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Upgrade to a Smart Home

Date Published: 06/03/2018 I Author: Best Buy

Moving to a new home? Doing a little remodeling? Or maybe you're just ready to make some cool upgrades. Here are few easy (and fun) ways to make your home a smart home.

Smart lighting is a fun way to add some color to your home. Swap out your traditional light bulbs for smart lighting with the Philips Hue Color Starter Kit. Set the perfect mood with millions of color choices, control the lights from home or away, set custom lighting schedules to match your daily routine and more. Control it all with the free Hue app, or with your voice (just add a compatible voice assistant).

It's a thermostat. It's an Amazon Alexa speaker. Upgrade to ecobee4 and you'll get both. Plus, you'll have the ability to change the temperature without getting off the couch. It has Amazon Alexa built in, which means it can do things a regular thermostat can't, like add items to your shopping list with your voice or read you the news. The ecobee4 thermostat connects to your existing Wi-Fi and comes with a room sensor. Just place the sensor in the room you want to monitor. It's perfect for managing hot and cold spots.

Adding security cameras doesn't need to be a major project. Arlo Pro 2 is DIY-friendly, weather-resistant and has advanced features like night vision and motion detection. Keep an eye on things from anywhere with the Arlo app (the cameras record and stream in 1080p HD, so you won't miss anything). Get alerts on your phone when someone walks up to the door, then talk to them via the two-way audio feature. This Arlo Pro 2 system comes with four wire-free cameras, but if that's not enough to cover your home, it's easy to add more cameras.

If DIY isn't your thing, no problem. Geek Squad® Agents can help. They install and set up many smart home devices. Plus, if you want, they can make sure your Wi-Fi is strong enough to handle the extra traffic.

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