With developments in home automation and the increasing number of devices joining the ranks of the internet of things, there’s never been a better time to start developing a fully connected smart home ecosystem.
We’ve put together a guide to get you started on the path to the ultimate smart home setup with a rundown of some of the essential bits of kit for the interconnected home setup.
Whether you’re looking to build a fully connected and automated smart home from the ground up, or simply want to update a specific room in your house with the technology to make life easier, there are now more devices out there than ever before to help you to get the job done.
From smart lighting and heating to interactive entertainment and automated fitness and smart living, we’ve compiled a list of some of the essential tech to help you live in harmony with your home.
Read on to discover everything you need to to know to get started turning your living space into the house of the future.
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When it comes to remotely controlled, colour changing smart bulbs, Philips are major contenders with their Hue range of smart lighting solutions.
Dimmable, color changing and fully controllable from your smartphone or tablet, the Phillips Hue range are compatible with a whole host of other connected products and are even controllable using your voice in some instances – an essential addition to your smart home lighting rig.
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If white light is more your thing, then check out the smart offering from lighting experts Osram.
With a starter kit containing everything you need to get going with automated lighting and the ability to control via your smartphone or tablet, the Osram Lightify system provides smart lighting perfect for everyday use while being dimmable to the appropriate color temperature, whatever your needs.Learn More Here
There are a number of choices when it comes to smart camera solutions for home security and in our opinion, the Nest Cam is one of the best.
Incredibly simple to set-up and offering a continuous live video feed, the Nest Cam is the perfect all in one smart solution for tasks ranging from home security to baby monitoring.Learn More Here
Keyless smart entry and the ability to lock or unlock your doors with just your smarphone is the core offering from the August Smart Lock.
As well as an amazing auto locking/unlocking function (a great help when you’re in a rush to leave or have an armful of groceries) the Smart Lock can also be set up to allow guests or family members to have ‘virtual keys’ set up for access when needed.Learn More Here
Bringing the idea of the traditional remote control into the modern smart-era, the Logitech Harmony Elite allows you to not only handle Bluetooth and infrared media systems, but is also designed to allow control over any WiFi enabled smart home devices as well.
The companion app (which can be tied to your smartphone) allows the creation of ‘scenes’ to control multiple devices with the single tap of the screen – imagine, for example hitting the ‘Romantic Evening’ scene and the lights and music in your home adjusting accordingly.Learn More Here
When it comes to controlling the temperature within the home, the Nest Learning Thermostat rules the roost.
Allowing you to set the temperature and schedule your heating from an app on your smartphone, the multitude of smart features on the Nest Learning Thermostat will make setting the right internal climate a breeze and will mean you’ll cut down on wasted energy.
The Nest line of products are also increasingly compatible with a shed load of other smart devices carrying the ‘Works with Nest’ badge, so you can always be sure that your smart home devices play nice with each other.Learn More Here
Sonos are known for the exceptional quality of their audio equipment and when it comes to multi-room audio for the interconnected home, the Sonos range is where it’s at.
With an app compatible with all Sonos equipment and allows you to play music from multiple sources including Google music, Apple Music and Deezer, you can’t really go wrong.
For us, the icing on the cake is that when integrated with a Samsung SmartThings setup (see below) you can set up recipes to turn your Sonos speaker circuit into audio elements of an orchestrated smart home action such as an intruder alarm or wake-up alarm.Learn More Here