Tag Archive: lights


How Philips Hue lights work with Nest

Philips Hue color ($ 45 at Amazon) and Nest Cam IQ indoor ($ 299 at Nest).

Very well, thank you very much.

Three little letters that may well be one of the most important parts of the Internet: A, and P, and I.

An API is an application programming interface. And in a nutshell it’s what lets one thing talk to another when the two comes from different owners or different families. It’s what lets Amazon  [Read More…]

Stock up on these $25 Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Lights today

Shades of … white

While it may not seem like a lot, this $ 5 discount brings these popular bulbs back to within a dollar of their previous all-time low.

This Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Light does require a Hue Hub so if you don’t already have one, you’ll need to invest in one. It is a 60W equivalent and this bulb does all different shades of white, but no colors.

If you’re looking for the  [Read More…]

Keep the party going with these AmazonBasics weatherproof string lights

We spend lots of time making the interior of our home look great, but what about the outside? These $ 31 AmazonBasics String Lights are here to save the day. These normally sell for about $ 10 more, and today’s price is as low as it’s ever been. They also have great customer reviews.

This 48-foot string of lights has 15 clear incandescent bulbs. They’re easy to connect with multiple strings, and they’re capable of handling year-round weather.  [Read More…]

Understand your vehicle’s lights with this $11 Wi-Fi OBD2 scanner

Stay in the know.

Right now you can save nearly 50% on Tacklife’s Wi-Fi OBD2 scanner when you use the coupon code HMBJIMTF. It allows you to quickly read and clear engine fault codes and capture real-time data from your vehicle.

It can be used on nearly any gas-powered vehicle that was made in 1996 or later, and it works with both iOS and Android devices.

Tacklife backs this with a 24-month warranty.

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These smart lights work with Amazon Alexa

Control your home’s lighting using Alexa and these smart bulbs.

Amazon offers an affordable way to start building out a voice-activated home automation system for your house or apartment with their Amazon Echo and Echo Dot powered by their A.I. assistant, Alexa. On its own, you can use Alexa to play music and find news, sports and other information. But things get really interesting when you start to connect Alexa up to smart devices, including connected LED  [Read More…]

Adding music to Nanoleaf’s Aurora lights is a dream come true

This is a great first step toward the future of smart lighting.

My biggest complaint about smart lighting is that it doesn’t play nice with the other things in my life. I want the lights to dim and change colors to match what I see on the television, or flash along with my PS4 controller when something exciting happens in a game.

While we know there are a couple of companies eager to see this kind of  [Read More…]

WiZ Light bulbs are a new player in the smart lights arena (Review)

WiZ is a new company in the smart lighting market, and they bring a compelling collection of lights to the US market. Featuring a simple set up and easy to use app, as well as a hub-less design that may be appealing to those feeling the smart home hub fatigue. The WiZ A.E26 bulbs are […]

Xiaomi’s phones, LED lights, and accessories are heavily discounted right now

Dozens of Xiaomi products are on sale right now.

Chinese retailer GearBest is running its mid-year sale, offering lucrative discounts on a variety of Xiaomi products, including phones, tablets, smart home accessories, audio products, and much more. With most of Xiaomi’s offerings limited to China, it isn’t always easy to get a hold of its products outside the country, making this sale that much more enticing.

Here’s a look at what’s on offer right now:

Xiaomi  [Read More…]

Nanoleaf Aurora review: The coolest lights on the whole damn planet

It turns out the smart lights I’ve wanted all along aren’t lightbulb shaped.

I’ve been thoroughly invested in smart lighting for a while now. Several rooms in my house have been fully converted, fully connected to Google Home for voice control, and so far I’m pretty happy with the setup. Smart lighting is absolutely the way forward for me, especially as costs come down and more options become available. Combining convenience with a familiar form factor is  [Read More…]

Which smart lights should you use with Amazon’s Alexa?

Alexa, turn off the Bedroom lights.

When you think about making your home “smarter”, the first thought is usually towards the thermostat or your front door — things you have to drop everything to interact with. Lights are usually high on the connected home list, because for most people, using lights has been a part of everyday life since birth. Light switches are usually available as soon as you enter a room, and most people look for  [Read More…]