With the help of smart plugs, even the most basic electronic device can be given some intelligence. A smart plug can let you set schedules for things to turn on or off - allowing you to do clever things like be more efficient with your power or get a lamp to turn on at a certain time of day. The possibilities are surprising, but even more so when you can control those plugs with your voice.
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If you hook up a compatible hub (again, like SmartThings), the entire WeMo family of devices can be controlled through Google Home. Those of you without a hub will be limited to a few smart plugs and switches. The devices themselves are pretty intelligent, but being able to control plugs with just your voice is pretty special. Okay Google, turn on the coffee machine.
TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug
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TP-Link is another company offering smart plugs that work with not only your smartphone but also Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices. An easy-to-use app is made even easier to control with your voice with the help of your favourite voice-assistant.
Smart lighting and light bulbs
Smart lighting is a brilliant addition to your home - allowing you to set lights to come on at certain times of day, change colours and brightness from your phone and much more. Some smart lighting devices are also controllable via Google Home too opening up a world of possibilities and superb convenience.
Philips Hue Lights
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You can use your voice to control the Philips Hue lights around your house without touching a switch. You have the ability to turn lights on or off throughout a house, as well as the option of adjusting their brightness. You can say things like "Turn on <light name>", "Dim the <light name>", "Brighten the <light name>", "Set <light name> to 50 per cent", "Turn <light name> green", etc.
Nanoleaf smart lighting panels
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Nanoleaf offers a custom lighting solution made of connectable panels that are support 16.7 million colours. These smart lighting panels can not only be controlled and customised by the accompanying app, they can also be turned on and off and adjusted with Google Home too.