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4. Bedroom > 49. Lighting for Insomniacs

Lighting for Insomniacs

If you get up from bed in the middle of the night to get a drink, the only thing worse than feeling your way in the dark is turning on a bright light that might blind you and wake others. A better idea is to have your home automation system gently light your way, then turn everything back off a few minutes later.

If you have indoor motion detectors [Hack #10] , you can use them to turn on lights that illuminate your way for late-night jaunts to the kitchen or bathroom. This is also a great way to help guests, children, or the elderly feel safer when they venture out of bed after the household has gone to sleep.

With a home automation system that knows when you’ve gone to bed [Hack #48] , it’s simple to add a few lines to the detector’s On script so that it can react appropriately when it’s turned on by someone walking near it:


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