The smart home market is pretty fractured. Depending on your setup, you can have different apps to control your lights, thermostat, plugs, door locks and any other devices that connect to the internet. Luckily, smart home hubs can do a lot to bridge all these devices.
The Wink smart home hub is one of the most compatible options and it just got updated with some security-minded features. Home Sitter and Moonlight are two new modes that make it look like you’re home when you’re not.
With Home Sitter, Wink will turn your lights on and off at reasonable times while you’re away on a trip. You pick the lights, and it will handle the rest. It uses sunrise and sunset data alongside traditional sleeping patterns to make it look like a human is in the house. And it does it automatically, so no need to fiddle with rules.
If you’re just getting away for a date night, Moonlight will make sure you don’t get home in the dark. The app will turn on lights near your entryway (both inside and out) after sunset so you don’t have to stumble around in the dark. You can set the feature to be on all night, or have it turn out the lights in the wee hours of the morning to save a little energy.
Wink found that 44% of Americans who have purchased a smart home product did so to increase the safety of their home. We definitely think that smart homes are safer too — as long as you’re careful.
To help newbies to the smart home game get started, Wink is offering a package with the Wink hub and two Sylvania Smart A19 Dimmable light bulbs as the Wink Bright bundle for $119. If you already have a Wink hub, the new features are part of version 6.0 of the operating system.