Kasa Light Switch Is Always On – Or Won’t Turn’t Light Off

Smart Light with Orange Lighting

There’s nothing worse than having a smart light switch that gets stuck in the on or off position. Between the physical switch itself in the app, how can you troubleshoot this complicated connection? You should check if your Kasa light switch is stuck on or off should be to update the firmware on the switch … Read more

Which Smart Lights Support Thread and CHIP/Matter?

Screenshot of the Thread Group homepage

Smart lighting is one of the most popular parts of the modern smart home. With more and more brands popping up, the industry continues to grow exponentially. Smart lighting is essentially lighting of various types that can be controlled wirelessly, using wireless communication protocols such as Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, or LoRa – just to name … Read more

Ring Floodlight Upside Down Mounting Guide: Soffits/Eaves, Horizontally & More

Ring Floodlight Cam in its box

The Ring Floodlight Cam is one of Ring’s flagship pieces of smart home technology. This light handles security, motion activated lighting, and a variety of other features. Making the most of the Ring Floodlight Cam is all about how you mount it.  For more users, the standard mounting works best. Simply attach this light to … Read more

How To Fix Hue and Alexa “Please Try Again Later” Errors

Alexa and Hue error saying they can't be linked at this time

Philips Hue is one of the most popular smart lighting systems in homes worldwide. People who use Hue lights often use them with Amazon’s AI assistant, Alexa, one of the most popular smart home hubs. Normally, these two work together seamlessly. However, there are times when this isn’t the case. Either during setup or at … Read more

Kasa Smart Switch Makes Clicking Noise For On/Off – Why?

A Kasa HS200 smart Wi Fi light switch on my wall

There’s nothing more frustrating than wiring your first smart light switch only to find out that it’s making a constant clicking noise. What’s going on inside that switch? Well, a brief summary of the issue is: Your Kasa Smart Switch is making a constant clicking noise because the neutral wire is not securely attached or … Read more

Why Is Philips Hue So Expensive? Are They Worth It?

YouTube thumbnail showing me sleeping with my Hue bulbs and accessories

This morning I ordered some Philips Hue bulbs (four White Ambiance E14s, a size sometimes called ‘decorative candles’) and a starter kit including the hub/bridge. To be honest, I was almost annoyed at myself for ordering them because I’ve been wary about smart lights for years. Why? Well, I remember having a conversation with someone … Read more

Is Philips Discontinuing Hue? (Should You Still Buy Philips Hue?)

The box for a second gen Philips Hue GU10 white and color ambiance smart light bulb

The rumor mills are always buzzing about one thing or another. Anything from celebrity gossip, to when the world will end. Unfortunately, the smart home sector doesn’t escape the rumor mills. First was the notion that Samsung SmartThings was being fazed out. Now the buzz is – is Philips discontinuing Hue? Philips Hue is practically … Read more

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Battery Guide: All You Need To Know

My Philips Hue motion sensor in its box

The Philips Hue Motion sensor is a really useful tool because it’ll quickly turn on your lights when it detects someone approaching. However if the battery has any issues, your motion sensor may not work as expected. So I wanted to write this guide to talk through everything you need to know about this useful … Read more