People are still hesitating in upgrading to smart home because home appliances with Alexa or Google Assistant still have premium price tags. Besides, we don’t want to get rid of existing devices that might be very valuable as well. Therefore, a solution to retrofit a smart module to older machines is much better than purchasing whole new ones.
Etekcity has some products to make it possible and in this post, we are checking out the Etekcity Smart Plug and Smart LED Bulb.
Etekcity ESW01 Smart Plug (2-Pack)
This plug is among the best-selling electrical outlet switches on Amazon. You can plug any device to this smart plug to transform it into a smart device. The functionalities are limited as basically, you will just be able to turn on or off the device. You can install the VeSync app and connect the plug to this app to control any home appliance. Moreover, it is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so we can even make voice commands to control it. Another nice feature is that we can schedule exactly when you want to turn on/off a device. In the app, you can also view power consumption of each device using this plug; This would help you find out which ones are using the most electricity and you probably would want to replace them with more energy-efficient ones. The plug will also protect your devices from power spikes; We can set a threshold so that the power will cut off when power is over the threshold.
You can buy the 2-pack plugs for less than $19 on Amazon.
Etekcity Smart LED Bulb
A smart LED bulb is a great start when building a smart home. The Etekcity bulb costs just over $11 and it still has most basic features like Google Home and Amazon Alexa integration, so you can use voice commands to turn on/off, dim or brighten the light. The bulb uses the same VeSync app as other Etekcity app, it is easy to set up and allows you to control the light anywhere as long as it is connected to your Wi-Fi or an Internet connection. The bulb has A19 shape and E26 screw base, so it can easily fit into your current lamps. The 9W bulb is fairly bright with the maximum brightness of over 800 lumens. The only limitation is that the color temperature is unadjustable, it delivers a soft warm white at 2700K.