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Switchmate’s US$40 smart light switch ships in May, with simple but limited features

Michael Brown | April 28, 2016
The Bluetooth LE device mounts on top of existing switches for quick and easy smart-lighting retrofits.

Yes, it’s more complicated, more expensive, and more permanent, but these more complete solutions also deliver other benefits: They enable you to tie your lighting into your home-security system, so that lights can be controlled by door, window, and motion sensors. Open your door at night and one or more lights will come on automatically. You can also program your lights so that they will turn on in the event of a break-in, or if your smoke alarm goes off in the middle of the night.

The Switchmate is a great idea, just be aware of its limitations before you buy one. Because you’ll want to go further as soon as you get a taste of the connected home, and the Switchmate won’t take you there (although that could change if and when Switchmate ships its own hub).

 

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