Tips and Tricks - Welcome Home Lights


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Welcome Home Lights

The Problem:
Have you ever pulled into your garage at night and the only light on in your house is a dimly lit garage bulb?

In the world of home security, light equals safety. With this quick solution from INSTEON, you can easily have lights in your house, and front yard turn on when you open your garage door.

The Solution:
For this tip we will use Houselinc to set up an Event that will turn on lights only after dark when the garage door is opened. To accomplish this, you will need an Garage Door and Status Kit, INSTEON light switches (or plug-in modules), and Houselinc.

To begin, you will want to click on the 'Events' tab towards the top right hand section of the Houselinc window. Click the button titled 'Add Event' and you can begin programming this welcome home event. You will want to drag your Garage Door IOLinc into the 'Trigger(s)' section of this new Event. You will also want to edit the trigger to read 'Sensor Opened'. This will trigger the Event whenever the magnetic contacts (from your Garage Door and Status Kit) are separated from each other. Next you will want to alter the Event to only operate when it's Dark outside. Drag the Clock icon into the 'Condition(s)' section of the Event and edit this condition to read 'If it's Dark outside'. Finally, you will drag your lights from 'Devices' on the left hand side of the Houselinc into the 'Action(s)' field of the Event and edit the level appropriately.

If you really want to create a welcoming mood, you can also create a Scene with different lighting levels and drag that into the 'Action(s)' section of this event.

Once the settings have been added to the Event, Click OK to save the Event into Houselinc and enjoy. Now, when you come home at night and you have your hands full your lights will welcome you home.

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