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It’s a new season, full of changing scenery (and routines) as we transition back to school and the office. While this Fall may differ from years past, you can still bring the spirit of this beautiful season to your home.
Back on the go
After working from home for so long, returning to the office can be an adjustment. Remember rushing to get ready in the morning so you can beat traffic?
Here are a few helpful tips that’ll make things a little more effortless during the transition:
Take charge of your mornings
Ease into your evenings
Adjusting to the season
The summer sun is behind us, and on Nov. 1, we're falling back when Daylight Savings Time ends. With sunrise/sunset lighting automations, you can ensure the inside and outside of your house is always well-lit. Instead of constantly adjusting a schedule, your lights automatically turn on based on your local sunset, and turn off at sunrise. Of course, you can set them to turn off earlier.
You can set up sunrise/sunset scheduling on the iDevices Connected app if you're using an iOS device. No matter the device type, you can set up the same automations on our IFTTT service, or design your own. If you're using our products with Alexa, you can also set up sunrise/sunset automations via Routines in the Amazon Alexa app.
Halloween from home
Traditional Halloween festivities may not be possible for everyone, but you can always bring the haunted to your house. Pick a room and make turning it into a Halloween haven an activity for the entire family.
Go wild with fake cobwebs, jack-o’-lanterns, and other ghoolish decorations. Use Hallween-themed string lights with iDevices Wall Outlet so you can schedule to turn for a couple hours every evening. If you have a lamp in the room, add an iDevices Socket and schedule its customizable LED light ring to glow orange every evening. Set a Scene so you can turn on both the string lights, Socket light ring, and any other connected props with a voice command, like “Siri, make it spooky."
Don't forget the yard. For the best effect, set those lights and decorations on a sunrise/sunset schedule with Outdoor Switch. Even if traditional trick-or-treating off the table for you, decorating the house makes for a fun Fall activity on a crisp sunny day. Create a competition in the neighborhood, culminating in a “Halloween Parade” – bring your own candy, have the kids dress up, and walk or drive around the neighborhood to take it all in!