How to Put Your Lights on a Schedule with Wink

The Wink smarthome hub lets you automate all sorts of different tasks around the house by setting up Wink “Robots”. But strangely, when it comes to scheduling your smart lights, that feature is set up differently.

Wink Robots consist of a trigger and an action, similar to how services like IFTTT work. So if you have a motion sensor connected to your Wink hub, you can set up a Robot to send you an alert whenever motion is detected. Or you can have other smarthome devices take action whenever motion is detected.

However, when it comes to scheduling lights, that’s done in a completely different section of the Wink app. Here’s how to set it up.

Start by opening up the app and tapping on the menu button in the top-left corner of the screen.

Tap on “Lights + Power”.

Tap on the settings gear icon in the top-right corner.

Select “Schedule”.

Tap on the “+” button in the top-right corner.

Tap on “New Event” toward the top and give it a name. In this case, I’ll be calling it “Porch Light ON”.

Next, tap on “At”.

Choose a time that you want your light(s) to turn on. You can also choose “Sunrise” or “Sunset”. Hit “Save” when you’ve chosen a time.

Tap on “Repeat” if you only want the schedule to be enabled on certain days. Otherwise, tap on “Make this Happen” under “Effects”.

Select the light or switch that you want to be turned on.

Tap on the toggle switch to switch it to the “On” position and then adjust the brightness where you want it. After that, hit “Save”.

Tap on “Done” in the top-right corner.

Your scheduled light will now appear in the list where you can also quickly disable and re-enable it at any time.

Keep in mind that if you also want to schedule the light to turn off at a certain time, you’ll need to create a separate event that turns the light off, so you’ll end up with two separate events—one to the turn the light on and one that turns it off.

Craig Lloyd writes about smarthome for How-To Geek, and is an aspiring handyman who loves tinkering with anything and everything around the house. He's also a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, motorcyclist, and proud introvert.