Anyone started investing in Smart home devices?

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  1. oldtimer

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    Thanks. More concerned about turning it on and off - using the app/voice assistant AND light switch. Muscle memory dictates that you turn it off using the light switch when you leave the room, and it usually takes awhile for the app to respond and do the action. The Smart Light Switch might be the answer, though, but it adds another always-on device drawing electricity. Meralco loves these. ;)
     
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    For the absolute convenience it gives you, being able to turn on/off the lights intuitively using either the physical switch or the app, I think a few extra standby Watts would be worth it. It wouldn't amount to much anyway. How many switches do you think you'll need?

    Let's maybe do some math.... assuming you have 25 'plates' of wall switches all around the house, (a plate being either 1, 2-gang, or 3-gang switch), if a plate has a parasitic power consumption of 1 Watt (worst-case), that's a total of 25 Watts for the whole house.

    25 W x 24 hours x 30 days gives us 18 kWh of consumption per month. Now, if we use a worst-case-scenario gross Meralco rate of P15 per kWH, you will just have to pay an additional P270 on top of what you're currently paying. Again, these are worst-case conditions.

    If we use a more realistic parasitic power draw and a more accurate electricity rate (0.7W per switch and a gross rate of P10.5 / kWh), you'll only be spending P132 on top. So to be able to afford the convenience of a smart switch, you'll just be spending "Spotify Premium money" (P129). It's really not that much.

    You can further lower the cost by just deploying smart switches in areas where they are absolutely needed (ie. common areas, living areas, dining, bedrooms, hallways, etc.) and probably NOT in storage rooms or even to some extent, bathrooms or toilets.

    EDIT: Sonoff switches, granted they will need more work than a fully-assembled 'plate' light switch, can be hacked so that the standby power can be brought down from 0.7W to 0.2W. In a month, that'll be just under P40 added to your bill.
     
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    +1 on this. Scheduled lighting is the most logical benefit of smart switches. (I have 3 scheduled lighting) Works 98% of the time (2% either PLDT or Device became unresponsive), mostly fails when I'm at home so a quick unplug/plug should do the trick. Another use case is not having to stand up and turn ON/OFF the fan/lights for those mornings where you are just not up for it.
     
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    Does anyone know a smart switch that can be a replacement for my regular switch so that I can control my ceiling fan with Alexa? I have one with single switch that turns on the fan and another with triple switch. Hope I was able to explain it clearly. Thank you!
     
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    Alexa Will Lose Her Voice in Amazon’s Super Bowl Ad. Below is just a teaser.

    If you read between the lines, this could mean a new voice or voices to choose from, more supported languages, or they could be coming out with a smarter Alexa 2.0.

    OT: Jeff Bezos looks like a nerdy version of Kevin Spacey. :D

     
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    Currently have multiple Echos set up over the house. An Echo Show for the living room, a couple of the new standalone Echos for the rooms, and some Dots scattered in places with speakers already. Only recently did we add the TP Link smart plugs to start controlling some basic appliances. Tempted to get the Sensibo..

    These are great since we use the intercom feature a lot. One of the people in our household is visually impaired and getting songs/news on demand via voice was a great new experience for her.
     
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    bro were you able to get those e27 bulbs? if i were to order lifx bulbs, what's the model that works in ph? thanks
     
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    ordered four lifx mini e27 last month, shipped directly here in gensan thru dhl for only $20 flat rate international shipping so no need for lbc shipping cart. package shipped jan 12 and received jan 16, lifx will email you tracking number =)
     
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    If i buy the e26 one, will it fit the e27 socket?
     
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    you ordered direct sa website bro?
     
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    yes, direct sa website. package shipped from hk kaya mabilis lang.

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    Anybody interested in buying at lifx? Maybe we can split the shipping fee hehe or maybe someone here has one extra willing to sell it to me, just want to try it out hehe :)
     
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    amazon us? i cant find a60 types kasi
     
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    nope, lifx.com website sir.
     
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    Hi! Could you please post the link to the LIFX website. When I type LIFX.com, I get sent to the USA website. When I look for another location, there's a China website but's in Chinese. Any help is much appreciated. BTW, do these bulb work with Amazon Alexa?
     
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    Hi, same website in USA, do not change location. Registered my Philippine address then shipping method and checkout, after payment (ph credit card-bdo) received a confirmation thru email.

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    Hello Jerome

    Good news, we've received your order!

    Our team is working to ensure your order will be shipped as soon as possible. Check the specific product pages on our website for an estimated date your order will leave the warehouse.

    If you want to know about transit times after your order has left the warehouse, please visit our delivery page for more information.

    Please check your order below to ensure everything looks correct.

    *Please note, that during peak periods (Public Holidays, Sales) handling times can take up to one week.

    Order confirmation:
    Order ID: #LIFX62043

    Billed to:
    Jerome B.
    Car-x Service Center
    Barangay Dadiangas East, National Highway
    General Santos City, 9500
    Philippines Billed To: •••• •••• •••• XXXX

    Shipping to:
    Jerome B.
    Car-x Service Center
    Barangay Dadiangas East, National Highway
    General Santos City, 9500
    Philippines

    Item Quantity Unit Price
    LIFX Mini Color - E27 Edison Screw 4 $44.99 USD
    Shipping $20.00 USD
    Tax $0.00 USD

    Order Total: $199.96 USD

    A Tax Invoice will follow once your order is shipped and marked as paid.



    Shipping confirmation the following day.


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    Thank you for shopping with LIFX.
    All of the items from order LIFX62043 have now been shipped:

    [​IMG]4x LIFX Mini Color - E27 Edison Screw

    They are being shipped via DHL Express Worldwide to the following address:
    Jerome B.
    Car-x Service Center
    Barangay Dadiangas East, National Highway
    General Santos City
    9500
    Philippines
    You can track the progress of your order via our tracking page: 6398997006.
    (Please allow 24 hours for tracking to register.)


    Yes, works with Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod =)

     
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