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LIGHTFAIR (LFI) Shows Developmental Trends of Lighting and LED Industries

LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2017 is held by Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and International Association of Lighting …

New York City

Google Home gets hands-free calling, visual notifications, and more!

Google Home, Google's smart speaker, got some attention today during the Google I/O keynote. The device is set to receive several updates over the …

Phillips wireless dimmer switch - hassle free lighting

We got one of these Phillips Hue ($25 on Amazon) wireless dimmer switches for our bedroom about six months ago and it has not failed us once. It's …

Home Automation

August DoorBell Cam, A Powerful Video Doorbell

<i>Pros: Angles to your doorway, integration with August Smart Lock, putty to protect inner-wall, acts as a Wi-Fi Bridge for August Smart Lock, works</i> …

We took a tour of one of the first Apple HomeKit homes [Video]

We reported last week that developer and homebuilder Brookfield Residential announced that it will begin including HomeKit accessories in new homes it’s building as a standard feature, starting in Southern California.<p>Now we’ve taken a tour of Brookfield’s Apple based connected home at Delano at …

Amazon's Echo Show smart hub has a built-in touchscreen for video calling, selling you stuff

This $229 smart hub is powered by Alexa and has a 7-inch display.<p>Just two weeks ago Amazon introduced the $200 Echo Look, a smart-home hub that includes a built-in camera to help evaluate your outfit before leaving the house. Now, the company has taken another step, introducing its flagship hub, …

Smart Homes

Top Connected Home Uses: Automation 58%, Security 57%, Smart Sound 34%

Mobile technology already got most consumers connected and now the Internet of Things is doing the same for their homes.<p>A profile of connected home …

The Best In-Wall Wireless Light Switch and Dimmer

After spending more than 30 hours swapping out switches, flipping switches, programming timers, and talking to experts, we’ve decided that the Lutron …

Home Automation

A Sensor That Could Soon Make Homes Scary-Smart

If you want to set up a connected home, you’ve got two options. You can buy a bunch of smart gadgets that may or may not communicate with other smart …

Whole-House Control & Home Automation

<i>The CE Pro 100 is a list of the highest revenue custom installation companies compiled each year (check out the list here). Integrators that made the</i> …

Smart Homes

Google shows off its Amazon Echo competitor Google Home at I/O 2016

At I/O 2016 Google revealed its often rumoured Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, a voice-activated assistant equipped with an always-listening …

iOS 10 promotes iPad to HomeKit remote access device like Apple TV, both now run automation

Before now, Apple’s HomeKit platform required an Apple TV for remote access control of most accessories. If you had network-connected lightbulbs or other home automation accessories, you’d need to have a new Apple TV connected to that same network to control them with Siri when out of the house. …

You'll soon be able to buy a HomeKit-powered ‘Apple House'

New homebuyers today have many things to choose from: wood floors or tile, granite or stainless steel countertops, central air or window units. But …

Hands-on: iOS 10 + watchOS 3 Home app for HomeKit on iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch

HomeKit, Apple’s smart home accessory framework, is gaining some much needed attention in iOS 10 and watchOS 3 thanks to a new built-in Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Apple previously relied on third-party apps from accessory makers to control the HomeKit experience, using Siri as the …

The Future is Now: Turn Your Small Home Into a "Smart-partment"

Smart Home technology has <i>exploded</i> in recent years, and it’s been a challenge to keep up with what’s available, what’s compatible, and what’s getting …

Home Automation

4 Factors That Will Drive Home Automation

Within the tech world, there's plenty of excitement over the potential for home automation.<p>Frankly, though, a fair bit of the excitement is just hype …