Previously, we’ve explored what a Smart Relay is and how it works, but as the unsung heroes of Smart Home devices, you might be looking for more information on what exactly can you do with them. After all, one of the most difficult things with any piece of smart home tech is making the most out of it.
So, read on to explore some of our top tips and tricks for making the most of your Smart Relay.
Previously, we’ve touched on the differences between relays that have three separate latching positions and those that don’t, but it’s worth revisiting this point as you’re getting ready to decide what you’re going to do. In short, you want to think carefully about what device or appliance you’re planning to control and how you’ll automate it, so that you can be sure to get the relay that suits your needs.
If you want to control doors, gates, blinds, or other things you might want to open, you’ll need to make sure that you have a relay with 3 latching options, like the Lightwave Smart Mini Relay. Without it, you won’t be able to achieve the exact automations you’re looking for and you might end up stuck. Picking the right device has never been more important than with Relays, because they are not as simple to swap out compared to Smart Dimmers and Smart Sockets.
As well as deciding which of the Smart Relays best fits your needs, you’ll also need to consider where you want to put it. They can be added behind the switch, the light fitting, or anywhere else within the circuit. You can even get weatherproof casings so you can place the relay outside. Make sure you spend some time thinking about the right place for the device that makes sense to you.
Relays tend to be an advanced piece of kit, so it’s likely that you’ve already got some Smart Home devices like dimmers and sockets in place - as well as some routines already running. This is a great place to start thinking about how to use your relays.
What routines do you currently have in place? Common ones tend to be things like “Good Morning”, “Bedtime”, or “Getting Ready for Work”; so let’s take Good Morning as an example. You’ve already got your lights coming up gradually over the course of 30 minutes to help you wake up, but why not supplement this with some natural light. Set your relay to gradually open the blinds to match your lights to help kickstart your brain into action.
Saving Time and Energy
One of the biggest draws of Smart Home tech is how it can save you time and effort, and the best thing about relays is how they can make your not-typically-smart devices, well, smart! On top of this, you can also save energy for a more sustainable home.
Take underfloor heating as an example. Using a relay to control any underfloor heating means that you don’t have to wait for it to warm up - you can have it automatically come on half an hour before you plan to use that room so it’s already at the perfect temperature when you come in. With added sensors, voice control and the Lightwave App, you have added control over the device to help save energy - making sure you’re only using it exactly when you need it.
Smart Relays are a fantastic addition to any Smart Home and can expand the boundaries of traditional home automation. With these tips and tricks, you should be able to make the most of this new piece of kit to help you explore the benefits of Intelligent Living.