Wireless, automated light switches may sound like a time consuming headache just waiting to happen—but they don’t have to be. There are several easy Z-Wave projects that you can complete in a weekend that don’t take too much time, and can add a little extra warmth or pizzazz to several different rooms in your home.
An Automated Nightlight
Your child may be in that stage of life where a nightlight helps them feel that much more secure when they sleep at night. Or perhaps you would prefer a soft light in the hallway of your home for when someone needs to use the restroom at night, but they don’t want to turn on all of the lights.
Installing a Z-Wave lighting controller, whether that be a switch or just a bulb, can make sure that no night goes without a night light. This gives you the convenience of the light without having to consciously plan to turn it on and off every night and morning.
As far as costs, time, and effort that this project will require, you can expect to spend anywhere between $30-$80 for the bulb and motion sensor. This price depends on how much of the hardware you need to purchase before you can get started, or how much you already have on hand around the house.
Home Security At Your Fingertips
The beauty of Z-Wave is how customizable it is. With just a few Z-Wave door sensors and a siren, accessing and controlling your home's security is a simple matter of pulling up the app on your phone and making a few adjustments. This includes the ability to disarm your home’s security system straight from your phone, as well as the ability to receive notifications for door openings/closing.
To set up a simple security system, all you need to do is add a few door sensors to your doors/windows. Then set up a simple scene to arm those sensors when you are away from home and at night. Finally, set up your siren to sound when the armed sensors are tripped. Super easy and convenient! Just don't forget to set this scene to disarm when you are home and awake.
Of all the items in your home that you can automate with a Z-Wave switch, your coffee maker might be the one thing that revolutionizes your days the most. A Z-Wave switch can signal your coffee maker to power on and begin the brewing process on a set timer for you.
This means that, as long as you set up the coffee maker the night before, all you have to do to enjoy your morning pick-me-up is to walk to the kitchen, where you can have a scheduled pot already made for you thanks to the timer capabilities of Z-Wave.
Installing this switch is easy enough to accomplish, and it can be connected to multiple devices—including your coffee maker.
Distance Home Management
There are so many possibilities for making your home a little smarter through easy Z-Wave projects. These are just a few ideas to get you started, but the possibilities are only limited by your imagination, and the capabilities of your home circuitry. Always consult an electrician or smart house expert (like us!) if you have questions about damage or safety concerning the installation process.