Welcome to Smarter Home Automation! Almost everyone is looking forward to affordable smart home solutions that are relatively easy to implement and use. We are all about helping you understand and choose the best home automation gear for your world: That’s why we call our site Smarter Home Automation.

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A Pano of our Smart Home Great Room and Kitchen. Coming Feb. – You will be able to click for larger view, then click for reviews on each home automation device in use.

To accomplish this noble goal, we will primarily provide you with in-depth reviews of these products for the smart home. But there’s more: There will be articles, videos, blogs and reports that discuss the latest trends, in both gear, and market direction. Read More

 

Schlage Camelot 619 Smart Lock Review Schlage Camelot 619 Smart Lock Review

By Art Feierman

The Schlage Camelot 619 is the third Smart Lock that I’ve reviewed.  It is a Z-Wave based lock, which I installed and have been using in our “dream home” – aka our Smart Home project – for the past 7 months.  It is a direct competitor of the last smart I reviewed; the K
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By Art Feierman

The Schlage Camelot 619 is the third Smart Lock that I’ve reviewed. It is a Z-Wave based lock, which I installed and have been using in our “dream home” – aka our Smart Home project – for the past 7 months. It is a direct competitor of the last smart I reviewed; the K
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Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – Review Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – Review

By Dave Duncan

“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ( yes in the bulb) processing and memory,  deliver on just that. These are the one bulb on the market that are a self contained solution. I was fortunate enough to h
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By Dave Duncan

“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ( yes in the bulb) processing and memory, deliver on just that. These are the one bulb on the market that are a self contained solution. I was fortunate enough to h
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Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting and Smart Bridge Review – with HomeKit Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting and Smart Bridge Review – with HomeKit

By Art Feierman

In our review of the Lutron Caseta wireless system, we will discuss their Smart Bridge, individual dimmers and switches, interfacing their Smart Bridge with your Wifi, and of course, installing everything and using the Lutron app, and how the Lutron Caseta interfaces with voice control personal assi
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By Art Feierman

In our review of the Lutron Caseta wireless system, we will discuss their Smart Bridge, individual dimmers and switches, interfacing their Smart Bridge with your Wifi, and of course, installing everything and using the Lutron app, and how the Lutron Caseta interfaces with voice control personal assi
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Eve Energy HomeKit Outlet Measures Energy Usage – Review Eve Energy HomeKit Outlet Measures Energy Usage – Review

By Jake Zelinger

We’ve reviewed smart outlets for the smart home before, but the Eve Energy is unique due to Apple HomeKit compatibility, which allows voice control using Siri, and massive in-app features. With its suggested US list price of $49.95, the Eve Energy from Elgato is the type of well thought-out product
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By Jake Zelinger

We’ve reviewed smart outlets for the smart home before, but the Eve Energy is unique due to Apple HomeKit compatibility, which allows voice control using Siri, and massive in-app features. With its suggested US list price of $49.95, the Eve Energy from Elgato is the type of well thought-out product
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AMAZON ECHO – Voice Control For Your Smart Home – A Review AMAZON ECHO – Voice Control For Your Smart Home – A Review

By Dave Duncan

Amazon Echo is a voice activated personal assistant, and so much more.  Designed to deliver superb voice control and instant access to information, including music, it can make your life easier and more enjoyable!  Amazon has done a stand up job taking hold of the IOT and bringing the cloud right in
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By Dave Duncan

Amazon Echo is a voice activated personal assistant, and so much more. Designed to deliver superb voice control and instant access to information, including music, it can make your life easier and more enjoyable! Amazon has done a stand up job taking hold of the IOT and bringing the cloud right in
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Wink Hub Review – Nest, Google, Echo and More! Wink Hub Review – Nest, Google, Echo and More!

By Dave Duncan

Can the Wink hub do it all? Is it the right smart hub for you? Will it connect to your home automation products? I hope this review will answer those questions and more. Home automation is growing rapidly, as we install devices in our smart homes to automate tasks. There are an increasing number of
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By Dave Duncan

Can the Wink hub do it all? Is it the right smart hub for you? Will it connect to your home automation products? I hope this review will answer those questions and more. Home automation is growing rapidly, as we install devices in our smart homes to automate tasks. There are an increasing number of
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LIFX Color 1000 BR30 Smart Bulb Review- Bright, Color Right LIFX Color 1000 BR30 Smart Bulb Review- Bright, Color Right

By Art Feierman

LIFX currently offers four different smart light bulbs for your consideration. These smart lights, including the Color 1000 BR30 – the first one we’re reviewing, all use Wifi  to communicate with the rest of your Smart Home, including, of course apps for your smart phones, tablets, etc.
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By Art Feierman

LIFX currently offers four different smart light bulbs for your consideration. These smart lights, including the Color 1000 BR30 – the first one we’re reviewing, all use Wifi to communicate with the rest of your Smart Home, including, of course apps for your smart phones, tablets, etc.
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Ecobee3 – The Smart Thermostat for Everyone – A Review Ecobee3 – The Smart Thermostat for Everyone – A Review

By Art Feierman

The Ecobee3 is one very smart thermostat, and, it’s also worldly and friendly!  The Ecobee3 relies on Wifi for communications, so that you can control it from the provided App that you can download from the Apple or Google App stores.  You adjust the Ecobee3 with voice control from Apple Siri,
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By Art Feierman

The Ecobee3 is one very smart thermostat, and, it’s also worldly and friendly! The Ecobee3 relies on Wifi for communications, so that you can control it from the provided App that you can download from the Apple or Google App stores. You adjust the Ecobee3 with voice control from Apple Siri,
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Lightify GardenSpot Mini RGB Outdoor Lighting – A Smart Home Review Lightify GardenSpot Mini RGB Outdoor Lighting – A Smart Home Review

By Art Feierman

The Lightify GardenSpot RGB outdoor LED color lighting system is manufactured by Osram/Sylvania. The Lightify folks sent me one to install in our Dream Home project, for the purposes of reviewing it. One of our top awards – consider it an Editor’s Choice – or 4.5 out of 5 stars! I
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By Art Feierman

The Lightify GardenSpot RGB outdoor LED color lighting system is manufactured by Osram/Sylvania. The Lightify folks sent me one to install in our Dream Home project, for the purposes of reviewing it. One of our top awards – consider it an Editor’s Choice – or 4.5 out of 5 stars! I
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Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Review Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Review

By Lisa Feierman

Page 1 of the Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Review: Hi all! I’m Lisa, daughter of Smarter Home Automation/Projector Reviews founder, Art. I received the Philips Hue personal wireless lighting system as a gift before Art was able to get his hands on some to review… So I’ll be the one w
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By Lisa Feierman

Page 1 of the Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Review: Hi all! I’m Lisa, daughter of Smarter Home Automation/Projector Reviews founder, Art. I received the Philips Hue personal wireless lighting system as a gift before Art was able to get his hands on some to review… So I’ll be the one w
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Featured Reviews

Schlage Camelot 619 Smart Lock Review | December 28, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Schlage Camelot 619 is the third Smart Lock that I’ve reviewed.  It is a Z-Wave based lock, which I installed and have been ...
Ilumi - The Smartest LED Light Bulb Review
Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – Review | December 17, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ...
Amazon Echo Dot, bringing Alexa to every room -Review | November 23, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
The all new Alexa powered, Amazon Echo Dot is great option to bring the power of your voice to every room in your home.  The Amazon ...
Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest – The Trendsetting Learning Thermostat on its 3rd Gen. – A Review | October 13, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
Nest is the trendsetter in the thermostat space.  The original smart thermostat, they are now on their 3rd generation of the Nest ...
Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting and Smart Bridge Review – with HomeKit | October 6, 2016 - By Art Feierman
In our review of the Lutron Caseta wireless system, we will discuss their Smart Bridge, individual dimmers and switches, interfacing ...
Eve Energy HomeKit Outlet Measures Energy Usage – Review | September 26, 2016 - By Jake Zelinger
We’ve reviewed smart outlets for the smart home before, but the Eve Energy is unique due to Apple HomeKit compatibility, which allows ...
1More Triple Driver Premium Ear Buds – Model E1001 – A Review | September 13, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The 1More triple driver ear buds (with mic and controls) that I received couldn’t have come a day too soon.  These produce serious ...
Amazon Echo
AMAZON ECHO – Voice Control For Your Smart Home – A Review | September 1, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
Amazon Echo is a voice activated personal assistant, and so much more.  Designed to deliver superb voice control and instant access to ...
Wink hub
Wink Hub Review – Nest, Google, Echo and More! | July 22, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
Can the Wink hub do it all? Is it the right smart hub for you? Will it connect to your home automation products? I hope this review ...
LIFX Color 1000 BR30 Smart Bulb Review- Bright, Color Right | June 24, 2016 - By Art Feierman
LIFX currently offers four different smart light bulbs for your consideration. These smart lights, including the Color 1000 BR30 ...
Ecobee3 and Lil'Bee
Ecobee3 – The Smart Thermostat for Everyone – A Review | March 27, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Ecobee3 is one very smart thermostat, and, it’s also worldly and friendly!  The Ecobee3 relies on Wifi for communications, so ...
Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Switch/Outlet measures Energy Usage – A Review | March 11, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Belkin Insight is an external power outlet and switch. It has a suggested list price (in the US) of $49.99. A less expensive but ...
Lightify GardenSpot Mini RGB Outdoor Lighting – A Smart Home Review | February 16, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Lightify GardenSpot RGB outdoor LED color lighting system is manufactured by Osram/Sylvania. The Lightify folks sent me one to ...
Kwikset SmartCode 916 Z-Wave Deadbolt lock
Kwikset SmartCode 916 Z-Wave Front Door Lock Review | July 19, 2015 - By Art Feierman
With this review of the Kwikset SmartCode 916, we have entered the world of networkable smart door locks. This Kwikset lock supports ...
SengLED Pulse – Smart Flood LED Light with JBL Speaker – Review | April 9, 2015 - By Art Feierman
The Pulse puts smart Dimmable LED lighting and JBL sound in your ceiling! Other places too!
Kwikset Kevo Deadbolt Lock Review – Bluetooth – No Front Door Key Needed | December 4, 2014 - By Art Feierman
Meet Kevo! Kevo by Kwikset is a unique security focused home automation product.  It’s a Bluetooth enabled dead bolt that also ...

Featured Articles

Google Home vs Amazon Echo – The Race Continues | December 28, 2016 - By Nikki Kahl
In our previous article, Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why, we touched on a couple of the more ...
Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why | December 22, 2016 - By Nikki Kahl
Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo In The Battle Of Personal Assistants In what is possibly the most significant technological race since ...
Amazon Echo and Echo Dots: Use Them to control an Entire Smart Home | October 13, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Amazon Echo is a great device for many purposes, especially controlling home automation gear.  Adding Amazon Echo Dots makes life ...
CEDIA: Smart Home Personal Assistants: Amazon Alexa’s New Friends, Apple HomeKit Siri | September 18, 2016 - By Art Feierman
If there is one aspect of voice control/personal assistants that really stood out in terms of announcements, it was the number of ...
Nexia uses Z-wave technology
Smart Home Eco-Systems A-Z: Z is for Z-Wave, Zigbee | August 15, 2016 - By Art Feierman
Call them home automation standards, languages, or protocols…Z-Wave and Zigbee, like Wifi, and Bluetooth are communications ...
home automation apps
Smart Home Ecosystems A-Z | July 18, 2016 - By Art Feierman
When I chose A to Z Smart Home Ecosystems for a title to this group of articles, it seemed natural, since four  of the ...
Amazon Echo
Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa pg.2 | July 18, 2016 - By Art Feierman
In building their eco-system, Apple’s kept it somewhat closed,  as they have their own standards.   HomeKit is the ...
Siri - Apple's Personal Assistant in Star Trek?
Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa | July 16, 2016 - By Art Feierman
Welcome to our Smart Home discussion of Personal Assistant based home automation eco-systems The two most, well known, geared for the ...
Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, Light Switches and Dimmer | May 18, 2016 - By Lisa Feierman
The Lutron Caséta is a lighting control system that primarily consists of a smart wireless bridge, light switches (in-wall or plug-in), ...
The Fibaro RGBW Micro Controller System | May 17, 2016 - By Lisa Feierman
The Fibaro system is a smart, wireless, Z-wave compatible, 4-color, controller for LED light strips. It supports the 3 traditional RGB ...
LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb Series | May 16, 2016 - By Lisa Feierman
LIFX is a Wi-Fi-enabled smart LED light bulb brand with four current models: the Color 1000, the Color 1000 BR30, the White 800 and the ...
Roost battery and smoke detector
Roost Smart 9V Wi-Fi Battery | May 4, 2016 - By Lisa Feierman
The Roost battery  makes it easy to make your smoke, carbon monoxide, and other monitors or alarms smarter! The Roost is a 9v battery ...
BeON smart light bulb and home security set
BeON Home Smart Light Bulb and Home Protection System | May 1, 2016 - By Lisa Feierman
The BeON Home is part-smart light bulb, part-home protection system! The idea is for your house when you’re home to be virtually ...
Nanoleaf Aurora panels
Nanoleaf Aurora Color-Changing LED Panel Smart Lights | April 18, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Nanoleaf Aurora is as much a minimalist, modern art installation as it is a lighting fixture. It is outfitted with color-changing ...
Physics of Christmas
The Physics of Christmas – Would GeoFencing Help Santa? | December 24, 2015 - By Art Feierman
Santa’s got a problem!  Every year he’s expected to visit millions of homes and deliver hundreds of millions of presents. ...
Next Home Automation Review: Samsung SmartThings Hub | October 30, 2015 - By Art Feierman
The Smart Home is coming your way, and we want to help out by reviewing some of the hottest, and leading edge products.  I’m ...
home automation icons on tablet
Is Home Automation on the Monthly Plan For You? AT&T, ADT… | September 22, 2015 - By Art Feierman
There are lots of ways to plan your smart home, not just in terms of equipment, but how you go about getting all that home automation ...
Apple HomeKit ecosystem
Searching for the Meaning of Apple HomeKit | August 15, 2015 - By Art Feierman
It’s about a year since Apple announced HomeKit.  I’ve found it hard to get a good handle on where Apple was going with it. ...
Welcome to Smarter Home Automation – Our New Website | August 5, 2015 - By Art Feierman
Although SmarterHomeAutomation.com launched in August 2015, you’ll now find here, a number older reviews and articles relating to ...
Bulletproof Wifi – Key to Successful Home Automation | July 28, 2015 - By Jon Luna
Wi-Fi internet is the glue that holds together our digital lifestyles. Reliable Wifi is extremely important to a proper home automation ...
Philips has a family of colored led lights, including bulbs, floods and lLED light strips
Smarter LED Lighting such as Philips’ Hue, Saves Money, Creates Scenes, Changes the way we use Lighting! | January 20, 2014 - By Art Feierman
LED lighting is great.  RGB LED lighting is even better, and making them Smart, allows one to completely rethink how one uses  lighting ...
Smart Home Theater: Projector, Sources, Lights, Shades, Automate | December 30, 2013 - By Art Feierman
For those of us who are home theater enthusiasts, it’s the home theater itself that is most likely to be the first part of a home ...

Featured Videos

Close-up of the SmartCode 916 lock's keypad
Using the KwikSet SmartCode 916: Keypad Features | November 2, 2015 - By Lisa Feierman
This is the second of two videos about the KwikSet SmartCode 916. This one focuses on using the keypad features. Check out the full review.
Kevo Smart Lock - Bluetooth
Using the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock | November 2, 2015 - By Lisa Feierman
In this video, Art walks through using the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock. Read the review here.
Using the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled Thermostat | November 2, 2015 - By Lisa Feierman
In this video, the editor of SmarterHomeAutomation.com, Art Feierman, walks through using the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled TH9320 ...
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Installing the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled Thermostat | November 2, 2015 - By Art Feierman
In this video, our editor, Art, walks through the installation of the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled TH9320 thermostat. Read the full ...

 

The range of gear covered stretches from smart locks and motion sensors, to thermostats, light switches, outlets, garage door openers using geo-fencing, window shades that do their thing to save energy, energy monitoring and so much more.

Consider Smart color (and white) lighting – indoor and outdoor, as one game changer we’ll be heavily focused on. It can make it easier to wake up refreshed or to more quickly fall asleep but will also rethink modern interior design. We are also reviewing the controllers, hubs, wifi routers and extenders, that tie everything together.

The connected smart home is app driven so our reviews will consider the competence and ease of use of those apps that control your smart devices.

No longer is home automation only for the top 1%ers from companies like Crestron and Control4, or for the DIY types who don’t mind living on the “bleeding edge.”

The Smart Home is about to go mainstream!

Look to Amazon’s voice controlled Echo and Apple HomeKit – a Siri controlled environment, as too huge potential game changers.

HomeKit, could be for Apple, their next massive success ala iPod, iPhone, etc. it likely will cause this industry to take off. Many companies are committing to supporting Homekit including some big names like Lutron, Philips Hue, Honeywell and Ecobee thermostats, Schlage door locks, Hunter fans…

Will millions of iPhone and Mac users trust that the Apple ecosystem will make the smart home practical, affordable, and easy? Almost certainly. Apple won’t be alone. Google has their own plans some of which are built around their acquisition of the Nest thermostat.

These are exciting times the birth of SMARTER home automation, where simplicity and affordability meet. Whether you refer to it as the Connected Home, IOT, or simply the Smart Home, welcome to the party!

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