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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 20. Sync with the Sun

Sync with the Sun

One of the best things about a smart home is that you never have to bother turning on lights when it starts to get dark or turning them off if you’re an early riser and the sun is making them unnecessary.

All the home automation software packages make it easy to control your lights automatically, or to perform virtually any other task, when the sun rises and sets. In fact, it’s the perfect task for a computer-based home automation system; the computer can accurately calculate the sun times for your exact location and time of year, and then do your bidding with clockwork precision.

You need to make sure your computer’s clock and location are set correctly so that the time calculations are reliable, but other than that it’s simply a matter of configuring your home automation software and deciding what you want done. The latter bit is the hardest part: what do you want to do?


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