If you only use one smart home device, the interaction with your home can change. However, to get the whole smart home effect, you need at least a few devices that all work together.
On this Black Friday you can get the Smart Home Essentials – a smart speaker, smart bulbs, and smart plugs – for a theft. You can also save on the more advanced smart devices, including intelligent locking, doorbell and thermostat. (See our full Christmas Gift Guide here.)
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The Smart Home Essentials: $ 110
Smart Speaker: $ 25
Whether you're loyal to Amazon or love Google, you can get a smart speaker for $ 25.
The new Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation) is being offered for sale at $ 24 at Amazon this black Friday compared to $ 50. This new Echo Dot was released in the October, so this is something very new.
The Google Home Mini Speaker is available for $ 25 (instead of $ 50) from many different retailers, but the best place to buy it is Lowes. There you will receive with your purchase a free GE C-Life light bulb . The bulb works directly with the speaker, no hub is required.
Read More: How to Pick the Right Smart Speaker
Smart Lightbulbs: $ 80
Even if you shoot Google [Home] with a GE bulb bundle you should still take a few bulbs.
I know that $ 80 is steep for incandescent bulbs, but that will take years. Beginning at 5 pm On Thanksgiving, you can receive a LiFX Multicolor Wireless Lightbulb for $ 40 each ($ 20) . These bulbs do not need a hub and can be connected to both Alexa and Google Assistant.
I recommend you start with two lamps – one for your entrance and one for your bedroom. The entrance lighting can be turned on when you come home so you never have to fumble with your keys, and the lamp in the bedroom can act as a noiseless alarm clock .
Read more: Do you want a smart home? Start with your lights.
Smart plug: 5 $
If you buy an Amazon Echo ($ 100 on Amazon) from Amazon, be sure to purchase a Amazon Smart Plug for $ 5 . It works only with Alexa, which is good if you buy an echo speaker (which Alexa has on board), but it's the best deal you'll find for a smart plug.
Another good deal is the 2-Pack TP-Link Casa Plug for $ 23 . That saves $ 17, and these plugs work with both Alexa and Google Assistant.