My house was built in 1909. I can still see 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 managed to find some that will.Read More
UPDATE: Big Ass Fans has discontinued their line of Haiku Lights. However, they are still a quality product and will continue to offer support for them. Philips Hue offers a potential alternative to these lights. The Philips Hue white ambiance Being fixture provides similar smart light capabilities with the advantage of working on the well-developed Philips Hue app.
If you’re not familiar with Haiku Home products, let me take a minute to enlighten you.
Haiku Home is focused on dressing up your home’s ceiling. Their Haiku series fans really are a cross between a ceiling fan and a work of art. Now with the Haiku light, they’ve expanded to making beautiful light fixtures, too.Read More
Stop living in the past. Get rid of your old incandescents and CFLs. If you haven’t started switching out your old bulbs for LED bulbs, it’s time to start. Even though LED bulbs are still more expensive than competing types of light bulbs up front, you will recoup the cost over the long life of the LED bulb.Read More
TP-Link smart devices are an easy way to get your feet wet in the smart home world. Smart plugs and smart bulbs are easy to install and easy to use. They’re also easy to uninstall and send back if they’re not what you’re looking for. Since there’s not much that can go wrong, there’s not much to fear.Read More
If you’ve looked into buying smart lights, you may have seen claims of their ability to improve health. They claim that the color temperature of the lights adjusts naturally to keep your body in its natural rhythm. Although it seems to make sense, I am immediately skeptical of claims like this. Is this a crafty marketing gimmick, or is it a real tangible benefit of smart lighting? It seems to me like a perfect situation for a deeper investigation.Read More