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Let There Be (Smart) Light! GLEDOPTO Triac AC Dimmer Review – New Video

In 2021, GLEDOPTO released their latest product – a smart triac AC dimmer, which is Zigbee based and can introduce smart (on/off and dimming) functionality to standard ‘dumb’ bulbs –…

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Can Philips Hue Cycle Colors? (Yes, most of the time…) – A Tutorial – New Video

Whilst it’s not obvious from the Philips Hue app, it IS possible to automatically cycle between different colors with your Hue lights and light strips. This is possible via the…

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PSA: Why Smart Plugs Are Often Pointless (Electric vs Mechanical Switches) – New Video

The marketing of smart plugs is great: easily control your household appliances and devices from anywhere in the world, or even via smart routines and schedules. Simple. However if you…

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Why I LOVE Philips Hue (5 Reasons They’re NOT “A Rip Off”) – New Video

Whether it’s Linus (from LTT) or Paul Hibbert (of “Oooh the Zigbee” fame), YouTubers seem to love bashing Philips Hue. As a result, I wanted to give a rare insight…

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Ring Devices Without A Subscription: What Still Works (Hint: Not Much) – New Video

Ring devices aren’t exactly cheap, so the thought of paying even more for an additional monthly subscription seems silly. Surely it’s worth just keeping the basic Ring functionality without a…

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Help! My Amazon Echo Is Making Random Noises/Beeps/Chimes?! (How To Fix) – New Video

This is a video guide to go alongside my blog post last year which walks you through everything to investigate if your Echo device is making random noises, beeps, chimes…

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Hue Lab Formula Examples – Color Loop, Living Scenes (& 12 More!) – New Video

The official Philips Hue app is a little bit… boring, to be honest. Unlike the LIFX app, there are no dynamic effects or scenes. Any scenes or colors chosen within…

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Ring Doorbell Wired vs Pro (What’s the difference?!) – New Video

I purchased the Ring Doorbell Pro – a purely hardwired Ring doorbell – around a year ago, and it’s working out really nicely for me. But Ring have now announced…

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New Video – Smart Plugs With A PHYSICAL Remote (Why & How!?)

I was recently playing around with a smart plug, and I didn’t have an Echo device – or my smartphone – nearby. I therefore started wondering whether it was possible…

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New Video – Protect Your Neighbor’s Privacy With Ring Cameras & Doorbells

Ring cameras and Ring doorbells are great for crime prevention and parcel deliveries because they record in full HD and record audio. However this also means that they can be…

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