Smart Plug—An Easy Way To Get You Started On Home Automation

Don’t know where to start for your home automation? The easiest path to home automation is to convert your existing lights and turn-on/off devices into smart devices by adding relatively inexpensive smart plugs. Simply plug in a smart plug into a socket and then plug in a lamp, fan, air humidifier, air purifier, or other device into the smart plug. For those of you with an iPhone, you can set up these devices with HomeKit by simply bringing up the Home app and scan in the code for the device. 

There are many options in the market place. There are smart plugs that connect with Bluetooth or Thread as wells as WiFi. Of course, there are few that connect with a bridge.

For situations where you also would like to have a remote control, the iHome iSP8 with Remote Control will work perfectly. Want to control outdoor lights or xmas lights? There are even outdoor smart plugs.

If you are an iPhone user, then you should consider smart plugs that support HomeKit. Likewise, if you are an Android user, you should consider smart plugs that support Google Assistant. For Amazon Echo users, you need smart plugs that support Amazon Alexa.

Here are few smart plugs to get you started. These all support HomeKit.

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HomeKit App for iPhone 7

HomeKit is a great way to control your home from your iPhone or iPad. You can do everything from setting the temperature to turning your lights on. You can even control your entire house with Siri.  At today’s Apple news release, there’s a big focus on HomeKit, which will have a new app called Home in iOS 10. There will be over 100 smart home products that you can control with the Home app. We’ll continually update this list as more HomeKit products come to market.

Fans

Hunter Signal Ceiling Fan
Hubs

Insteon Hub Pro
Lutron Smart Bridge
Indoor sensors

Elgato Eve Door & Window
Elgato Eve Energy
Elgato Eve Room
Elgato Eve Thermo
First Alert Onelink Environment Monitor
Lighting

iDevices Socket Wi-Fi Light Bulb Adaptor
Incipio CommandKit Smart Lightbulb Adapter
Lutron Smart Bridge Pro Lighting Kit
Lutron Smart Lighting Kit for Wall and Ceiling Lights
Lutron Smart Lighting Kit for Lamps
Nanoleaf Smarter Hub Lighting Kit NL15-0001
Philips Hue Bridge
Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit
Philips Hue White Starter Kit
Locks

August Smart Lock
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
Outdoor sensors

Elgato Eve Weather
Smart plugs

ConnectSense Smart Outlet
iDevices Switch Connected Plug
iDevices Outdoor Switch Connected Plug
iHome Control Smart Plug iSP5
Incipio CommandKit Smart Outlet with Metering
Koogeek Smart Plug P1
Thermostats

ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor EB-STATe3-02
ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor EB-STATe3-C02
Honeywell Lyric Thermostat RCH9310WF5003
Honeywell Lyric Thermostat TH8732WF5010
Honeywell Lyric Thermostat TH8732WFH5002
Honeywell Lyric Thermostat RCH9310WF5011
iDevices Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat
Netatmo Thermostat NTH