With the increasing number of home automation options, it can be a little difficult to visualize how and where one might use them. Not only that, similar products from different brands can have certain features to fit some needs better than others. We like to test-drive cars before we buy and test-fit clothes before we wear, so why not also test home automation technology?
LED lighting is transforming the way we light our homes, and “smart” LED lighting takes lighting control to a new level. Now there’s a new smart LED option for homeowners, as Philips, one of the key drivers of the trend, today introduced its Hue lux LED bulb.
There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and more »
If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »
Philips’ new SlimStyle interior floodlight, the BR30 ($12.97), gives homeowners more options and brings LED efficiency to more fixtures in your home. Like the original SlimStyle bulb released at the beginning of this year, the SlimStyle BR30 has a streamlined slim shape and the uniform light distribution of an incandescent floodlight, without the bulky heat sink you more »
orget smartwatches. If you want to feel savvy and upgrade with tech, home automation is the way to go. What used to be a complex and involving process has been made affordable and accessible by the best companies out there. One of the top manufacturers of home automation and control technology, INSTEON, has announced its latest app version will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices starting next month.
Whether you’re jealous and/or intrigued by all these ‘smart’ gadgets and appliances hitting the market, it doesn’t mean that what you own now is no good. With the right equipment, you too can smarten up your home. How easy, you ask? Well, if you can plug stuff into a wall socket and operate a smartphone more »
When it comes to the Internet of things bestowing the powers of connectivity to the modern home, security and monitoring leads the pack. These days, surveillance goes beyond catching would-be burglars in the act. It has also become a means to keep abreast of emergencies, such as fire, or to keep an eye on loved more »
We love a good LED light bulb. But some consumers find their light too different from the incandescents they are used to, finding them harsher and more bluish in color. If you’re one of these peeps, then the Finally Light Bulb Company has good news for you. The company’s Acandescence technology, developed by Finally founder more »
LED bulbs are cool the touch, last up to 35 years, are more energy efficient than incandescents, and are getting better and better in terms of color of light. Traditionally, however, they’ve come with a higher price tag than their predecessors.
When someone mentions that they’re planning to remodel part of the home, what comes to mind first? Kitchen? Bathrooms? Spacious, walk-in closets? While it may be true now, all of that is soon to change. As the internet of things picks up pace to grace various aspects of the home, automation is predicted to be a hot remodeling trend in years to come.
You can control pretty much everything inside your home these days with your smartphone, witness the slew of smart bulbs that started with Phillips Hue and has launched a whole new category of connected LED bulb. But what about landscape lighting? Now, Hubbell Lighting is taking that smart-bulb functionality outside with what they are saying more »