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Best Z-Wave Door Sensor

The Best Z-Wave Door and Window Sensors

When you think of the best Z-Wave door sensors, you think of security systems. Monitoring the security status of a door is one use of a door sensors, but there are endless additional uses when paired with a home automation controller.

For example, Z-Wave door sensors can trigger lights to turn on when doors are opened, notify you if someone opens the liquor cabinet, or remind you if a door is left open more than five minutes.

You will discover dozens of uses for door and window sensors in your smart home. This article will make sure you find the best z wave door sensor for your home.

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Porch Light Timer

Porch Light Timer – 3 Easy Solutions You Can Install Today

A porch light timer is simple but extremely useful feature to add to your home. The products available today make it even easier and more convenient than ever before. In 30 minutes, you can set up an automatic porch light timer. Never come home to a dark front door again! This articles explains how to put your porch lights on a timer.

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Smart Lighting Guide

The Complete Smart Lighting Guide

Ultimate convenience!

Save money!

Conserve Energy!

Make your home safer!


That sounds like a cheesy infomercial, but smart lights can actually deliver on all of these promises. I enjoy these benefits in my house today, but it wasn’t always that way. It is critical that you choose the right products and set them up in the right way or you won’t get the full benefits that smart home lighting can provide. 

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Philips Hue Hub and Lights

Review: Philips Hue Hub and Lights

The easiest solution for smart home lighting!

The Philips Hue Hub and lights are the fastest way to automate your smart home lights. Setup the Philips Hue Hub, install the smart bulb in one of your lamps, and you are ready to go.

Control the Hue lights with your voice using Amazon Echo or automate the lights with SmartThings. 

The Philips Hue lights are the best smart light bulbs for your home. 

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SmartThings Motion Sensor

Review: SmartThings Motion Sensor

Automation and security.

Use the SmartThings motion sensor to turn on the lights or notify you of an intruder.

In this SmartThings motion sensor guide, we discuss uses, project ideas, product specs and more.

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Alexa Turn on Lights

How To: “Turn on the Lights” with Alexa

Just say, "Alexa. Turn on the Lights."

Alexa knows where you are and what lights you want to turn on!

Speak naturally to Alexa when controlling the lights in your Smart Home. This is the easiest way for you and your guests to use voice control of lights.

Use this guide to setup context aware lighting control with your Amazon Echo device.

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Custom Amazon Alexa Command

Amazon Echo: Create a Custom Voice Command

Create your own custom voice command with Alexa!

Create a phrase and choose what Alexa will do when it is said. A custom Amazon Alexa command is a great way to control your smart lights with your voice.

This guide will show you how to create an Alexa routine with a custom voice command in the Alexa app.

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Alexa Light Group

How To: Setup Light Groups with Amazon Alexa

Control multiple lights with one voice command with Alexa!

Group light bulbs in one lamp or group all the lights in a room. The smart home groups feature in the Alexa App is perfect for making your voice lighting control even better.

Use this guide to easily create your Alexa light group. 

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Alexa and Hue

Voice Controlled Lights: Easily Connect Amazon Echo and Philips Hue

In 3 minutes, you can control your Philips Hue lights with your voice!

Easily connect the Philips Hue Hub to your Amazon Echo for voice control over your smart light bulbs. Turn the Hue light bulbs on and off, change their color or turn on a scene just by asking Alexa.

This is a quick and simple guide on how to connect your Amazon Alexa and Hue devices.

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Review – Amazon Echo Voice Control

Alexa home automation and voice control for you smart home!

You see it in the movies and now you can have it in your home with the Amazon Echo devices.

"Alexa" - Turn on the lights. Set the temperature to 68. Turn on HGTV. Open the garage. Turn on the fan. Open the pod bay doors. 

Anything your smart home can do can be controlled by your voice. It's Alexa home automation!

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