25 Home Automation Ideas: Ultimate Smart Home Tour!

25 Home Automation Ideas: Ultimate Smart Home Tour!

Make your house smarter with these home automation ideas! Follow me on my smart home tour through a typical day filled with automation. I use Alexa and SmartThings for most of these ideas, so you can easily copy them for your own house.

FULL article with how to set all of this up: https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/smart-home-automation-ideas/
Reddit home automation megathread: https://www.reddit.com/r/homeautomation/comments/9xfccf/mega_getting_started_thread/

LINKS (affiliate):
Sengled smart light bulb: https://amzn.to/2ZihBKW
LIFX bulb: https://amzn.to/2DtiTpL
SmartThings hub: https://amzn.to/2HssY8q
SmartThings motion sensor: https://amzn.to/2KTgh8w
SmartThings multipurpose sensor: https://amzn.to/2ybuPtd
Echo Dot v3: https://amzn.to/2ZoXPg3
Rachio sprinkler controller: https://amzn.to/328wAEx
LIFX Z light strips: https://amzn.to/2ONRhPm
BOND fan controller: https://amzn.to/2ZqGteT
Bose SoundTouch 10: https://amzn.to/2KUQHA6
SmartDry (Dryer alert): https://amzn.to/2HoIRg4
Ring 2: https://amzn.to/2ZdqaGZ
Brilliant smart home hub: https://www.brilliant.tech/products/brilliant-control-two-switch-smart-lighting-smart-home-control
Roborock S5 robotic vacuum: https://amzn.to/2t6OWWK
Water leak sensor: https://amzn.to/2ZphhWc
Wyze Cam v2: https://amzn.to/2LJrg65
Wyze Sense and Wyze Cam Bundle: https://amzn.to/2LIo8rd
Nest thermostat: https://amzn.to/2JXSqoh
MyQ garage door opener: https://amzn.to/31WqlmW
Gryphon smart home router: https://amzn.to/32086×0
Front Porch – Kasa Light Switch: https://amzn.to/2SHDUmS
Hue: https://amzn.to/2KRWVCO
Light strips behind TV: https://amzn.to/2YYnjNc
Harmony hub: https://amzn.to/340uqbt
SmartThings outlet plugged into TV: https://amzn.to/2KVQLQf
Outdoor string lights: https://amzn.to/2T3dFql
Outdoor solar lights: https://amzn.to/2yg3g20
Motion lights in closet: https://amzn.to/2Hq2tQW
Schlage Connect door lock: https://amzn.to/2QfPRim
Under bed light strips: https://amzn.to/2YRW8DK
Bathroom light strips: https://amzn.to/2DsHCd3

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See the list of everything I use in my smart home and other favorites:

Videos –
SmartThings Ideas: https://youtu.be/mSoN685l_i4
6 Light Strip Ideas – Ultimate Light Strip Setup: https://youtu.be/7soFzqvIxQ4
Motion Activated Light Strips: https://youtu.be/toNVmPoyAfk
My Smart Office Setup: https://youtu.be/QM8_hBYBY4I

Articles –
30 Basic Home Automation Ideas for Beginners: https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/30-home-automation-ideas/
6 Incredible LED Light Strip Ideas: https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/led-light-strip-ideas/
25 Alexa Routine Ideas: https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/alexa-routine-ideas/
5 Best Smart Home Hubs: https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/5-best-smart-home-hubs/

Songs titled Terminant and B1-66ER by Nihilore and used under Creative Commons. Check out his website here: http://www.nihilore.com/

Writer/Editor/Director: Reed Kleinman
Producer: Aly Kleinman

Disclaimer: Smart Home Solver was sent Wyze Cam, Nest, and several other products featured in this video for previous unbiased reviews. Other products were purchased with our own money. As always, our opinions are 100% our own and not influenced.


  1. Steven Daws on August 29, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    There are some great ideas here, especially the reminders, I really need those!

  2. Eddie3074 on August 29, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Can I do this without anything listening to me?

  3. Gary Robinson on August 29, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Interesting, but retro fitting ? A small thing but a fan doesn’t cool a room it moves air. The reason you feel cool is evaporation from the air movement. So a fan working in an empty room doesn’t cool it, just uses electricity and may heat it from the motor.

  4. wardope on August 29, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I have an automated smart home as well. I have set up everything in Home assistant and node-Red. and even tho that might be complicated at times. the wife factor is even more complicated. by that I mean, the kitchen light is set to turn on 60 minutes before sunset but only if motion is detected in the kitchen, and if no motions are detected for 10 minutes the light will turn off. The problem with that is if shes for some reason not triggering the motion sensor doing that time.
    the light will turn off in the kitchen and she would crazy mad about it. saying stuff like can’t we just go back to having a normal light switch. I explain to her she should be more active in the kitchen move around som more, not stand in one place for 10 minutes. that did not exactly coop well with her. it kinda made things worse.

    then I decided to play a joke on her. we have a Google nest hub in the kitchen, so I set it to ask her ever 2 minutes "are you there? if not I am Turning off the lights in 10-9-87-6-5-4-3-2-1" and the light will go off if Google doesn’t get a replay.
    At this point shes Furiously mad i admit it’s funny and all. But I had to eventually Remove the custom Google trigger. I then took a different approach to control the light in the kitchen. by replacing the Motion sensor, with a camera that is able to detect motion with TensorFlow on a raspberry pi.

    now the lights stay on while she’s in the kitchen. 5 seconds after she leaves the kitchen the light is off. the smart part about that is that TensorFlow can tell a cat or a dog from a human. and decide rather turn the light on/off based on what’s in the kitchen. everything worked fine. happy wife happy life right? NOOO not so

    a few months later she decided to buy a new phone. I have home assistant set up so that it uses the phones to tell whos home (kids not old enough to have phones Yet). and I forgot to update Home assistant with the information on her new phone, the same day I left on a business trip to China. and was away for the week. One for the conditions on for the heating, light and basically everything to run is that we are home right!
    I was I china. wife home with a phone that’s not recognized by home assistant. and I was unable to get a connection to ssh into my HA server until the next day. When she rang me I think the word Furious would a strong underestimation of how she was. never the less I went with a co-worker out for a beer and we had a really good laugh when I explained everything to him.

    Imagen what I have gone through. We got the entire house automated. it has been a pain in the ass to say at least.

    So a piece of advice to anyone trying or wanting to automate your house PLEASE ONLY DO THIS IF YOU ARE SINGLE. or if its a hobby you really are interested in. also if you have a wife make sure she’s understanding and patient with you because this thing can otherwise end in a divorce…

  5. Thu Anh ฤแป— on August 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    YangGang anyone :))

  6. ColdChills01 on August 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜Like, OMG!!! You have the very best channel when it comes to home automation, detail, setup, ideas & you keep it super fun & interesting!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  7. The Great Empire!! on August 29, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Don’t you use more electricity when changing temps all the time?

  8. H TAV on August 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    This was so useless, I could not finish video.

  9. Razzy Ragusi on August 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I liked your video because you bleeped out Alexa. Thanks!

  10. Smart Home Solver on August 29, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Which home automations are your favorite? Make sure to check out the article that goes over how to set up these automations https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/smart-home-automation-ideas/

  11. Juaner Franzius on August 29, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    holy shit

  12. Hunter J. Short on August 29, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Nice video man! Definitely gave me some ideas, since I’ve recently been experimenting more and more with arduino and raspberry pi, this shouldn’t be a difficult task ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. NJAMTV on August 29, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Hey man, love all these automated processes! How much would you estimate you have spent on all your smart devices that carry out these automated processes?

  14. Coach JT on August 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Its like smart home porn

  15. Antonis Pardalios on August 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I’m building a new house and you just gave me some great ideas. Great video.

  16. Ryan Hewitt on August 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Damn this is impressive.

  17. Miguel Angel Muriel on August 29, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Married , kids? Talking about a modern family.

  18. vinnyvasquez on August 29, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    What a sad joyless life

  19. wintdkyo on August 29, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    You got some amazing ideas. I might explore the motion sensor bed light idea

  20. pursuit on August 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t know but you remind me of family guy specifically

  21. M W on August 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    What’s the power usage increase with all those PIRs motion sensors ? And other devices for that matter?

  22. Eric Lim on August 29, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Great job in all the ideas !! Smart!

  23. brandon crocker on August 29, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    How did you automate your dryer and do you know how to automate a washer?

  24. Morten Jensen on August 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    How do you feel about that there is no space in your home, where big tech and who ever they sell to are listening.

  25. BootlegEL on August 29, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Really practical and budget stuff Nice!

  26. nuvamusic on August 29, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Automation not pet-friendly

  27. Zara on August 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    You should build an automatic scorpion killer device

  28. ColdChills01 on August 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜‚If you get ANY Thumbs down ever! those people obviously don’t know how to "REED properly #FACTS ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  29. C Hodge on August 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Wasnt aware of that brilliant light switch. good vid.

  30. Waco Beer on August 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I just added a sonoff controlled solenoid valve (normally closed) to my pool fill spigot and a water leak sensor to the pool overflow. We can lose up to an inch of water level per day here in Texas, but now my pool stays filled all the time. I put the sonoff into a water tight enclosure and attached it to the valve. My automation system turns it on every day and waits for water to appear in the overflow.

  31. Jesse Hinds on August 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm


  32. GWA Stik on August 29, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    very cool , thank you

  33. Travails on August 29, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Awesome list, you have filled my weekends for a few months!

  34. lsmeteor on August 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Nice ideas. Some of them would be better suited for disabled people.
    I would like to turn on a light when it is getting dark. I have this light turn on by sunset, but in winter, it is already very dark way before the official sunset time. Do you know of a sensor that would do that?

  35. Diy Guy on August 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Clever adaptations! But WAY to many live microphones for my taste. And I prefer smart devices that donโ€™t require an active internet connection – more reliable and resilient.

  36. Maxwell Gรณmez on August 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    His parents must hate him. Poor old folks just trying to turn on the TV and the garage door closes.

  37. respinoza89 on August 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    How do I automatically like this video?

  38. AmCan Tech on August 29, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Wonderful automation. I’m using smart outlets, ifttt , zapier , and tasker to achieve this.

  39. Atlas on August 29, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    this is actually really fucking creepy if you think about it

  40. Georg Bachmann on August 29, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Awesome Video! Thanks!!!
    Quick question: which motion sensors do you use? I love the Idea for under bed LEDs and would love to but a motion sensor under there…

  41. Lucidsenenpow on August 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    How lazy can people be

  42. Anish Prakash on August 29, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    One day somewhere in the near future one of your Zigbee sensor will stop working. Then you’ll go through all kinds of troubleshooting options to finally realise that their battery needs to be replaced. 2 days later another of your sensor battery dies and you only find that out after a week. Another episode of troubleshooting and battery replacement untill you change all the batteries of all your smart sensors.

    Also your cabinet rechargeable lights! Do you set monthly alarms on your Alexa to recharge them? How many of those have you got man! Also how many chargers do u have or do u charger them one by one!!

    It is all fun and smart when new, just wait untill the real fun starts. Good luck mate ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Juan T on August 29, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Incoming Dad joke at 00:25

  44. Arttu Mahlakaarto on August 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for censoring โ€˜alexaโ€™

  45. Civsuccess2 on August 29, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    One day, internet down….. Everything shutdown.

  46. Tim on August 29, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Reed: Alexa open the door! Alexaaa? – Door doesn’t open –
    Neighborhood: Main power grid shutdown…

  47. Sir Anthony on August 29, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    If you choose not be a man. Then this video is how to lose your manhood 101. This female man shows you how, and how to moisturize your soft yuppy hands. "Alexa, how to gain more estrogen".

  48. Alex Fisher on August 29, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    that bathroom idea is amazing

  49. SuperMouseDV on August 29, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Everything in my house is run off of Smartthings. You gave me a heap of good ideas. I don’t have the led bed lights yet But that is a future mod.. Saving this video and going to implement a lot of what you showed.. Thanks for the great video. BTW Im working on the V3 Smartthings Mesh hubs LOVE them gives me internet in an out building and clears out blind spots around my house. Bonus is you can make things like non wifi security cameras work on your network with the out port on the hub near them..

  50. Ed19601 on August 29, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Your bathroom occupied indicator will not know the difference ce between someone opening the bathroom door to get in, or to get out