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Can Smart LED Bulbs and Light Strips SPY On You?

Kitchen with various smart lighting installed, and set to a purple-style color

If this question has never crossed your mind – congratulations, now here’s a new fear! On the other hand, if you have thought about it, well then, you’re probably having an ‘I knew it!’ moment and are going to find this particularly interesting. When we think of our smart devices spying on us, the most likely culprits … Read more

Does Lutron Caseta Need A Neutral Wire? (Why I Love Lutron)

The wiring inside a UK light switch containing a neutral

As smart technology gets more advanced, it’s beginning to integrate with the core of our homes. This includes wiring it directly into the walls. Smart switches offer incredible potential when it comes to the limits of smart technology. Rather than just having technology attached to your home, this wires the smart technology directly into the … Read more

Is Lutron Caseta A TRIAC Dimmer?

Triac dimmer components and the Triac electrical diagram

A TRIAC lighting control might sound like something out of an old episode of Star Trek, but it’s actually one of the original ways for controlling dimmable lighting. As the world has moved towards the LED standard, TRIAC dimmers have fallen out of fashion. However, there are still plenty of situations where you can make … 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 a wireless communication protocol such as Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, or LoRa – just to … Read more

Does Lutron Caseta Offer ELV Dimmers?

Lutron Caseta in wall dimmer switch

ELV dimmers are a great way to control your smart lighting. These dimmers are some of the few that are actually compatible with LED lights and even compatible with certain brands of smart lighting. There are several different types of dimmer technology when it comes to switches that can control your home’s lighting. Each different … Read more

Philips Hue Will Support “Matter” (But NOT Thread): Does This Matter? (… sorry)

YouTube thumbnail showing me a 3d render of Elon Musk and the text Hue Matter Thread and... Elon Musk

Philips Hue recently confirmed that the Hue ecosystem will soon have a software update to support “Matter”, the connectivity standard that aims to finally introduce a common smart home communication ‘platform’. However this update will be made to the Hue Bridge V2, meaning that individual Hue lights and components will NOT be Matter or Thread … Read more