How To Make A Smart Home


From turning on your lights while on vacation to turning on the air conditioner from the comfort of your bed, the smart home options are plentiful. Setting up your home with products like these can save you time and energy. Pair them with your Alexa or Google Assistant for more added ease in your home.

Here are some of our favorite smart home options. Pair them with your phone and get started!

Know who or what’s at your door, even when you are away with a smart doorbell. This doorbell camera will alert your phone and send a live video when motion is detected outside your door. Use the Feit Electric app to tune in any time for a live look or choose to receive an alert whenever movement or sound is detected. Recorded events can be stored on-board in a separately sold SD card or in the cloud. A built-in microphone and speaker allow you to converse in real-time with visitors.

Have a basement door that rarely gets used, but are concerned about break-ins? This motion-sensing alarm is great for spots like those or set in a room that sees activity when you are away from home. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, this sensor monitors your indoors and sends a phone alert if motion is detected from up to 26 feet. Connect to other devices and set up automation to turn them on with sensor alerts.

Gone are the days of using an old-fashioned light timer and here to stay is using the smart plug in your home. This Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug turns any device into a smart device. Control your devices from anywhere together with one smart plug. Ideal for home appliances, lights, and more. Control from anywhere – turn on or off, set schedules or timers with an intuitive smartphone app. Combine devices together for unified control with one single tap. Combine living room bulbs, plugs, and switches together for more convenient access.

Keep your property safe with the Feit Electric indoor pan/tilt motion-activated HD Camera. This tabletop camera allows you to monitor your home or office from anywhere on your smart device. Pan or tilt the camera remotely for a greater field of vision. Use the Feit Electric app to tune in any time for a live look or choose to receive an alert any time movement is detected. Converse in real-time with a built-in microphone and speaker. Recorded events can be stored on-board in a separately sold SD card or in the cloud.

Color Changing Light Bulbs are a great way to compromise for those homes that may be team daylight vs. soft light. Easily turn lights on/off, dim, set groups, and schedules. Choose energizing daylight or wind down with relaxing soft white light. Get creative with color, it’s all up to you. Control lighting with simple voice commands and an intuitive mobile app. Set up is simple. The bulbs connect directly to your WiFi at home and can be controlled from anywhere. It has never been easier to customize your home’s lighting to suit your lifestyle.

Outdoor Outlet is a perfect device to use on landscaping lighting and holiday lights. This Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug turns any device into a smart device. Control your devices from anywhere together with one smart plug. Ideal for home appliances, lights, and more. Control from anywhere – turn on or off, set schedules or timers with an intuitive smartphone app. Combine devices together for unified control with one single tap. Combine living room bulbs, plugs, and switches together for more convenient access.

Adjust the temperature of your home from the comfort of your couch with a smart thermostat. Utilize an option like Honeywell Smart Thermostat which features flexible programming options for your schedule or utility company’s peak rate pricing.

***Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using any product.

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