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RainyDayGiftGuide 2019: Let There Be Light

Happy Christmas and Merry Holidays!!!

As in previous years, we have put together a series of RainyDayTastic GiftGuides for this holiday, full of suggestions for our readers. As with every one of our Guides, all of the items in this guide are either things we looked at, ones we reviewed and liked, or brand new gear we haven’t reviewed yet but we think you would like.

Happy Holidays!

Let There Be Light!

Solar, LED, and other energy-saving devices (panels, bulbs, switches, etc) are now widely available for the home. We have assembled a few we think are worthy to be under the tree. Save some energy, save some money, and save the world?

LED Light Bulbs

Philips LED Dimmable G25 Light Bulbs:

  • Uses 80% less energy than 60 Watt Incandescent Bulbs.
  • Last 13x longer than incandescent and halogen bulbs (15,000 hours).
  • Gradual dimming from 2700K to the warm tones of traditional bulbs
  • Flicker free, silent, and tested to work with most dimmer switches 
  • Fits E26 medium screw bases.

MaxLite 100W equivalent LED bulb:

  • 25,000 hours lifespan…lasts over 22 Years based on 3 hr/day usage.
  • 1600 lumens w/ color temperature of 2700K (soft white light).
  • Dimmable, fits standard fixtures, and Energy-Star rated.
  • Used just 15 Watts (costs $1.81/yr based on 3 hr/day @$0.11 / kWh).

FEIT Electric Smart WiFi 60W LED bulb:

  • Control Wi-Fi light bulbs from anywhere with your smartphone using the Feit Electric app (compatible with Android & iOS); no smart home hub is required
  • Work with Alexa or Google assistant using voice commands
  • 60W equivalent flood or spot incandescent and produces 800 lumens, rated 25, 000 hours
  • Tunable White which adjusts light Color temperature from 2700K through 6500K or choose a color ( (bright daylight or calm soft White light or from over a million colors)
  • Set different light color on apps for special occasions in your bedroom, room, kitchen, living room

Flameless LED Votives:

  • Flameless candles are 100% safe and won’t even warm up despite running for hours
  • No More Batteries, flameless candles are fully rechargeable
  • Flickers just like a real flame
  • Frosted cups for softening the glow

Smart Controllers

Belkin WeMo WiFi Dimmer:

  • Control and dim lights from anywhere. No Hub or subscription required.
  • Control WeMo dimmer from the wall, the WeMo app, or voice
  • Set schedules and even sync lights to adjust with the sunset and sunrise
  • WeMo dimmer will calibrate to the bulbs to provide dimming with no flickering

Belkin WeMo Wifi Light Switch:

  • Works with Alexa for voice control
  • Set schedules and timers
  • Enable ‘away Mode’ and WeMo will turn lights on and off randomly

LINKSIO WiFi Smart Plug:

  • Compact size, one outlet
  • Control devices from anywhere
  • Monitors power consumption in real-time
  • Works w/ Alexa and Google Home

Home Security Cam

Reolink Argus 2 Security Cam w/Solar Battery:

  • Work with Alexa & Google Assistant to view live video via voice command
  • No-wires, no-drilling installation
  • 1080p HD w/night vision (33ft night vision and 130° wide field of view)
  • Record to SD Card and cloud storage
  • Remote access via free Reolink app or client (no monthly subscription fee)

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