With scenes, you can make multiple things happen in your home at the touch of a button. Perhaps you’re heading out for the night and want to turn off the lights, lock the door and set your mode to away. Or maybe you’d like the downstairs lights and kitchen radio to switch on when you get home in the evening. Either way, scenes are a great way to do it.
Customising a pre-configured scene
Your app comes with four pre-configured scenes: good morning, leaving, returning home and goodnight.
Each of these scenes can be customised to suit your home and routine. In this example we’ll enable and customise the good morning scene so it turns on some lights and plugs, and turns others off.
- Tap Automations tab, then tap the +, and then tap Good morning. Or if you’ve used the Good morning scene before, go to Automations and then tap the three next dots next to Good morning.
You should see this screen:
- Tap All smart lights and smart plugs.
- Tap Remove from scene and then tap Delete on the dialog box. We’ll add the ones we want in the next step.
- Tap Add device, select Smart lights and smart plugs, and then choose which lights and plugs you’d like to add. In this case, we only want to turn on the Bedside lamp and the Hair straightener.
- Tap Next, then tap Turn on, and then Save.
- Now, let’s set the fan to turn off. Tap Add device, select Fan, and then select Turn off. Tap Save.
- Last, save your scene. Note that ‘Add to My Place’ is ticked: this will add this scene to the carousel on My Place for easier access.
Creating a custom scene
You can also create your own scene from scratch:
- Tap Automations, Create scene, then Create custom scene.
- Add devices to your scene.
- Next, customise your scene name and icon. Tap the pencil icon next to My scene to choose an icon and change the name. Tap Save.
- Tap Save again to save your scene.
When to use scenes, modes and automations
While scenes, modes and automations create similar effects, they each play a distinct role in creating your smart home.
Automations are great for making things happen in your home when a sensor is triggered – like a door opening or motion being detected – or for events you want to happen at the same time every day. For example, you could set your bedroom light to switch on at 7:30am each morning.
Modes determine how your smart home responds to sensor activity or motion. For example, if you’re in away mode, you may want to know about any motion that happens or doors that open in your home. But when you’re in home mode, you probably wouldn’t want notifications about motion in your home.
You can use modes in conjunction with scenes to ensure your smart home responds just how you like it. For example, changing from night mode to home mode while the good morning scene is enabled will change how your smart home responds to motion – as well as turning on lights and plugs you’ve set as part of that scene.
At the moment, the only way to trigger scenes is through the app. So if you want things to happen at the same time every day or in response to a trigger, it’s best to use an automation.
Adding and removing scenes from My Place
By default, scenes you edit or create are added to My Place. However, you can change this in your setting if you prefer.
- From My Place, tap Edit in the top right-hand corner.
- Tap Select more devices at the top. Scroll down to the bottom and check whether Scene carousel is ticked. If it’s ticked, your scenes will appear in My Place.
- Tap Save or Cancel.
- Tap Save again to return to My Place.
To add a specific scene to or remove it from My Place, you’ll need to edit that particular scene.
- Go to the Automations tab and tap the three dots next to the scene you’d like to edit.
- Scroll to the bottom and either tick or untick ‘Add to My Place’. Save the changes and they will be reflected in the scene carousel in My Place.
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