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If you don't believe me, try coming home to a totally dark house at the end of a long day at work. With the right upgrades to your bulbs, plugs or switches, you'll be able to program your home to turn things on as soon as it detects that you're arriving.

The most obvious example is Philips Hue, which remains the most popular and well-developed smart lighting system on the market.

Tap Coming home , then tell the app which lights you want on when you arrive and your desired brightness or color settings. If so, you're in luck, because IFTTT lets you trigger automation recipes called "applets" using your phone's location. Along with Hue, smart lights that work with IFTTT include bulbs, fixtures and switches from Lifx, Lutron, iLumi, Nanoleaf, Sengled, Wiz, TP-Link and more (click here and scroll down to "Lighting" to see the full list).

Once you've got the right smart lighting hardware, download the IFTTT app to your iOS or Android device, create a free account, then follow these steps: Enter your address into the search field, or just drag your finger on the map to center the geofenced activation zone around your house. If that describes you (and if you've got some Apple HomeKit-compatible smart lights ready to go), then follow these steps to get started: By the way, one nice extra here if you live with roommates or family members with iPhones of their own -- Apple lets you specify whether the automation works when anyone arrives home, or if it only works when the first person arrives home. By the way, one nice extra here if you live with roommates or family members with iPhones of their own -- Apple lets you specify whether the automation works when anyone arrives home, or if it only works when the first person arrives home. That might be a nice touch for something like a porch light that you'd like turned on as you unlock your door, but would rather not leave on all night.

One soon-to-be-released option worth keeping an eye out for: Amazon's new Echo Auto. About the size of a cassette tape, it's a microphone array for your vehicle that offers in-car access to Alexa, Amazon's popular voice assistant.

Along with asking it to play music or give you directions to the nearest gas station, it can borrow your phone's GPS data to track your location.

Pull up in front of your house, and Alexa will trigger your smart lights to turn on.

We won't have hands-on tests with the Echo Auto for another couple of weeks or so, but we already know that Alexa's new location-based triggers will be a new option within the Routines feature, which already lets you set timed automations or craft custom Alexa voice commands that trigger whatever you like. That means that Echo Auto users will need to head to the Routines section of the Alexa app on their Android or iOS device in order to set everything up.

I suspect it'll work just like IFTTT and Hue -- use a map to set a geofenced area around your home, then tell Alexa which lights to turn on whenever you enter it. Most of the automations are aimed at reducing energy use by dimming things down when you're away, or warding off intruders by automatically cycling lights on and off when you're gone to make it look like you're home. Wink calls these automations "Robots," and you can trigger them using your phone's location to turn lights on and soon as you get home.

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