SMART LIGHT SWITCH LightwaveRF Gen 2 £185 www.lightwaverf.com LightwaveRF has just updated to Gen 2. You get the same high-quality metal light switches and power sockets, but better LED compatibility and two-way communication (so you can see your light switches’ current settings). The base kit gets you the smart hub and one light switch; additional switches cost from £60. If you want the best-looking light switches, these are the ones to go for. Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Amazon Echo are all supported, as is IFTTT. SMART LIGHT BULBS Philips Hue £45 www.amazon.co.uk Philips Hue is the best-known smart light bulb system, and the best. The cheapest starter kit gets you the Hue Bridge and two white bulbs; you can buy more expensive kits with temperature or colourchanging bulbs. Philips supports most light fittings (bayonet, E27, E14 and GU10, plus there are LED strips), and has the widest range of wireless strips. There’s a range of wireless controls, including a remote light switch and motion sensor, too. Every voice assistant is supported, as is IFTTT. SMART OUTDOOR CAMERA Netatmo Presence £230 www.currys.co.uk Netatmo Presence is a great outdoor security camera. It can tell the difference between people, animals and cars, cutting down on the number of false alarms you get. Its recognition skills mean that you can set it to have the powerful security light turn on only when it detects people.
Excellent video quality and a smart app make this a great product for monitoring the front of your house. Footage is recorded to SD card, but you can link a Dropbox account for online backup, too.
A full IFTTT channel lets you control other devices when the camera detects motion. Slightly fiddly installation, which requires the camera to be wired in permanently, is a bit of a pain. SMART OUTDOOR CAMERA Nest Cam Outdoor £179 store.nest.com The Nest Cam Outdoor is the easiest camera we’ve ever installed, connecting to an external power socket. Once set up, it can monitor permanently, recording footage to the excellent, but expensive, Nest Aware system. Smart detection means that the camera won’t warn you about blowing foliage, and we’ve had very few false alerts from our camera. The Nest Cam Outdoor can also recognise the difference between movement and people, sending a special warning if a person is detected. For indoor monitoring, you can pair this camera with the Nest Cam Indoor or the high-powered, 4K Nest Cam IQ. Nest Cam IQ is compatible with IFTTT. SMART SECURITY SYSTEM Honeywell Evohome Security £168 theevohomeshop.co.uk If you want to alarm your home, the Honeywell Evohome Security system is the best that we’ve tested. It has pet-safe motion detectors, and window/door sensors to cover your entire home. Uniquely, there’s also a camera motion sensor, which can grab a low-res image so you can see what triggered the alarm.
Honeywell lets you trigger the alarm through remote keyfobs, RFID tags or your smartphone, giving you plenty of ways to control your system. For the best results, buy the system with the GPRS internet connection, so that the battery-powered system can keep working in all situations. There’s currently no IFTTT support or voice assistant integration, but Evohome Security nails the basics and gives you a robust, powerful alarm system that you can control from anywhere.