Diagram showing best Philips Hue motion sensor placement to avoid pets

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

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,…

Read more »
Philips Hue motion sensor in the foreground, with a blue background color.

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

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…

Read more »
YouTube thumbnail for my newest video, covering Ring Smart Alerts (Rich Notifications)

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

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…

Read more »
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…

Read more »
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…

Read more »
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…

Read more »
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…

Read more »
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…

Read more »
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…

Read more »
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…

Read more »