HomeKit Can I schedule my Christmas decoration lights

DominikHoffmann

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I don’t have a HomeKit device, yet, other than an Apple TV 4. I am wondering, though, if I get HomeKit enabled power outlets (some of which require a separate hub, I am aware), will I be able to set a schedule my Christmas lights to go on and off at specified times?

I am eying the IKEA Trådfri plug ($9.95, not yet HomeKit-compatible), which requires the Trådfri gateway ($29.99). The latter now is HomeKit-compatible, and I have found instructions for getting older ones to play nice with HomeKit.
 

mritech

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You can makes automation schedules in HomeKit but even without you can use the dedicated apps for the manufacturer of the product
 
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212rikanmofo

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I suggest a Wemo Smart Plug instead, this will work perfect for what you want it to do. They are HomeKit compatible and you do not need any extra equipment to get it to work.
 
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DominikHoffmann

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I suggest a Wemo Smart Plug instead, this will work perfect for what you want it to do. They are HomeKit compatible and you do not need any extra equipment to get it to work.
I am in the market for at least seven smart plugs. That would be $175, if I got the Wemo Smart Plug, but only $100 if I got Trådfri plugs and a gateway.
 
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RecentlyConverted

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Is the reason you wish to automate to save electricity/money or a safety issue? If you are purchasing these devices just to automate your lights and never use them for other functions, and assuming your lighting is LED, you will never save the cost of the units.
 
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cynics

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Is the reason you wish to automate to save electricity/money or a safety issue? If you are purchasing these devices just to automate your lights and never use them for other functions, and assuming your lighting is LED, you will never save the cost of the units.
Very true, OP could just get those cheap plug in timers. However after the holiday season you can use them somewhere else and "play" with them using other automations.
 
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Nell

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I got TP-link smart plug thingy last year; it cost more than an old school timer but it’s more convenient (some nights I want the lights on later) and I can use it for other stuff. It’s not HomeKit compatible but there’s a good app so that really doesn’t worry me.
 
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