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Is 'smart lighting' right for you and your home? (connected by TCP Review)

Al Sacco | Feb. 11, 2014
Controlling the lights in your home using a smartphone or tablet sounds like a novel idea, but is it really worth the investment to get "connected?"'s Al Sacco answers that question and more in this hands-on review of the Connected by TCP home smart lighting system.

Unfortunately, Connected by TCP is designed to be controlled using its mobile apps or remote control, and using traditional light switches along with the apps can lead to problems. It's also somewhat expensive.

TCP's isn't the only smart lighting system available, nor is it the most feature packed. Philips' Hue system appears to have many of the same features as Connected by TCP and it lets you customize the color of your lighting — but it's even more expensive.

Overall, I recommend the Connected by TCP system to anyone who wants enhanced home lighting options and is willing to deal with a bit of a learning curve. Depending on how many people you have in your home, and how willing they are to learn a new lighting routine based on mobile apps, the smart bulbs may be better suited for some areas of your home than others. You can use as few or as many Connected by TCP bulbs as you choose, and the bulbs themselves are much more environmentally friendly than traditional light bulbs.


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