Bathroom exhaust fans are an often neglected fixture in the home. They’re in the ceiling and out of reach, so out of sight, out of mind. Finding bathroom fans with built-in LED lighting is an exercise in determining how much you’re willing to compromise. I researched 30 or so different fans trying to find a solution with a low Sones rating (the rating system for bathroom fan noise levels) and reasonable light output while maintaining a visually pleasing design. Check out my list of the best exhaust fans below.
In 2015, the first HomeKit products with Apple’s MFi (“Made for iPhone”) certification went on sale or up for pre-order. The MFi certification ensures that these smart home devices have an authentication chip and have undergone rigorous testing to get Apple’s official seal of approval. At the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, the company announced its app, called Home, which debuted with iOS 10. Home lets you control all your HomeKit-compatible devices through the app or by using your iPhone’s Control Center.
At WWDC two years ago, Apple announced major partners for its smart-home platform, including Philips, Haier, and Honeywell. Devices from these manufacturers have slowly trickled out since then. Now, you can ask Siri to turn on your Philips Hue lights or check to see if your August door lock is secure. However, if you want to control these remotely, you’ll need an Apple TV or an iPad to server as an external bridge.
At Apple’s September event this year, Tim Cook said Apple is expecting 100 more compatible devices to be released this year, with more to come in the future. Could we finally see a HomeKit-enabled security camera? You’ll find our comprehensive list of all HomeKit-certified devices below — we’ll update it as more products come to market.
If you’re anything like me you spend a lot of time in your garage, in fact, most of it. The garage has a TV, in-wall speakers, it’s own home theater receiver, HVAC, and most importantly lighting. You can never have enough of it. Working on engines, detailing cars, fixing small electronics… These things all require plenty of light to do and do well. The best LED garage lighting based on my testing can be found below.
So you’ve got your brand new Philips Hue 2.0 Bridge in front of you. It’s a bit less shiny and decidedly more square than version 1. You also have an iOS device running iOS 10 and possibly an Apple TV as well (more on this later). You just want to say “Siri, turn on my bedroom lights”, so lets get to it.
Well I’ve had the Nexus 6P for 12 hours now, here are my thoughts. It’s fast, seriously fast, like the fastest computer you’ve ever used is running from a cheetah. The fingerprint sensor is probably twice as fast as my iPhone 6, nearly instantaneous. The camera is good, very neutral, it shoots 4K video which is a big checkbox for me. USB Type-C is very nice (even though it may only be using USB 2.0).
There was no reason to have my outdoor garage lights on in full sunlight. This prompted my search for an affordable digital timer that would turn them on and off around dusk. The Intermatic ST01 blew away my expectations.
Nearly perfect. That’s the easiest way to describe this flashlight. A few years ago an electrician I work with from time to time pulled this out of his tool bag, he could’ve elicited the same reaction from me if he pulled out a lightsaber. The Outback Big Stick is the light you can replace your trusty Maglite with (even if you have a new LED Maglite).
When I was a kid I would always shine my dad’s Maglite in the air like it was a searchlight,
I remember loving those nights (dad didn’t he preferred to see what he was working on). Continue reading “Review: Outback Big Stick Flashlight”
The SureFire Minimus LED headlamp (sometimes sold as the Saint Minimus) might very well be the best LED headlamp on the market. Full Disclosure: I own a Minimus and I don’t own a Maximus so I haven’t compared the two.
I’ve been using this light for 2 years now, typically when working on wiring projects around the house, and cars. Being able to use both hands and still having tons of light where you need it is fantastic. Continue reading “Review: SureFire Minimus LED Headlamp”
I installed 3 Philips Hue bulbs in my porch for Halloween and made this walkthrough video of the iMakeStuff Hue Halloween app. There are 3 recessed fixtures above the porch with densely frosted white lenses and the Hues worked great. The Hues are color changing, RGB LED, edison base bulbs, and they can be controlled by ZigBee.
After completing the Ultimate 6 Inch Recessed Lighting LED Shootout, I decided to replace the recessed light in my shower. The Halo was the most expensive of the bunch, but it fared well on brightness, energy usage, and turn-on time. The box the Halo shipped in mentioned it was Shower Ready, rated for wet and damp installation, and generally had the best design for a wet location.
In it went, and what a difference, going from a CFL behind a frosted glass lens to the Halo LED made! It’s almost too bright, I won’t complain though, it helps me wake up in the morning.
GE Helical 13 Watt CFL with Shower Lens
Halo 6 in White LED Recessed Light – 28.73 at Amazon