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Bathroom Upstairs

On this page, I present the actual solutions installed in the upstairs bathroom of our smart home, with links to specific products used and how these have been set up

This room contains solutions for the following systems (notice that on phones, the table might only be displayed in landscape mode):

System Type Components
  • Koogeek smart plug

  • IKEA Trådfri E27 smart bulb

  • Philips Hue motion sensor

  • LED lights for closet door hinges

Climate Control
  • Heatmiser neoStat-e thermostat

  • Heatmiser Wireless Air Sensor

Personal care and health
  • Oral-B Genius X electric toothbrush

Home Entertainment
  • Apple HomePod Mini

Pet Care


Control and Automation None

Description of the solutions in this room

This is the bathroom in daily use and was until recently not very well equipped. Lately, I have though found a working solution for something that required some investigation. The challenges with the lighting in this room was partly that the integrated LED lights in the bathroom unit could not be replaced by smart versions and partly that the wall switch does not control the lights directly, but turns on/off the power to a wall outlet located on top of the upper cabinet. So even if the other light source, a wall lamp with a traditional E27 bulb could be made smarter by replacing the bulb, this would not be of much help as the wall switch would make it go offline when switched off. Replacing the wall switch with a smarter switch or relay behind the switch would not provide a full solution either, partly since this would not provide any dimming capability and partly because we would like to control the light sources independently of each other. In the end, we ended up with the following solution (see pictures below):

  • The cabinet LED lights are connected to a Koogeek smart plug

  • The bulb of the wall lamp was replaced with a IKEA Trådfri smart E27 version, this one with colors

  • A Philips Hue motion sensor was installed facing the door

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Koogeek smart plug with connected LED lights, wall lamp with Hue bulb, and Hue motion sensor easily mounted to face the door

These components have been programmed as followed, using the Eve app (see screenshots below):

  • If the motion sensor detects motion (trigger) and the light in the adjoining room, the library, is off, which means we have gone to bed (condition), the wall lamp in the bathroom is turned on at 3% brightness and with red color as a night light (action)

  • If the light in the library is off, however, meaning we haven’t yet retired for the night, both bathroom lights are turned on at full brightness (and the wall lamp at yellow light) as soon as someone enters the room

  • In both cases, the light turns off automatically, during daytime after 15 minutes and at night after 5 minutes

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Programming in the Eve app on the left

The programming for nighttime light as it appears in the Home app

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And equally for daytime lights

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There is strictly speaking nothing “smart” about this, but a rather elegant lighting solution is a simple LED light that is installed on the hinges of closet doors, see picture below. The lights turn on/off when you open/close the doors.

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LED lights installed on closet door hinges

With cats who love sleeping on the bathroom tiles with their underfloor heating underneath, the night light prevents quite a few cases of stepping on/kicking sleeping cats during nightly visits to the bathroom.

When it comes to climate control, this bathroom has the same solution as the other rooms with underfloor heating, i.e., a Heatmiser neoStat-e thermostat. As for most of the other rooms with this solution, the thermostat is located on the wall outside the bathroom (see picture below), but this room does not have a separate floor sensor installed. This would make it unsuitable to use the thermostat’s own temperature sensor, but the Heatmiser thermostat allows selecting the source of temperature data. Thus, the temperature sensor that comes with the thermostat was run through the wall and into the bathroom and gives the thermostat its temperature readings. However, having the end of the sensor wire sticking out of the wall was not that elegant so when Heatmiser launched a wireless room sensor, this was purchased and installed. It should ideally be placed about 1.5 m above the floor, but after test measurements in different places, it turned out the temperature was just the same underneath the bathroom cabinet. Thus, I could hide it there, see picture below, and then link it to the desired thermostat in the Heatmiser app.

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The Heatmiser thermostat on the wall outside the bathroom and the wireless air sensor underneath the bathroom cabinet

For the Heatmiser app the user interface is shown in the screenshot below. The only downside with this thermostat, which might be due to the use of the room sensor, is that the underfloor heating often is turned off completely. This naturally occurs mostly in the warmer seasons, but the floor tiles nonetheless can get quite cold; this could be avoided with the old thermostat, which could manually be set to a constantly heating at a low wattage.

The user interface of the Heatmiser app, where detailed temperature profiles can be set up for the 24-hour period and the week

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Logically enough, here in the bathroom is where we keep our Oral-B Genius X smart, electric toothbrush. We previously had a simpler, “non-smart” Oral-B brush (og fortunately the brush heads fit most models so the non-used ones could be used with the new model). The new, smart edition monitors the brushing to give advice about how to brush to clean the teeth in the best possible way. This is done by mounting a smart phone on a mirror, sink, etc. (see picture below of the mount together with the toothbrush) and standing in front of the phone while brushing so that the phone’s camera sees where you are brushing and for how long. The Oral-B app then shows how long you brushed, areas where you spent too little time (as the screenshot below shows), etc., and it can give you reminders about running various “brushing programs”, replace the brush head, etc.

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On the left, the Oral-B toothbrush and mount (which is mounted on the mirror above the sink when in use), on the right, screenshot from the Oral-B app showing details from the brushing session

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Like our previous generation Oral-B toothbrush, this also does a very good job of cleaning, while the extra functionality you get through the app makes this a very good system. You get reminders and insight into areas where you brush poorly, the app contributes to making the brushing a “competition”, and for a smart home enthusiast, it is enjoyable to see that also this type of product can be made smart!

When a smaller version of Apple’s HomePod tas launched, we god one of these, see picture below. It serves both as a speaker for music and other entertainment in the bathroom, but is also a base station for HomeKit and the only one in the house that supports the new thread protocol. In the Home app, the devices are shown as in the screenshot below.

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To the left HomePod Mini

To the right the devices in the room

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