You probably read this from the confines of your house, so it’s a perfect time to carry out that purpose of taming it by reviewing everything you could turn into a HomeKit accessory . Lights, smart plugs, blinds, speakers… the possibilities are many.
However, be careful: you should not make the mistake of simply tampering with as much as you can and then not paying the necessary attention to the configuration of all the accessories. After several years of living with smart bulbs and plugs, I leave you some conclusions in the form of advice so that you don’t fail where I did .
Yes, there are sociological aspects to consider
First of all, you should not go crazy and replace absolutely all the light bulbs in the house . Those lights like the ones in the bathroom, kitchen or even the ones in the bedroom are usually turned on and off very quickly and sometimes domotics means losing time to turn them on or off unless you spend more money and install switches compatible with HomeKit.
The best way is to place HomeKit bulbs in those rooms where the lights are on for a long time (offices, living rooms) and a change in intensity or colour temperature is welcome (HomeKit bulbs almost always have these functions) depending on what you are doing. This way you can have the lights at maximum intensity when you have guests, and at very low intensity when you are watching a movie.
Something that is often ignored: everyone in the house will use HomeKit, not just you
Please also note, if you do not live alone, that the HomeKit bulbs will have to be used by all family members . Children, couples who don’t want to hear about these ecological things … you should keep in mind that things like HomeKit bulbs lose their functions when you turn them off with the switch unless the switch is also integrated with Apple’s home automation. It is important that all members of the family can feel comfortable with domotics, or soon there will be discussions to return to traditional light bulbs and plugs. It is best to start with a single socket or smart bulb to do experiments and show the whole family how it works.
One tip you can keep in mind is that if all you want to do is add a coloured light to a room , you may want to keep the traditional light bulbs and simply add something like an Eve Flare plugged in. This greatly simplifies installation.
Oh, and another important issue: HomeKit is an exclusive platform of Apple. Re-think about using it if the rest of the people who live in your house use Android or Windows devices , or look for accessories that are compatible with both HomeKit and from Google Home or Alexa.
The basis of a good HomeKit is a quality Wi-Fi network
The quality of our Wi-Fi network is also very important when filling our HomeKit accessory house. If you install a bulb in an area of your home where the signal is very weak, you will inevitably have problems with that bulb. It may take a long time to get the orders, or not even at all. Therefore, before spending on light bulbs and smart plugs, you may want to do it on a good Wi-Fi mesh that covers the entire surface of your house without problems.
To make the most of the HomeKit’s possibilities, remember that you must also have an Apple device that serves as hub . This way you can control the accessories from outside the house whenever you have an internet connection, which is one of the most sought after advantages when placing them.
Ideally, you should use as a hub on an Apple TV or HomePod , although you can also use on an iPad that you don’t take out of the house. Don’t worry about the configuration, everything is done automatically as soon as you start setting up the first accessories: if you have a device that can act as a hub in the name of your Apple account, it will automatically become one.
At AppleSeis, tips for creating environments in HomeKit without bringing your house to life
And what can you do with HomeKit? Well, hundreds of actions and automations, but we leave you with three basic things that can inspire you depending on the possibilities that your house has: