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Jokes and Tricks​ You Can Play with A Smart Home

Your smart home is efficient, economical, and ecological. But it’s also fun! It’s true your smart home can save you money and protect your property, but it can also allow you play tricks on your family and friends! Isn’t that what you really want?

At Connected Home, we feel strongly that a good joke played is a treasure. Saving on your electric bill is just gravy. So let’s get started on some fun ways to play with your smart home.

Perform Magic Tricks with Your Lighting System

Lights can use a lot of electricity in a home—up to 30% of a home’s energy use. That’s why smart homes provide plenty of controls to automate light usage. You can turn lights off when you leave a room, turn them on when you come home, or turn lights off and on so it looks like someone’s home.

You can set your lights to turn on and off when various things happen. For instance, you can set the lights to dim when you settle in to watch a movie. (It’s best to say, “Abracadabra” or “Lights, Jeeves,” or something similar when this happens, so everyone knows it’s magic.)

Set lighting rules for:

  • Voice control: You can set a magic word to dim or brighten the lights.

  • Turn lights on in a series: Set lights to come on as a family member walks down a hall, before they get to a room.

  • Turn lights off remotely: Use your smartphone to turn lights out when it’s time for the kids to go to bed.

Unlock Doors With Your Mind

What fun is it to lock the door? Let’s have it happen by telepathy, shall we?

If you’re tired of losing your keys and don’t want to wait for the plumber, set the doors to lock and unlock by themselves. You can also lock a door with a tap on your phone app. This is also handy for:

  • Keeping your children’s undesirable friends at bay.

  • Letting the neighbors in the house to water the plants, then confusing them by snapping the locks off and on.

  • When the man (or woman) of the house comes home at quarter to three, you can lock the door.

Teach Your Dumb Things to Be Smart

Each connected object can work together. This really impresses family and friends. Again, for full effect, practice regal or magical commands to go along with your party tricks.

  • Wake up smart: Set the lights to slowly brighten as you awake, and set this to trigger the coffeemaker (“Wake up and smell the coffee!”).

  • Come home smart: Turn the stereo and the slow cooker on as the front door unlocks (“Music, Maestro!”).

  • Get homework started: Turn the desk lamps on and the TV off when the kids get home from school. (When they complain, feign surprise.)

Connected Home works hard to install the latest and greatest smart home technology so you can spoof your family and look like a genius. Call us today at (910) 317-0876 or visit our Leland showroom to find out more about smart home technology and installation in your home.

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