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Three Problem Areas in Our Home We Solved in An Afternoon

July 12, 2017  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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This post is sponsored by Legrand.

There were three problem areas in our home that were a constant source of frustration for Chris and I. One of them, we’ve talked about extensively (the bunk bed lighting situation–we’ll get there in a minute), but, I’m excited to say, we easily fixed all three of these problems in one afternoon and not only does it feel like a weight has been lifted–but we’re all happier with how our home is functioning these days.

1. The Problem: A Pantry Light that is always, always on. 

Having a walk-in pantry has been amazing and I loved almost everything about it, except for the fact that every time (without fail!) that I walked in the kitchen, the pantry light was on.

It’s a decent-sized pantry with no natural light (it’s lit by 2 recessed cans), so it’s not unusual to have to flip on a light to find something, but our family really struggled turning that light off for some reason. Even I will admit that often times when I would be going in and out, it was easiest just to leave the light on, but the small problem was definitely wearing on me. How could we get the girls to remember to turn the light off when they were done grabbing a snack?

Solution: Legrand’s adorne Auto-On/Auto-Off Timer Switch

The installation was very straight-forward to swap out our standard switch with this one that turns on and off when it senses movement. And after we did, there was a small screw under the switch (before you put the plate on) that allows you to adjust how long you’d like to keep the light on–from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. We opted for the shortest time, 30 seconds, and it seems to be perfect for us!

No more thinking about it. And it’s incredibly nice to just open the pantry door, or walk in and the light just turns on! I made a little gif so you could see it in action:

Now we’re eyeing one for our laundry room, too…

2. Problem: The Plug Socket Behind The Baby’s Crib

The plug behind the the baby’s crib in the nursery has caused more fear than frustration. When Faye was a baby, we plugged the outlet with those plastic plugs and moved the slats so they were strategically covering it, but it was always an eyesore and even worse, as Faye grew older, she’d get more curious about taking those plastic plugs out.

Solution: Legrand’s adorne Pop-Out Outlet

The flat plug took less than 10 minutes to install and since we never use this plug, but want to keep it for down the road, this pop-out option made so much sense for our family. It sits completely flat with nothing on the front and it has a patented shutter system so it is tamper-resistant to keep children protected.

It looks beautiful. It is so much safer. And I am so, so happy to check that problem area off our list.

Problem #3: We can’t easily reach the lights in the bunkbeds (and the girls keep turning them on at night!)

Okay, this was 100% our fault (we built the bunkbeds ourselves last fall) and a mistake we have owned up to on several occasions. But, it was still a thorn in our side and something that seemed like a really big, hard thing to fix. Spoiler alert, it took less than an hour! If you aren’t familiar with the issue I’m referencing, when we built bunk beds in the girls’ room last fall, we put the light switches for their wall sconces on the inside of the beds, instead of near the outer edge where we’d be able to reach them. After we realized it, it was too late–the room was done! We actually tucked a paint stick into the upper bunk bed to help us reach the switch without having to climb up the stairs. So you can see how this would be a source of frustration.

Solution: Legrand’s adorne SOFTAP™ WI-FI READY MASTER DIMMER and WI-FI READY REMOTE DIMMER (plus The Hub)

Chris called this “the game changinest game changer to home electrical since the circuit breaker.” The adorne line has an entire suite of Wi-Fi Ready switches that can be synced with the Legrand Light Control app on your smart phone. You simply set up The Hub next to the wireless router in your home, replace your old switches with the Wi-Fi ready versions (they install just like regular switches), and a few simple steps later, we had complete control over the girls’ lighting directly from our phones.

Legrand Lighting Control

But we didn’t stop there, because we knew that there would still be times where we’d check on the girls while we didn’t have our phones and find them asleep in bed, with their lights on. But what could we do, short of opening the walls up and running new wire to create 3-way switches? Enter, the adorne Wi-Fi Ready Remote Dimmer.

Legrand Remote Switch

It’s exactly what it sounds like, and exactly as amazing as it sounds, too. You install the Remote Dimmer with any other switches – somewhere where it can get power (in our case, we had one existing switch on this wall so we used the power there), and sync it with any other adore Wi-Fi Ready switch in the house–we synced it with the girl’s light switches in their bunks. No need to run wires through the walls or deal with 3-way wiring. The Remote switches connect to The Hub the same way any other switch does, and can be used to control any other same-type Wi-Fi Ready adorne switch. So now when we peek into their room at night, we can dim their lights or turn them completely off right there by the door. It’s legitimately incredible and took less than an hour to install! It feels like sorcery, but it’s actually all just Wi-Fi.

Now there’s no more reaching over sleeping children to turn off lights, or little girls yelling up the stairs that their sister turned on the lights, or turning off the lights prematurely because it’s just easier. For the first time, the lighting situation in here is just as we always dreamed it would be from the beginning.

It’s amazing how good our home feels with those three problem areas all cleared. Our home got smarter and our day-to-day feels so much easier, even though we only changed those small things and spent a few hours doing it. You can check out Legrand’s full adorne line right here. There’s a variety of styles and finishes and true life-changing solutions.

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What do you think?

  1. Beth says:

    I have been contemplating using these Legrand switches since you posted, but I can’t get my head around the exact wiring. Can you explain the wiring for installing the two remote dimmer switches on the wall where you previously just had one switch? Do you just pigtail the wires for the new switches to the existing wires in the box?

    • Chris says:

      Yes, but only to get power to them. You of course don’t need any wires going out (except to power the remote switch next to it).

  2. kalani says:

    Those are some awesome problems solved once and for all. i think we need that timer light in my closet. Husband keeps finding the light on in there. Hello doghouse.

  3. I love this post! My husband is an electrician and we’ve done a couple of electrical updates over at our house, but he’s been holding out on me because he hasn’t told me about products like these ;) The wifi capability would be awesome especially for lights in our toddler’s room.

  4. Lauren says:

    Oops, sorry, saw the answer. Forgot to check the existing comments!

  5. Lauren says:

    Can you explain the shutter system on the pop-out outlet? I have the exact same issue – outlet behind a crib and this sounds great, but I’m wondering what exactly it does to make it kid-safe. Thanks!

  6. susan says:

    what are the mattress covers on the bunks? Are they just covers? They look like they might be like a sleeping bag? They are cute, would love to know where you got them. Tks.

  7. Sara says:

    I legitimately “wow’ed” out loud while reading this post. So cool!

  8. Mara Smith says:

    I’ve been looking for a solution to turn the lights on/off on the exterior of our home, without having to add photocells to every light. If I’m reading the website correctly, I need a hub. Do you guys have a hub too?

  9. Elyse says:

    Great example of sponsored content that is good. Thanks Julia!

  10. Ginger says:

    wow! these are all amazing! favorite part: “the game changinest game changer to home electrical since the circuit breaker.”

  11. Emmy says:

    can you please post where the girl’s bedding is from? I can’t seem to find it on your website. thank you!

  12. Felicity says:

    This electrical stuff is all very cool, but what I’m loving is the new bedding in the girl’s room. Hopefully there is an update coming on that soon. Thanks for always inspiring/educating us.

  13. Nicole says:

    Such great ideas! I’ve never seen those pop out outlets and now I want make that need them!! When building our house I put the kids jack and jill bathroom on a auto switch with timer and it was the best idea. When they wake up in the middle of the night the light turns on for them eliminating that “mom turn on the light!” call. Plus no more leaving the lights on.

  14. JessB says:

    It’s so nice to get things like that off the to-do list!!

  15. Courtney says:

    Smart updates! I love the bedding in the girls’ room, I looked for a link and didn’t see one. Do you mind sharing?

  16. Morgan says:

    These are some really smart upgrades! I am just glad that you don’t have to keep the stick on the bottom bunk anymore :)

    We mounted desk lamps on the wall next to our bed so that I wouldn’t have to get up to turn them on and off but I would really love the wifi switch for my fan!!

    http://www.charlestoncrafted.com/2016/09/12/mounting-desk-lamps-on-the-wall/

  17. Sherry says:

    so so creative. i didn’t even know all these things existed! your house is amazing! do you worry about the girls having wi-fi so close to their sleeping heads? i’m such a fraidy cat about all that and ask my teens to even keep their phones in their bathrooms. they insist on using them as alarm clocks and i hate it. wanted to know your thoughts?

    • Julia says:

      Truthfully, there’s always been Wifi “around their heads” because the signal has always been there. But I know what you mean about phones–and I’m not looking forward to that battle!

  18. Deborah says:

    Wow! So cool. I love all of these options. We have the auto on/off on all of our lights at work. In the city of Columbia, MD where I work, it’s mandatory that all businesses have the auto on/off in each office/bathroom space. While I don’t care for the law, I love the convenience it gives to the entire work environment! Such little joys!

  19. Maya says:

    Wow, amazing! This is one of the best ad posts ever. :)

    How does that pop-out switch work? Couldn’t a baby pop it out?

    • Julia says:

      Luckily, it’s still sits behind a crib slat, so it’s impossible for it to pop out. You have to kind of push it in and then it pops out. I think the whole design is a lot less curious for little minds, too.

    • Sara says:

      I’m curious about this pop-out switch as well. We have the exact same scenario with a plug right behind the crib. She hasn’t been too curious about the plastic plugs, but I’m fearful that one day she will be.

    • Shannon says:

      I’m curious about this too – what is the “patented shutter system”? From the GIF it looks like you push it and it pops out. It looks like a very cool device and good aesthetic solution, but I’m not seeing the child safety aspect.

    • Natalee says:

      I totally agree. I loved this sponsored post. It has my wheels turning. If the pop out socket doesn’t work in a baby’s room because you are still concerned about safety, you can always just buy a plain screw on plate to cover the socket you kid has outgrown the hazard phase.

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