To me, the idea of having to manually reach up and pull the pull-chain on a ceiling fan is as awful as having to manually lift up your garage door. So, if you’re like me and you’re addicted to everything smart home, you probably have a need to add smart control to any ceiling fans in your home.
Unfortunately, its not always practical to just toss out your old fans and replace them with brand new smart fans.Read More
My house was built in 1909. It still has pieces of the original knob and tube electrical wiring nailed to the floor joists in the basement.
Thankfully, the electrical has been updated since then.
Unfortunately, I still have a few switch boxes that don’t have a neutral. That means that the vast majority of available smart switches won’t work in those boxes. However, I scoured the internet and found some that will.Read More
I know lots of people rage against Hue for being overpriced. Maybe they are. Maybe not. Personally, I think the number of lights they’ve sold tells the real story.
My guess is that if you’re reading this, you’ve already bought into the Hue system. You probably like the responsiveness, reliability, and well-developed apps that come with it.
Maybe you’ve already built that awesome entertainment room and now you’re looking to chill out on the spending a bit. I understand. I hereby give you permission to use some of these lower cost lights instead.Read More
The ecobee and Nest are widely considered the best two smart thermostats available. If you read just about any smart thermostat review, you’ll see these two almost always come out on top.
I’ve used both products and I’ve found 8 key differences. The differences between ecobee and Nest aren’t huge. But, they ARE different and the differences DO matter. So read on and I’ll fill you in on what I’ve learned.Read More
Lots of experts recommend smart switches over smart bulbs because they are easier to use. However, without smart bulbs, you won’t get the awesome benefit of color changing or white-shifting lights.
You can debate the pros and cons of smart switches and smart bulbs (which I’ve done here), but I don’t want to choose one or the other. I want the best of both. I want to be able to combine the cool, color changing effects of smart bulbs with the convenience and usability of smart switches.
Can it be done? Of course! Here’s how.Read More