallway that works on the same schedule and gently illuminates a path to the kitchen so he can get a drink of water in the middle of the night.
None of the automated events described here took me more than a few seconds each to program, and depending on which Z-Wave hub you use, putting your own motion sensors to work in this way may require no more than a few button clicks. But if you get stuck and need assistance, the experts at Z-Wave.com are there to chat with you, seven days a week, or you can call 866.951.9812.
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