Have you upgraded your home with smart home devices?

Today is #SmartHomeDay –  a day celebrating the latest smart home technology to improve your home and lifestyle.


From smart meters  and controllers for energy & water, to doorbell cameras and security or home assistants and voice command upgrades for your home, there’s plenty you can to do update your home into the modern world.

What Smart Home devices do you have already?


Smart Home Security

It seems doorbell cameras and from door security cameras are now becoming quite common on the residential streets of London, with many home owners choosing to add extra protection from opportunist thieves.  The choice of home security options is endless, from Ring Door Bells, and spotlight cameras now being an affordable and easy install choice.  But did you know you can now get smart deadbolts for your front door?  One type is the The Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro Wi-Fi and is a dependable and versatile smart lock that lets you lock and unlock your door with your voice and fingerprint, as well as via keypad, mobile app, or traditional key.  These retail around £215 on Amazon.


Smart Home Music/Speakers
Whether you opt for smart speakers from Amazon Echo, Google, Apple or another brand, there’s no denying these powerful little speakers come in handy in the modern home.

Want to set a timer for the kitchen? Ask “Alexa” (for those with an Amazon Echo), need to ask a question? Want to play music? It’s all there with voice commands!  You can also integrate some devices and home appliances to your smart speakers.


Smart Bulbs/Lighting

Colour changing smart bulb are a refreshingly affordable smart light bulb you can control with your phone and voice that supports device-triggered automations, schedules, sleep routines, and more.  These bulbs often work well with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices too.  Lots of UK brands now offering these including Phillips there’s lots of brands on  Amazon.


Control your heating/energy with Smart Thermostats
Go back 4-5 years and there was limited brand choice for smart thermostats, now there’s plenty of the market to suit every budget and requirement.  You can now also get smart thermostats that also work as a smart speaker and security control device  – as well as of course controlling your heating and cooling!

Smart Appliances

Now we’re really cooking with (well technology)!  You can now purchase smart appliances such as Smart Air Fryers (check out Cosori), Instapots, coffee makers and ovens. Control your appliances with voice commands or via your app from anywhere.  However, all we need now is a smart device that’ll take the dinner out of the oven and put it into the oven – but give it a few years!


Of course who can forget Smart Robot Vacuum cleaners – set it running via an app or timer, and it’ll vacuum your home whilst you put your feet up or are out running errands.  You can also get smart lawn mowers too!

If you’re planning to redecorate or renovate this Autumn & Winter, get in touch with Red Box via phone or email to discuss your project.