If you have a Yale Linus Smart Lock and Philips Hue bulbs, you don’t need to resort to Google Home or Apple HomeKit to sync the two with your smartphone. The two connected objects can now communicate directly and very simply.
Connected home scenarios are becoming commonplace and once you have taken charge of designing your own, everyday life can be greatly simplified. It is also necessary that the connected products manage to communicate with each other, between the different protocols, compatibilities, authorized associations, etc.
To achieve this, it is still best for brands to partner with each other. This is what Yale, the specialist in locks and connected cameras, and Philips Hue, the pioneer of smart lighting have done. To provide benefits to their common users, the two companies have added reciprocal integrations into their systems and new features.
Enter a house that lights up
If you have a Linus Smart Lock on your front door and Philips Hue bulbs in your home, you will be able to synchronize your return home so that unlocking the door causes the various systems to turn on. lighting. This will be configurable from the Yale application, that of Philips Hue or Philips Hue Bluetooth.
And to make it easier to set up in the house, Yale adds its Smart Keypad for even easier locking / unlocking. It works in conjunction with the connected lock if you do not want to use your smartphone or if you want to give access to relatives or visitors. You can then program the scenario with a single key to turn everything off or on.
Of course, nothing prevents you from designing scenarios with Apple’s HomeKit, Google Home or Amazon Alexa for automatic execution with all products. But above all, this new partnership will allow occasional visitors using the keypad to enter to enjoy the light in the house without having to do anything other than enter the premises. And the same when leaving, they will only have to press a single button to turn off and lock your house.
We tested the Yale keypad to control the lights
To go with its connected Linus lock, Yale has designed a small keypad to be fixed near the lock using two screws and the double-sided bracket provided, on the outside of the door. It has several uses: first of all, it allows you to set a code to unlock the lock. You just have to type it on the connected keyboard, then on the Yale button to validate and the door opens. No need for a smartphone nearby. And you can assign a different code to each member of the household, to each visitor, for a defined time or permanently. Likewise, you can decide a single key to lock when leaving.
As soon as it is used, the owner of the premises is notified with a notification, even indicating the person to whom the typed code is assigned.
And now, it is very easy to create a scenario from the Yale Access app to turn on the light at home as soon as you get home, provided of course you are equipped with Philips Hue bulbs. From the app, go to the “Works with” menu and choose Philips Hue among the partners, then “Manage Philips Hue”. Then all you have to do is choose the integration to start the lighting using the app or the Keyboard. You can even decide to turn the lights off with the one-key press option when leaving.
Note that the configuration part is currently a bit under frenglish. The translation is underway, we are promised at Yale, and the whole should be 100% in French shortly. This surprises, but in no way hinders the use.