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When it comes to smart home solutions, people think about how it will make life easy during their daily routines. Have you considered the edge that smart home solutions can provide during festive seasons? Here are four ways in which using a bit of smart tech at home can really make your life easier and merrier during this Christmas season!

And if you happen to want to implement any of these for this Christmas or even plan ahead for the next one, just give us a ring here at Shinrai and we’ll get you started.

  1. Automate Outdoor Lighting

Is your house the most brightly lit in the neighbourhood? Christmas is a great excuse to go bananas and string up colourful outdoor lights and festive décor. But remembering to turn all the lights on and off again at the right times can be inconvenient. And when you leave them on too long, it can affect your electricity bill as well. Use smart home solutions to set timers for when your Christmas lights should come on and turn off instead!

  • Control your Christmas Playlist with Voice Commands

Whether you’re snuggled on the sofa with a good read or throwing a Christmas party, one of the best ways to set the mood for the festive season is with some merry tunes. How can you bring smart home automation into this?

Hook up your sound and home entertainment system to smart voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to take Christmas convenience to a whole new level. With just a few spoken commands, you can select your favourite playlist and turn the music on and off, up and down as you please, from wherever you are in your house.

And if you’re willing to pay, you can also use Alexa to purchase festive tunes for your collection and play them right away! The world’s Christmas music collection is at your fingertips.

  • Use the Magic Cube to Set the Mood

One of the highlights of the festive season is being able to enjoy cheesy yet lovable Christmas movies with friends and families. A great way to control your home entertainment system is with the Magic Cube. Convinced that the remotes are always on the run? End the struggle with your thousand-and-one remotes. You’ll never have to play hide and seek with remotes again. This handy smart home solution lets you control all of your IR (Infrared-based home appliances) with just an app on your smartphone. Streaming Christmas movies on your home theatre system will be a breeze, and so will controlling your festive playlist on your stereos.

  • Automate your Chrismas Tree

The cherry on the cake is when you can actually get your Christmas tree to come alive just by telling it to! By using a combination of smart home devices and a voice assistant like Alexa, you can do just that. Just say ‘Hey, it’s Christmas’ and you can set it up so that your Christmas tree lights and a festive tune on your sound system all come on simultaneously!

It’s a great way to start a Christmas Party or surprise the family on Christmas morning. And by using timers, you can also ensure that the tree lights go off in the middle of the night when everyone’s asleep to help you save energy.