Can Circadian Smart Lighting Actually Improve Your Health?

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...Continue reading

Four Essential Products For Ultimate Smart Home Energy Savings

Heating and cooling costs make up 50% of the average household energy bill. A few smart home devices can help you take a big chunk out of that. Install the right devices, and you’ll end up with a greener home and a lower monthly energy bill. Next, I am going to tell you about four smart home products that can combine to reduce your monthly heating and cooling bill by about 34% and sometimes much more.
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SkyBell HD Review: Clear View And No Hidden Fees

We’ve all been there. You’re occupied taking care of business around the cave, maybe cooking dinner or just lying in bed (or, ahem…on the toilet) when suddenly someone is at the door. Is it a neighbor? A package delivery? A solicitor? You don’t want to stop your activities to go check but you don’t want to turn away a potential important visitor either. The SkyBell HD is the solution to this first-world problem...Continue reading

Z Wave Vs ZigBee: Which Is Better For Your Smart Home?

If you are looking into building a network of smart home devices, you have probably heard of Z-Wave and ZigBee. They are wireless protocols that were designed with home automation in mind. They share some qualities, such as low-power and high reliability, that are essential for smart home applications. However, they have some important differences that I will explain shortly. Hopefully, I can help you start to piece together this home automation puzzle so that you can choose the products that will best fit your needs...Continue reading

Stack Lighting BR30 Downlight Starter Kit: A Smarter Smart-Bulb

UPDATE: Stack has sold their light business and discontinued production of the Stack smart bulbs. However, industry leaders Philips Hue and LIFX both offer high-quality BR30 smart bulbs.

The problem with many of today’s smart bulbs is that they’re really not that smart. My home already has light switches. I walk into a room and flip the switch. I walk out and flip it again. It’s pretty easy. Moving the switch to my smartphone doesn’t really make my life any easier. Any smart bulb that I want to buy is going to have to bring a little more to the table and that’s what Stack would like to do...Continue reading

What Is The C Wire On A Thermostat?…And Why You Want One

Here’s the deal. If you plan on getting a smart thermostat and don’t have a c-wire, get one! That’s my advice. You will save yourself a whole bunch of potential headaches.

There is a lot of misinformation out there about the c-wire and how smart thermostats power themselves. There is also a lot of incomplete information. In this article, I have done the research and filtered out the garbage for you...Continue reading

Sevenhugs Hugone Is A Sleep Tracker For The Whole Family

Sevenhugs has created HugOne to monitor sleep for the entire family. There are dozens of apps and gadgets dedicated solely to monitoring your sleep. But, HugOne from Sevenhugs is the world’s first family smart home sleep system.

The HugOne is designed to improve rhythm and quality of sleep. Its aim is to keep the entire family’s sleep cycles in sync. This will minimize both children’s and parents’ chance of being deprived of much-needed rest. Hopefully, the end result is a happier home.
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11 Best Smart Kitchen Gadgets

The recent explosion of connected products has made its way into the kitchen. Some of these gadgets are pretty cool and have a bright future. Others, not so much. I have scoured the web and found 11 products that I think enhance your kitchen experience and can make your lives more convenient...Continue reading