Want to join the “smart home” revolution, but don’t know where to start? Here are some great starter kits that can give you everything you need to start automating your life. Whether you’re looking for a simple way to lower your energy costs, control your lights when you’re away from home, monitor your house for break-ins, or just keep tabs on your busy family, these kits offer a simple way to start automating your home. Here are five smart home starter kits from leading brands in the industry.
1. SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit
Check out a demo of a house with SmartThings home automation installed in the video above.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of having a “smart home,” then this starter kit from SmartThings is the perfect first step. This kit includes one SmartThings Hub, one SmartSense motion sensor, one SmartSense open/closed sensor, and one SmartSense presence sensor. With these items, you can get notifications on your smartphone about the comings and goings of your family members.
You also get alerts in the event of break-ins and floods, and you can even use one of the sensors to help ensure that you never lose your keys again. The home of the future can be yours for relatively little money, and the ability to control your smart devices from your phone is really useful for days when things get hectic. There are no monthly fees. Set-up involves no messy wires and takes just 15 minutes. If you’re looking for a smart home starter kit that offers you a lot of flexibility, this is a great option that works for home notifications or home security purposes.
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2. Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set
Primarily interested in the lighting aspects of the smart home trend? This starter kit includes two WeMo smart light bulbs, plus the WeMo link. With this kit, you can control the WeMo bulbs using the free WeMo app. Within the app, you can turn the lights on or off, dim the lights, or set up a custom schedule for turning the lights off and on. WeMo bulbs have a 23 year life expectancy.
The WeMo Link allows you to connect up to 50 WeMo bulbs and control them all at once. You can turn them all off and on at once, or set them up into groups. When you’re ready to expand, this kit will play nice with the entire family of WeMo products. Other products in the WeMo line include outlets and security cameras.
Price: $79.99 (20 percent off)
3. Wink Relay and GE Link LED Light Bundle
This smart home starter kit includes enough GE Link smart bulbs to outfit a whole room, as well as a Wink Relay station. The relay is a touchstone that installs into the wall. From the relay panel, you can control your smart bulbs, as well as any other Wink-compatible smart home products you own. The relay is also a nice touch for homes where not everyone has a smartphone they can use as a controller. Anyone can use the relay to control the home’s Wink-compatible products. Other Wink-compatible products for smart homes include a door/window sensor, the Schlage Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt, and the Nest thermostat.
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4. iSmartAlarm iSA3 Preferred Package Home Security System
Interested in using a smart home kit for security purposes? This DIY kit is a solid choice. It works with iPhone and Android, and will send you texts, push notifications, or emails if you need to be alerted about something. There are no monthly fees or contracts. The kit includes a hub, two window/door sensors, a motion sensor, two remote tags, and two sensor sticks that can be used in your yard or on a window. If you want to monitor your windows, doors, or cabinets, this kit will help you keep an eye on your home from a distance. The basic “preferred” kit doesn’t include a camera, but the “premium kit” does.
Price: $179.24 (10 percent off)
5. EcoBee3 Smart Thermostat Bundle
One great thing about smart homes is the ability to control your thermostat remotely. This can save you a lot of money and hassle. This smart bundle from EcoBee comes with a smart thermostat, as well as three smart sensors. These additional sensors will help you more accurately measure temperature in your home, as well as home occupancy. You can install the whole bundle in about 45 minutes. You can control your thermostat from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.