Make it Easy to Wake Up this Winter with Smart Home Automation in Cedar Rapids

Make it Easy to Wake Up this Winter with Smart Home Automation in Cedar Rapids

October 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM

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Winters in Iowa can be bitterly cold, snowy, and downright dreary, which means your family needs all the help waking up in the morning it can get. Lighting contributes to how your home feels and functions. Smart lighting can reflect your personality by adjusting according to your preferences throughout the day and evening, especially during the various seasons.


What if you didn’t have to worry about your teenage son or daughter being late to school because their bedroom lights automatically come on when it’s time to get up? Perhaps you even struggle with the winter blues first thing in the frigid morning.


Here are three ways you can use smart lighting to make it easy to get up this winter.


1. Get More Restful Sleep


A good morning starts with a good night’s sleep. If your family members struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep, try adjusting the lighting in your home before bedtime.


Let’s talk science.


When we’re exposed to lower light, our brains release melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep cycles. Because melatonin increases in the evenings and peaks during the night before dropping again when we wake, you can capitalize on this natural human function.


Instead of exposing your family members to continued bright light in the evenings, pre-program your lights to dim or switch to a warmer color thirty minutes before bed. You can do this for all common areas of the home and each bedroom! This lower, warmer light will signal your kids that it’s almost time for bed and help them get more restful sleep when they do hit the hay.


2. Get a Better Start


Whether you live in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, or Waterloo you know that Iowa mornings are dark and cold. The average homeowner isn’t exactly thrilled about getting up at 5:00 in the morning to shovel snow off the driveway and clear their vehicle, but it’s part of Midwest living.


Why not make it easier for you to wake up on winter mornings?


Smart home lighting lets you establish your preferred settings, which means you can create the perfect morning routine.


Program your system to:


Not only will the bright lights help you get out of bed and wake up on time, but they’ll keep you safe as you tackle the early morning snow and ice.


3. Trust the Professionals


There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing your lighting control system was installed by a team of home automation and security professionals.


At Hawkeye Communication, we specialize in helping homeowners like you turn their existing homes into smart homes - all at the touch of a button!


Speak with us today about adding the following to your home:



If you live in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, or Waterloo, give us a call today to discuss your home automation ideas. We’ll visit your home and provide you with an installation estimate before we get started!