Top Apple Watch Gadgets to Control Your Smart Home

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The Apple Watch has become the most popular smart watch in the world. While primarily used for fitness training, the Apple Watch can also extend control of your smart home devices beyond smartphones. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best Apple Watch-supported smart home apps.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting was one of the first types of smart home products to arrive on the market. Products from companies like Philips and LIFX are smart, since they’re controllable using a mobile device and a Wi-Fi connection. When you’re ready to control your lighting via Apple Watch, consider these apps:

Philips Hue Smart Watch Apps

With the official Philips Hue app (Free), you can add widgets to your Apple Watch and the Notification Center on iPhone. With these widgets, you can control rooms and scenes. The official LIFX app (Free) offers similar capabilities. In this case, however, you can also control individual lights. To get started, you need to set up your favorite rooms or lights via the app.

Have both Philips Hue and LIFX lights in your home? Consider the unifying OnSwitch for Philips Hue/LIFX app (Free with IAPs). With this app, you can quickly adjust individual and groups of bulbs simply by tapping on your Watch.

As a bonus, OnSwitch includes over 30 different theme packs, many tied to the time of year. For example, holiday-themed packs in the winter, and red, white, and blue selections around the Fourth of July. For now, these theme packs must first be activated on your iOS device, although you can turn them on and off using your Apple Watch.

With the Lutron Caséta Wireless app (Free), you can control more than just lighting from your wrist. There’s also shade and thermostat control. Better still, you can adjust your device whether you’re in your house or thousands of miles away.

Want even more? You can also set up notifications to remind you to turn off your lights when you leave home. You can also open and close your shades with ease. The LutronCaséta Wireless app also works with Apple Siri.

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