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Ecobee's smart light switch features built-in Alexa controls

For $99, this smart switch features clever sensor tech and the full capabilities of Amazon's virtual voice assistant, Alexa.

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The Ecobee Switch Plus is a Wi-Fi-connected light switch from the makers of a popular line of smart thermostats. Along with nifty sensor tech, it features built-in Alexa voice controls, making it a bit like a teeny tiny Amazon Echo for your wall.

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App-assisted setup

Ecobee's app does a really nice job of walking you through the installation and setup process with illustrated, step-by-step instructions.

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Alexa controls

Once it's up and running, you'll be able to use it like an Echo device. Just say "Alexa" to wake it up, then give it a question or command. It can do just about anything an Amazon Echo can do, except for Alexa's calling and messaging features.

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Buttons, too

You can also activate Alexa by pressing that button on the right. Press the button on the left, and you'll mute Alexa's microphone.

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Ambient light detection

One nice feature of the Ecobee Switch Plus is that it can sense how bright it is in the room. That lets you activate a night light when it's dark out, or turn your lights on automatically in the evening.

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Motion detection

You can also use the built-in motion detector to turn the lights on automatically when someone enters the room, or turn them off automatically once the room is empty.

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Worth it?

The Ecobee Switch Plus is available now for $99, which makes it a costlier option than competing smart switches from the likes of Lutron and Belkin WeMo. Read our full review to see if we think the added Alexa and sensor smarts make for a worthwhile upgrade.

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