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2. Office > 26. Keep the Lights On While You Work

Keep the Lights On While You Work

Use only one motion detector to identify when a room is unoccupied and you might find yourself suddenly in the dark because you’ve been sitting a little too still.

Motion detectors are one of the most useful additions to your home automation system, but they also can be one of the most annoying. They’re not particularly sensitive, so if you’ve entered a room and taken a seat you might not continue to trigger the detector. Depending on how you’ve set up your home automation system, this might signal the nearby lights to turn off. And nobody likes being left in the dark.

One solution to this problem is to wave your arms wildly every few minutes. This is almost certain to generate enough motion to trigger the sensor and keep the lights on. (Keep an eye out for the flashing red light on the front of the sensor to ensure you’ve been spotted.) But this is hardly something you want to be doing while quietly sitting and reading or sipping your tea—for one thing, the neighbors will think you’re quite nutty.


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