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Smart light bulbs are all well and good -- provided you use lamps. In my house, we have a lot of recessed lights and light fixtures, meaning if I want to make them "smart," I don't need special bulbs -- I need special switches.
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These are single-pole, one-way switches that require neutral, load and live wiring -- which should already be in place for whatever switches you're replacing. If you've never messed with this stuff before, it's easier than you think: Turn off the appropriate circuit breaker, unscrew the faceplate, remove the old switch and then just wire in the new one.
When you're done, you'll have a switch that can be operated by touch, of course, but also controlled by app and voice. The app lets you set up timers, scenes and all those other smart-home amenities, while Alexa and
support allows for hub-free voice commands. ("Alexa, turn on the basement lights," for example.)
I haven't installed any Wi-Fi switches in my home yet, but I'm about to. I do have a smattering of Gosund smart plugs, and for the most part they work great -- though recently the app lost all my timer settings, forcing me to manually redo them. That was a one-time glitch, I haven't had any other issues.
The smart switches have a 4.2-star average rating from around 225 buyers and come with a 12-month warranty. My only real complaint is with the Gosund branding that's plastered on the wall plate, but I can't see any reason not to use my original all-white plate instead.
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