Gifting Guide Day 7: Power the lights on and off without making a move
With today’s technology, someone can be sitting and never have to lift a finger to turn the lights on (or off).
Imagine getting into bed and realizing the kitchen lights are still on. For many, this is frustrating to walk back to the kitchen. For others, they have to get back into their wheelchair to return to the kitchen to flip the switch.
There are a number of safety features that may be automated, such as if a camera or motion sensor senses movement after a certain time, lights come on. When not home, lights can be set to to randomly go on and off. The lights can also be set to automatically come on at sunset or at a certain preferred time.
This Hue Starter Pack includes the Hue bridge and bulbs to get started.
- The Hue bridge plugs directly into router and utilizes the built in Zigbee network.
- The Hue bridge allows up to 50 bulbs to be controlled via voice or smart device. Timers, routines, and more are able to be set on each of these bulbs.
- With an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, you can use simple voice commands such as, ‘Alexa, dim the lights’, or,’ ‘Hey Google, turn on the table lamp’, to control your lights. Compatible devices include: Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation or newer, Amazon Echo Plus, Amazon Echo Show 5 or newer, Google Home Mini and Google Home Hub.
- Up to 10 Hue bulbs may be controlled using Bluetooth without using the bridge, but there are a number of limitations. More info on this can be found here at Hue’s website. I highly recommend using the Hue Bridge.
- The bulbs are guaranteed to last 3 years, so there is much less replacement of bulbs!
- The bulbs and bridge are compatible with the Hue app that may be installed on any iOS or Android device. This app allows users to customize lighting for their needs and to control from outside of the home if needed.
- There are a vast number of types of Hue bulbs available to fit the needs of your household.
- How to set up the system
Wyze bulbs are a budget friendly option
- It is compatible with Alexa and Google Home but not HomeKit.
- No hub or bridge is required.
- At the time of this blog, these bulbs were sold out online, so they are not as easy to find.
- Turn lights on/off or adjust brightness using Wyze app or voice commands through Google Home or Alexa.
- These bulbs start at only $9 per bulb.
- A detailed review on this budget smart bulb can be found here.
- How to setup the system
Sengled bulbs have more compatibility and still a budget option
- Sengled bulbs work with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home.
- These bulbs have an energy consumption tracking feature built into their app
- These are another budget friendly option, at around $12 per bulb.
- No hub or bridge is required, and setup is very quick. They connect directly to your home network.
- These bulbs are missing most of the advanced features, but through the Alexa or Google Home, some may be able to be utilized.
- These bulbs are more readily available than the Wyze bulbs.
- These bulbs require the use of the Sengled Home app.
- How to setup the system
Pro tip: Pick one and stick with it. It’s easier to have one system than bouncing back and forth.
Comment below if you have some other smart bulbs you have found to work great in your home OR if you have any great tips on how to better use them with voice activation.DID YOU ENJOY THIS TRAINING MODULE? PLEASE COMPLETE OUR PARTICIPANT SURVEY TO HELP US WITH OUR FEDERAL REPORTING.
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