Outdoor smart plugs aren’t a novel idea, but not all are designed to be placed out in the open and subjected to extreme weather conditions. While there aren’t many choices for a true outdoor plug, Lutron will soon come out with its own solution. Called the Caséta Outdoor Smart Plug, the device can withstand heat, rain, snow — you name it!
Smart homes are super cool and really handy, but they can also be expensive to set up. Thankfully, that's not always the case. Best Buy is currently offering a big discount on a pack of four C by GE smart light bulbs and a smart plug, too. Normally priced at $49.99, this bundle is just $19.99 right now — a full $30 in savings.
Belkin has produced smart home products for years under its Wemo brand, but Wemo devices have never had the best reputation. Most of its previous products suffered from connectivity and software issues, and when so many alternative options exist for smart plugs or internet-connected lights, there wasn't much of a point in purchasing Wemo products.
Thankfully, Wemo is starting to address its long-running software problems. The company switched to an online account system earlier this year, paving the way for a more streamlined experience. Wemo has also released a new smart plug, which is incredibly compact and actually works properly.
When it comes to setting up a smart home infrastructure, there's a bunch of brands to chose from. If you have a tendency to trust major ones more than unknown manufacturers, you'd be happy to know Belkin's Wemo WiFi smart plug, which was announced at CES earlier this year, is now available for sale.
Smart plugs are a great way to make simple electronics more intelligent — be it an old lamp with a non-removable light bulb, an older TV, or a coffee maker. However, outlets can't tell what's plugged into them, so any smart plug just got a generic logo in the Home app. That changed when Google started automatically adjusting the symbol depending on what you call the device — e.g., "desk light" will give you a light bulb icon.
Connected devices are amazingly convenient, but they're also relatively costly. Thankfully, you don't necessarily have to replace your existing appliances to make them smarter, as connected plugs let you add the same level of convenience for a much more acceptable price. Anker is known for building reliable products, and its Eufy smart plug delivers that promise in a compact product. It usually sells for $23, which is relatively pricey, but you can get it for just $14 thanks to this deal.
Smart plugs are a bit like Google Home Minis: you probably have more of them than you need. If you have a genuine desire for more internet-connected outlets, a 4-pack of TP-Link's excellent Lite plugs is now just $39.99 for Black Friday. That's $10 off the usual price.
The Wemo Mini Smart Plug can turn virtually any dumb appliance into an intelligent, app-connected accessory that can be controlled from your favorite smartphone. Today, Wemo is selling its mini smart plug for the lowest price we've ever seen at just $16 ($19 off) for a single plug and $59 ($26 off) for a triple pack on Amazon.
These days, just about any "dumb" product in your home – be it a bedside clock, front doorbell, and even your window drapes – can be transformed into an intelligent one. All you need are the right connected accessories, and controlling your various appliances are simply a tap away. Right now on Amazon, you can save up to 25% on a wide range of smart home upgrades from TP-Link, including wall plugs, lightbulbs, outdoor outlets, and even security cameras for both inside and outside your home.