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In­stall smart light­ing

Australian T3 - - SMART HOME 2017 -

So you want to add smart bulbs through­out your home? There’s al­ways the Philips Hue bulb, but there’s a catch - you also need to buy the hub and in­stall it to get your phone talk­ing to your lights. There’s an eas­ier way. The LIFX range of smart bulbs have WiFi built in, and they give you full con­trol over all your light­ing needs through the LIFX app for your smart­phone. You get trick fea­tures like pro­gram­mable light­ing sched­ules, and com­pat­i­bil­ity with IFTTT.com.

LIFX White 800 Smart LED Bulb, from US$59.99 ($78.21), www. lifx.com

If you drink co­pi­ous amounts of the black stuff, the Ne­spresso Prodi­gio&Milk cof­fee ma­chine could be the most use­ful smart up­grade you ever make. Why waste valu­able min­utes when you could be in bed? This cof­fee king con­nects to your phone, en­abling you to select when you want a hot drink and pre­pare it while you put your feet up (it’ll also keep track of your cof­fee pods). You could pay for a dumb cof­fee ma­chine, or up­grade your smart home life with this baby.

Ne­spresso Prodi­gio&Milk, $399, ne­spresso.com

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