Tripper Door and Window Sensors
Now that we have replaced a good portion of our home’s lights with either smart bulbs or switches (16 light bulbs, 34 switches and outlets at last count – we had to start keeping track of everything in a spreadsheet), we are slowly starting to add more sensors to make our lighting smart and save some energy in the process.
We have a few motion sensors – one in the laundry room, two in the bathroom and one in the shower. These are hooked up to three different hubs – Iris, Staples Connect and SmartThings. They are all working fine – some are slower than others and there may be some compatibility issues with the Iris sensors, but none of these feel like the long term winner yet.
Most recently we got some of the new Quirky Tripper door and window sensors. At first we put them on for security – it is nice to tell when our back or side garage doors are opened since they are so rarely. The first set we got was so easy to install and use that we bought several more – it took probably 15 minutes or less for each door. It comes in a great looking package too.
After we installed the Trippers and added them to our Wink Hub, we added some Robots to make them useful. First we set up notifications to alert us when the doors are opened. We figured that is most important to know. This works great – the only problem is when you look at the sensor page in the Wink app, it shows that the door was opened at the time the system was last polled – not when it actually opened – so it may say the door opened 15 minutes ago even if it was opened nine hours ago. This is not a big deal if you are home, but concerning if you are away.
For a our front door we added a more useful Robot. When the door opens, it now turns on our entryway light automatically. It works great but could be improved with a timer, so we could illuminate our guests a little longer as they come into the house.
For the entryway light, for the first time we are trying the new GE Link light bulb that we connected to the Wink Relay. This was a much better (and cheaper) choice than replacing another 3-way switch. The only drawback is the bulb is not that pretty. But it’s in the ceiling so we won’t see it often.
We have some Pella Insynctive sensors on the way that we can use with Wink and other hubs, so it will be interesting to compare those when they get here. Our goal is to never leave the pantry light on again by adding a sensor to that door.
It will also be great to try out the Pella products in general, since smart blinds are definitely on our wish list.