You might not be a know-it-all when it comes to smart scenes but hear about them all the time when the topic of home automation arises. You’ve probably seen all the cool new smart devices that people are using with their smart hubs to control their lighting, appliances, locks, and etc. But how do you group these devices to work together and create scenes? What can you automate within a scene?

You’ve probably seen all the cool new smart devices that people are using with their smart hubs to control their lighting, appliances, locks, and etc. But how do you group these devices to work together and create scenes? What can you automate within a scene?

If you’ve recently purchased an Arc Home Management System, then you’re going to want to know the ins and outs of creating smart scenes and their uses. Understanding the differences between scenes and routines with your Arc allows you to experience true smart living. Refresh your memory about smart devices as we go in-depth about scenes, routines, and triggering smart events.

Set The Scene

Scenes rely on smart devices that work on various wavelengths. Arc utilizes the three most popular communication protocols. Z-Wave, WiFi, and Bluetooth devices are the most widely used smart gadgets found in homes today.

You can find these types of smart devices online or in-stores. Once you have them, you can use an Arc to create rooms and organize how you’d like to pair devices to rooms. This is an important part of creating scenes and routines within Arc. You’re going to want to pair the device’s app to Arc or the hub itself for Z-Wave products.

Arc gives you control over your home and enables full interaction with your environment -even remotely via smartphone. Before we get into interacting with your environment, it’d probably be helpful to define what scenes are and how they differ from routines.  


Scenes are commonly associated with lighting systems to match a mood you’re feeling or want. Sometimes they function off a voice command or pre-configured preset. Let’s say you have that special someone coming over and you want to set the ‘scene’ right. With an Arc, you can configure your lights to dim down low for a more romantic feel.

Scenes are typically used once, but they can occur within your routines. Which is a great segway to explain what those are.

Make Routines Extraordinary

Just like scenes, routines rely on smart devices too but there’s a difference. Routines occur more than once and at least daily. Scenes rely on routines whereas routines can be standalone. Routines also use all sort of unique and diverse smart devices, while scenes rely on lighting systems.

Arc, for example, can power on a coffee pot every morning at 7:00 AM and also trigger the lights to slowly increase in brightness. An Arc routine can be programmed to perform tasks around your daily life when they are triggered by events. We will get into that shortly, but overall, a routine is just like it sounds, except it involves automating your daily routine with the things you use the most.

Arc Makes Life Smart

The possibilities of setting up routines and scenes by triggering events are beyond your imagination. None of this can be made possible without the right smart device to make it happen. To achieve full access and functionality of your home and devices, an Arc Home Management System can make it possible.

Arc can let you download the apps needed to utilize your devices, and naturally pairs to Z-Wave and Bluetooth devices. Now that you know a little more about scenes and routines, it’s time to start designing your own around your daily life. Take the step towards smarter living with your devices and Arc.

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