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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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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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Build a Smart Home: Step 1

Create a Smart Home – Step 1

Congratulations! You are about to embark on the fun, frustrating, and addictive journey of building a DIY smart home. 

Chances are, you already have one or more components of a smart home (i.e. Amazon Echo, Google Home, Sonos Speakers, Hue Lights, Samsung SmartThings, etc.). Getting all of the products to work together can be as frustrating as getting my kids to play together nicely. But when it happens, it can almost be magical. And the good part…Anyone Can Do This!

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