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Best Postage scale reviews 2017

 Postage scale types and features

Postage scale is a small but very useful device that is used for measuring weight of mail, envelopes and small packages. Experts say that it is possible to reduce postal expenses by almost 20% when taking close control over the weight of your correspondence.

As any other types of modern machinery, postage scales can be of different types and sizes. There are entry level models for home and occasional use as well as sophisticated devices specially designed to be used in large offices and deal with loads of mail and packages.

In the following text I will be talking about scales designed for home or small office use only.

Mechanical postage scale was the only type used in the past but currently digital postage scale becomes more popular. Mechanical scale use wire spring to measure weight. They are cheap but have low accuracy.

Digital postage scale is build around sensor that generates electricity when being compressed with weight. These electric signals are processed and calculated with special microchip and the results of weighing are displayed on screen in digits.

The benefits of using the digital postage scale instead of mechanical are following:

  • Higher accuracy. Depending on the model, digital scales can be from 10 to 100 times more precise than mechanical
  • Most of the digital postage scale models can automatically convert units. This mean that you can weight objects in ounces or grams, pounds or kilograms at the sane time.
  • It is much easier to read digital postage scales because they present results in numbers. No need to mess with gauges and pointers like it was with mechanical scales.
  • Digital scales can be programmed with bonus features like the ability of weighting food without weighing the cup holding this food.

The most advanced digital postage scale models can be used in many other ways other than weighting mail envelopes. For example: they can calculate calories of the food weighted or download latest postal rates from Internet.

There are dozens of different postal scales are currently available on the market. It is important to pick the right model that will fit your needs. There are some key elements of scales you have to pay attention to. Let me talk on each of them briefly.

  • Weighing capacity is one of the major characteristics of any scales. Every postage scale model has maximum allowed weight to be measured with the device. You have to thing well before making a decision about the capacity. Measuring objects beyond the limited weight normally leads to destroying the sensor and braking scales.
  • Postage scale has to be easy to use. Try picking the model that has intuitive interface and big control buttons.
  • Many of postage scale models have advanced features. Some have digital output and can be connected to a computer. Others have sophisticated accounting functions and able to do many calculations. There is even a password protected postage scales exist. They can’t be used by unauthorized people.

Be sure to read the product manual and look through the reviews before purchasing scales. I hope my website will help you with some handy postage scale reviews.

The Best Postage scale We Choose 2017

A lot of people building business around selling items online. One of my closest friends is also have small home office where he runs an online store. As the number of the packages and boxes was growing he was spending more and more time at the local postal office. At the certain point he decided to buy a best postage scale that will allow him to print shipping labels at home and save a lot of time.

It is important to pick the right scale to fit your needs. You have to be able to weight objects a little heavier than you normally do. The accuracy of the postage scale should be high in order to avoid additional expenses to the mail that was incorrectly weighted. The price is also matters. You don’t want to spend too much money on the digital device. My advice would be to study online websites and read as much reviews as possible before making a decision.

My friend spent almost a week browsing forums and review sites. He finally decided to purchase the Weigh Max digital postage scale with a capacity of 75 lbs.

This postage scale fits perfectly to work with envelopes and packages and have accuracy of 0.1 ounces. It is important to verify that the precision of the device so my friend used several calibration weights to be sure that postage scale works fine.

A couple of months of daily usage proved that Weigh Max postage scale is fully functional and works just as advertised. It fits perfectly for the needs of small business and looks good as well. It is really important that the size of a postage scale is compact so it is possible to store it right on the counter.

The LCD display is easy to read and have high contrast to work in the room where there is not enough light. The controls are simple and there are basically just three buttons: on/off, Tare function and operating mode switch. The conversion feature works just perfectly and my friend never had any problems switching between kilograms, pounds and ounces. When not used for a few minutes Weigh Max turns off automatically. This one is crucial when running on batteries.

It is amazing that you can buy such a wonderful device online for such a little money. The shipping price is usually included as well as AC power adapter and one battery. Having a lifetime warranty makes of this project highly recommend for everyone who had to deal with loads over mail packages or envelopes because. It helps saving you time and money!

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Z-Wave vs. Zigbee

Both Zigbee and Z-Wave operate through a mesh network. Zigbee travels on a higher frequency (2.4 GHz) versus Z-Wave (900 MHz). Zigbee waves travel further, albeit on a more crowded frequency. Both networks are mesh network protocols, meaning that modules/nodes relay signals, as well as receiving and responding. In essence, the more modules throughout your house, the more distance your network can travel.

Z-Wave allows for up to 232 nodes, while Zigbee allows over 65,000 modules on its network. Zigbee also seems to be making more headway with appliance makers and, given its ability to travel further with more devices, is more apt for commercial projects. The 2.4 GHz frequency also give Zigbee more bandwidth, meaning it can carry more information like Meta tags, through it’s network. Oh, and to top it off, Zigbee is open source, which I generally support.

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All-in-all it sounds like Zigbee is better, right? I think on it’s face, Zigbee is better, especially for large applications. For my home, Z-Wave is the right choice. The strengths of Zigbee are ultimately the weaknesses of the protocol. Confused?

Zigbee can control more types of devices with it’s larger bandwidth, but that also means there’s more code in the Zigbee protocol and ultimately more difficulty with cross-compatibility. Think of it as Windows vs. the Mac OS’s. Whereas Windows kept adding and adding support until the OS was enormous and slow. Mac would clean out its support with each new OS, creating a smaller, more consistent product. Z-Wave is more like Mac in this sense. This may not be the greatest analogy, but you get the point (in reality, Zigbee performs really well, but inter-manufacturer interoperability has been cited as a problem).

Although Zigbee is open source, I don’t believe open source is right for this market. The market is too small. I want a standard by which all devices operate and Z-Wave offers this to me to a greater extent than Zigbee. Z-Wave is a standard (within each country), so when I buy a module from, say Jasco, I know it will work with my Vera 2 controller. Furthermore, I like some of the backwards compatibility aspects of the Vera 2 in particular, potentially allowing me to add less expensive X-10 (and INSTEON) modules. The fact that Z-Wave is not open source is not an issue for major corporations like Verizon and ADT, who both either have or are coming out with Z-Wave home control systems. In order to make an investment in these companies, one has to believe that these companies believe that the technology will survive, even in the event of a hiccup by Sigma Designs (Mitsumi will now also produce Z-Wave chips).

Finally, the upfront cost for a Z-Wave controller that I can easily operate over my iphone is $250 vs. the $600 upfront cost for a controller from Control4. Z-Wave is really more in line with my home automation needs. The more I read, the more impressed I became with Zigbee, and the more I was convinced that I would need to hire someone to install the system. With Z-Wave, I am more confident that I will be able to setup and maintain my network myself, at a lower cost. All the positives for Zigbee aren’t necessary for what I am going to do with my home, and at the end of the day, operation and cost (in that order) are what matter to me.

Review of Mi Casa Verde Vera 2 In The Year2017

What an amazing product! The Mi Casa Verde Vera 2 from Mi Casa Verde is, as advertised, “simple but sophisticated.” After hearing dated horror stories of X-10, I never imagined just how simple it would be to create a home automation network until I got my hands on the Vera 2. Within an hour, I created my first Z-wave network, three HomeManageable Lamp Dimming modules controlled by the Vera 2, accessible from anywhere via IPhone, IPad, and computer. It is immediately evident to me that the Vera 2, using Z-wave technology, has the capability of bringing home automation to the masses. The device is quite easy to set up, which is great, but the thing that I like most about the Vera 2 is the flexibility of the device. There is very little that this device is incapable of performing. If the data can travel through Z-Wave bandwidth, the Vera can handle it. Oh, and you can even integrate X-10 and INSTEON devices into your network (with the additional purchase of a USB device, which runs ~$80), as well as IP cameras. Moreover, anything that you cannot do through Vera’s GUI, you can probably code in Luup, Lua code that very easily speaks with the Vera 2 and your Z-Wave devices. One of the common complaints I heard about the Vera was that it couldn’t process “AND” commands, only “OR”. This is just isn’t true, with a few lines of Luup. The Vera 2 really can do almost anything you can imagine within the framework of Z-Wave’s somewhat limited bandwidth.

The device is not without faults, however. In particular, I found that the attempt to make the setup more user friendly backfired, complicating setup for the average user. My documentation suggested going to findvera.com, and this simply did not work. Also, the act of adding and removing devices can be described as clumsy at best. Last, I do wish that Luup coding wasn’t as necessary as it is with the Vera. Things like the “AND” command are pretty simple to include in the device. It’s pretty odd to exclude it. But more one these points later. My complaints are minor and are overwhelmed by my exuberance for the product.

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Hardware and Software Overview

The Vera 2 looks a lot like a two port Ethernet switch. It’s sort of a shame that the appearance of the box is so drab, given the amazing capabilities held within the metal walls. As far as I can tell, the Vera 2 is a WiFi router with Z-Wave capabilities. There is a physical button for including and excluding modules, as well as two USB ports and a couple LED status lights. It’s easy enough. The thing that really distinguishes the Vera 2 is the software. Installed on the device is a customized version of OpenWrt, a GNU/Linux platform for embedded devices. I’m not nearly sophisticated enough to know much about OpenWrt, but I do know that this software gives you a ton of flexibility, turning what seems like a simple router into a server. This permits so many capabilities from storing and writing files on the Vera 2 to secure, remote access. The most important and impressive capability, in my opinion, is Luup (Lua-UPnP), which easily allows the user to add code to scenes, creating endless possibilities. Imagine, for example that you want to create a scene where you wish to open your Z-wave compatible shades if it is day time and it is sunny outside. You can easily do this with a few lines of codes, creating a timer scene and then adding a few lines of Lua code which checks the weather conditions (a plug-in) and opens the shades if it is sunny and the shades are closed. Amazing right?

The GUI on the Vera 2, UI4, is attractive and intuitive. The first page that you are brought to is the setup wizard screen, a 3-step process of adding devices, creating scenes and adding notifications. Although this wizard makes setup simple, I think it takes a lot of control out of the process. For example, I couldn’t figure out how to add and manage rooms. I feel like this should be an interim step between adding devices and adding scenes. Honestly, I tried to use the wizard and found it frustrating. I recommend clicking the “Dashboard” button on the top right and doing everything from there.

I exclusively use the Dashboard to manage even my fledgling network. This screen is also very easy to use, although it takes a little getting used to. For example, to assign device to a room, you have to first create the rooms, either by clicking the “Manage Room” icon or by creating it in the Wizard. Then, you have to click on the wrench for the device that you want to assign to the room, go to the “Advanced” tab and assign the device to a room from there. Another example is renaming devices. To rename a device, you click on the wrench and then double click the generated name on the device at the top of the window and change it from there. It’s not exactly intuitive, but it’s not too complicated once you’re used to the system. Despite a GUI that could use some refinement, the Dashboard screen is powerful. Click around on it and you’ll quickly get the hang of it pretty quickly. You can set up devices and scenes fairly quickly. For more complex operations, like setting parameters and coding, you will certainly have to reference the Wiki page for some help. Also, the Mi Casa Verde forum is amazing for questions with many incredibly experienced members willing to help newcomers. It is best (and generally considerate) to thoroughly search the forum before asking a question, as many issues have already been addressed.

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Overall Functioning

It’s a little hard for me to give a thorough opinion on the device operationally at this time, given the fact that I only have three lamp modules attached. I can say that I have not had a single issue so far with controlling any of the lamp modules or any scenes. The Vera 2 works very quickly, with only a very, very slight delay to a regular light switch. I can imagine this becoming slightly worse as my network expands and the signals have to travel further, but really this is just speculation right now. I have tried to spread my nodes throughout the house and I really have not witnessed a lag worth noting. I look forward to adding more devices to my network in the very near future and expanding on this review.

I have one small complaint regarding operation (that probably should’ve been addressed in the hardware section). I really wish the feedback mechanism for adding and deleting devices was more than blinking lights. A small LCD or E Ink display would have greatly simplified the adding and deleting of devices. I found it slightly difficult to rely on blinking lights as my indicators and had some trouble adding and removing devices from the Vera 2. It’s not awful, but it could be better.

Overall, my Vera 2 is functioning impeccably.

Conclusion

The Vera 2 by Mi Casa Verde is an incredible piece of hardware for users of every level. Although it is not foolproof, given the complexity of its operation, it really is almost too good to be true. I highly recommend this device for Z-wave users of any level from noobies to home automation veterans, and I look forward to continuing to add devices and more complexity to the Vera 2. I’m confident it will continue to exceed my expectations.

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Radiant Floor Heating Progamble Thermostat Review 2017

1.Nuheat Home Radiant Floor Heating Dual Voltage Progamble Thermostat Review 2017

Nuheat Home Radiant Floor Heating Dual Voltage Progamble Thermostat is a 7-day programmable electric floor heating thermostat exclusively designed by Nuheat. It has a high-resolution 3.5″ color touchscreen display and it can be programmed to control nearly any electric radiant floor heating system under stone, tile, laminate, and engineered wood floors. It supports all dual voltage which means they can be used with either 120 or 240 volt heating systems.

Nuheat Home Radiant Floor Heating Dual Voltage Progamble Thermostat  is 4 x 4 x 7 in in dimension, it is easy to install, and it is energy efficient, you can see the energy usage on the touch screen as it has a energy usage monitor. And it can be controlled using a variety of programmable and non-programmable thermostat options.

This thermostat has a temperature sensor which should be put on the floor before tiling, when you install it, don’t forget it. If this is the first time you use Nuheat floor heating system, better you read the directions and watch the guide videos.

It looks and installs just like OJ Microline’s thermostat UWG4-4999, so this will be a good choice if you want to replace for UWG4-4999.

Cons:

  • Does not have is a separate thermometer for the room beside the floor temperature.

Pros:

  • Dual-voltage; compatible with 120V and 240V systems
  • 3 year warranty
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2.OJ Electronics UDG-4999,Underfloor Heating Programmable Thermostat with GFCI, Includes Floor Sensor

UDG-4999 is a touch thermostat for electric underfloor heating, it has a sleek design and is intuitive control designed for easy installation. It is a programmable thermostat with 2 sensors:floor sensor and built-in room sensor. This thermostat programming is now based on 6-event days copying one day schedule to any other day with a single operation, and you can set 4 settings/day;.  If you have a consistent schedule, this programmable thermostat will deliver a maximum level of comfort when you need it most, like during your morning routine, while still keeping your overall energy use to a minimum. Includes floor sensor.

The UDG4-4999 thermostat represents a harmonious blend of style and usability.  It support universal voltage, suitable for 120V or 240V applications. Theoutput relay is 15A. Its energy consumption monitor function allows you to check the energy consumption for as long as 365 days. The temperature control  ranges from +41 to +104°F (+5/+40°C), and the accuracy: is ±0.7°F/0.4°C which is very accurate.

Cons:

Not so easy to setting the schedule

Pros:

Easy to install

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3.Honeywell TH115-AF-GA/U Radiant Heating 120/240V Programmable Thermostat with Floor Sensor and GFCI

Honeywell TH115-AF-GA/U is a programmable thermostats with a large backlit LCD are available with 5 mA GFCIs or 15 mA EGFPDs. It can work on 240V or 120V as it is a dual voltage thermostat.The main difference between TH115-AF-120S and a GFCI TH115-AF-GA is a 5mA built-in Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. If your floor thermostat is with GFCI it will be safer as it likes having an additional high-sensitivity circuit breaker in the system. If you use a underfloor thermostat in your shower room or kitchen, then a GFCI thermostat is better as it will safely shut down the system when the thermostat line short-circuit. This thermostat is easy to use and the set of programming options is nice, it works well with radiant heat. This is the best selling Honeywell radiant floor heating progamble thermostat.

Cons:

Instructions are a little lacking

Pros:

Built in GFCI

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4.Nuheat Element Non Programmable 120/240V Radiant Floor Heating Thermostat GFCI and LCD Display

This is a non-programmable digital radiant floor heating programmble thermostat with simple “up” or “down” control of any electric floor heating system. It is an easy to use,and it can be used for simple up/down temperature control of any electric floor heating system. This is a dual voltage capable thermostat so both 120/240V will be OK.  The resistive load is 1800W at 120VAC and 3600W at 240VAC. With UL approved 15 Amp Class A GFCI protection built-in, it is safe to use everywhere in your house.

Cons:

non programmable

Pros:

Simple to use

No battery needed

Built-in GFCI

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5 BEST WIFI SMART DOOR LOCKS REVIEW 2017

best-wifi-smart-door-locks-%e3%80%81A smart lock is arguably the most important part of a truly smart, connected home. Smart locks are part of a larger smart home trend that allows you to control certain electronics in your house with a smartphone. Smart door locks offer sophisticated “access control” features to any home or business, Smart locks that supplement or replace your front door deadbolt do much more than lock and unlock your door without a key.

Why You Should Buy A Smart Wifi Door Lock

they can automatically detect your presence and provide safety while you’re away. Some smart locks let you send guest keys to your family and friends to eliminate the key under the mat. Some smart locks are compatible with smart home ecosystems such as Nest, the Apple HomeKit and the Wink.

Best Wifi Smart  Door Locks We Choose

ItemPrice
August Smart Lock 3nd GenerationCheck price
Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock 2nd GenCheck price
Schlage Sense Smart DeadboltCheck price
Yale Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Satin NickelCheck price
Kwikset 916 Z-Wave SmartCode Touchscreen Electronic DeadboltCheck price
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Century Touchscreen DeadboltCheck price
RemoteLock LS-5i Deadbolt LockCheck
Kwikset Kevo (1st Gen) Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart LockCheck

 

1. Best of the Best–August Smart Lock 3nd Generation

The August Smart Lock is a powerful door lock, it looks like a round cylinder, you can just replace the inside portion of your deadbolt and keep using your same key. This is a great solution for anyone who prefers the look of their current door hardware or renters who can’t switch out their door locks. It’s the most widely-compatible lock around, and it has several attractive and useful accessories. It’s a snap to install and it is compatible with more smart home platforms than any other smart lock. It is compatible with HomeKit, Nest and Xfinity, so you can use a app on your smartphone to set authorized users who can enter your home. August bundles the Smart Lock Pro with a Wi-Fi bridge so that you can control and monitor your door remotely.

 

Pros:

Works with Amazon Alexa

compatible with more smart home platforms

Unlocks automatically as you arrive

Cons:

Less potential to improve home security than others

2. Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock 2nd Gen Review


Kwikset’s Kevo was the first smart lock on the market, its keyless smart lock combines the look of their conventional keyed locks with high-tech functionality, it has excellent customer support and a quality design. The bluetooth-based close-range authentication system is more secure than the geofence-based auto-unlocking features employed by many locks, with a smaller interior footprint, easier installation and resistance against brute-force attacks. It is a uniquely convenient smart lock that can let you in with a single touch. Whether leaving or coming home, Kevo smart lock takes only a touch to lock and unlock.

 

Pros:

excellent customer support

a quality design

Easily track who comes and goes.

 

Cons:

lacks a keypad, you’ll need a key when your smartphone no battery.

 

3. Best Value Wireless Smart Lock Under $200– Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt


The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt makes daily life easier and more convenient, it is a Bluetooth-enabled touch-screen lock that you can control with your iOS device. You don’t need to search for your keys in your pocket when you come home, you just need to enter an access code on the touchscreen to unlock the door. Smart locks with numeric keypads like the one Schlage Sense uses will also let you assign user-specific codes for different people. This lock also has the highest possible security rating.  It is a self-contained smart lock, which means you only need a compatible smartphone for normal use. Schlage offers the Sense in an array of colors and trims — satin nickel, matte black or aged bronze. The materials used in the build are most certainly high-quality with no feeling of cheapness here at all.

Schlage Sense can be integrated into Apple HomeKit, it can also be controlled by Amazon’s Echo.

 

Pros:

The most secure smart lock

Home automation integrations

 

Cons:

Its app doesn’t dive as deep into HomeKit’s standardized controls as others

Doesn’t have Android mobile app.

 

4. Yale Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Satin Nickel Review


This key-free deadbolt from Yale has a small, sturdy and stylish build. If you’re looking for a higher level of convenience from your lock, but you don’t want to pay monthly fees, this one is for you. Yale’s Real Living YRD240 Touchscreen Deadbolt is quiet, easy to install, attractive, and futureproof thanks to its standard Z-Wave integration. This deadbolt provides a significant increase in security as it eliminates the most vulnerable part of the lock: the cylinder, and because it can be configured with either a Z-Wave or ZigBee wireless module, it can be incorporated into a variety of home-automation networks.

The YRD240 comes in three stylish finishes; Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. This lock will fit in the place of your existing deadbolt and is compatible with all standard interior and exterior doors.

 

Pros:

  • Bright, responsive keypad
  • Small, classic design

Cons:

  • Relatively difficult to setup
  • Requires third-party Z-Wave hub for advanced features

5. Kwikset 916 Z-Wave SmartCode Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt


When choosing an electronic lock for your home there are myriad options. The Kwikset SmartCode 916 has built-in ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation compatibility.  Z-Wave technology lets you control the lock remotely with a compatible controller, you’ll need a Z-Wave or ZigBee smart home network to take full advantage of all of its features, it works very well on its own. The touchscreen keypad has a unique feature that helps improve your home’s security. The installation of this electronic deadbolt is a simple and quick process, as our research shows, It can be installed in under 30 minutes with just a scewdriver.

 

Pros:

Easy to Install

Z-Wave In A Nutshell

Cons:

Fewer technical support

6.LockState LS-DB500R

Say hello to one of the best rated remote door locks on the market today.  The LS-DB500R-PB by LockSlate features a keypad, traditional keyhole, and a remote for easy entry.  This model has a near-perfect customer rating.  Let’s take a closer look at this door lock.

What We Love

  • Remote – This is easily our favorite feature.  The remote works from a distance of 30 feet away.  Users typically clip it on their keyring and activate the lock while they are approaching it.  While you still have to reach for the remote, there is no need for fumbling with keys at the door.  Perfect for cold nights or low light entryways.

What Could Be Improved

This is a rare instance where we can’t find an area of a product that needs improvement.  We would be nitpicking if we were forced to select a certain feature.  This lock does what it was made for, and it does it extremely well.

Customer Ratings

The LockSlate LS-DB500-R-PB is one of the highest rated smart locks on the market today.  Consisting of many perfect ratings, you are sure to be pleased if you decide to purchase this remote door lock.  Take a minute to read some of the reviews by clicking the link below.

7.OKIDOKEYS Classic Smart Lock

Imagine this scenario. Coming home from the grocery store after a long day of work.  You park the car and grab your groceries to bring inside the house.  Both hands are full.  You arrive at your door but have to set the groceries on the ground to find your keys.  You finally find your keys and unlock the door.  You pick up the groceries and head inside.  What if there was a way to have your door automatically unlock when you arrive home?  That’s where the OKIDOKEYS Classic smart lock comes in.

What We Love

  • Entry Methods – This keyless door lock offers several ways of activating the deadbolt.  Our favorite way is the handsfree method.  This means when you get a certain distance away from your door, it will automatically unlock.  Perfect for when your hands are full.  If you don’t have a smartphone, you can pair the smart lock with OKIDOKEYS Smart Reader.  This allows you to use keycards, wristbands, and keychain clip-ons to activate your lock.
  • Different Color Options – Everybody loves being able to choose the color that best suits them.  The OKIDOKEYS Classic Smart Lock is available in a metal finish or white finish.
  • Smart Phone Notifications – Have you ever been worried that you forgot to lock your door?  OKIDOKEYS makes it possible to receive notifications straight to your smartphone whenever your door is unlocked.  Pretty cool, huh?  Even if you remember to lock your door, it’s possible to receive a notification as soon as it becomes unlocked.  This is sure to offer peace of mind for any family.
  • No Wiring – Wires get in the way of everything.  They are hard to hide, often tangled, and generally a pain in the butt to install.  This smart lock is powered by 4 AAA batteries.  They are even INCLUDED in the box.  How often does that happen? By relying on  batteries as a power source, this lock will still work even if the power to your house is out.  This means you won’t be stuck outside during the next thunderstorm.  You don’t even need to worry about constantly changing the batteries.  The average battery life is 3,000 hours, which is over 3 months.
  • Temporary Keys – This is one of our favorite features.  Temporary keys allow you to give access to a trusted neighbor, relative, or repairman when you are away from your home.  You can send a key directly from your phone to their phone in a matter of seconds.

What Could Be Improved

  • Mobile App – Some customers are reporting bugs with the mobile app by OKIDOKEYS.  However, since it’s initial release, the company has been consistently improving the app.  It’s definatly headed in the right direction.
  • Built in WiFi – If we could change one thing about this smart lock, it would be to include WiFi connectivity.  This current model requires the Smart Gateway to access the WiFi features.  This may or may not be a big deal to certain users. This model is still packed with many features that may make up for this.

Customer Ratings

This bluetooth deadbolt has an overall rating of 3.7 stars on Amazon.  It’s worth noting that most of the lower score ratings have been written when this model was still fairly new.  Since it’s initial release, the firmware and smartphone app have been consistenly updated.  The more recent customer reviews primarily consist of 5 star ratings.

 

Different types of keyless door locks

Electronic locks for your home can come in all different shapes and sizes.  Some are able to connect to your smartphone or tablet.  Some are activated through a small remote.  Other smart locks feature WiFi connectivity, touchscreens, or keypads.  Typically, smart locks can be broken down into the following categories:

  • Bluetooth Door Lock –  Bluetooth smart locks pair with your phone to allow you to do some awesome things.  How would you like your door to unlock automatically when you come home after a long day?  It’s possible with these devices.
  • Fingerprint Door Lock – Locks that feature a fingerprint scanner are becoming increasingly popular.  Especially now that fingerprint scanners are included in our smartphones, these types of locks are going to keep gaining popularity over the coming years.
  • Keycard Door Lock– Keycard locks are commonly found in hotel rooms and apartment buildings.
  • Keypad Door Lock – These types of locks are equipped with numbers, usually ranging from 0-9, that allow you to set a custom passcode.  These locks are pretty similar to garage door openers.  To learn more about keypad door locks, click here.
  • Remote Door Lock – These aren’t as common as other models but work just as well.  These locks come with a small remote that you can clip on your car key or store in your purse.  When you are approaching your door, simply tap the remote the unlock it.
  • Touchscreen Door Lock – Smart locks that are equipped with touchscreens are similar to keypad models.  Typically, you create a custom numerical passcode in order to activate the lock.  You can get more information about touchscreen door locks by clicking here.

Smart Locks for Home

Anytime I would leave my house, I would do a quick pocket check.  PWK’s.  PWK’s.  PWK stands for phone, wallet, keys.  However, my pocket check method wasn’t foolproof. There’s been dozens of times where I ran out of the house in a hurry, and left my keys behind.  I knew I was locked out a split second after my door slammed behind me.  Too late.  After experiencing this scenario in fairly regular occurrence, I invested in a smart lock for my home.  I haven’t been locked out of my house since.

Smart locks are perfect for families of all sizes.  Think about how many times you misplaced your keys.  If you’re anything like me, it’s a weekly occurrence.  However, what’s the one thing that people have attached to their hip at all times? Smartphones! Imagine being able to unlock your door wherever you are, simply by tapping your smartphone.

Smart Locks for Business

Businesses of all sizes can benefit from having electronic locks.  Does your company have dozens of employees?  Hundreds?  Smart locks are a great investment to consider.  Keycard and keypad locks are especially useful for companies.

Final Thoughts

Electronic locks are a great investment for anyone looking for convenience without sacrificing security.  When paired with a phone, smart locks can offer peace of mind, even when you are far from home.  With the rapid rate of technology growth and adoption, it’s just a matter of time before most homes are equipped with some sort of electronic lock.

If you have any questions about smart locks, installation, or troubleshooting, please feel free to contact us by clicking here.  We will do our best to provide you with our honest opinions and answers.

Discover the Best Programmable Thermostat for Your Heating and Cooling Needs

A best programmable thermostat is the answer that people have been searching for in the battle against paying higher and higher heating and cooling bills. We found a best programmable thermostat that suits our family’s lifestyle, but our model would not be best for every person’s schedule. It’s important to know that they come with different features help people with varying schedules and needs reap the benefits of installing them in their home.

While most best programmable thermostat models have similar key features, the one that made the most difference for us was the ability to schedule our system to heat or cool our home based on the day of the week. We have a family with young children, and our schedule varies each day of the week, it’s great for us to be able to set it and forget it. We’re not lazy, we just have a lot going on, and by the time we got the kids dressed, out the door and in the car, we’d be halfway to our destination before we realized that we had forgotten to adjust the thermostat. At that point we’d be forced to decide whether it was worth it to turn around and go back, or heat/cool an empty home for x number of hours. Now that we have our own best programmable thermostat, we don’t have that worry.

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Different Best Programmable Thermostat Models for Different Schedules

There are different models you can purchase based on your individual schedule. If you have a different schedule every day of the week like we do, the 7 day would be a great option. If you would like to schedule separate times for weekdays and different times for weekends, the 5-2 best programmable thermostat would work for you. There is also a 5-1-1 option that allows you to have a set schedule for weekdays and a different schedule for each weekend day. Think about your schedule and which would be best for your lifestyle.

A best programmable thermostat can include a keypad or a touch pad. Do you have a preference or one that you feel is easier to work with? They also have different shapes and sizes. There is a lot of variety based on your tastes and visual preferences.

Many best programmable thermostat models are designed with hold features. Do you want the ability to set your thermostat to a vacation hold and know that your home will remain at a set temperature for a given period of time? Our best programmable thermostat features a vacation hold and it’s made traveling easier. We can set the hold feature to end right before we come home so that we enter a warm or cool home; no need to wait for the temperature to adjust for x amount of time before our home is comfortable.

Overall, we have been completely satisfied with our best programmable thermostat purchase. Not only did we have many features we could choose from to guarantee we got one that would work for our family, we continually save money on our heating and cooling bill – the biggest plus for us.

Honeywell YTH6320R1001 Wireless Programmable Thermostat Review 2017

Honeywell YTH6320R1001 wireless thermostat is a wireless programmable thermostat kit ideal for house or office that can monitor and shows outdoor temperature and humidity levels in its display. The kit has all HVAC tool wired to a module receiving connection from the wireless instrument. Also, the kit is equipped with return air sensor working with the interface module of the equipment to keep indoor temperature safe. In case that at the wireless thermostat the power is lost then the sensor will do its part.

Honeywell YTH6320R1001 Wireless Programmable Thermostat has unquestionably excellent features including the redlink wireless technology that is brought by RedLINK reliability allowing no disturbance with other wireless instruments that you may have already installed in the house. The wireless kit is very easy to install. The product also offers one-year battery life along with the system of low battery notice. The device is able to keep 82F for cooling and 62F for heating.

What are customers say about this Honeywell wireless thermostat in their reviews? Of course, the kit’s easy installation and programming catches the most attention from reviewers out there. A device that seems to be complicated yet can be installed by non-professional electricians. Anyone can locate it in his or her bedroom to get more precise temperature control or to take it downstairs when all members of the family are there. Once you have installed the Honeywell YTH6320R1001 Wireless Programmable Thermostat then you do not need to mount it again ever.

In fact, many have bought the Honeywell YTH6320R1001 Wireless Programmable Thermostat device since they have issues that their old thermostat kits could not tell accurately the temperature in their house. With Honeywell thermostat these people can now get information about the temperature wherever the device is put. Most users are happier with Honeywell wireless thermostat because eventually the instrument reduces their bills.

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Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Review

Company Schneider Electric is changing traditional notions of your home’s energy. Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is a stand-alone device for maintaining control over the temperature inside your home, which implements the control through the transfer of signals through your home Wi-Fi network. The unlimited number of zones setting allows controlling the heating according to your schedule. So, from now on the heating becomes completely invisible as the management interface is now on the user’s smartphone or tablet, and a thermostat can be mounted in an inconspicuous place. But of course, you are unlikely to do so after a glance at the stylish design of Wiser Air. Its glossy black case will be a great decoration of the room. Moreover, thanks to the screen backlight, the device shows the current status. For example, when there is no one next to the thermostat, the screen is turned off, and as soon as you pass by, it can light up in blue, yellow, light blue, or green colors, which consequently means cooling, heating, off, or Eco IQ mode.

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The process of installation and connection of the device is very simple and does not require a master intervention. The tutorial video is available directly on the website of Wiser Air. After, just to connect the thermostat to the home WiFi network, install the app, and scan QR code or type in the code from the screen. Further simply adjust the temperature according to your wishes and rhythm of life. The number of connected devices is not limited because Wiser Air integrates with IFTTT. It is suitable for any systems such as heat pumps, HVAC systems as well as for areas with central heating.

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Easy and intuitive user interface allows you to change the heating mode according to your lifestyle. No more complicated buttons, only one movement of a finger and it’s warm and cozy in your home. This type of control is an indubitable advantage because you can adjust the temperature in the house from any point of the globe.

 

Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is equipped with Eco IQ function – the intelligent guesses about user preferences. Thanks to the installation of this new supplement of Schneider Electric, the users no longer need to constantly enter the desired temperature, as it tends to be for the vast majority of smart thermostats on the market today. If the users of Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat experience discomfort, now they only need to provide a feedback. The new function will guess about the optimum temperature for users, quickly teach Eco IQ, and send a feedback signal to create a comfortable heating or cooling mode.

 

Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is a great and economical way to manage home’s energy system. In thermostat settings, the user can select the priority: saving money over comfort or comfort over saving money. There is also a possibility to stay in between. According to calculations, the clever use of capabilities of this device will save about 23% of the energy used by the modern climate system during the year. Thus, Schneider Electric offers a way to significantly reduce the utility costs.

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The Best Z-Wave Flood and Water Leak Sensors Review 2017

Best Z-Wave flood and water leak sensors 2017Having a water leak is often times very likely at home. Water leakages at home often necessitate repairs to affected areas such as the water heater following pipe bursts along the strata and the damaged areas of the floor and cabinet. This happens after a concealed slow water leakage. Leaking kitchen pipes can go unnoticed but all the same remain treacherous.  

Besides the usual damage to personal possessions, furniture and residence, water leakages can attract liability issues for the people living in town homes and private residences. It was just recently when a condominium belonging to my relative had to endure some laborious process of repairs and blame game from the insurer after the water heater belonging to a neighbor burst. My relative was not home at the time. 

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Find the smart solution

The good thing is that nowadays acquiring a leakage sensor and installing it is fairly inexpensive and easy. It is easy to find the inexpensive moisture and water sensor devices capable of issuing an alert alone. There however, are more advanced and highly effective water sensors capable of notifying the owner in case an issue arises irrespective of their position globally and at any time of the day. Such sensors provide assurance of peace to the property owner, but even more insurance companies may consider issuing credits or discounts to the person who has installed them. The water sensors should be installed beneath the kitchen sinks and water heater, at minimum. This will offer the best response for optimal protection.

The solution to maintaining an affordable and simple connection between the moisture, flood and water leak sensors and your mobile device is through application of the automation controller for the home or a hub. This hub or automation controller allows control, monitoring and receiving of status notifications through the mobile phone.The hubs are available in the market and the variety is different for the buyers’ preference. Most of them go for less than $100. Our preference is the hub known as Samsung smart-things. This hub is inexpensive both in subscription fees and any other extras.  In order to get better details regarding this device visit the hub review of TOP Wi-Fi den SmartThing. Upon acquiring the hub, the additional and less intelligent fringe equipment like the switches, devices for monitoring energy and smart smoke alarm could be added later on.

 

Finest preference

 

Everspring sensor is the most preferred pick in TOPWIFI for a Z-wave leakage sensor. This sensor has been built compactly and is appropriate both for outdoor and indoor use. It uses three triple A (AAA) batteries which makes sure there is no need for continuous replacement of batteries on the device. The batteries make the difference for a functioning sensor while the owner is not around. Everspring sensor has an in-build and audible 60dB alert over and above the Z-Wave interface. This audio may not be loud enough to hear from a distance although it is quite assuring to understand that there are alternative means of getting notification on leaks over and above theautomation controller or smart hub avenue.

So far, for over one year, Everspring sensor functionality has been perfect. The sensor triggers an alert any time it is put to the test. The triple A (AAA) batteries have so far lasted for more than one year and their levels are almost full to capacity at 100%. Everspring sensor has an equivalent counterpart, the Utilitech version of the brand from Lowes, and this version is a little cheaper.

 

The comparison table

 

The table below makes a summary of qualities from other Z-Wave devices for leak or flood detection. The table will continuously be updated as available data and newer products become unveiled.

Model
Battery Type3AA
2AA
1 CR123A (included)
PROSLong cord
Good battery
Monitor and protect
in real-time
Super accurate;

This table details information on battery life as availed by manufacturer of the sensor. This information displayed on the table is purely based on some personal research and/or assessing feedback from the reader and/or assessment on equipment. You might notice some variation with the authentic device.  Communicate any omissions or errors with this information. Any suggestions on alternative products or some features to compare are welcome and treasured.

Best Wifi Home Security Cameras

Best Wifi Home Security Cameras Under $200 in 2017

For all those who want to keep an eye on their house from anywhere, small, standalone Wifi Security cameras are easy to install and will keep the house safe. Their video can be streamed to your smartphone, tablet or PC. The cameras are equipped with motion detectors so if any motion is detected, a notification will be send to you. The camera works equally when it detects a loud noise. Most of the best wifi home security cameras are fitted with night vision and automated motion detection recording.
Our team extensively tested a few IP cameras from the market. The products were scored on their easy of accessibility, performance and price. Based on the comparisons, Netgear Arlo Q emerged the winner. The IP camera is available at a price of 150$ from Amazon Store. The IP Camera was equipped with the best software, and had very lucrative and affordable cloud storage subscription plans.

We looked carefully into each IP Camera’s design, specifications, price, performance and overall value. The size of almost all the cameras in this category was same.
A good IP camera has many features. A camera must have certain necessary features like as programmable security modules and schedules recordings. It must have a minimum number of dock points. Usually, a camera has these basic features, but some might have some other features in place of these, which is overall the same thing.
The camera’s mobile app is judge based on its design, User Interface and responsiveness. It must also have a wide field of view. The video generated by the camera must also be in high resolution. Thus the video generated by the camera would be easily viewable.
One of the main factors which determine a camera’s accessibility is its cloud storage. A dedicated cloud space would help save the recordings from the camera. Usually companies charge 30$/month for these cloud services. Using these services eliminates the hassle of storing recordings in an external memory. As the storage is cloud based, recordings can be accessed from anywhere without the risk of memory crash or corrupt hardware.

Netgear Arlo Q has unique qualities such as its instinctive user interface, flexibility in scheduling, superb detection of motion and excellent video quality. Even without considering the munificent plan of cloud subscription, Netgear Arlo Q can easily conquer the most prestigious prize. Netgear Arlo Q has the capacity to record the events of an entire week, for free, for the period through which it is in use except for the advanced tires. This quality explains the high price of the product. Netgear Arlo Q security cameras, with Wi-Fi capabilities have no equal.


The third generation Nest Cam Indoor has a video quality of 1080p. This cam is the advanced model of the well-known Dropcam. The cam can be set up with ease and the spinning magnetic base makes it easily installable at any indoor position. The video quality is awesome and its night vision quality is outstanding. This camera has intercom capabilities and hence interacts perfectly with; the smoke detector, Nest thermostat and a variety of other third party equipment. In order to fully enjoy the camera features you have to part with $10, monthly, for subscription to the Nest Aware plan. This plan allows the user access to the cloud storage platform.

Netgear has a new camera with Wi-Fi capabilities. This camera is battery powered (can use power cord as well) and can function well both outdoors and indoors. Just like Ario Q, the brother, Netgear pro can detect motion, has intercom functionality and has excellent night vision. Similar to Ario Q, Netgear pro has a video resolution of 720p, a 130¬¬o view range, requires some base station for operation and is weather proof. With Netgear you are assured of a munificent cloud subscription program offering an entire week of footage, for free

The Best Z-Wave Door Sensors

The Best Z-Wave Door Sensors Review 2017

Z-Wave technology significantly extends the capabilities of today’s home security systems. Z-Wave enables the cameras, sensors, and other security components work together as a single unit, interacting with each other and with the user locally or remotely. Z-Wave home warning system can also interact with external control agencies. Z-Wave makes home life more comfortable and secure for the user and provides opportunities for developers in the creation of products and services for this rapidly growing market. Thanks to the interoperable system, Z-Wave gives producers and consumers extra security where products can work together regardless of brand. Today, let’s talk about one of the smallest, but not minor, items among all Z-Wave product line – door sensor, we will choose some best z-wave door sensors for you to refer when you buy.

 

The door sensor is an important element of the wireless security alarm system. It provides instant activation at the slightest opening of the door and then sends an alert to the user’s device. Of course, the presence of such devices on the front door in the house gives you a distinct advantage and an additional sense of security. In addition, to these benefits, we can specify the possibility of control over a situation. You will immediately be informed about the open door, even while you’re away from home, and will be able to react quickly. Installation of the sensor on the front door lets you turn on the lights automatically when the door is opened. Moreover, door sensors don’t cost a lot, so you can easily place the devices not only on the door but also on each window of your home.

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Z-Wave Door Sensors

Let us now have a closer look at the best z-wave door sensors available on the market today.

Sensative STRIPS as one of the latest devices presented can be distinguished the undeniable leader. At the moment, Door/Window Sensative STRIPS Sensor – is the thinnest wireless magnetic sensor for doors and windows in the world. This sensor size is only 7.7 inch in length with the thickness of 3 mm. Therefore, STRIPS can be installed almost invisibly in the frames of doors. This door sensor consists of two components: a thin narrow strip, which is mounted on the door frame, and a small square-reed switch mounted on the moving part of the door. Given the low power consumption, the device battery is designed to work up to 10 years, and when the battery is low, the user will certainly receive a notification. At a cost less than $60, which is slightly higher than that of other devices, this is offset by a number of obvious advantages, including positive feedback from users.

Also, one of the other best Z-Wave door sensors on the market is Fibaro Modern Miniature Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor. Compared to the previous sensor, Fibaro is more visible, but it has seven color options to match your door the best way. It supports Z-Wave standard and has a chip of the latest 500 series (Z-Wave Plus). In addition, the module may be equipped with a temperature sensor and can be used as a device that extends the use of the wall switch.

The design of the Fibaro sensor making it virtually invisible on any window or door. Z-Wave technology allows the device to operate for about 2 years without changing the battery. You can always see the battery level on the control panel. As in a case of STRIPS, it will notify you about the need to replace batteries in advance. The latter thing that is left to the user is to choose the best color for the interior and enjoy the beauty, safety, and comfort.

An alternative option to the above-mentioned sensors is ZW089-A Z-Wave recessed door sensor from Aeon Labs, which also have more pleasant price. This is a real find for aesthetes since the sensor is hidden in the door frame directly. However, to do that you will have to sacrifice the integrity of the frame as the installation requires drilling. If you don’t have the desire to drill, and the price plays a crucial role, then pay attention to the Schlage RS100 and Ecolink DWZWAVE2-ECO models. Believe us, you will be satisfied.

Other Systems Door Sensors

We should not forget about the other wireless home automation systems. Of course, Z-wave has many advantages, but the market also has door sensors that are suitable for ZigBee and other standards. These systems are less popular among device developers, but it does not mean that they are inferior. The most important thing when choosing such sensors – is to make sure that your controller was checked using a particular version of ZigBee device. Among the door sensors compatible with other systems we can name ZigBee Gen2 Iris Contact Sensor, which is also very affordable. Its size is not much bigger than Fibaro sensor, and therefore, it is an acceptable alternative.

The world famous manufacturer Samsung also offers sensors compatible with the ZigBee technology. By purchasing SmartThings ZigBee Multipurpose Sensor the user can easily control not only the state of its doors (opened or closed), but also vibration, temperature, and other interesting features. This sensor detects vibration or impact on the surface, which it is fixed on, and so it can be used for the protection of any valuable items, windows, doors or other mechanisms that must not move or vibrate. Thus, you can get a comprehensive solution.

 

Z-Wave vs. ZigBee

Both technologies allow you to have two-way wireless communication with each device you want to control. ZigBee is compared to the Z-Wave has a higher bandwidth, so it can pass large volumes of information, which is actually not important for door sensors. Z-Wave has its incontestable advantage: in fact, it is the “standard” for manufacturers of various products and devices for home automation. Therefore, find the most various Z-Wave door and window sensors that are compatible with other devices, is very easy. Especially, since the best door sensors on the market such as Sensative STRIPS and Fibaro Modern Miniature Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor work on Z-Wave standard.

 

 

Honeywell RTH8580WF Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat Review 2017

For the full functionality of any system, a necessary condition is the existence of the control. For the heating systems, this element is a thermostat. Currently, the user can find a huge variety of thermostats on the market, including mechanical, non-programmable, programmable, and others. Thermostat Honeywell RTH8580WF with a weekly program is designed to maintain a constant temperature of the heating devices in a predetermined range. The device is controlled by a temperature sensor, which measures and displays the temperature level.

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Programmable electronic room thermostat Honeywell RTH8580WF allows you to choose the right and comfortable temperature at all times, it is easy to reconfigure and change the mode of operation. The timer allows you to set different heating parameters for each day of the week, which can be useful for people working part time or in shifts. Moreover, thanks to a control via the app on the mobile device or PC, you can change the parameters even if you’re away from home. The main settings are supplemented with the additional ones that will be appreciated by the advanced users. So you can set up to receive alerts via email or phone in case of high or low temperature. Of course, you have an access to control fan via the app and watch the weather forecast for the current location.

Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat is easy to connect and it allows controlling all heating systems, heat pumps, and air conditioning systems with a c-wire. The exception is heat pumps with electric baseboard heat with the control voltage of 120-240 volts. For each day of the week, 4 separate temperature program can be set. The important distinctive feature is the excellent accuracy of the device, which equals to +/- 1 degree F. Thus, you can be sure to have a higher level of comfort.

 

This programmable thermostat allows setting individual heating regulations for each day in accordance with the way of life and to maintain the temperature of the house at all times, regardless of the presence or absence of the hosts. For those who are taking care of their energy costs, the thermostat Honeywell RTH8580WF is pre-programmed with energy savings schedule. In a case of vacation, it is possible to turn the temporary away mode.

 

On the thermostat display and remote control applications, the user can see the current status of the energy system, the temperature – current and pre-installed for the next period. Setting work schedules can be made not only via the mobile apps but also directly on the thermostat, which is equipped with a user-friendly touchscreen interface. Honeywell RTH8580WF has an excellent design, so it can become an integral decoration of the room interior. It’s important to mention that all the equipment from the Honeywell company is characterized by high reliability and safety. The unique design, an intuitive interface, and control thanks to WiFi connection – all these makes Honeywell RTH8580WF the perfect new generation device.

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Best Thermostat for reptiles Review

 

Terrarium animals, unlike birds and mammals, have unstable body temperature. Therefore, they are very dependent on the temperature of their habitat. For the normal life, terrarium animals need a temperature range appropriate to their biological needs. When overheated animals suffer from heat and dehydration, and at lower temperatures, they have disturbed digestion and growth, animals become lethargic and apathetic. Consequently, for the long life of the terrarium inhabitants, it is important to maintain the required temperature. For this purpose, there is a large variety of reptile thermostats for sale available on the market. Today we will tell you which is the best thermostat for reptiles.

 

In the first place, we would like to mention the only ETL-certified thermostat for reptiles Jump Start MTPRTC. ETL (Interek) is a world well-known laboratory, which does safety testing of various products, including thermostats. The certificate issued by ETL is strong evidence that the product meets the required safety standards. Thus, purchasing Jump Start MTPRTC you can be sure that your pet will be living in a secure environment. This best thermostat for reptiles is designed to control the temperature of heat mats. Due to the thermostat, the possibility of the mat that is mounted under the bottom of the cage and evenly distributes the heat over the entire surface is greatly enhanced. The device determines when it is necessary to turn on the heating, if the temperature is decreased, and vice versa turn it off when you need to cool the mat. Temperature regulation is possible within the range 68 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Among the obvious advantages, digital temperature control and LED heating indicator should be highlighted.

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Zilla reptile thermostat for sale is available in two options 500 watts and 1000 watts. While in the case with Zilla reptile terrarium heat & habitat lighting temperature controller 500W, you can plug in only one heat source up to 500 watts, then with Zilla reptile terrarium heat & habitat lighting temperature controller 1000W you can plug in up to three heat sources, but with a total capacity of up to 1000 watts. Both thermostats for reptiles are able to keep the temperature of the terrarium according to your needs, but between 65 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. These thermostats have virtually no disadvantages, except that they are not intended for use with the heat rocks, but they ideally compatible with Zilla heat lamps, domes, emitters, and pads. The principle of operation is very simple because the controller switches on and off automatically. For precautions measures and to prevent overheating, the developers added safety shut-off. This is an additional argument in favor of buying the thermostat from Zilla. It remains only to choose the required capacity of 500W or 1000W depending on your needs.

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Tetra 26445 aquatic reptile heater with the maximum capacity of 100 Watt is best used for aquatic reptile viquariums. This product helps to maintain the temperature of water at 78 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the most comfortable for this type of reptiles. The maximum volume of water is 30 gallons. The heater is equipped with a protective cover to protect your reptile and two oversized suction cups, which provide secure mounting. Thereby, this is a good value for money.

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Thermostat cover plate Review 2017

Reliability and safety of household electrical appliances are composed of a variety of factors. In particular, the functionality and durability depend primarily on the quality of components. Originally, it’s not worth saving on such things, because in the future, it can be very costly.

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Electricity resources used by mankind for a long time and quite intensely. But we should not forget about the dangers that lurk in the violation of rules of use of these benefits of civilization. It is better to prevent possible troubles beforehand, equipping household appliances, including thermostats, with the special accessories. Today we will take a closer look at thermostat cover plates, which can be found in stores in large quantities and variety of colors and shapes.

 

The thermostat cover plate is not only the fastening element but also acts as a final designer of the entire object. Changing the shape or creating a special appearance of a simple electric mechanism is possible precisely by using a thermostat cover plate. The cover plate surrounds the panel of the thermostat mechanism and imparts integrity to the entire item. Moreover, it will help to protect wallpaper or wall coverings against pollution. The frame is mounted under the unit and expands the area of interaction with it, at the same time not allowing the fingerprints remain on the wallpaper or wall coverings.

As an example, let us consider in detail three different options of thermostat cover plates. Honeywell 50002883-001 Coverplate is made of high-quality plastic and does not require any additional care measures. The bright white surface of this thermostat cover plate will not fade, be covered with cracks and scratches, and even in a few years will look like a new one. Among the obvious advantages of this item is its large area of cover. So the user can install it with the first thermostat to protect the wall coverings or can use in case of thermostat replacement – the cover will hide wall imprint from the old unit if the new thermostat is smaller in size. As for the compatibility, Honeywell 50002883-001 is excellent for Honeywell Focus PRO 6000/5000 and PRO 4000/3000 thermostats, for example, such models as G0976376, G3421783, G3068712, G0251133, G2353522, and G0433422.

Emerson F61-2663 – a product that is designed to protect exclusively Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat from the negative external effects. This thermostat cover plate can be used both with and without the horizontal junction box, so it can be considered as an advantage. The white color of the cover plate is exactly the same as the color of Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat so that they combine perfectly. Along with that, the ease of installation and affordable price are another advantageous features of this thermostat cover plate.

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WP567 LUX Universal Wallplate from the American manufacturer is made of durable plastic material. It is a decorative element, which is masking the gap between the thermostat and the wall, prevents the ingress of debris, and also prevents pollution of the walls in the house. Its main benefits are:

– presentable appearance for a long time;

– easy installation without special tools;

– tight fixing without cracks and gaps;

– excellent quality at a low price.

The manufacturer states that this thermostat cover plate can’t be used with LUX TX9000TS, but it is excellent for TX500U, TX1500U, TX9100U, TX9600TS, and TX100E.

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LuxPRO Thermostat PSP511LC and PSD010B Review 2017

 

Company LuxPRO is one of the leading manufacturers of the temperature controllers. Due to the great attention paid to the quality of products, their customers receive the highest quality products. Today, let’s have a closer look at two of them PSP511LC and PSD010B.

 

LuxPRO PSP511LC 5-2 Day Deluxe Programmable Thermostat

 

LuxPRO PSP511LC is a programmable home thermostat designed for effective control of the heating system, which allows you to maintain the optimum temperature when you are at home and saves energy in your absence. The pleasant fact is that temperature control range of this model is wide enough: 7-32°C or 45-90°F.

 

By purchasing the PSP511LC, you will get different temperature regimes during the day for weekdays and weekends. For example, you can set the temperature reduction in the daytime on weekdays during the period of your absence, and temperature increase to the set level before you return home. Due to such use of the timer, you can avoid wasting heat.

 

The universalism, ease of operation and programmability allow the use of temperature control in almost all 24v gas, oil, electric heating and cooling systems including single stage heat pumps. LuxPRO PSP511LC thermostat allows you to significantly reduce energy consumption thanks to improved signal transmission system and a modern microprocessor.

 

Thanks to the informative display with a blue backlit and intuitively understandable interface, the control process of LuxPRO thermostat is very simple. The display shows the current temperature, time, and day of the week.

With a light touch the user can easily open a lid under the screen, and there all the necessary buttons for programming the device are located. Thus, this foldable lid hides the control buttons and makes the design of thermostat attractive and simple at the same time.

 

The distinctive feature of a programmable thermostat is a timer that allows setting the temperature increase and decrease periods.

The programmable mode provides the possibility to set up to four time periods with different temperatures on weekdays, as well as for the weekend. In addition to the five-day mode (5/2), it is possible to program separate settings for cooling and heating systems. The LuxPRO thermostat ensures a comfortable temperature in each of the indicated periods and saves energy by reducing the heating temperature when people are not at home.

 

The power supply is provided by 2 AA batteries, which are included in the initial kit. According to the reviews, some users found this uncomfortable, but that a minor disadvantage as the device can work on batteries for a very long period of time. It can maintain a comfortable climate with the accuracy up to 0.25°F. And for the user’s comfort, the manufacturer has provided an adjustable temperature differential starting from 2.25°F.

 

Based on reviews of the owners of LuxPRO PSP511LC thermostat, the device is very fast and easy to install in the house. They also note the ease of programming and adjustment process, which can be an important criterion for those who do not want to buy an abstruse product. Thus, for a reasonable price, you are getting a high-quality programmable temperature controller, which allows controlling the climate in the room in a very simple and effective way. Waking up in the morning, you will not have to run to the boiler or thermostat and adjust the temperature to warm the house. You’ll immediately find yourself at a comfortable temperature.

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LuxPro Digital 2 Wire Heat Only Thermostat – PSD010B

 

LuxPro Digital 2 Wire Heat Only Thermostat provides a control of room temperature according to your needs and creates a comfortable and cozy atmosphere at your home, and a unique minimalist design perfectly complements your interior. Also, the use of this thermostat can achieve energy savings of up to 30%.

 

Non-programmable LuxPro PSD010B thermostat works perfectly with the very different heating systems, for example, millivolt systems including wall heaters and fireplaces, some gas and oil systems with no fan, and 24V 2 wire heating-only and hydronic systems. Lack of compatibility with the cooling system can be a significant drawback for some users. This model of thermostat is powered by two AA batteries that come with a device. This greatly simplifies the need to install the thermostat near the AC outlet.

 

The thermostat constantly maintains a user-defined temperature. PSD010B has a very simple control process. The small display with a backlight shows the current temperature. The desired temperature is set using the control buttons, which are located to the right of the screen.

Pressing the “Up” or “Down” arrow buttons activates the control, so push them to set the desired temperature. When you release the button, the screen will return to the current temperature. In this case, it is not necessary to worry, in a couple of seconds, the thermostat will activate the heating device, and it will run until reaches a predetermined temperature. By the way, the buttons are pleasant to the touch.

 

In reviews of this device, the owners indicate the ease of installation, which is possible thanks to only two wires provided. You do not need to spend half a day learning the wires connection plan or call a master to install the device. It’s all very simple.

 

LuxPro Digital 2 Wire Heat Only Thermostat is a simple device with the digital accuracy that costs less than $50, but it copes with all the set tasks very well. You can be sure that the temperature is maintained at the required level.

 

Despite its simplicity, the device has a nice design, which is much more pleasant than the old-school mechanical sliders models of thermostats. So you get a reliable stylish device and a comfortable climate in your home.

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TOP 3 BEST DIGITAL TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER Reviewsaquarium temperature controller OF 2017

Nowadays, the use of temperature controlling units has been increased throughout the world as it is considered to be an eminent tool for controlling the temperature of mainly electrical appliances. The thermostat works as sensing the temperature of a system so that the temperature is maintained up to the desired target usually called as setpoint. But which is the best digital temperature controller?

Every device has its own distinctive features and possesses unique characteristics. These features make them look different from each other although they function similarly; they are created for a similar cause.So what makes them different is customer’s liking and disliking. The product which gives you satisfaction, accuracy, comfort, assure you reliability and somehow security and most important is affordability factor that whether customer is able to purchase that product or not, these ingredients convinces the purchaser either to go for buying that product or just leave it.

1. Johnson Product A419ABG-3C

This product is an electronic temperature control—a temperature sensor. It is the creation of a company Johnson Control. It is a high tech product that controls both cooling and heating temperature.

FEATURES

• Three button touch pad for setup

• LCD for display

• LED for output relay status

• Ready to use

• Controls temperature from -30F to 212F

• Wire length: 2M

• Color: blue

• Voltage supply: 120V

• Warranty years: 1

• Model: A419ABG-3C

PROS

• Easy to use

• Easy to control

• Cheap in cost

• Long wire length

• Accurate

• Flexible unit

• Remote sensing ability

CONS

• Display of the temperature is not for long time

• Available in only blue color

CONCLUSION

The product provides the user with superior control over modern technology from the refrigeration to the cooling and heating systems. Thus their strong and reliable design and unfailing quality provide them with their enduring performance. You will surely like to buy this gadget as it is not much expensive and easy to handle with no complexities. we think this is the best digital temperature controller among the 3 we choose.

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2. LERWAY -110V All-Purpose Temperature Controller+Sensor2 Relay Output Thermostat Stc-1000

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The product is a temperature control unit. And it is the creation of the company Lerway. It controls the temperature by regulating the difference and setting value. It is also being known as auto switching unit between cooling and heating temperatures. As the name suggests that it is all purpose temperature controller.

FEATURES

• Visual display

• All purpose temperature controller

• Auto switch between cooling and heating

• Measure range: -50 to +99 C

• Accuracy: -50 to 70 C

• Power supply: 50/60 HZ

• Power consumption: 3W

• Sensor length: 2 min

• Sensor error delay: 1Min

• Color: grey

• Model: STC-1000-110V

PROS

• Easy to use

• Available at affordable price in market

• Functions as sensor and auto switching between cooling and heating temperature

• Protects refrigerating output delay

• Alarms, when the temperature exceeds the target temperature or when there is error in the sensor.

CONS

• Only available in one color grey

CONCLUSION

This product is only designed to provide customers the value of what they have bought and satisfy them with their highest quality, created design. On the other hand, this product is well equipped for security purpose for example when the temperature exceeds from the target or required temperature or when there is any error in sensor the element of alarm automatically starts to ring. So these features will surely make your mind to go and buy this product without thinking much more because when you think more your mind gets more complicated and perplexed.

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3. INKBIRD ITC – 308 DUAL STAGE

Inkbird Dual Stage ITC-308S Temperature Controller Outlet w/6.65ft DC Cord Probe

It is a controller device to maintain the temperature and is the creation of the company INKBIRD. Looking at its name the word dual stage indicates that this product has the ability to control both the situations either heating or cooling and has the feature of displaying both in Celsius and Fahrenheit units

FEATURES

• .Input power: 50HZ / 60HZ

• Output power: 50HZ / 60HZ

• Maximum voltage supply: 1000W / 2000W

• Temperature control range: -50 to 160 F

• Sensor length: 2M

• Input power cable length: 1.5M

• Output power cable length: 30CM

• Buzzer alarm: high and low temperature alarm

• Warranty: 1 year

• The temperature probe is waterproof

PROS

• Easy to use

• Displays both measured temperature and set temperature

• Accuracy of this device is moderate

• Reliable

• Affordable price range

• Dual display window

CONS

• The temperature probe is not much accurate

• Available in only one color

CONCLUSION

This product provides customers with excellent and high quality that is up to the mark of current technology. On the other hand, this product provides customers with ease and comfort for example the temperature probe of this product is made up of special material that makes it water resistant and designed in such a way that it can be operated when submerged. You will surely love this product when you will use it and won’t be embarrassed for spending enough money to buy this gadget.

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Best Programmable Thermostat under $100, Honeywell RTH7500D and RTH7600D

Very often, when we are thinking about thermostats for our houses or apartments, the company Honeywell comes to mind, as its history begins with the invention of the first coal thermostat. Today, the wide range of products of this company includes also thermostats with new technologies, which, for example, allow the user to set different temperature regimes for every day of the week. This 7-day programmable thermostat line is presented by an excellent example – Honeywell RTH7500D. This device will help to maintain the comfortable temperature for consumer anytime thanks to availability to customize 4 different temperature settings during the day, 7 days a week. The designers of this model took into consideration the preferences of users that like pushing buttons instead of having a touch screen control. Of course, the price tag of RTH7500D is a little bit lower compared to thermostats with touch screen technology. This is the best programmable thermostat under $100

(RTH5700D have the manual and the users can download it here)

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Installation Process

Despite the fact that according to the Honeywell company, thermostats perfectly match a wide variety of both cooling and heating systems, some consumers with complex installations have experienced problems with defining the right wiring configuration. The manufacturer took care of that and marked the device with stickers for each wire. RTH7500D goes with a user manual, which explains terminology, so the programming process is very simple and fast. There is also an option to maintain the temperature at a single level. In this case, the system will turn on and off the heater or cooler automatically as needed. Such feature is very helpful when the user is staying at home the whole day.

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Practical Button Control

Some consumers consider Honeywell RTH7500D user-friendlier than thermostats that use touch screen technology because of button interface. The special “dim” mode will help to save the battery life of the device, as the screen will not be illuminated until you press a button. On this screen, the user can see the temperature regime and time at the moment as well as the pre-set temperature. There are also temperature control buttons and buttons to set the clock, one of three fan regimes, and for scheduling menu. Honeywell RTH7500D has a clearly readable display and user-friendly interface.

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Review of Honeywell RTH7600D

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Some models of Honeywell thermostats are compatible not only with the household heating or cooling systems but also with heat pumps. RTH7600D is the representative of such product group. It’s possible thanks to the sophisticated programming options of the device.

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Easy to use and control the temperature

RTH7600D is very easy to use because the user just needs to choose the desired temperature and set it on the device. The thermostat will do the rest. It will automatically turn on and off the heating or cooling systems to maintain the pre-set temperature. RTH7600D model has clearly readable screen and it’s also easy controllable. In their reviews, the users stated that some troubles might occur because the thermostat should use text in place of the numbered codes. All these codes are clearly interpreted in the manual, so any difficulties should not arise. Possibility to set reminders is one of the features that was highlighted in reviews. Thus, the user will not forget to change filters and batteries timely. Thanks to its energy consumption economy, you won’t need to change the batteries very often as the screen turns off the light 8 seconds after the last command.

 

User-friendly interface

RTH7600D is a high-quality 7-day programmable thermostat with various settings available to ensure that the user will have the desired temperature at home. One of the most distinguishing features of this model is “recovery”. The system will be “sleeping”, while the user is out of the home, but it will also “recovery” by the time the user will come back if this time was pre-set.

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The Best Wi-Fi Smart Plugs We Choose 2017

Today, we want to control everything using our smartphones as they are equipped with almost all features we required; but what about controlling other electronic devices using your smartphones? In this era of technology, it’s time for smart plugs to assist you in controlling your devices. The Wi-Fi plugs allow you to control devices like turning the light on while resting on your bed, using your smartphone. Now to turn on and off any devices using smartphone; you just need Wi-Fi!

Now managing energy consumption is in your hand; as most of the smart plugs are compatible with iOS and android devices. Wi-Fi smart plugs are easy to connect with by using different apps. Some of the plugs show notifications as well. The smart plugs also allow you to have control over your energy consumption. They are easy to use and come with different features. Some plugs are even equipped with sensors.

Following are some of the best Wi-Fi smart plugs:

  1. D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Features:

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is equipped with the following features:

  • It has a built-in thermal sensor that will notify and turn off devices when they are overheated.
  • It can monitor the connected devices’ energy consumption.
  • It has a feature of customized notifications.
  • You can schedule your devices; when to turn them on and off. Just set the time when you want to activate your devices, and it will work according to your provided schedule.
  • A plug has a Wi-Fi button by clicking it, device is directly connected to the Wi-Fi.

Pros    

  • It provides an automatic protection against overheating.
  • It is easy and simple to connect with the plug.
  • The smart plug is compatible with IOS and Android devices.
  • It works with Apple TV.
  • It collaborates with the devices by D-Link
  • It has a built-in IF This Then That (IFTTT) that allows you to create customized recipes.

Cons

  • The plug has three lights as Wi-Fi indicators that are always on.
  • It offers no HomeKit Support.
  • The plugs are at the bottom of the devices and appear as bulky
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Koogeek Smart Plug

  1. Koogeek Smart Plug

Feature:

  • It is also one of the best Wi-Fi smart plugs.
  • You can use Siri App for controlling your electronic devices directly from your iOS device.
  • It is equipped with Apple HomeKit technology. It allows you to control devices that support HomeKit technology.
  • It monitors your power consumption.
  • You can set timers and schedules on Koogeek Smart Plug
  • You can easily get connected to it by a free app.
  • You can control multiple devices with a schedule.
  • It has customized scenes for schedules.

Pros 

  • Its scheduling feature is easy to use.
  • It is compatible with the HomeKit technology.
  • The app gives you quick access to various features.
  • It will show energy stat that will tell your power measurement.

 Cons

  • The plug is not compatible with Nest, SmartThings, WeMo, Wink, or other home ecosystems.
  • It doesn’t support the Android devices.
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Conclusion:

A smart Wi-Fi plug is providing so many features that it must be added to list of products you will purchase in near future. Just go with the one that suits our needs!

Best Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch For Home Automation 2017

“Smartness is the need of an hour” and it applies to both humans as well as devices. The only thing mostly matters nowadays is how smart you are to understand the latest technology trends. Each day when you wake up, there is always an up gradation in technology; no matters how small or big it is. By the start of the morning and to the end of the night, we have a smart phone in our hand and they act as trust machine for us.

The latest trend that is going on nowadays is to renovate our house with new automation technology to make it a ‘smart home’. We use many smart devices in our homes these days like smart refrigerators, wireless thermostats to control home temperature from our smart phone by staying at any part of the world. Smart home technology made our work so easier that it not only reduces our electricity bills but also saves our time and energy which are also equivalent to money. Making our home ‘smart home’ is not an easy task as a lot of people get confused when it comes to buying smart light switches or smart bulbs. Let’s compare both products in this article so that you can decide which product you need to buy!!!

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Smart Home Light Switches are Cheaper than smart bulbs:

  • If you are purely looking for something in the context of costing then smart light switches are much cheaper than smart bulbs especially when your one smart switch controls the multiple light fixtures depending on your home wiring. You can buy smart switches of many brands depends on your choice like Belkin WeMo Light Switch is available at a cost of $40-$50 and Philips Hue starter kit comes with two measly bulbs which cost around $70.
  • Philips’ Hue White Ambiance bulbs can be used to do dim white as well as daylight color temperature with a cost of around $30 per bulb. But if you pay around $20 dollars higher for Hue White and Color Bulbs, then you can have a smart bulb which displays many color temperatures of white and any color imaginable.

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If you have two light fixtures in a room and if you go for a Philips’ Hue smart bulbs, then it’ll cost you $60. On the other hand if you choose the route of smart light switches like the WeMo light switch, then it would cost only $45 because one smart switch can control the two light fixtures.

Color Adjustable:

  • Smart light switches may be cheaper than smart light bulbs but won’t give you liberation to adjust colors of your choice. Smart bulbs allow you to change the color temperature of your own choice.
  • Good smart switches have the ability to dim the lights but as far as the comparison with smart bulbs concerned, it doesn’t allow you to turn your light at the pre-defined brightness and even adjust one bulb’s light with higher illumination than the other.

High-quality color-changing smart bulbs have the ability to connect with apps like iConnectHue. By using apps like these, you can create cool animations and change its white color temperature from a soft to a daylight color which is great for any house party.

You can adopt any bulb with smart home light switches:

If you opt for smart switches, then it is not a problem with bulb compatibility.

  • Smart light switches are compatible with any light bulbs because the controls of the smart light switches allow to get on or off any type of bulb with just a tap on Wi-Fi enabled smart screen.
  • If you want your smart switch to do the functions like dimming the lights, then make sure you must buy a bulb which is dimmable otherwise the dimmable functions won’t work with your smart switch.

Specific Wiring Required for Smart Switches:

  • Smart light switches are a lengthy idea if you have an old wiring in homes. These switches are required to be wired up in a neutral way.
  • In comparison to smart switches, smart bulbs are easy to install in homes with old wiring as they don’t need any type of special wiring because it is directly connected to your smartphone.
  • Most new homes come with a neutral wiring in a light switch box, though. But if you have an old wiring, then it is a costly idea to buy smart light switches.

So before spending some of your precious bucks, it is recommended to check your wiring setup if it is compatible with your smart light switches or not. If not, then you have to pay a little extra to buy smart bulbs.

Smart Bulbs adds more affability with switches:

  • When you connect your smart bulbs with Hue Dimmer Switch, it is easy to turn off and on your smart bulb in a traditional way just like your regular light switch.
  • Unlike your smart switches, smart bulbs offer you to program the switches to adjust the color of lights you want.
  • With smart light switches, you can only control the lights that are wired to that particular switch. Smart bulbs give you a very much extra features like if you have a plugged desk or standing lamps, you can turn them all on with the tap on one option.

As I mentioned above about iConnectHue, this app allows customizing the options on the Hue Dimmer Switch so you can do whatever you want to do with lights. You can hold down/up an option to turn on/off the lights in a different way.

Working with Amazon Alexa and Siri:

It all depends on what brand of a smart light bulb or smart light switch you’re buying.

  • Belkin WeMo devices are suitable with Amazon Alexa but not compatible with Siri
  • Philip Hue products are compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Siri voice controls.
  • You can also choose any Z-wave light switch and connect it to a SmartThings. It definitely works with Alexa but Siri is bit more restrictive here because the device supports Homekit and support list is not that lengthy today.

If you’re really concerned with voice controls, then you have to take the deep look at the different brands either it would be a smart light switch or smart bulbs.

Specifications and Reviews:

You don’t have to roam and distract your mind anymore on different web pages for reviews of smart light switches. Here are some reviews of smart light switches of different and best brands:

  1. WeMo Light Switch (Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Amazon Alexa)

Wemo Switch, Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Wemo Switch, Wi-Fi Smart Plug

WeMo Smart Light Switch is a good valued replacement of your traditional and boring light switches. It connects to your smartphone through WeMo App and can be controlled by sitting at any part of the world. The controlling is available with just a tap on your Wi-Fi connected screen. It is the well-accepted home automation technology product.

Specifications:

  • The coverage period of the product warranty is 1 year.
  • The voice controls are available by connecting with Amazon Echo. You can control your ceiling fans, light bulbs (wall mounted, desk lamps, etc.)
  • WeMo application is compatible with Apple IOS 8 or higher and Android 4.1 or higher.
  • Neutral wiring is required and also highly recommended to use only with a metal faceplate.
  • The WeMo support is available at any time.
  • The size of the product is 5.1 x 3.3 x 2.1 inches.
  • The weight of this item is 2.4 ounces.
  • It can be easily installed by following the steps of user manual guide.

There are some precise efforts we made in the form of pros and cons so that it would be easy for you to go for your required product. Many of us are smart enough to buy these things in a very productive way by looking at its specifications but when it comes to refining the product on different perspectives, we mostly don’t have content to watch out for. Here are some pros and cons below:

Pros:

  • A little tech knowledge is more than sufficient to set up this device.
  • It allows you to schedule outdoor lights and has the ability to turn off/on front lights directly from your smartphone.
  • This device has the ability to control through Amazon Echo for voice controls. You just have to say “Alexa! Turn on my kitchen lights” and it works efficiently within seconds.
  • If you are a newbie in these things and don’t know how to do voice controls or have problems while setting up this device, then you’ll easily get many YouTube videos regarding this or you have a 24 x 7 customer care for anytime assistance.

Cons:

  • Looks little bulky and odd when mounted on walls.
  • If you really want to change your switches to smart switches then you must have to change your old wiring to neutral wiring which is a very lengthy and costly step.

The chances of recovery after a power outage is very less. Sometimes you have to manually press the reset button to get it back to online.

Reviews:

“I love these smart light switches. It works well and makes all the controls very flexible. I like an idea of having smart switches that don’t need a hub. Actually, I am not an electrician but was able to figure out its controls by reading the user guide.”

                                                                                                    (William)

“It doesn’t work well with Alexa. Half of the time Alexa didn’t recognize this. This product really needs some up gradation as I have to wait for five minutes after giving instructions through Alexa which is frustrating. It is not ready for the prime time and will not work if you do not want to broadcast your SSID. This is also not compatible with Amazon Echo without the Belkin App which requires personal information like Contact, Device and App history, Identity, Location, Camera, etc. This application can also be called as the personal security nightmare.”

(Michael)

Conclusion:

If you are looking to buy a low-cost product with all the specifications that will make your home switches ‘an automated smart home switches’, then this your product. Go for it.

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  1. Ankuoo NEO Wi-Fi Light Switch (Not Plug & Play, Limited DIY Required, White)

Ankuoo NEO Wi-Fi Light Switch
Ankuoo NEO Wi-Fi Light Switch

This switch lets you turn lights on and off for anywhere at any time. It uses your Wi-Fi connections and provides you the wireless control of your switches. The controls are available by downloading NEO app.

Specifications:

  • The product warranty time is limited with just one year.
  • You can set schedule timer, countdown timer, and anti-theft timers to fit your lifestyle.
  • You can add multiple switches and controls of all switches are available with only one NEO app.
  • The smartphone application is available at Apple’s App Store and Google App Store by the name of ‘Ankuoo’.
  • It weighs around 4.8 ounces.
  • The product dimensions are 1.6 x 3.3 x 5.1 inches.
  • The available color is only white.
  • Neutral Wiring is required because these smart switches won’t work with old and traditional wiring.
  • The DIY manual guide is available for easy and comfortable installation.

If you are confused by looking at its specifications, then pros and cons of this product can definitely help you. We have done a precise research on pros and cons which are written below. Have a look:

Pros:

  • It works both on Android and iOS apps to schedule timers so you can efficiently control this product from any part of the world.
  • It works well on EDGE as well as 3G & 4G connections.
  • One NEO application is enough to control your all home switches. It is not only good for lights but also enables you to control your coffee machines and air conditioners through smart switches.

Cons:

  • There is a compatibility issue with three-way connections.
  • Doesn’t work well with Android smart devices.
  • Need to shift your house wiring from traditional to neutral which must be a costly transformation for new users.
  • It doesn’t come in sets of 4, 8, and 12 so you have to purchase it individually.

Reviews:

“I am using these Wi-Fi smart switches with an issue for last few days. The app would simply not work with my android smartphone. I almost tried ten times but I never accepted any positive experience at this level. Fortunately, my wife’s has iPhone 6 which worked accurately. If I didn’t have her iPhone, I would’ve never been able to get it working at the initial level. After setting it up with an app for iPhone 6, it works very fine.”

(Trenton)

“I wanted a smart switch that could turn my window AC on and off smartly, and this is helpful. Setup on the Neo was simple and it only took a few minutes to get installed. If you have multiple switches, you can assign every switch its own icon. You can also program it as a timer switch in addition to its basic remote control function.”   

(Tasha)

Conclusion:

No voice controls are available on these switches so if you are looking for switches that control on your voice then this is not your product but offers you many more things than only control lights like air conditioners switch on/off. So look deeply into pros and cons and choose a better option depending on your choice.

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  1. GE Lighting Control On/Off Switch

GE Lighting Control On/Off Switch, Z-Wave, In-Wall, Works with Amazon Alexa
GE Lighting Control On/Off Switch, Z-Wave, In-Wall, Works with Amazon Alexa

It transforms any home into the smart home with its fantastic switches. These switches also give you to control your ceiling fans, lights bulbs and even your work on your air conditioners.

Specifications:

  • The manufacturer warrants this product to be free from defects for the period of two years.
  • It works well with Amazon Alexa but needs an extra hub.
  • Works in both ways manual as well as wireless.
  • By using any Z- Wave certified gateway, you’ll able to use their controls with your mobile device.
  • It requires in-wall installation with hard-wired connections.
  • Neutral Wiring is required while installation.
  • Works with LED, CFL, Fans, Pumps, etc.
  • The product weighs around 8 ounces.
  • The product dimensions are 8.2 x 7.2 x 2.5.
  • The styling is In-Wall Paddle Switch and color of the item come in only white color.
  • The shape of the product is rectangular and size measures 5.5 inches x 3.5 inches x 3 inches.
  • It provides Z-Wave wireless and manual control.

Every human is well smart to find their product but when it comes to buying, we always do a little research and roam around different web pages for pros and cons. The researched pros and cons are very difficult to find in millions of web pages but we have done this for you. Have a deep look below:

Pros:

  • Switching on/off the lights is the one function of these switches but you can also dim the lights as per your needs (make sure you have a dimmable bulb).
  • The voice controls are available through Amazon Alexa.
  • Smart, as well as manual controls, are available for this product.
  • Z-Wave enabled remotes are also an alternative way to control the devices.
  • A lot of impressive things come with these switches such as In-wall paddle fan controller, paddle dimmer, and a paddle switch.

Cons:

  • It requires hard-wired connections and in-wall installations.
  • It works with Amazon Alexa but you have to buy an extra hub required for voice controls.
  • The build quality is not very much impressive as this product weighs around 8 ounces which are heavier as compared to other switches.
  • New neutral wiring is required before you go for these switches.

Reviews:

“You need to check your wiring before ordering these. These switches require 3 wires: load, line, and neutral. Some of my light switch boxes do not have a neutral and our electrician could not get the switch to work. Called the company to confirm. Apparently, Lowes has some z-wave switches which do not require the neutral wire. I’m giving a 5 star since it is not the fault of the switch – just do not want someone else to run into my difficulties.”

(Jenny)

“I just attempted to install this switch into a multi-gang box that I had in my kitchen. The wiring was simple and the instructions were good, although I didn’t really read them. Once wired, I tested the switch and it worked great. When I went to reassemble and push the switch into the switch box it would not fit. The plastic housing with the electronics and z-wave stuff maximizes every available millimeter available it seems. My metal gang box that I had in my location has raised areas at the top and the bottom between each gang, and though not very big, they are big enough to prevent installation of this switch completely. I have installed Leviton z-wave dimmer switches in the box with no problem. So buyer beware, check your box and make sure the top and bottom plates are completely flat because any obstruction will prevent install.”   

(B. Beaird)

Conclusion:

This product scores well when you look at its specifications. You can dim lights and make a lighting scene of your choice by sitting anywhere around the world. Both remote controls and voice controls are available. But it looks bit awkward if you look at the size of this product. It is bulky and size dimensions are too stands with heavy figures. This switch gives you all that you expect from any smart switch but if you can handle bulky switches then this is a right product for you.

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  1. Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Household Appliances

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Household Appliance
Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Household Appliance

These smart light switches let you to remotely control hard-to-reach appliances without building in power switches. It is a good product for the pregnant women or individuals with limited mobility.

Specifications:

  • It seamlessly expands feature lets you activate multiple devices with just one button.
  • Signals work through doors and walls with the range of 100 ft.
  • Low standby power consumption
  • The device works around 1.1 pounds.
  • The dimensional status of the product is 9.1 x 4.6 x 2.3.
  • The voltage is 120 volts and wattage is 1200 watts.
  • The installation method is Plug-in.
  • The average battery life is around 50 hours.

The good and bad things about every product matter the most if you are really concerned with the quality. When you want to spend some of your bucks on home automated smart switches then you should know the pros and cons of a product before buying. The pros and cons help you to make your decisions right.  

Pros:

  • The range of the remote controls is fine.
  • It gives you to remotely control hard to reach appliances and works efficiently for those with limited mobility.
  • You can synchronize remote outlets together so you can activate multiple numbers of devices with one button.
  • Outlets switch off automatically after a power outage to save energy and cut your electricity costs.

Cons:

  • The dimensions of remote control outlet are big. It won’t let you plug any other switch if you are using a shared wall outlet.
  • The remote control comes in a very simple design. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the position of the button either it is on top or bottom when it’s dark.
  • The batteries are too weird in size dimensions. It almost has a length of half AAA batteries.

Reviews:

” My first impression was great and then one of the units failed within hours. I was still OK with just four, why I would settle for four I don’t really know because the first one was like a canary in the coal mine and another one quickly failed. Since I had now lost all confidence in the quality I decided to return them. It would be one thing if I could get a year or two out of them I would have been happy enough but this is ridiculous.”

(K. Cock)

“First of all let me just be clear that you don’t have to point it to the plugin devices in order for it to work because I had doubts about it not working as well since there weren’t as many reviews mentioning the main concern. I have my remote mounted on the wall and I control five different lamps/led lights around my 3,130 square feet home.”

(Malcom)

Conclusion:

A good battery powered product is finally here. It gives you a battery backup of around 50 hours which is more than sufficient. The standby power consumption is also very low so it can cut costs of your unnecessary electricity bills. If you are the one who is really concerned to cut electricity costs with the help of smart switches then this is a power efficient as well as light weight smart light switch.

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Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat Review 2017

If you are smart enough in the age of emerging technologies, then you must know about the highly exalted technology “Internet of Things” . The Home Automation technology like Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat gives you a perfect example of this tech. It allows you to maintain your home/work temperature from any part of the world with just a single click on your smart device. You can manage heating and cooling of your place in a very comfortable way. If you are looking for an affordable and latest tech oriented thermostat, then you landed on the right page.

Insteon Thermostats
Insteon Thermostats

Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat works on a dual mesh topology network which means each and every device autonomously transmits, receives and repeat peer to peer messages. You can control home’s air conditioned temperature from anywhere either you are sitting in another room or you are at work. It simply connects to your smartphone so the control functions are available with just a simple tap. You can even adjust your home temperature from miles away that saves your time and money. This remote control thermostat conveniently connects with Apple watch and Amazon Alexa for voice controls. Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat works in a very smooth way to control your home temperature in a very desired way.

Company Description:

Insteon is a very popular brand which deals in Home Autonomous Network protocols. It was invented and registered trademark of Smartlabs, Inc. It is correlated with the energetic-connected atmosphere known as Internet of Things. During January 2015, Insteon declared a gateway to interconnect its automation devices with Apple’s Home kit system. The company also deals in various services like wall switches and light bulbs but the best technology we have so far is remote control thermostat.

Insteon gives you a full encryption of autonomous messages. Every message undergoes with programmable error detection and correction to improve the reliability of the network. If you are thinking to upgrade your home Automation Technology, then Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat is highly recommended due to its specifications:

Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat Specifications:

  • Works efficiently with Amazon Alexa for voice controls.
  • The manufacturer offers you a 2-year limited warranty.
  • The settings are programmable for seven days including weekdays and weekends.
  • It weighs around just 7.2 ounces.
  • Comes with non-volatile memory so works well after power failures.
  • Gives you a smart look with its digital display.
  • Connects to Apple watch comfortably for one touch controlling.
  • Control the flow of conditioned air by room basis with duct dampers.
  • Micro-modules and vintage millivolt heaters directly integrated with line voltage systems.
  • Dimensional features: – Height: 3.6 inches, Width: 5.7 inches.
  • Circulate conditioned air by spinning up ceiling fan automatically.
  • The body is made up of UV stabilized plastic material so it categorized as a lightweight product.
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Some of the pros and cons of Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat are as follows:

Pros-

  • This thermostat doesn’t have excess looking buttoned technology so it gives you a clean look while mounted on the wall or in standing table.
  • It is very reliable thermostat if you get a good unit.
  • It reduces your electricity bills as it automatically off your A/C when desired room temperature is reached.
  • The controls are available with a single touch as the device can connect with Apple watch.
  • Amazon Alexa also offers their voice control technology to users.
  • The temperature and humidity can be adjusted if we receive inaccurate straight from the box.
  • This thermostat reduces the complexities of installations. User manual guide will guides you with very friendly installation steps.

Cons-

  • The switches are a little slower.
  • Non-intuitive interface.
  • Out of the box, adjustment of temperature and humidity is necessary as it mostly comes with inaccurate figures.

 

Customer Rating and Reviews:

Insteon remote control wall thermostat gains a very positive response from users after looking at its impressive specifications. Moreover, many existing thermostat users are shifting to this product because it is also worth the cost with upgraded technology. Here are some customer reviews from different websites:

“This thing is great. I installed it with the rest of my Insteon system at our mountain cabin.

Running indigo, I turn up my heat on the way in for the weekend, wrote some script to send me a warning if the temperature falls below a certain level.

Adequately documented, installed it myself and I have been fully satisfied with features and performance.”

Michael Hassey

“Thermostat is mostly easy to use and works great with the app. Must be handy to install. However, an easier way (i.e. via a website) to load / program different temps at different times would be ideal. It is cumbersome to do on the thermostat itself and I started over several times.”

Renee I Review

”Works well with Insteon hub and Amazon echo. Hoping Echo will add even more flexibility, but right now just the fact that I can tell Alexa to “set thermostat 2 degrees lower” without having to get out of bed in the middle of the night is worth the price paid. Pretty easy to install, even if the directions are a little vague. If I had a complaint, it would be those vague instructions. Other than that, love it, especially the fact that no batteries are required.”

                                                            Don, Smarthome’s Review

“Good piece of equipment but needs some improvements.
– It’s hard to read the LCD from angle compared to the old digital ones.
– All options are not available in app and most of the settings need to be done on Thermostat – Like day Modes, Time and Day setting (Which is a default features in all Wi-Fi thermostats)”

Salar, Smarthome’s Review

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Summary:

If you’re willing to spend some bucks to upgrade Home Automation Networks, then Insteon Remote Control Thermostat is the best choice right now with an upgraded technology and cost worthy price. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the fastest growing technology in the history of the tech-based era. In this article, we discussed about one of the most emerging and hyper-connected technologies in the category of IoT i.e. Insteon Home Automation Technology. This device is specially designed for those who want to remain in touch with their home temperature controls to save highly mounted electricity bills. The controls of this thermostat are available on every smart device in a single tap. It doesn’t matter now if you’re miles away from your home/office or hiding under the covers in cold winter days, the temperature is adjustable from anywhere and makes your home comfortable all the time.