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Your home could be a finely tuned hive of efficiency, where scheduled lights turn on and off, conserving energy automatically, illuminating your walkways, and dimming your bedroom as you doze off in the middle of a movie.
A smart home hub is the control center for different devices and their apps. Hold up, can’t you just do that with your phone? You absolutely can. Home Depot’s Hubspace app takes the confusion out of setting up a smart home with one app to control a wide array of products that are easy to set up and easy to use, such as lights, outlets, and ceiling fans. Adding to all that, they’re also attractively priced.
To make setup a snap, Hubspace is compatible with Google and Alexa, making it simple to expand on what you’ve already got. Plus, if you have existing Hubspace products, you can integrate those in and control everything using Google or Alexa. It’s also designed with some of the best cybersecurity on the smart home market, so you can feel confident you’re keeping your abode safe.
Here’s how to get your smart home up and running — so you’re not racing home to make sure you turned off the curling iron.
Scan a QR code
Once you’ve downloaded the Hubspace app, setting up your smart home is as easy as screwing in a light bulb — or in this case, an energy-saving LED bulb emitting the equivalent of 60 watts using only 8 watts. Tap the plus sign to add a product, scan the QR code on the packaging, connect the product to power, and start setup.
Your phone is your hub with Hubspace. When you set up a WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled dimmer with a motion sensor, for example, you can decide when a light goes on and off, set a grace period before the room goes dark, and customize fade times with a few taps. For laughs, you can also trick the people you live with, but that’s not nice.
Take remote control from your phone
Can’t remember if you left the space heater running? If this always seems to be you, smart plugs allow you to cut off the juice without a mad dash back home. These clever plugs can turn anything that plugs into a wall into a smart device since you control their power source from the Hubspace app.
Make the switch
At home or in the office, smart recessed lights are easy to install and manage. For added hands-free, voice-activated convenience, Hubspace products are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Google Assistant. Just say turn off the lights, and no more touching those germy light switches.
Add a cool aesthetic
Futuristic and functional, a smart RGB (red, green and blue LEDs) and tunable white tape light creates a ton of different colors and levels up your décor to add videogame accents or subtle atmospheric lowlights. Install it under shelves or furniture, such as bedframes and sofas, for a stylish way to illuminate your space.
Spotlight your landscape
When the sun goes down, you can use Hubspace to fully automate your landscape lighting system with a 200-watt smart transformer. Schedule spotlights on shrubs and trees, lights along pathways, and deck or porch lights. It’s definitely more impressive than a year-round string of Christmas lights.
Fine tune your indoor lighting
Your lighting choices can make or break your interior design. This smart flush mount LED was a Home Depot Innovation Award Finalist 2021 and emits fun colored light for party time and tunable white light for every day. Tunable means you can “tune” the light quality, from 2700K (warm soft white) to 6500K (bright daylight).
Give it a whirl
This smart ceiling fan does double duty as a room light and air circulator. On the integrated light, you can control six different light temperatures, from cool to warm, as easily as IG filters on your smartphone. To get this baby pumping 6,050 cubic feet per minute of airflow on a muggy day, use the included remote, Hubspace, or voice controls.