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Philips Hue White vs White Ambiance vs Color Ambiance – New Video

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The three Philips Hue color types (White, White Ambiance, and full Color) might seem confusing at first – especially if you are new to smart lighting. Thankfully the differences aren’t all that difficult to understand, as this video covers. I also cover which of the three color types I prefer. 0:00 Intro 1:11 Philips Hue … Read more

Ring Camera & Doorbell Signal Strength (RSSI) – How To Fix Poor WiFi Connections – New Video

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Ring cameras and doorbells are great… when they have a strong Wi-Fi signal strength, that is. When they have a weak signal, you may experience a range of issues from missing recordings to poor quality video. Thankfully the Ring app makes it easy to see whether a weak Wi-Fi signal is at fault due to … Read more

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

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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 – such as dimmable LEDs, halogen and incandescent lights. This is wired into the lighting circuit and sits inside the light switch, and it worked really … Read more

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

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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 “Hue Labs” feature, which I show step-by-step in this guide. I also cover this topic in much more detail on my blog here. However please … Read more

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

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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 look at the “fine print” of many smart plugs, they say that they only work with mechanical switches. Many devices have electric (not mechanical) switches, … Read more

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

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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 subscription, right? Well… as it turns out, many of the key features only work with a Ring Protect plan – whether it’s the $3 per … Read more

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

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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 – or even weird train-like sounds! Echo devices are very useful, but they have been known to make “creepy” noises at times, which can be … Read more