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Zuli Smartplugs review: Clever and inexpensive home lighting control

Michael Brown | Sept. 28, 2015
Zuli has been shipping its Smartplugs to Kickstarter backers since mid July, and now the company feels comfortable enough to send devices to reviewers who don’t have a stake in the product’s success or failure.

I really like the concept of having lights turn on when I enter a room, and Zuli Smartplugs accomplish the trick at a very reasonable price point. But I’ve identified a number of ways the product could be made even better. And if you live in a newer or remodeled older home with lots of recessed, cove, or under-counter lighting controlled by wall switches, Zuli Smartplugs won’t do much for you. It would be great to see this room-fencing technology incorporated into wall switches, and I would imagine that’s on the company’s roadmap, too. Zuli made its Smartplugs as pretty as wall warts can be, but they’re still wall warts.

 

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