I spent most of 2021 upgrading the lights in our home with smart ones, followed by cameras to watch our dog, Jolly for when we had to go somewhere, and I've already lost count in trying to remember all those situations where we've not had to worry about the dog when we've been stuck in traffic.
So in the midst of Prime Day, I've spotted a few devices that have some great discounts applied to them, so you can also get started on making your home a smart one.
Five of the best HomeKit deals so far
Meross LED Lights 5-pack |
$49 $39 at Amazon
All you need to do is screw them into the fittings, scan the QR code in the Home app, and you're good to go. They're incredibly bright, work well when you're setting up automations, and at $39 for 5, you could install one in almost every room, and the odd lamp if needed.
Smartwings Motorized Smart Blinds |
$169 $139 at Amazon with additional coupon
These blinds give you 'future' vibes, where they will automatically roll up when you assign a time for them, and the opposite for when the sun sets. For this deal you'll have to add on the $30 coupon to get the right price, but a great price it is.
It's important to remember that if you want to use all of these when you're away from your home, you'll need a hub in order to do that. This is where an AppleTV or HomePod can manage the devices within the Home app, and will use your internet connection to keep in touch with you, through your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch,
With Prime Day deals disappearing and other ones taking their place across Amazon's site, you'll most likely see another HomeKit peripheral with a big discount soon. So if you're looking for something else, there's a good chance it'll appear by the time Prime Day ends.
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