Belkin WeMo Light Switch

Have you ever sat in the dark an entire evening like some sullen, angsty teenager with dyed black hair, guided solely by the pale light of your computer/laptop screen simply because you couldn’t be bothered to turn on the lights? I know I have.

Well, my lazy brethren, then maybe the WeMo Light Switch will be able to alleviate some of the pain of living in a universe which seems to have been designed solely for the pro-active.

This product comes to the rescue by replacing the traditional switches in your house with Wi-Fi friendly ones, enabling you to remotely turn on or turn off the lights through your Android smartphone, tablet, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, provided you’ve downloaded the free WeMo app to your device. Basically, once installed, the WeMo Light Switch allows you not only to turn the lights on and off whenever you please through the WeMo app, but also to make specific lights go out/on at specific times of the day. The cool thing is that you don’t even have to be at home to do that. So, even if you’re, say, in a soul-searching trip in the African savannah, you can make sure nobody breaks into your house by keeping certain lights on (and a scarecrow in the living room). Of course, this only works as long as your device has a functioning Wi-Fi network/3G/4G LTE Internet connection.

The WeMo Light Switch can be also made to respond to the sun, thus turning the lights off at sunrise and back on at sunset, according to your geographical coordinates.

The installation of the WeMo light switch is pretty easy, and you can even do it yourself as long as you understand how electricity works and know how to hold a screwdriver. Or you could ask a friend to do it for you.

The only downside is that the WeMo Light Switch is not compatible with lights operated by more than one switch or with face metal plates. Also, you won’t be able to install it if your switch does not have a neutral wire, so I guess in cases such as these, you’re doomed to eternal darkness and might as well go ahead and read some Nietzsche by the candlelight.

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By on July 30th, 2013
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