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Both Steph and I really like our app supported smart home devices. I only have a few--some Hue lights and my Ecobee smart thermostat. Some smart devices must be hardwired, like the thermostat, but many others can be retrofitted into existing fixtures, like using smart bulbs in current lamps and overhead lighting.
Some things, like lamps that use speciality bulbs that don't have a smart bulb equivalent, can be made to operate as a smart device with simple adaptations like the switchmate that turns switches into smart ones and using smart plugs in outlets to control whatever is plugged into it. The best thing, is nothing is hardwired--it's simply plug and go! Watch the video above to learn all about smart plugs!
There are many brands and types of smart devices on the market now. Do your research to see what would be best for your needs. Make sure what you choose works with your phone and will work with other smart devices you already have.
You may not feel the need to add these devices to your home, but may want them as you age. I love my smart thermostat where I can change the temperature from my phone without having to physically go to the thermostat. This is a real convience especially during the night so I no longer have to make my way in the dark to change it. And, app controlled lights--there's no turning back for me--they turn on and off at the touch of a button and can be controlled from anywhere.
What kind of smart devices do you have currently? What do you want to install in the future? Let us know in the comments below!
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