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Product Triggers: Setting your home to 'auto'

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It’s bedtime and the inside of your home is drenched in light. There’s nothing worse than making the rounds just to manually turn off every light. 

What if you could just turn on your bedside lamp as you slide into bed, and lights throughout your entire home automatically shut off like magic?

Thanks to Product Triggers, this is entirely possible in your house. Product Triggers are one of several automated triggers available through iDevices and Apple’s HomeKit platform. iDevices products are HomeKit compatible, meaning you can take advantage of Triggers via the iDevices Connected app on your iOS device, as well as Apple’s preloaded Home app.

Triggers 101

There are four triggers available via the Connected or Home apps – Home, Location, Product, and Sensor. We’re focusing on Product Triggers in this article. Triggers activate Scenes, another HomeKit feature giving you the ability to control multiple smart products with a single command. Scenes can be activated manually through the Connected app, with voice commands, schedules, and via triggers — far and away the most automated method to control your smart home.  An Apple Home Hub — Apple TV 4K, Apple TV 4th Generation, HomePod, or iPad running iOS 10 or later — is required to create and activate Triggers remotely. Otherwise, you must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for a Trigger to activate.

How Product Triggers work

In the example above, your bedside lamp could be connected to an iDevices product. The iDevices Wall Outlet or Socket are two great options for a lamp. When you turn the lamp on, the trigger fires and the custom Scene you created plays, turning off all lights throughout the house.

These Scenes are completely customizable, so maybe the one you set up also turns on your outdoor lights for security and adjusts the temperature. Just like that, you’re ready for bed and don’t need to venture around the house manually switching off every light or adjusting thermostats.

Another useful Product Trigger is based on temperature. If the temperature reaches a certain threshold, the Scene of your choice could play. For example, your “I’m home” scene that turns on the lights.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our U.S.-based customer experience team: 

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