ecobee Switch+ Review: Best Smart Light Switch?
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The ecobee Switch+ is the first smart light switch with Amazon Alexa built-in. ecobee says that the Switch+ brings us one step closer to a whole home voice future: The Switch+ has built-in far-field voice microphones and a speaker, allowing you to speak to Alexa in any room that you have them installed, giving you instant access to things like music, the news, and even smart home controls. And I don’t just mean control of ecobee devices – since it’s Alexa that’s built in, you can use it to control any other devices and scenes that work with Amazon’s voice assistant – that means I can control the lights all over my home, my blinds, and even my front door lock from any room where I have an ecobee Switch+ installed. Speaking of installation, getting the ecobee Switch+ installed takes just about 45 minutes and it pretty straight-forward. Note: This video is sponsored by ecobee.
Aside from the Alexa voice functionality, the Switch+ has some other great smart features. It’s got built-in motion and daylight sensors which can automatically trigger your lights – whether you want them to come on when you walk into a room, or if you want the lights out front to turn on when the sun goes down. You can also set the ecobee+ to automatically function as a night light.
If you’re familiar with ecobee thermostats, you know they work with ecobee room sensors. These are placed in different areas of your home so that ecobee knows that there’s someone home and can also trigger smart home actions. The ecobee Switch+ also has temperature and occupancy sensors built in, and a firmware update that will be released this summer will allow the Switch+ sensor data to sync with an ecobee thermostat as well.
The ecobee Switch+ is available for pre-order starting today in the US for $99 and in Canada for $119, and they’ll start shipping to customers on March 26th.
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