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How to Make Normal Lamps Smart Effortlessly

Posted on 22nd Oct 2020 16:03:58 in General, IoT, Smart

Smart bulbs are a common way of bringing enhanced control to any area in the home without breaking the bank. By including a small circuit board within the base of the bulb, they are able to wirelessly communicate with a controller such as a phone or a hub. They report their state back to the controller and accept commands, such as increasing the brightness or turning off. The convenience of simply screwing in the device makes it immensely popular and a common question is: do smart bulbs work in lamps? The answer is mostly yes.

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The 4 Most Common Smart Bulb & Dimmer Questions Answered

Posted on 18th Oct 2020 17:36:53 in General, Smart

Smart bulbs are a great way to get smart technology into your home easily and at a reasonable price. What happens if you have existing dimmer switches though? Can smart bulbs work with dimmer switches? The short answer is no, not really. There are a lot of reasons that this is the case, but having the wrong kind of switch installed does not mean you can't use smart bulbs. In this post, we will look at the different ways to get around this annoying issue.

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The Ultimate Guide to Smart Home Protocols

Posted on 16th Oct 2020 23:46:01 in General, Smart

Home automation is primarily supported by the interconnection of many different devices, all talking to each other to make your life easier. Each connected device needs to be able to talk to other nodes on around it, but how? This is where protocols come in, they specify how to communicate and ensure compatibility. One decision that every smart homeowner needs to make is which protocols will be used, which can be pretty difficult as there are so many. Here we are going to list every smart home protocol available and provide some insight about why you might pick each one.

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Smart Bulbs Vs Smart Switches, Which One You Should Use

Posted on 14th Oct 2020 17:06:06 in General, Smart

If you were to ask a smart home enthusiast whether you should use a smart switch or a smart bulb, the answer is almost certain to be different with each person you ask. The debate is as old as the smart home industry its self, so why is it so difficult to get a straight answer? The short answer is that there is no one size fits all answer and that each specific situation needs to be assessed to determine which option is the best. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, here we will discuss each one to guide you towards a sound decision.

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5 Reasons Home Automation is so Expensive

Posted on 10th Oct 2020 17:38:39 in General, Smart

Automation is great. It can help save precious time in your day by making repetitive, mundane tasks automatic. Going from having no smart functionality in your home to fully equipping every area can be intimidating. If you've ever done this or are trying to, you may have wondered why home automation is so expensive. There is, unfortunately, no simple answer, but there are a few factors that will come into play to make your particular situation more expensive.

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