Author: Ellen Nichols

Welcome Lutron to SmartThings!

We’re bringing you an exciting addition to the long list of devices that already work with SmartThings: let’s welcome Lutron to SmartThings!

Lutron Caséta switches, dimmers, and innovative remote controlled shades now integrate seamlessly into your SmartThings home, your smart home can be more versatile than ever.

Google Home or Amazon Alexa can control Caséta lights through SmartThings, SmartThings sensors can trigger your shades or lights to respond to you automatically, and much more; the possibilities are almost endless!

Want to start using this integration? Using Lutron with SmartThings requires the SmartThings hub and the Lutron Caséta Bridge.To add your Lutron devices, use the SmartThings app and choose Marketplace and then sign into your Lutron account.

We’re committed to giving you the most flexible, compatible and smartest smart home, Lutron support in SmartThings allows you to go even further now.

 

“Alexa, lock my front door.”

Amazon and SmartThings have added a little more smartness to your home! We’re excited to announce a new feature for Alexa that works with SmartThings; now Alexa can tell you the status of your smart lock and can lock the door for you! (Alexa won’t unlock the door for security reasons.)

Not only can you monitor your smart lock from anywhere with SmartThings, you can ask Alexa to help without picking up your phone. Find out how to add the Smart Home skill to SmartThings here.

There are plenty of compatible “Works with SmartThings” locks to use with voice control including models from including Yale, Kwikset and Schlage, so don’t worry about locking the front door when you have your hands full. And making sure you’ve secured the door is as easy as asking Alexa, no need to find your phone or get up to check. Use Amazon Echo and SmartThings to lock up your home, save a little time, and rest a little easier knowing peace of mind is just a phrase away.

Wherever you are, in your kitchen, in bed, or in your captain’s chair giving orders to your futuristic voice-controlled home, locking your door is as easy as saying “Alexa, lock my front door.”

Smarten up your Valentine’s Day

 

Scrambling to come up with an idea for Valentine’s Day? Make this one extra special with the help of SmartThings! Even if you aren’t home to greet them, SmartThings can welcome your honey home on Valentine’s day with a series of romantic surprises!

First, make sure there is a SmartThings Arrival Sensor or Mobile Presence device added to notify SmartThings when your loved one arrives. Alternatively, use a SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor so SmartThings will know when they open the door. Then, create a Routine that will greet them with lights, music, and more!

For step-by-step instructions, see: How to create and edit Routines.

Take your mood lighting to the next level and use Philips Hue bulbs with SmartThings to turn on the romantic lights as soon as your sweetheart enters a room or walks up the stairs. Use Smart Lights to turn on your romantic Hue lights, choose a color, or set the dim level to really set the mood!

Now that lighting is handled, why not warm up dinner too? Use a Smartpower Outlet with a crock pot to heat your food as soon as your better half arrives! Add one more Smartpower Outlet and you can also turn on a prepared essential oil diffuser for a delightful, relaxing aroma.

For help creating new Smart Lights automations see our Smart Lights Support Page or chat with our helpful Support team.

Let’s not stop there, what about music? Use Mood Music and a SmartThings-connected speaker to play a love song playlist to serenade your loved one with the sweet sound of music.

See our support page on how to control Sonos Speakers for steps on how to automate your connected speaker.

 

Home Control with Google Pixel and Android Wear devices

Samsung SmartThings and Google have teamed up to bring you Home Control with Google Pixel and Android Wear devices! SmartThings is the only complete smart home platform to work with Home Control. Now you can control many of your SmartThings devices with the Google Assistant. Just speak a command to your Pixel phone or Wear device to interact with SmartThings, from dimming the lights in your living room to turning on the porch light.

While voice control using Google Home is fun, the power comes when you’re on the go. Control your home from your wrist or mobile phone wherever you happen to be in the world. Check that things are safe and secure, adjust your lights, change the temperature, or any number of other convenient controls.

Imagine you just received a message that a family member is heading home early, you can just say “Ok Google, set the thermostat to 70.” and make sure they come home to a warm house. If you want to make sure they don’t have to fumble for the lights when they come in just say “Hey Google, turn on all the lights in the living room.”

Ran out the door last minute and not sure if you turned off that one last light? Just ask Google to turn off the lights and enjoy the rest of your day without worrying about it. Perhaps you’re all settled in for the night and you realize the lights downstairs are still on, Google and SmartThings can take care of that, no need to get up!

It’s never been easier to control your smart home than with Google Home Control and SmartThings. It’s in the palm of your hand (or on your wrist!) no matter where you are, and with dozens of SmartThings supported devices you have a wide range of flexibility to grow your smart house.

Turning the light on is simple: just say “Hey Google!”

Spooky Smart Halloween Automations

Are you planning on using your SmartHome to spook trick or treaters? Perhaps you want your outdoor lights to remain dark, or for some automated spooks to only jump out on Halloween night. We’ve got you covered! Pause your regular automations and enjoy the night of fright to its fullest with these SmartThings Halloween tips.

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A Haunted Entry:

Give your front door some scare power using SmartThings! Use a SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors and set up a haunted doorway for trick or treaters to enjoy.

Attach the Multipurpose sensor to your door and your favorite haunted house effects can start automatically when you open it. Use a SmartThings Outlet and set up a speaker to turn on and play spooky sound effects – we suggest a bloodcurdling scream – when the door opens for unsuspecting visitors.

Take it one step further and use an Aeon Labs MultiSensor and an outdoor light – we love the Osram LIGHTIFY Gardenspot Lights – to light up your yard with any color when trick-or-treaters approach.

What you Need:

Know when visitors come knocking:

We know that holidays can be hectic, even All Hallows Eve, so make sure you don’t miss any of the fun with the help of SmartThings. Add a SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor to your front door and set our “Door Knocker SmartApp” to send you a text notification when little ones come knocking. Now you can tend your bubbling cauldron and not miss a chance to bewitch even one trick or treater.