Mixing Hue and Innr Smart Lights

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A lot of boxes.

I really wanted to write a rant about how incompatible smart lights are ruining the world. But… errr… Everything just works. Previously on my smarthome adventures, I kitted my house out with LIFX Bulbs and some WisQo Switches. I’ve moved home and none of my bulbs are compatible with the existing sockets! What else am…

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Review: Meross Smart Lightbulb – MSL120

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Product shot of the lightbulb.

I’ve previously reviewed other Meross smart home devices, so now on to their MSL120 – an E27 screw cap bulb. The bulb has dimming and colour changing functions. Let’s crack on with a video! The app The Android app looks good – although a little rough around the edges, but it’s easy to set up…

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Internet Connected Lightswitches – Redux!

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Regular readers will remember that I have had a disastrous experience with WiFi light switches. I’ve had pretty good results with LIFX bulbs – but I really wanted something which can control my lights’ switches. Enter the new WisQo smart lightswitches. The company claims that they’ll work with the UK’s “unique” wiring designs. They’ve kindly…

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Singing to my light bulbs

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Because I’m an idiot, I’ve decided that what my life needs is voice activated lightbulbs. But voice control is so 2015. Let’s make these bulbs react to SINGING! Here’s a demo – fair warning, my vocal prowess is “limited”. OK, here’s how to do this. I recently got a bunch of Lfix bulbs as part…

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The absolute horror of WiFi light switches

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I’ve just got a WiFi light switch. As I’ve explained previously, swapping out all my existing light bulbs with Smart Bulbs would be hugely expensive and has the disadvantage of not working when the switches are off at the wall. A WiFi light switch (theoretically) allows me to control the lights from my phone –…

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Smart Lights – Dumb Decisions

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(A somewhat rambling post about a very inconsequential problem.) I’m slowly building a Smart Home. I’ve security cameras emailing me when a cat has the temerity to walk past a window, a Roomba which tweets me, a thermostat which knows if I’m working from home, and a car which knows when to charge from my…

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