New Video – My Kitchen’s Smart ZigBee Light Strip Install (+ Should You Use A Diffuser Channel?!)

YouTube video showing my smart light strips in the background of my kitchen, and me in the foreground

So I finally go around to installing the custom DIY light strip that I created in a previous video. These smart light strips are ZigBee based, meaning that I can control them through my Philips Hue app. I created my own light strips because I have a dishwasher in the way, breaking the run of … Read more

New Video – Ring Floodlight Cam Brightness: Is 3,000 Lumens Enough?!

YouTube thumbnail showing me wearing sunglasses, the Ring Floodlight Cam and the text "Bright enough?"

The Ring Floodlight Cam should be bright. After all, it’s a floodlight! But is its 3,000 lumen total light output (from two 1,500 lumen lights) bright enough? I wanted to answer that question in this video, which compares it to other outdoor lights and also talks generally about when the Ring Floodlight Cam’s brightness will … Read more

New Video – Ring Floodlight Cam ‘Broken’ Issue: Don’t Make This Mistake

YouTube thumbnail showing a Ring Floodlight Cam hanging from its mount ball socket, and the text "Whoops!"

I recently purchased a Ring Floodlight Cam after it went on sale during Amazon Prime Day. I’d been really looking forward to this item, so when I ‘broke’ it by mistake during install – and when I read other people online say their cameras had the same issue – I was really disappointed. Thankfully I … Read more

New Video – Funny Amazon Echo Easter Eggs (#shorts YouTube video)

Echo Show easter eggs - beat box - and me

A YouTube #shorts video covering some funny easter eggs that I’ve come across on my Amazon Echo Show (although they’ll work on all Echo devices), in less than a minute. Buy the Echo Show now on Amazon here. The easter eggs I cover on my Amazon Echo Show 8 device are: Video Transcript Hello, I’m … Read more

Can You Adjust Ring Floodlight Brightness? Or Dim It?

Ring Floodlight Cam wall mounted - front view

I remember when I first stepped into my backyard at night after installing the Ring Floodlight Cam, only to be half-blinded by the floodlight! Okay, I wasn’t actually blinded – but it certainly felt like it at first! The 3,000 lumen (total) floodlights can be quite bright, which led me to wonder whether it’s possible … Read more

New Video – Four Amazon Echo Show Features That I Like (#shorts YouTube video)

Echo Show 8 front - powered on

A YouTube #shorts video covering four features that I like on the Amazon Echo Show in less than a minute. The four features I cover on my Amazon Echo Show 8 device are: Video Transcript Hello, I’m Tristan from Smart Home Point, and I wanted to cover my favorite features on the Echo Show device. … Read more

New Video – DIY Smart LED Light Strips: How I Built My Own (Low Cost) ZigBee Lightstrips

YouTube thumbnail showing how to build your own DIY ZigBee light strip

After working out that using Philips Hue’s Lightstrips for my kitchen would cost £170+, I set out to build my own smart light strips that cost me less than £40. Plus it’s still fully controllable in the Philips Hue app! This video covers all the steps required to do this yourself, including: DIYing your own … Read more

Best Location For Philips Hue Motion Sensor (Range & Angle Is Important!)

Diagram showing best Philips Hue motion sensor placement to avoid pets

The Philips Hue indoor motion sensor is quite a useful device: when it detects motion, it allows you to automatically turn your lights on to pre-set colors and brightness levels, configurable for different times of the day. However if it’s positioned or installed in the wrong position, it can either miss people walking past, or … Read more

Philips Hue’s Motion Sensor With Pets: Is It Pet Friendly?

My Philips Hue motion sensor in its box

Picture the scene: you arrive home after a long day’s work, and as you walk through the front door, your Hue Lightstrips automatically illuminate – as do your hallway Hue ceiling lights – gently welcoming you into your home. Bliss. That’s one of the benefits of Philips Hue’s motion sensors. But picture another scene: all … Read more

New Video – Ring Smart Alerts (Rich Notifications) – A Really Useful Feature

YouTube thumbnail for my newest video, covering Ring Smart Alerts (Rich Notifications)

Ring have recently released a new feature called ‘smart alerts’ or ‘rich notifications’, which basically sends an image (snapshot capture) alongside any alerts it sends out. So if someone clicks your Ring doorbell, you’ll see an image of that person. If your Ring camera (and doorbell) detects motion, you’ll also see an image of the … Read more