As the temperatures cool and the days get shorter, patios shift to marshmallow roasts and gameday grilling. It’s a great time to make your outdoor entertaining smarter and add convenience, security and fun while you’re at it. Here are a ways to bring your smart home outdoors. Add a smart camera Keep your eye on all your outdoor entertaining spaces (and the valuables in them) with an outdoor smart camera, like Netgear’s Arlo line. Want a camera that sheds light on your outdoor space for added security? Check out the Ring Floodlight Cam, which includes a siren and live camera feed in the Ring app. If you have a backdoor near your patio, consider a smart doorbell with a camera like the Nest Hello or August doorbell. No matter what camera style or function you choose, adding a set of smart eyes to your patio space lets you monitor your outdoor space with ease. Opt for smart outdoor lighting Outdoor lighting adds a special ambience to any patio or entertaining space. Smart outdoor lighting has come a long way and you have more options than ever before. Philips Hue hit the outdoors big time this year, with a collection of smart outdoor lights, including a path light and several wall-mounted fixtures. Of course, you can always opt for smart bulbs in your existing fixtures. the Cree Connected LED and the Sylvania Smart Plus Zigbee LED work well as generic bulb replacements. If your patio space has a ceiling, consider a smart fan. You’ll get the… [Read full story]
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