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By Dan Moren

What I Use: Home-automation hardware

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Dumb homes are so 20th century. Over the past year or so, I’ve been experimenting with smart home technology, upgrading bits and bobs here and there to really see what this burgeoning new field of technology is capable of. If you’re also thinking of exploring this area, I thought it might be helpful to run down the hardware that I’ve installed in my home in this quest for automation. (As I live in an apartment, my smart home options are a bit limited to things that I can easily install without my landlord’s help or approval.)

Philips Hue Starter Set It’s a pretty pricey way to start out, and maybe not for the faint of heart, but there’s no better and more fun way to dive in than with the Hue starter set. I installed all three of the included LED bulbs in floor lamps—two in my living room and one in my office.…

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