I’ve just played with the 4 in 1 sensor from Inovelli, and here’s my thoughts on it.
It is capable of sensing four different things, motion, temperature, humidity and illumiance. Many sensors out there sense just 1, or 2, but this one can do 4! And you can use more than 1 at a time, if you want.
I decided to give it a try, in my bathroom. The reason? I can use that sensor to sense three different things at the same time. Currently, my bathroom has 4 philips hue light bulbs, and they come on when one of us goes in there to do our business, and turns off when we leave, using the philips hue motion sensor.
I wanted to try using the Inovelli’s motion sensor to turn on when we are in there, and off when we leave, but also at the same time, use the illumiance sensor to sense if the room is already bright enough from the sunlight shining through the window. If it’s bright enough, it will then not turn the lights on if we go in there. Save us energy on electric bills! Pretty smart, isnt it?
There’s been times we forget to turn on the fan when we go shower, and end up fogging the windows. Or leave the fan on too long when we finish shower. Or even take a very long bath, to the point the fan timer ran out and the fan stopped, while we’re still bathing and humidity then rises in the room. This is where the humidity sensor comes in handy. I just put in a smart fan switch there. I set it up so that if the humidity in the room goes up over 70%, it triggers the smart fan switch (also from Inovelli). When humidity goes back down below 65%, the fan is turned off.
I put the sensor up on the ceiling, and it works really well! I go in there, the lights came on. I tested when it was bright with the sun shining through, it didn’t turn the lighs on. (we can still manually override by pressing philips hue’s smart dimmer to turn the lights on, if we want). I took a shower, and after half a minute, the ceiling exhaust fan came on. It worked really well, I’m impressed and happy with it! Definitely would recommend.
Having a 4 in 1 sensor makes things much easier, than having multiple sensors for one single thing.
This sensor can be handy in other places where you want to monitor humidity, such as kitchens to turn on the exhaust fan in there if you have one. Or put the sensor if you want to monitor humidity if you are trying to keep food or certain supplies dry.
Motion sensor can be useful to toggle lights in specific places. Temperature sensor to help control temperature such as smart plus for fans or small space heaters. Illumiance to help control lights if you don’t need lights when it’s bright enough. When you get creative enough, it can be really cool to have! I would pick up another one for my kitchen when it’s time to renovate my kitchen.