Amazon’s new line of smart switches brings more affordable smart lighting to those using Alexa devices.
The Switches are part of the Amazon Basics range that aims to bring affordable yet reliable products to consumers. These Amazon smart switches come in four varieties: single-pole switches ($17.99) and single-pole dimmers ($19.99), or three-way switches ($18.99) and three-way switches for controlling light circuits from a single panel. They are dimmers ($20.99) to control a circuit from two panels.
Instead of shelling out for a lot of expensive smart bulbs, you can instead replace the light switch panel with one of Amazon’s newer tools, so you can get the same effect, letting you control the bulbs with an app or voice command. be able to control. If you have your eye on this year’s Black Friday Alexa deals, these new smart switches could be the perfect choice for giving your new assistant a little more utility on the cheap.
Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of the Google Assistant or Apple HomePod, you’re out of luck. The store page states that these switches work exclusively with Amazon Alexa devices, going against Amazon’s recent statement That it will commit to the open smart home platform Matter as part of its “philosophy of flexibility, privacy, collaboration and interactivity.”
In keeping with the company’s US-first release strategy, Amazon Basics Smart Switch is currently only available in the US. We’ve reached out to Amazon to find out the details of when the latest smart devices will be rolling out to other regions like the UK.
Analysis: The best Black Friday smart home buy?
Smart bulbs and smart switches are some of the earliest examples of smart home technology and have become a staple among those looking to modernize their home.
However, even with Black Friday deals, smart bulbs can be twice the price of regular bulbs (if not more) and replacing your entire house in one go can be a costly slog. Meanwhile, these smart switches offer most of the same functionality but at a much lower cost.
If you’re not interested in color-changing lights—such as those for use in a home office or kitchen—smart switches are what we recommend. However, if you want a setup that offers several different light color options, you’ll need to go for smart bulbs that have this built-in.
Even if you’re not part of Amazon’s ecosystem (or aren’t a US resident) you can find smart switches that work with other brands of smart home assistants. However, we recommend checking customer reviews before purchasing a device if it’s not a brand you recognize.
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