SMARTHOME DE­VICES BUYER’S CHECK­LIST

THE KEY THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN BUYING SMART DOODADS.

TechLife Australia - - BARGAIN HUNTER -

LED BULB COLOUR TEMP

Most white LED bulbs are a warm white (2,700–3,000K), but some peo­ple (in­clud­ing us) pre­fer a cooler white at 3,500–4,000K.

RGB VS WHITE LED BULBS

Colour change RGB bulbs let you set some great cus­tom colours, but cost more than the dimmable white-only bulbs.

HUB OR NO HUB

In­creas­ingly, smarthome de­vices con­nect di­rectly to your Wi-Fi, avoiding the need for a hub and one more de­vice to have plugged in.

SMART AS­SIS­TANT The best smarthome prod­ucts have in­te­gra­tion with other ser­vices, such as be­ing able to be con­trolled from Alexa or Google Home. IFTTT

Smarthome prod­ucts that sup­port the IFTTT net­work al­low all sorts of cus­tom con­trol through on­line trig­gers.

LED BULB FIT­TINGS

Screw (E27) fit­tings are most com­mon, but Bay­o­net (B22) adap­tors can be bought from eBay for a few dol­lars if needed.

LED WATTAGE

Most LED smart bulbs aim to re­place a 60W in­can­des­cent bulb, and con­sume 8–10W and out­put 600–800 lu­mens.

EX­PLORE THE ECOSYS­TEM

Many smarthome brands have a range of prod­ucts avail­able which can all in­ter­act, so it’s al­ways a good idea to check out all the op­tions.

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