Sync! How to Control Lighting and Other Appliances in Your Home From Your Phone

by Ben SanfordMay 16, 2018

Bring Top Technology Into Your Home With Smart Home Technology

The days of turning on your coffee maker manually, checking the batteries on your smoke detectors, and paying attention to what’s in the oven are long gone, thanks to smart home technology that is becoming more and more accessible. Remember that Disney movie from the 90s where a smart house gets a mind of its own and tries to take over the family? Don’t worry — this is nothing like that.

Tech companies from around the world have been honing in on new technology to make it easier to complete some of the more mundane tasks of home life.

Have you ever arrived at work and had the sudden realization that you forgot to turn off the oven? You can now turn it off remotely using your phone. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night freezing cold because the air conditioning is still blasting? You can now control the thermostat with your phone.

With all that in mind, here’s the scoop on the newest home technology available to alleviate all of your first-world problems, and then some.
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Choose Your Voice Activated Assistant

You can choose from multiple voice-activated assistants to get your smart home rolling. Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s home assistant, and Apple’s Siri are the big brands, but you can also choose from smaller companies like Insteon, which claims to be the most affordable smart home hub on the market.

There are pros and cons to each home assistant, so it’s good to think about your priorities and how you are hoping to use your home assistant before you choose one.

Apple Siri is built with privacy in mind, so your data and the data you share with other apple-compatible accessories will always be encrypted. Because of this, however, there are fewer apple-compatible smart home accessories on the market.

Amazon’s Alexa is easy to set up and is compatible with most smart-home accessories. However, Amazon is still working out some kinks with voice activation, and some customers have complained that Alexa laughs eerily for no reason at random moments.

Google’s assistant is probably the cheapest on the market when it comes to name-brand smart home assistants, but it has fewer compatible smart-home accessories than other assistants.

What You Can Control

After you’ve chosen your assistant, it’s time to start loading up your home with smart tech accessories. It can be overwhelming to try to update your entire home at once, so don’t worry if you bring smart technology into your home slowly. Start with your biggest priorities first—whether that’s the thermostat, the lights, or other appliances.

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Lighting

Depending on which assistant you choose, there are different smart lighting options that you can use your phone to control. The Phillips Hue Lighting Kit and bridge works with Apple Siri and Google and can control up to 50 light bulbs at a time. You can choose between colored light bulbs and bulbs with warm hues.

Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa are both compatible with Lifx Smart bulbs, which you can control using the Lifx app on your smartphone. After you connect your bulb with the app on your phone, you will be able to control your lighting by speaking to your assistant.

Thermostat

With smartphone thermostat apps, you’ll never again have to worry about whether you forgot to turn the heat down while on vacation. Apps like Nest are compatible with Android and Apple products and can be controlled with or without a smart home assistant.

Using Nest, you can adjust the settings on your thermostat to work with your schedule, so you never have to come home to a cold home ever again. Using Nest, you can also control your lights and lock your doors while away from home.

Ovens and Other Kitchen Appliances

With smart-home technology, you can practically cook an entire meal without even entering your kitchen. The June Intelligent Oven can identify what foods you are cooking and estimate the perfect temperature and cook time. You’ll get notifications on your phone to let you know how your food is cooking so that you never forget about those cookies in the oven. You can also control your June Oven using smart home assistants like Alexa and Siri.

While you’re at it, you can update your coffee maker to brew your coffee automatically with the touch of a button on your smartphone. The Smarter Coffee machine even brews remotely, so you can get one for the office and have your coffee waiting for you after the morning commute.
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Enjoy Newfound Free time and Ease With the Help of Your Smartphone Home Apps

Once you get the hang of how to install and use the various apps and operating systems for your smartphone, you’ll find that the options are limitless. Fill your home with smart systems that free up time and space for you and your family, and say hello to the future!

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.