Best Smart Light Switch? Ecobee Switch+ Review!

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ecobee Switch+ is a smart light switch with far-field voice technology and built-in Amazon Alexa virtual assistant voice control.

The Switch+ is like a smart personal assistant and simple light switch wrapped into one. With the built-in microphone and speaker for Amazon Alexa, the Switch+ enables invisible voice control in any room it’s installed in. It also provides smart light control by detecting occupancy and daylight. Also, a software update coming this summer will enable the Switch+ to function as a sensor to manage hot or cold spots in a room when the switch is paired with an ecobee thermostat. Like all ecobee products, the Switch+ integrates with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and IFTTT.

Inside the box you’ll find the Switch+, a wall plate, 4 wire nuts, 2 mounting screws, and the setup guide. The install is fairly simple and only takes about 45 minutes. Even though you can follow the setup guide that comes in the box, it’s probably easier to download the free ecobee app because the app will actually walk you through the entire process with helpful videos.

After installing, you can use the ecobee app to finish setting up the Switch+ by creating your free ecobee account, giving your Switch+ a name & location, and connecting it to your WiFi network. Keep in mind that even though it has built-in WiFi, it does not have Bluetooth enabled at this time. Once it’s fully set up you can control your Switch+ from anywhere using the ecobee app as long as you’re connected to the internet.

On the app home screen you can quickly turn the light on or off using the main button or you can tap the middle icon at the bottom to bring up more controls. the Smart On feature will automatically turn on the lights when someone enters the room. If you enable daylight detection, Smart On will only activate when the room is dark. Smart Off will turn the lights off when no one is in the room, and you can set the off timer to different intervals based on your preference. Another awesome feature is the built-in night light which will automatically glow when the room is dark. And if you have your Switch+ set up as an outdoor light, you can set it to automatically turn on at sunset which is nice.

Amazon Alexa is a big part of the Switch+ because it allows you to perform voice commands like asking it to set a timer, read the news, give you the weather forecast, and more. This is all part of ecobee’s “Whole Home Voice” vision to deliver effortless hands-free voice control in every room without dealing with hubs or wires.

To start using Amazon Alexa, first link your Amazon account within the ecobee app. Then download the free Amazon Alexa app and sign in with your Amazon account. Next, add the ecobee skill and authorize Amazon Alexa with your Switch+. Then you can ask Alexa to discover devices, and Alexa should respond with the name of your Switch+.

What’s really cool is the built-in speaker that I mentioned earlier, and if you’re in the US and have Amazon Prime you can tell it to play any song that’s available on Amazon Prime Music and it will play it out of the speaker. Don’t expect to use this as a high fidelity party speaker for loud music but honestly if you just want to listen to low-level background music while you’re working or studying, this little speaker does the job. You can also listen to iHeartRadio and use Tune-In Radio for audiobooks & podcasts, with support for SiriusXM & Pandora coming soon.

Switch+ does not currently have Spotify integration, but if you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled Sonos speaker, you can ask Alexa to play music on Spotify that way. I don’t have a Sonos speaker but I was able to add a skill in the Amazon Alexa app that lets me control the playback of Spotify on my iMac which is pretty cool. And that is the key, search the Amazon Alexa app for any skill that you’re interested in and if it’s available you can add that skill to the ecobee Switch+. And you can also control other smart lights in your home if they’re connected to your Amazon Alexa account. I was also surprised at how well the Switch+ picked up my voice from across the room and even when I was playing music pretty loudly it heard me most of the time.

Overall I think this is a pretty neat smart device that is perfect for people who want voice-control in their home without adding bulky hubs or wired speakers since this is just a small light switch basically hidden on the wall.

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Comments

Gwen Smith says:

Very cool!

Aaron Pierson says:

Great product, glad you covered the coming update to allow sensors info.

Anton says:

3rd

nosyajg says:

sweet

Christopher Walsh says:

I like the direction but there are flaws that need to be addressed. (Full disclosure I have been testing the Switch+ for a couple months)

Brad Pawlak says:

Thinking I could use one for my office. Handy features and intelligent controls

Troy Yamniuk says:

Great review! Can’t wait to get mine

Nick Abate says:

Just did a preorder can’t wait!!!

yu Johnny says:

great product,looking forward to it.

Kyle Summers says:

Already pre-ordered mine yesterday! Love my Ecobee 4 can’t wait to get this switch and try it out! Will be really nice once the update comes for the temperature & humidity sensor to work with my ecobee 4!

Carlton Gonsalves says:

Nice review Andy. Ecobee support is excellent and the company’s products are becoming better ith each product offering

Peter R. says:

Seems like a decent product. I wonder if future switches will have cameras installed, or screens for indoor temp. readings?

bashattack417 says:

I’m thinking about getting rid of my 3-way switch so I can use one of these for my outdoor lights.

FootballLyfe 23 says:

If Siri wasn’t already fucked, she is now.

Alex Braunstein says:

Thanks

Peter Buciurca says:

It looks all good. It’s a bit pricey , but I’ll probably give it a try

Define Premonition says:

Does anyone know the song on the ecobee video.

Carlos Zayas says:

Awesome review. The Ecobee website says that room temperature sensing is coming this summer. I wished it had a dimmer solution, but thus far, its a great product.

Tyler Clark says:

Very informative!

Jiajun Zhang says:

Great

Donald Moe says:

I wish you had addressed potential security issues with these devices with microphones becoming hacked. Also, I live in a condo with high level of radio frequency interference on the 2.4GHz Wifi band. Does the Ecobee work on the less congested 5GHz Wifi band also?

ClassicGamesCanada says:

Love my ecobee!

Chris Stathis says:

Ecobee is a really good company with quality products and great support.

Karen Ellen Mills says:

Great review Andy. I LOVE my ecobee 4 thermostat and this new switch + with Alexa is amazing too.

CHEN BO says:

I believe the reasonable price for this type of switch should be $50 and below. to me it’s a Amazon Echo+generic switch. I’m a Ecobee 3 thermostat user and I like the multi-sensor design and app and installation instruction is really helpful. Hope the price could drop down.

John Schitka says:

Interesting

samjlee says:

Does it sync with ecobee as temp sensor?

Brian Wahoff says:

Does the switch work with standard rocker wall plates? most of my home’s switches are in banks of 2 or more, so I’d need to replace the shared wall plate

PhilMographer says:

Great video and share.

Glen Coco says:

love the video. cant wait to see more

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