Smart switches to smarten up your home

By Siddharth Parwatay | Published on 12 Mar 2020
Smart switches to smarten up your home

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The age of smart homes is here. Many leading appliance manufacturers have launched multiple models that come with some smart features, like app-control, voice-command support, scheduling, self-diagnosis and more. Today, if you want, you can upgrade nearly all the appliances in your home with their smarter alternatives. However, if you want to experience smart living without having to replace everything, smart switches are just the right thing for you. Offering more than simple on-off functionality remotely, modern smart switches are an easy way to upgrade your living space into a connected, app-controlled home. Here are some great options available on Amazon that you can try out. Do note that these products are selected based on the specifications and features they offer. 

TP-Link HS200

Beneath the sleek design and feel of the TP-Link HS200 smart switch lie a range of useful features and capabilities. App-based control is available on smartphones and tablets with the free Kasa app. While you can set your own schedule for the switch, you can also set it to turn on and off at dawn and dusk - which is particularly useful if the switch is connected to a light source. Additionally, the Away mode is ingenious for a light connection as it can randomly operate your lights when you're not at home. You can find the switch in the dark with its LED light, or skip the search completely and use your voice to control it via Amazon Alexa.

Sonoff Smart WiFi Switch

With the eWeLink app connecting your smartphone to your switch, you get the convenience of smart controls in no time when you opt for the Sonoff Smart WiFi switch. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices, the app also allows you to share the control of a particular switch with your family members. To do that, they need to install the app and login with the same credentials as you. In addition to supporting the remote operation, the Sonoff Smart Switch also allows you to set a countdown timer to turn the connected device on or off. 

HomeMate WiFi 4 Node Smart Switch 

With the HomeMate WiFi 4 Node Switch, you don’t need to replace any of your existing wiring or switches. The device can be installed into any existing module switchboard and can connect to your WiFi network. Even when they have been installed and operated, they can be removed and relocated to any switchboard in the house. The nodes connected to the HomeMate switch can still be operated seamlessly by the physical switch on the board. The Smart Life app makes remote control features accessible from anywhere in the world. Along with Alexa, it supports multiple other smart assistant and automation platforms.

smarteefi Polycarbonate 16A Wifi Smart Switch

Packing quite a lot of impressive features, the smarteefi Smart switch can be used to retrofit up to two existing switches with smart features. With Alexa compatibility as well as scheduling features, you've got the basic set of smart features taken care of. Additionally, the smarteefi Smart Switch is also good for areas with power issues, as it can resume any schedules it has missed due to a power cut once the power is back. The manual override feature also allows you to take away control from the physical switch, restricting the usage of a particular switch to whoever has access to the app.

Siddharth Parwatay

Siddharth a.k.a. staticsid is a bigger geek than he'd like to admit. Sometimes even to himself.

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