Amazon and Google are not the only companies actively working on making our homes smarter and our lives easier. Samsung has its own ecosystem of smart home devices, called SmartThings, wirelessly connecting lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more with the SmartThings Hub. The beauty of SmartThings lies in the support for countless first- and third-party devices, which allow anyone to create a fully customized home automation system in a matter of minutes.

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The Samsung Home Monitoring Kit includes one Samsung SmartThings Hub, two Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors, one Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor, and one Samsung SmartThings Outlet. For those who are just contemplating inventing into home automation and the SmartThings ecosystem, this is the best place to start.

Once you connect the SmartThings Hub, which acts the brain of your smart home, you can wirelessly connect the rest of the kit to it. For example, you could put the two SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors on your front and back door to turn on the lights when you arrive home from work. You could also use the SmartThings Outlet to remotely switch various electronic appliances and devices on and off when you’re on vacation to make it seem like someone is still home.

Besides Samsung’s own SmartThings accessories, you can also use products from Amazon, Bose, Schlage, Yale, Cree, Osram Lightify, Honeywell, First Alert, and other manufacturers. Regardless of whether you use a first- or third-party smart device, the setup is always simple and intuitive.

The Ezon smart lock is a universal deadbolt digital door lock designed to fit most residential and commercial doors. The lock features automatic locking when you leave your door closed, and it has interface with Samsung video door phone or home automation for even more convenient remote unlocking.

The Ezon smart lock supports dual authentication with an access code and key tag for additional security, and it can intelligently detect intrusion attempts using a magnetic sensor. When the lock detects an intrusion, it will sound the built-in alarm until disarmed.

The lock is powered by replaceable batteries, and it comes with a 9 V battery as a backup. When the lock detects that it’s running low on power, it plays a distinct sound during unlocking, alerting the homeowner to replace the batteries.

The Sylvania Smart LED bulb is a dimmable A19 full-color bulb that uses 84 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 20,000 hours. The Sylvania Smart LED bulb is compatible with the SmartThings Hub as well as with other ZigBee devices.

Because the bulb fits into standard household sockets, anyone can install it without paying an electrician, and the setup process is just as simple as the installation. Using a smartphone, you can control your Sylvania Smart LED bulbs from anywhere. The bulb supports thousands of vivid colors, whites between 2700 and 6500 Kelvin, and automated timers to gradually increase brightness in the morning for a more pleasant, natural alarm.

The Philips Hue Go is a table lamp that you can carry with your anywhere to always achieve the right mood with millions of colors and shades of white light and the ability to sync the Hue Go to your favorite music, movies, and games.

Inside the compact lamp is a rechargeable lithium battery that can last up to 3 hours on a charge. You can also plug the Hue Go into a power outlet, and there’s no reason to be afraid to do so even when taking a relaxing bath because the Hue Go is designed to withstand high humidity.

The lamp can be activated using a physical button, which can also be used to switch between 7 different light effects and 5 natural dynamic light effects: Cozy Candle, Sunday Coffee, Meditation, Enchanted Forest, and Night Adventure.

Each light effect has its own mix of colors from 16 million colors supported by the Hue Go. When you stumble upon a setting that you particularly enjoy, you can save it for later with the tap of a finger.

The ecobee4 is a smart thermostat with a twist. Just like other smart thermostats, the ecobee4 allows you to adjust temperature and comfort settings easily from an app, and it comes with a stand-alone room sensor to help manage hot and cold spots in your home. But unlike many other smart thermostats, the ecobee4 also comes with Amazon Alexa built-in.

Thanks to Alexa and embedded microphones with far-field voice recognition and a speaker engineered for clear voice, the ecobee4 understands voice commands, and it can read you the news, adjust the temperature, and more.

The manufacturer of this smart thermostat simplified the installation process so much that anyone can install and configure the ecobee4 with nothing but the handy step-by-step installation manual. According to the official website of this smart thermostat, the ecobee4 can provide savings of up to 23 percent on heating and cooling costs each year.

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