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Can you integrate a Nest Hello doorbell and LIFX bulb for smart home automations? – Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

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On our most recent IoT Podcast, Rick called in with a question to our voicemail hotline. He previously used IFTTT to integrate his Ring doorbell with a LIFX bulb; the bulb would flash whenever someone was at the front door. Rick now uses a Nest Hello video doorbell and wants to replicate that automation.

Unfortunately, IFTTT dropped support for Nest products just over a year ago so that’s not an option for Rick. However, there’s hope, as long as Rick is patient.

This week Samsung announced that it would be supporting the Works with Nest program. That means with a Samsung SmartThings Hub, or perhaps just with the SamrtThings mobile app, Rick’s Nest Hello doorbell can be used as an automation trigger event. We know for sure this will work with the hub but details on if a hub is required for SmartThings in 2021 aren’t yet available.

However, SmartThings does support LIFX bulbs so Rick can integrate his Nest doorbell, or any other Nest products for that matter, with LIFX once support rolls out next month.

There’s also a little trick to setting this automation up properly because there’s no “flash the light on and off” action available for LIFX in the SmartThings app. I currently use a workaround for this as I have a LIFX bulb turn on and then off in my office if someone opens the door. Since my desk faces away from the door, this gives me a heads up that one of my family members needs my attention. That’s especially helpful when I’m wearing noise-canceling headphones, which is often the case.

Here’s the trick: When setting up the LIFX action in the SmartThings app, use the “turn on” option. Then look for the setting that says to turn the light off after a certain amount of time. You can customize this time period or use a preset option. I’ve manually set mine for two seconds, which is enough time to grab my attention. At that point, the light will turn on briefly and then off when triggered by an automation event.

To hear Rick’s question in full, as well as our discussion on the topic, tune in to the IoT Podcast below.

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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?

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Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.

Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.

– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved

Best for:

– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.

– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App

Best for:

– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems

– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together

Best for:

– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)

– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app

Best for:

– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too

– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button

Best for:

– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day

– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats

Best for:

– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home

– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes

Best for:

– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers

For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.

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