Looking for the Perfect Gift? Browse The ‘Smart Home’ Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Products to Help Create a Smart Home (Part 1)

Direct Energy, December 8, 2014

We’ve heard how a “Smart Home” will use the Internet of Things (IoT) to change life in the 21st Century. The single most important facet rapidly becoming clear to manufacturers is that these things sell best if they are designed to be both modular and mixable on the same home network. Plus, considering the comments on a New York Times blog post last January, not everyone isimmediately interested in every single IoT device. Still, consumers are growing interested in those devices they can actually use, especially if they are convenient and reliable.

Which smart home devices can you use? The best way is to find out what’s available. Fortunately, the Christmas season also gives you the opportunity to check them out, as they make cool gifts for the right person. To be sure, there’s been lots of development over the past year with systems being designed to be simpler to install, use, and control. So many, in fact, that we’re going to cover them in two parts. Part One covers Smart Thermostats, Smart LED lights, and Smart Wall Outlets. Part Two will cover Smart Home Security Systems, Smart Appliances (Small and Large), and Smart Hubs.

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