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A frequent contributor to our Build forum writes us to explain how he uses SmartThings to get the everyday objects in his home to react to his presence.

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“I had a constant fear of leaving my garage doors open. We’ve had some theft in the area where bikes or other things were taken from garages that were left open, so my fear is somewhat understandable.

[pullquote]Yet this is only the start… the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Using additional sensors, outlets, switches, and available SmartApps I get a great many additional benefits.”[/pullquote]With the distraction of trying to get my daughter ready and take her to school, making sure she had her books, her lunch, her instrument, and anything else she needed (as well as remembering everything I needed for work), it was easy to forget if I’d hit the button or not to close the garage as we drove off. Too often I’d find myself turning around at the end of the block and swinging back too double-check the garage door.

Now with SmartThings, I don’t have to do that. I can not only easily see on my phone if my garage is open or not, but close it from anywhere!

Yet this is only the start… the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Using additional sensors, outlets, switches, and available SmartApps I get a great many additional benefits.

When I leave, my garage automatically closes, and I get a text saying it’s closed. When I come home my garage automatically opens, and my side door unlocks. If my garage is left open too long, I get a text message about that as well. And if I’m leaving early in the morning before sunrise or coming home late after dark, an outdoor light turns on for five minutes, providing enough light to see as I walk from the garage to the house.

Having my garage doors and outdoor light automated helps make my life a little easier. Having the security of knowing when my doors are open or closed and being able to do something about it–even when I’m miles away–helps me feel safer and more secure.” – Chris

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“I connected my garage door opener push button to a relay controlled by a Z-Wave outlet. A SmartThings Multi sensor is used to determine if the door is open or closed, and a presence sensor in my car alerts my system to when I leave and when I come home. I then installed the Ridiculously Automated Garage Door SmartApp to make everything work automatically.”

I used apps like Turn It On When It Opens to turn on outdoor lights connected to a Z-Wave switch when my garage door opens and Unlock It When I Arrive to unlock my Kwikset Z-Wave door lock.”

Related: Learn how to wire an Evolve relay switch to a garage door here.

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