Festival Smart Decorative Lighting

We all love festivals. Decorative lighting is an important part of celebrating these, be it indoor lighting or outdoor lighting. Let’s face it. How many times it has happened that you forgot to turn the lights on in the evening or off in the morning? And, some times on those important festival days! This is a perfect scenario where a smart home solution can be of assistance. With a simple DIY home improvement, you can set up smart decorative lighting to turn lights on sunset and turn off on sunrise. It’s easy and will take typically less than 15 minutes.

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Smart Decorative Lighting Options

While there are many ways of implementing this solution, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll focus on two options.

  1. Use a Smart WiFi Plug/Outlet without a Hub: This option is most suitable for those who do not currently have a Smart Hub (like SmartThings, Vera, etc.) and do not intend to invest in one in near future.
  2. Use a Z-Wave Smart Plug/Outlet with a Smart Hub: This option is for those who currently own a Smart Hub (or are interested in buying one).

If you would like to understand the benefits of a Smart Hub, I recommend reading Welcome to Smart Home.

Option#1: Use a Smart WiFi Plug/Outlet without a Hub

Equipment and Budget

Note: The prices shown are based on data at the time of writing this article. Taxes and shipping are not included in these and actual cost may vary.

ItemUnit PriceQtyTotal
TanTan Wi-Fi Smart Plug$9.991$9.99
Total$9.99

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Project: WiFi Smart Outlet Setup
Template: Smart Home – Indoor Lighting With Smart Plug Setup

Item TypeItemKeywordsQuantity
Recommendedwifi smart plugTanTan wifi smart plug1

Setup Instructions

Please follow these steps.

Now you should see the lights turn on at sunset and off on sunrise automatically.

Option#2: Use a Z-Wave Smart Plug/Outlet with a Smart Hub

Use this option if you have an existing Smart Hub.

Equipment and Budget

Note: The prices shown are based on data at the time of writing this article. Taxes and shipping are not included in these and actual cost may vary.

ItemUnit PriceQtyTotal
Samsung SmartThings Outlet$36.991$36.99
Total$36.99

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Project: Z-Wave Smart Outlet Setup
Template: Smart Home – Smart Hub – Outlets Setup

Item TypeItemKeywordsQuantity
Recommendedz-wave indoor outletsSamsung SmartThings Outlet1

Setup Instructions

For the purpose of illustration, I’ll be using the SmartThings Hub. But, you should be able to apply equivalent steps to the other Smart Hubs.

Now you should see the lights turn on at sunset and off on sunrise automatically.

Happy festive season!
– Nitin

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