SMARTHOME DEVICES BUYER’S CHECKLIST
THE KEY THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN BUYING SMART DOODADS.
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.
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.