If you’ve been holding off on adding smart home features to your dwelling, now is the best time to start. Smart devices are smarter and simpler to use than ever before, making them easier to integrate into your everyday life. Here are my top four smart home devices you can install without much effort and still reap a lot of benefits. Now playing: Watch this: Smart lightbulb tips and tricks 1:08 Smart lights Smart bulbs are a great place to start with smart home tech. All you need to do is screw them into a light socket, download their companion app, connect the lights to your phone and you’re done. From there, you can control the color and intensity of your lighting. With some smart bulbs, like the Belkin WeMo LED and GE Link Bulbs, you can also put your lights on a schedule, so they go on and off automatically. Others, like the Playbulb Color and the Sengled Pulse also have built-in speakers so you can play music. Here are more on the benefits of smart lighting. Smart plugs A close second in the list of easiest smart home projects is the smart plug. These plugs, like the Belkin WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Zuli Smartplug or the Amazon Smart Plug, can make just about any appliance smart. You plug it into an outlet, plug an appliance into it and connect the plug to its corresponding app. Then, you can turn that appliance on and off with the plug’s app or schedule when you want the… [Read full story]
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