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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 7. Turn On the Lights When You Enter a Room

Turn On the Lights When You Enter a Room

Here’s an easy way to turn on the lights when you enter a room and have them turn off automatically after you leave. You don’t even need a computer!

Although many of the hacks in this book use a computer to automate your home [Hack #16], computers are not always strictly necessary. X10 modules work just fine without a computer, and in the case of motion-activated lights, you can improve response time and keep your system simple by setting them up to work without a computer-based controller. Even if you generally want to have a computerized smart home, setting up a few lights so that they work independently is a good idea to ensure some basic functionality even when the computer is turned off.


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