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Tech Tuesday – Smart Switches and Outlets

Tech Tuesday – Smart Switches and Outlets

Smart switches and outlets let you keep the fixtures you love and add the smart functionality you want without losing the familiar convenience of a light switch or power outlet. With plug-and-play, hardwired and even outdoor options you can make the most of your existing lighting and appliances.

Tech Tuesday – Smart Switches and Outlets

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch

This dimmer switch is held to the wall magnetically and doubles as a wireless remote. It works with your Hue lighting system (sold separately) to let you control your personalized light settings – switch on or dim as many Hue bulbs as you’d like with a single button. By not being hardwired into your home’s wiring it can be placed on any wall with screws or adhesive tape – great for a rental home or to ‘relocate’ an inconvenient light switch.
 
$25

Tech Tuesday – Smart Switches and Outlets

Belkin WeMo Light Switch

WeMo is a well-deserved superstar of smart home gadgets. The WeMo Light Switch looks and works like a typical light switch and connects to your home’s wiring in just the same way. After a little setup via your smartphone, this switch can now be clicked in person or controlled online. The WeMo app lets you switch fixtures on and off and set timers, while still keeping that convenient and familiar switch on the wall.
$50

Tech Tuesday – Smart Switches and Outlets

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

Insight is a plug-and-play outlet that brings all the smart functionality of WeMo without touching any tools or wiring. Besides turning your phone into a power button, Insight can also tell you about usage time and power consumption. It’s perfect for monitoring your space heater or window air conditioner, keeping an eye on little ones’ TV time or checking the real cost of using that old appliance.
$50

Tech Tuesday – Smart Switches and Outlets

GE Outdoor Light + SmartThings

The GE Outdoor Light is a plug-and-control outlet that is safe to use outdoors. It connects with SmartThings from Samsung, letting you integrate it with other smart devices. It’s perfect for controlling holiday decorations, porch lights or landscape lighting with the added benefit of smart controls. SmartThings also offers arrival sensors for a keychain or pet’s collar and motion sensors, giving you safe and automatic outdoor lighting.
$45