ecobee, the makers of the smart thermostat that I use in my own home, have the Switch+ smart light switch up for pre-order starting today, priced at $99.
So, what makes a light switch smart?
The Switch+ comes with Amazon Alexa, meaning you can simply tell Alexa to turn on the lights, play some music, get traffic information, or anything else that Alexa is capable of doing. It also means you can control other aspects of your smart home, all from your light switch.
The Switch+ is priced at $99, which doesn’t seem terrible when you think about the cost of every other smart home gadget.
Something important to note, while the Switch+ ships Alexa, specifically labeled on ecobee’s website is support for Google Assistant. My assumption without having used this device is that you can use Assistant to turn on the lights through this device, but not much else in terms of functionality. It would actually be great if ecobee made two models, one with Alexa and one with Assistant, but oh well.
You can pre-order the Switch+ by following one of the links below. Shipments will roll out later this month.
Pre-Order Links: Amazon Link | ecobee Link