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Wiz Connected’s IoT lights get a local remote control to lose in the couch

Plus in-home power meter smart plugs are on the way.

What you need to know Wiz Connected has a new remote and a new sensor to control its Wi-Fi lights. The remote control does not require a Wi-Fi connection. The company also announced app updates and hardware plans aimed at optimizing energy usage.

While Philips Hue sells smart bulbs that use Bluetooth and a Zigbee radio hub, sister company Wiz Connected makes light bulbs that work directly  [Read More…]

The Philips Hue Play Sync Box lets you sync your lights to your TV

Finally, a way to sync your Hue lights with your TV without needing to use your computer!

Philips Hue is one of the best smart lighting systems you can buy, offering precise color reproduction and compatability with a series of accessories like dimmer switches and motion sensors. However, its biggest competitor, LIFX, has a key advantage in that it makes it easy to show off your range of smart lighting and can use the microphone on your  [Read More…]

The Oculus Quest can now differentiate Christmas Lights from controllers

You can now safely Griswold your home.

What you need to know The Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest use a visual tracking system called the Oculus Insight that sees LEDs in the Oculus controllers. Some types of Christmas lights were tricking the Insight system into thinking the controller was moving when it wasn’t. Oculus Insight now tracks lights in 3D space and will no longer be confused by small LEDs like Christmas lights.

If you’ve been  [Read More…]

If you use Alexa to control your smart home, these are the lights you want

The ecosystem of smart home devices that work with Amazon’s Alexa smart voice assistant is vast, and one of the most popular categories of smart home products is smart lighting. With so many options out there, how are you supposed to know which ones work well, or which ones work well with Alexa? My top choice is the Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb, because it is an industry-leading product, has a massive ecosystem of other Hue products it  [Read More…]

You can finally turn the lights out on Twitter for Android

The ‘darker’ dark mode is perfect for your OLED smartphone.

What you need to know Twitter already had a dark mode, which featured a dark blue background across the app. ‘Lights Out’ mode makes things darker by adding an option for a truly black tone. Your OLED-equipped smartphone should see a bump in battery life.

After pushing its new dark mode to alpha users late last week, Twitter has finally made the new UI experience available to  [Read More…]

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box syncs your Hue lights with your TV for $230

Supports up to 4K 60Hz HDR, launches on October 15.

What you need to know The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box will sync your color-capable Hue lights with your TV for $ 230. It supports 4K 60Hz HDR with 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. Pre-orders begin today at meethue.com and Best Buy, but the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box won’t officially launch until October 15.

Philips Hue, the makers of Hue smart lighting  [Read More…]

How to control your lights with Amazon Alexa

Controlling your smart home lights is one of the most fun and practical things you can do with Alexa. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up your smart home lighting and master your illumination situation!

Products used in this guide Let there be light: Philips Hue Single Premium Smart Bulb ($ 47 at Amazon) Connect your controlers: Philips Hue Smart Hub ($ 50 at Amazon) How to set up your smart lights with Alexa

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Twitter will roll out a ‘Lights Out’ dark mode for Android in September

The Lights Out mode will be coming to the web version as well in the near future.

What you need to know Twitter’s all-black ‘Lights Out’ mode for Android users will be available by mid-September. The company had rolled out the mode for iOS users in March this year. Along with reducing eye strain, the dark mode will help extend battery life on smartphones with OLED screens.

In March this year, Twitter rolled out a true dark  [Read More…]

Assistant is getting smarter about talking to you when turning off lights

The feature isn’t available for everyone yet.

What you need to know The Google Assistant will now respond with just a chime when you ask it to switch off the lights. In addition to lights, the change will apply for switches and plugs identified as lights. It might take some time for the feature to be rolled out to all users.

Google has begun rolling out a new feature for its Google Home and Nest Hub devices  [Read More…]

Ring Security Lights: An in-depth guide to what need

There are several smart lights that connect to Ring’s doorbell and security cameras. We’ll walk you through the lighting options, considering where you live, how many spots need monitoring, and what you need to connect them all together.

Ring Lights and Connection Equipment Starter pack: Ring Smart Lighting Bundle ($ 220 at Amazon) Key area lghting: Ring Spotlight ($ 40 at Amazon) Lights and camera: Ring Floodlight Camera ($ 250 at Amazon) Area lighting: Ring Floodlight Battery ($  [Read More…]