Automating My Parent's Lights

By: the Editorial Team.  Updated: September 17, 2021.


Problem description

Having the right lighting in the right place at the right time is a very important detail for both safety and quality of life. Think burglars, or being able to read, for example.

But some older adults, as they become forgetful, or develop mobility issues, can end up with the lights turned off when they should be on, or the wrong lights for the "job at hand". We wanted some "smart home" solutions that can help with this.

In some situations, the goal is "safety", and in others the goal is "better quality life", or reduced "effort". Below are some solutions.

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This is part of a series of "Problems" and DIY Technology "Solutions" to the challenges faced by older adults, by Frank Engelman. 



Suggested Solutions

Simple Smart Home Lights

This DIY solution describes several different approaches to setting up automatic lighting. It comes out of work I did to set up this type of lighting for some relatives of mine.



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