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New Video – DIY Smart LED Light Strips: How I Built My Own (Low Cost) ZigBee Lightstrips

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After working out that using Philips Hue’s Lightstrips for my kitchen would cost £170+, I set out to build my own smart light strips that cost me less than £40. Plus it’s still fully controllable in the Philips Hue app! This video covers all the steps required to do this yourself, including: 0:00 Intro 4:54 … Read more

Best Location For Philips Hue Motion Sensor (Range & Angle Is Important!)

Diagram showing best Philips Hue motion sensor placement to avoid pets

The Philips Hue indoor motion sensor is quite a useful device: when it detects motion, it allows you to automatically turn your lights on to pre-set colors and brightness levels, configurable for different times of the day. However if it’s positioned or installed in the wrong position, it can either miss people walking past, or … Read more

Philips Hue’s Motion Sensor With Pets: Is It Pet Friendly?

My Philips Hue motion sensor in its box

Picture the scene: you arrive home after a long day’s work, and as you walk through the front door, your Hue Lightstrips automatically illuminate – as do your hallway Hue ceiling lights – gently welcoming you into your home. Bliss. That’s one of the benefits of Philips Hue’s motion sensors. But picture another scene: all … Read more

New Video – Ring Smart Alerts (Rich Notifications) – A Really Useful Feature

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Ring have recently released a new feature called ‘smart alerts’ or ‘rich notifications’, which basically sends an image (snapshot capture) alongside any alerts it sends out. So if someone clicks your Ring doorbell, you’ll see an image of that person. If your Ring camera (and doorbell) detects motion, you’ll also see an image of the … Read more

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

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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 is the question I was asking myself when planning to add smart light strips to my kitchen. I firstly wondered whether ZigBee or WiFi would … Read more

Nest Thermostats and Underfloor Heating: Latest Info Guide

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

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 warm air (or heat from a wall-mounted radiator) that many houses provide. So I wanted to explore how well the Nest Learning Thermostat range and … Read more

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

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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 touch on what I’m planning on doing for my own kitchen’s smart lighting: Video Transcript Hello YouTube, I’m Tristan from Smart Home Point. So today … Read more