Amazon Smart Home – Making home smart with Alexa
It is 2019 and you need to upgrade your home right away. To stay right on the edge of technology, having wifi is not enough these days. You need a smart home. And that is what I’m going to talk about in this post. I will talk about ways to make your home smarter with Amazon Smart Home appliances.
Smart Speakers are the heart of Smart Home. These speakers can listen to and act upon your commands. Here are the three best smart speakers for your amazon powered smart home.
Amazon EchoObviously, this is going to be the heart of your smart home. Amazon Echo – powered with Alexa is powerful enough to answer your random queries, play music as well as turn on and off your smart appliances.
Amazon Echo DotIf you are tight on budget then Amazon Echo Dot might be a better option for you. It is smaller in size as well. But, powered by Alexa, it can do almost all the things an Amazon Echo can do.
Amazon Echo PlusIf you want to work with Philips Smart Bulb then Echo and Echo Dot might not be a good choice for you. As you will need to buy a Hue Bridge separately, which will cost around ₹ 3000. And other smart appliances might need other hubs. Buying hubs separately and configuring them is a painful task. That’s where Amazon Echo Plus shines. It comes in with a built-in hub which will make the smart home setup process easier and hassle-free.
Got one of the smart speakers? Now you need to know some Alexa commands. This article will surely help.
Smart Lights for Amazon Smart Home
The next thing you will obviously need for your smart home is smart lights. You can change the brightness, the colours, and can turn them on and off with just your voice commands. So here are a few of my choices:-
Philips Hue 10W B22 Smart Bulb
If you are somewhat a technology nerd, you saw this one coming. Philips Hue 10W B22 Smart Bulb can give white light as well as coloured light. It is compatible with Alexa and also other smart home speakers. This bulb is pretty bright at 800lm brightness. The only problem is that you will need to buy a Philips Hue Smart Hub separately @ ₹ 4,399.00 if you are using Echo or Echo Dot.
Syska Smart Light 7W LED Bulb
If the price of Philips Hue seems a bit too much for you, you can go for 7W Syska Smart light. Priced at ₹ 1,799.00 it is already WiFi enabled, so you won’t need a hub to set it up. It is a perfect choice for budget smart homes such as the Centro Square Condos.
Smart TVs: Compatible with Alexa
Is your living room TV getting a bit too old? Well, there are some TVs recommended by Amazon which are smart enough to be compatible with Alexa and voice commands. My preference is –
Sony Bravia 124.5 cm (49 Inches) 4K UHD LED Smart Android TV
This is probably the right sized 4K TV for your home. It is android powered so it is compatible with smart home appliances.
This is probably the first generation of the smart home. As newer products come into the market, achieving a smart home will be cheaper and easier. Nevertheless, if you want to be the technology nerd this is the right time to get into smart home solutions.