January 14, 2021

How to Make Smart Scenarios: A Step-by-Step Guide

Did you discover the smart scenario tool in the Hombli app yet? This feature allows you to let your smart lights and other Hombli devices go on and off automatically. Or to control all of them at the same time. Yep, we guess that’s exactly what you’re looking for. But first you need to know how it works. No worries, we help you out!

What is a smart scenario?

A smart scenario is a special script for your devices. Written by you, created in the Hombli app. And there are two ways to do so.

Manually: create your favorite scenario with only one tap on your screen

With the manual scenario-tool (called ‘shortcuts’ in the app) you create your own handmade scenario. Let your three smart bulbs in the living room turn on at the same time, for example. This scenario will be shown on the home page of your app. One tap on your screen (or one command with your voice!) and the scenario gets activated. And guess what? You won’t be standing in a dark room anymore. ?

Let us guide you through the process step-by-step.


You want a scenario for dimming all the lights in the living room and kitchen.

  1. Open the Hombli app
  2. Tap ‘scenario’ at the bottom of your screen
    Add a new smart scenario
  3. Tap the + sign in the top right corner
  4. Go to ‘Tap shortcut’ > Activate device > choose your Hombli Smart Bulbs in the living room and kitchen
    Create a Shortcut
  5. Select your preferred functions (in this case: brightness and temperature) and tap next
    Set conditions for your smart scenario
  6. On this screen, you see an overview of your shortcut and you can customize the name and style. Here you can also determine if you want the shortcut to be shown on your Home screen
    Summary of your smart scenario
  7. Tap ‘save’
  8. Congrats, your Shortcut is now activated!

The possibilities are endless– so feel free to play.

Automatic: your home is really getting smart right now

The ‘automatic’ version of the smart scenario feature allows you to set up your smart devices to be activated automatically when a certain condition is met. Without your interference. “When this, then that”.

  • When it’s 8 am, the indoor camera in the baby room gets activated
  • When you come home, the lights in the hallway jump on
  • When you turn on the TV, your smart bulbs change color

In the Hombli app you will find four conditions:

  1. Weather (temperature, but also sunrise/sunset)
  2. Location (departure or arrival at home)
  3. Planning (time)
  4. Device status (if device A jumps on, device B also turns on automatically)

Pretty awesome, right? Our thoughts exactly.


You want your lights to turn on automatically when the sunsets.

  1. Open the Hombli app
  2. Tap ‘scenario‘ at the bottom of your screen
  3. Tap the + sign in the top right corner
  4. Choose the condition ‘Weather’ > Sunset / Sunrise > Add your location > Choose ‘Sunset’ and tap Next
    Select conditions for your automatic smart scenario
  5. Choose ‘Activate device’ and select your smart bulbs
  6. Press On / Off  > choose ‘On’ and tap next
  7. On this screen, you see an overview of your automatic scenario and you can customize the name and style. With the ‘Effective period’ feature, you can determine when and for how long you want your scenario to  run
    Summary of your smart scenario
  8. Tap ‘save’.
  9. Your automatic scenario is activated!

You got this

Once you start creating scenarios, you’ll see that it’s not as complicated as it seems. In fact, it’s pretty easy to master! Still have questions? Or a good idea you want to share? Reach out to us through our contact form and we come back to you asap!