Iotty Smart Light Switch Pro

Iotty's crowdfunded smart light switch looks great, doesn't dim

When people ask me for smart lighting advice, I'll often try to steer them toward smart switches. Yes, there are lots of good smart bulb options, but the big annoyance is that you have to leave the switch on in order for them to work. Smart switches don't have that problem because, unlike bulbs, they're hardwired, and stay powered even when the switch is in the off position.

That's why I'm always on the lookout for interesting new smart switch options, and the new Iotty Smart Light Switch Pro, which just launched on Kickstarter, certainly seems to fit the bill. With touch-sensitive controls, a built-in backlight and a variety of different-colored faceplates made of tempered Italian glass, it's one of the best-looking smart switches I've seen yet. And while the retail price of $70 reflects that luxury approach (standard WeMo Light Switches can be had for less than $50), Kickstarter backers can score an early-bird discount that knocks the price per switch down to $39.

Iotty's smart switch doesn't dim the lights -- it's strictly a binary, on/off controller -- but it still has a pretty compelling feature set by way of the software that powers it. Aside from turning your lights on and off, Iotty's app promises to let you schedule automated lighting changes, track energy consumption and activate an "away mode" that randomly cycles lights on and off to make it look like you're home when you aren't. 

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