Smart Home Basics

Best Smart Padlocks: Secure and high-tech? Or buyer beware?

Smart padlocks sound great in theory. Simply use your fingerprint or an app on your phone to unlock your gate or gym locker, eliminating the need to remember a combination or key.  Just about every smart padlock I looked at for this review suffers from some issue from battery life, to fingerprint scanning, to app …

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X-Sense Home Security Review: A reliable, low-cost way to scare off intruders

A few months ago X-Sense reached out to me and offered to send me one of their home security systems in exchange for an honest review. I installed it (March ’22) and I’ve been using it for the past 3 months. The X-Sense Home Security system is a kit to set up a basic home …

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How much power do LED strips really need? (maybe less than you think)

In order to purchase an appropriately sized power supply for your LED strip project, you need to determine how much power your strips will need. The obvious first step is to go to the LED strip’s product page and look up the energy usage for the LED strip. It’s usually listed as W/m (Watts per …

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