My BT HomeHub internet WiFi router in my garage, with a flashing purple light meaning it can't connect to the internet.

Using Smart Plugs To Turn Your Internet (WiFi Router) Off & On

One of the benefits of smart plugs that I’ve recommended a few times is the ability to turn the internet (i.e. your WiFi router) on and off via the smart…

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The boxes for the Philips Hue B22 Starter Kit and the Philips Hue White Ambiance E14 bulbs, both of which say "ZigBee Certified product" on their side.

The Difference Between Philips Hue White & White Ambiance

I’ll openly admit that when I first started looking into smart lighting, I got confused by all the different terms. Should I buy WiFi or ZigBee bulbs? Do I want…

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YouTube thumbnail showing me talking at my desk.

New Video – ZigBee (& WiFi) Smart Light Strip Options – When Philips Hue Is Just Too Expensive!

If you’re looking to add smart light strips to your home but you find that Philips Hue’s Lightstrip Plus options are too expensive, what options are open to you? This…

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My current home office and desk

Effective Smart Lighting For The Home Office

Home working has never been more popular. Whilst just 8% of the global workforce worked from home in 2019 (around 260 million people), the 2020 global pandemic has seen the…

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Two Google Nest thermostats in store, the Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen and Thermostat E.

Nest Thermostats and Underfloor Heating: Latest Info Guide

Underfloor heating provides soft, gentle heating from underfoot throughout the day, giving a nice, natural feel to a house’s heating provision. This is especially compared to an occasional blast of…

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YouTube thumbnail showing me in my kitchen, with the text "Kitchen Smart Lighting Ideas"

New Video – Kitchen Smart Lighting: Ideas, Considerations & What I’m Planning To Do

This video explores adding smart lighting within your kitchen, looking generally at what you need to consider and different ideas based on other people’s kitchen smart lighting projects. I also…

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The back of someone leaving a property, as captured by a Ring Doorbell 1 device.

Are Smart Homes Dangerous? 18 Worrying (Hidden) Risks

I’ve loved smart homes since I purchased my first Amazon Echo device (well, apart from when Alexa completely mishears me…!). I’ve since purchased a range of other smart devices, and…

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Marketing image of a LIFX downlight with a white casing, and bare cable on the other end.

LIFX Bulb Behavior After A Power Outage (Will This Change?)

After much soothing, your baby is finally asleep. You tuck them in for the night, dim (or turn off) your LIFX smart lights and slowly close the door, inching away…

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YouTube thumbnail showing an Echo Show in the foreground, table lamp in the background and the text "So near and yet so far..." overlaid.

New Video – Echo Show Light Control: Kinda Useful, But Key Features Missing

The touchscreen on the Echo Show allows you to control your smart light bulbs from the “Smart Home” menu, which is fairly useful if you want to quickly control your…

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