5 months into Home Automation

It’s been 5 months into Home Automation so far, and here’s an update of how it is so far.  Overall more pros than cons, but there are some major pros, and major cons.

In this post, I’ll cover Pros and Cons of Lighting, Sensors, and Camera.  For each point I’ll update you on what I’ve learned and experienced on the issues, and joys of using Home Automation.

Let’s start with the Major Pros

  • I love not needing to switch on or off lights when it starts getting dark at home.  The lights comes on or off at specific times (or days) of the day, and it’s accurate as it’s based on the system’s time.If there’s a power failure, or the switch was turned off for some reason or another, once it’s restored, the automation will resume.
Home app is getting a little crowded but that’s the way I like it!
  • Being able to use the Home App to see what’s on and what’s off from anywhere in the World is also definitely a plus.  Going for a long holiday?  No problem.  Just turn on the app and you’re still in control.
  • Pairing Lighting with Motion Sensors is the greatest plus.  I love the Home Automation in my bathroom.  The lights comes on automatically, and turn off 3 minutes after I leave.
    The best part is when I use Home Automation to only turn it on at 50% intensity on 1 of the bulbs between 12:30am till 6:30am for the times where the family needs to take go to the toilet, and doesn’t want to be blinded by the lights.
  • The HomePod is probably the most fun Homekit Accessory that I have.  I love controlling the lights with it, asking it questions, and also most importantly the music.  I love it so much that a second one is on it’s way here for my bedroom.

Now for the Major Cons

  • The biggest negative is when the system have glitches and I’m not home to reset and reconfigure it.  For example a month ago, the Nanoleaf lost connection with the HomeKit app, and my wife couldn’t turn it off.I told her to pull the plug.  I only managed to reconnect it back when I returned.   I hope this doesn’t happen again, but it also happened to the door sensors.
You’ll need physical switches if you don’t want to have issues with the family, or don’t always have your Apple device near you (Siri)
  • You need physical buttons if you live with other people.  Not everyone appreciates the ability to use Siri, or your Apple device to work the accessories.  And these buttons are not only expensive, they need to be placed  near the original switches which makes the place a little cluttered.
  • When there’s no Wi-Fi, everything basically stops.  You can’t control the accessories and this happened when I got my new router (which is a GREAT improvement to the Home Automation), and had to port the accessories to it.
  • Most Homekit Accessories can only be bought on-line, and it’s not cheap, and as it comes from overseas they don’t have warranty.  Not ideal, but thankfully no issues with them …. so far.

In conclusion, would I still continue with HomeKit?   For sure, it’s fun, and makes me feel that there’s some level of modernization, sustainability, and enjoyment.

No doubt that the most used application of Home Automation for me is managing lighting, but that’s the best and most useful so far.

Stay tuned for more articles soon.  The next will probably be about how a HomePod that is in my bedroom will change the way the lights are controlled in it.