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Can Philips Hue Lights Be Used In Enclosed Fixtures?

An enclosed light fitting in my bathroom.

An enclosed light is a housing which is completely sealed off, such that any light must shine out of the partially see-through exterior surface (usually glass or translucent plastic). Enclosed light fixtures are good where you want light to shine mainly downwards, without any ‘being wasted’ out of the side or top – bathrooms and … Read more

New Video – 15 Relaxing Google Home Sleep Sounds (Free, No Subscription Required)

A Google Nest Mini on top of a fox cushion.

I am a big fan of using white noise and relaxation noises as a sleep aid, and so I wanted to shoot a quick video to showcase the 15 different commands you can issue to Google Home to play sleep sounds (without any separate subscription or installing a third party skill): Video Transcript Hey YouTube, … Read more

Smart Locks For Multipoint Door Locks

Photo showing some of the multipoint latches/locks for my back door.

A lot of smart locks happily advertise that they can be easily installed as they are fully compatible with cylinder-type deadbolts. Whilst a lot of Americans doors use these type of door lock, its increasingly common to see multipoint locks used instead. Can these be used with smart locks, then, or are multipoint locks incompatible? … Read more

Are ecobee Air Filters Worth It?

Marketing image showing two ecobee air filters.

ecobee, the Canadian smart device manufacturer best known for their line of smart thermostats, unveiled a HVAC air filter subscription service in April 2020. You get regular shipments to ensure you change them, along with reminders on your smart thermostat. But are they worth it? ecobee’s HVAC air filters are good quality and it’s very … Read more

New Video – Introducing Amazon Echo: Firefly Edition (Meme)

A Firefly edition version of the 'Introducing Amazon Echo' meme, showing 'echo' crossed out and replaced with the 'firefly' logo.

I recently came across the ‘Introducing Amazon Echo’ meme on YouTube, and I noticed that none had been created for Firefly – my favourite TV show which was cancelled (too soon…) by Fox. Hence I created I light-hearted Firefly edition for this Amazon Echo meme, using voiceovers mainly from the Firefly TV show, but also … Read more