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 •  December 28, 2017

When you get down to it, most smart switches are not all that smart. A wireless radio that talks to a hub or an app? Maybe a touch-sensitive dimmer? That’s it? Surely we can do better than that in late 2017. Noon Lighting thinks it can, and even in version 1.0, its eponymous Noon Lighting System is easily the most inventive and capable smart switch...

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 •  August 29, 2016

Philips Lighting is adding even more sci-fi-like features to its Hue line of smart lighting. The company just announced a new motion sensor that can integrate with your lights for no-touch activation. If you walk into a room, the sensor is supposed to detect your presence and turn on the lights in about half a second. The Philips Hue motion sensors...

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 •  March 8, 2016

A Korean-based developer thinks he has the solution for unreliable power in the developing world: a light that powers itself from a candle. The Lumir throws off enough light to allow users to read by it, or use it as a way to provide soft, yet ample light to illuminate a small area. Fifteen lumens of light are available through four small LEDs,...

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 •  January 5, 2016

Credit: Hunter Fan Company
The Hunter Fan Company, the world’s oldest ceiling-fan manufacturer, today opened a fresh chapter in its 130-year history by announcing its entry into the connected-home market. Specifically, it has unveiled a brace of Wi-Fi-enabled ceiling fans that will be marketed under the Symphony and Signal brands.
Why this...

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 •  October 14, 2015

... Ecobee, Honeywell, and Nest programmable thermostats; Big Ass Fans' Haiku ceiling fans; LIFX Wi-Fi light bulbs, Philips Hue LED bulbs,

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 •  October 1, 2015

... IPv6 protocol that Nest Labs is developing with Samsung, Big Ass Fans, ... Z-Wave devices—light switches, thermostats, door locks, motion

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 •  July 1, 2015

Installation services for devices such as in-wall light switches and thermostats will cost extra, but tech support will be included in the purchase price of any connected-home device Sears sells. “We have an installation network offering for all ...

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 •  June 22, 2015

It's a free diagnostic service, but you'll need a Trane or American Standard Wi-Fi thermostat to use it.
Nexia Home Intelligence is offering a new opt-in advanced diagnostic service that allows your local dealer to remotely monitor your home’s heating and cooling setup. Should there be a problem with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ...

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 •  March 3, 2015

When it comes to smart lighting controls for the connected home, there have been just two basic choices: You can plug lamps into ugly wall-wart plug-in modules, or you can remove your existing light switches and replace them with smart switches.
The first choice is ugly and doesn’t work with overhead lighting; the second choice is expensive and ...

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 •  February 23, 2015

Light is light, right? Not exactly. The light that comes from the overhead fluorescents at your office is nothing like the light that pours from your favorite chandelier at home or that of the bedside lamp that lets you read your favorite novel to help you fall asleep.
That’s because different light sources produce light with different color ...