If you want to get started with a smart home, buying Echo should be your first step. You can easily set up Amazon’s Echo products and enjoy the benefits of home automation.
Here is a recommendation of which smart home gadget to pair with Echo for a truly impressive smart home.
Smart light bulbs like Philips Hue Line, Syska Smartlight Rainbow LED etc are a great investment for your smart home. You can sync these bulbs with Echo and use voice commands to control them. You can give commands like – “Alexa, turn on/off the lights”, “Alexa, make the living room light warmer” etc. Set up a “Night Routine” with Alexa that involves smart lighting. For Instance – you can say something like – “Good Night” to turn off the bedroom lights.
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Smart Plugs such as – Wemo Mini, DLink, iHome etc are must have smart home products that deliver big functionality. No more you need to turn off your hair dryer before leaving for work. Just connect it to the smart plug and simple say “Alexa, turn off my hair dryer”. You can leave home without any worry. The best thing is that you can even use the app on your smartphone to control the plug, in case you forget to tell Alexa.
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Amazon has recently extended the capabilities of Echo by adding support for thermostats. If you are serious about creating an energy efficient home, you must look into smart thermostats like ecobee4, Fibaro Heat Controller etc. You will be able to control ecobee4 with voice commands by pairing with Echo. Give commands like – “Alexa, change the living room temperature to 70 degrees”, “Alexa, turn the temperature up by 5 degrees” etc.
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Besides the above, there are many smart home products to pair up with Amazon Echo. Pick and choose the right technology to start creating your smart home!