SMART LIVING WITH TP-LINK SMART HOME

November 27, 2016

Decorating

Smart light bulb in an eclectic bedroom on Thou Swell

It’s been interesting to watch the smart home trend take off over the past couple of years, with technology slowly making its way into our homes and even our decor. My take on interior design is that it’s all about our control of our immediate environment, and any of these smart home devices are making it easier and easier to take control of our surroundings to create a home that fits us perfectly. I recently got to try out two of TP-Link’s new devices, their Smart Plug and Smart Light Bulb. I quickly set-up both in my bedroom, with the light bulb beside my bed and the sconces above my desk controlled by the Smart Plug. Both are such helpful products, but I did love all of the fun settings with the light bulb, like changing the color, brightness, and light schedule for the bulb with the Kasa app on my phone. Another great feature of these devices is the fact that they save electricity by both tracking use, allowing you to control them remotely, and the light bulb uses LED lighting which only takes a fraction of the power for an incandescent bulb. See my new smart light bulb in use after the jump!

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Smart light bulb in an eclectic bedroom on Thou Swell
Smart light bulb in an eclectic bedroom on Thou Swell
Smart light bulb in an eclectic bedroom on Thou Swell

The easy slider and color selector in the Kasa app on my phone controls the light bulb instantly. It also has a feature to set up a schedules and ‘scenarios’ to quickly apply a series of settings to your bulb, like a ‘movie’ setting which makes the light a warm yellow and brings brightness down to 5%.

Smart light bulb in an eclectic bedroom on Thou Swell

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  • Marlene Mcglothlin

    i would use my smart plug on my lights

  • Jessica W.

    I would easily change the light settings to fit my mood and controlling it from an app just makes everything easier.

  • sohamolina

    Id use it with a switch.

  • Harold

    I’d use it in our living room to control the lights by the app.

  • This would be perfect for me to use in the bedroom. We could use a light which adjusts and is easy to control without having to get up and walk to the switch.
    hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

  • Jeanne Rousseau

    I would use it for nightly reading. When I am too tired to get up to shut off the light.

  • testsurv

    It would be perfect for having the lights on when I’m just coming in the door. Or when I’m too tired to turn the light off at night.

  • marylynnhayes

    The light would be great in the bedroom so I can adjust it to suit what I am doing – reading, sleeping, watching tv. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • ClickClick

    I would use it in cat room for my rescue cats I shelter. Once they go to sleep, I don’t want to wake them, so it can turn off by itself.

  • Carol Norton

    I would use for security when I am away from home.

  • dheath3

    I would use it for nightly reading. When I am too tired to get up

  • Mycosyco

    I’d put it on our front room so I can turn it on before I enter the house.

  • Sheila Ritter

    I would use it in my living room so I can adjust the lights when we are relaxing and watching tv but my boys do not want the lights completely out.

  • Kelley Chapman

    I would use it for reading at night.

  • Kristen

    I’d love to use it for the floor lamp in the bedroom, so I could dim or turn it off easily.

  • kathleen decicco

    Bedroom!

  • crystal s

    I would like to use it for reading in the evening. I love to read.

  • I would use this in the living room because we spend most of our time there.
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  • Trent Zinser

    I would use this on the perimeter to allow ease of use.

  • Mary Songer

    I would use it in the bedroom so I can read and control the light so my husband can sleep.

  • Nancy

    I’d like to use this on my bedside lamp.

  • Britney Taylor

    I would use it

  • Britney Taylor

    I would use it in my bedroom. Something happened to the thing that holds the bulb in the ceiling (I don’t remember what it’s called) and now I can’t use the light in there, so I would use my bulb in a table lamp or bedside lamp.

  • latanya t

    I would use it in my bedroom while reading at night

  • Julie Murphy

    In the living room

  • lk

    This is kind of cool, I would use this in my bedroom.

  • Denise

    I wonder if I could use the smart plug to automatically turn on the coffee maker in the morning for me while I’m still in bed. I don’t have a coffee maker with a timer feature 🙁

  • Elizabeth B

    I’d love to use this in my bedroom! My lamps aren’t all that close to my bed and when I want to adjust them I need to get up, walk across the room, adjust them, etc. I realize this must make me sound lazy, but when its cold and you’re comfy in bed, the last thing you want to do is get up!

  • powens997

    i will use it in my family room, need the extra light for the kids to play

  • jrtj67

    My partner lost his legs in a fire. Needless to say, mobility is a top issue. This would help make his life so much better!!!

  • Angela saver

    I would use it in my bedroom so that I can read with the dimmed light while my hubby sleeps! I also would love changing the colors! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Andysavi.Mom@gmail.com

  • Mohammed Kasmi

    I Would Use It In My Bedroom To Read The Stories I Have , BTW I Like Horror Stories

  • Vicki Burton

    My greatest need is to turn the coffee maker on before I get up.

  • Karli

    Id charge my phone with the smart charger.

  • Leo Ching

    I would use it in the living room. We are always leaving the light on after going to bed.

  • Lisa Brown

    I would use them in the family room where everyone congragates.

  • Gabrielly Margutti

    I would use it in the living room while reading at night.

  • gannyofshy

    I would use them in my den because that’s where we stay most of the time and I could adjust the lighting for different situations

  • Happi Shopr

    I like the HD Day/Night Cloud Camera, 300Mbps Wi-Fi. We would use it at my mother in law’s to help keep an eye on her place from afar.

  • christine burd

    first of all , I would buy the Smart wi-fi color changing hue led bulbs. How fun to use in the basement for parties!

  • Barrie

    I like the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light. I would use it in our master bedroom to control the amount of light we need, depending on the mood.

  • jea

    id buy the wi-fi led dimmable light for my sons room

  • Veronica Morin

    I would use it to turn the lights on and off when I am away from home

  • Daniel M

    would use the wi-fi led dimmable light in bedroom for reading

  • Erin Will

    I would buy some Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light to use in my living room and bed rooms. Love that I can connect them to my Amazon Alexa and control them when I am away from home!

  • jseed1987

    TP link has good routers at low cost.

  • skeletor_807

    I would get the smart light bulbs because, my kids are forever leaving the lights on.

  • Candice

    I love the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. I would use this in our living room, and think it’d add a nice ambiance.

  • I would get the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light to use in your living room. I would love to be able to dim the lights when we are watching movies.

  • Courtney Haas

    I would use the wifi dimmable light for late night reading

  • hofken

    I would get the Smart Wi-fi Light Switch to make it look like I’m home when I’m not by having my lights turn off and on randomly while away

  • angela

    AHHH if I was soo lucky I would buy the smart wifi light switch. That would make my life a little less complicated!

  • Thirza

    I would absolutely love the color changing smart bulb!

  • Mary Gardner

    I would like to have the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. I would use it in my bedroom for relaxing!

  • HS kraftmaking

    I would like Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light for our living room.

  • tracylr

    I love the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. I would use it to make my apartment a super-festive fun place to enjoy when we are hanging out at home.

  • ClickClick

    I like the HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera
    WITH NIGHT VISION
    NC450

  • Diana Cote

    I would love the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue for our bedroom. my daughter hates going to sleep in the dark but i struggle to sleep with the bright light from the lap we have. >.<

  • buzzd

    Smart Wi-fi Light Switch so it would look like someone was always home

  • Danielle Magee

    I would like the HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision because I think it would be cool to use at night.

  • bonniesawinner

    HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera WITH NIGHT VISION NC450 is what I would get since there have been a lot of break-ins in our neighborhood in the last few months. I like that it works at night and also can rotate to view all of our driveway.

  • deb p

    2.4GHz 8dBi Indoor Desktop Omni-directional Antenna , I could use one. email – r.d1@myfairpoint.net

  • marcicornelius

    Day/Night Cloud Camera, 300Mbps Wi-Fi I would use it to protect my home

  • Wendy Sebastian

    I think I’d get the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. That is so cool!

  • Chris Mckenzie

    Smart Wi-Fi led light bulb. To add to my home light show. Thx

  • Louly McButter

    I would like the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light
    LB110, I love having the option to dim the lights in different situations.

  • Stefanie

    I really like the smart wi-fi light bulb. I would use it to turn on and off my outdoor lights.

  • Sharon Kaminski

    I would buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue
    LB130. I would use it on our deck. I love the color changes.

  • steve weber

    I would use the smart wi-fi light bulb! I would be able to use it when I’m not at home.

  • Jessica Miller

    I would get a smart camera and use it to protect my home when I travel.

  • tank324

    I like the Day/Night Cloud Camera. I need this for around my house.

  • Nicole

    I would love the color changing bulb to put in my closet! I think it would look really cool

  • rayreadb

    Smart wifi bulb. To control it remotely.

  • Carissa Joslyn

    I would love the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light! I would use it in my bedroom. My 4 month old shares a room with me and my floor creaks, being able to shut a light off without going across the room and waking baby up would be great!

  • Raymond Stone

    In it to WIN it! Thank You!!!

  • Karli

    Id buy the smart wifi bulb with dimmable light.

  • dheath3

    I like the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light. I would use it in our master bedroom to control the amount of light we need

  • Beatrice Pierre

    I would buy the dimmable light bulb to connect to WiFi at home.

  • shannon fowler

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue would be awesome. I love that it can be controlled with a tablet which would be so amazing for us since we both are on our feet all day.

  • Jennifer Herman

    I would use the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue in the living room for parties.

  • Savannah Hadden

    I like the Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range extender! I would use that in our home to help each room get a stronger signal!

  • John Herman

    I would use the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light in my bedroom so that I can control the lighting.

  • Margaret King

    I really like the smart wi-fi light bulb. I would use it to turn on and off my outdoor lights.

  • Liv 4

    I would love the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue! I would change the color hue of my room multiple times a day depending on my mood.

  • Kathy

    I would buy the Smart WiFi LED bulb with color changing hue. Would love to change the color to match my mood or activity!

  • I would buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue and use it in the bathroom while enjoying a nice bath.

    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

  • kristenhendricks

    The smart device I would most likely buy is the Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch. I would love to be able to control my home lighting from anywhere with a smartphone or tablet using the free Kasa app. It would be great to have if I accidentally forget to leave lights on when I go out to dinner since it is still light outside, but is dark outside when I get back home. I could turn on the lights before I go into the house, which would enable me to see much better. I also like that the switch has a LED Indicator. Therefore, I could easily turn on a light I may want to in the middle of the night without much hassle. Thanks for the fantastic opportunity to win!

  • Chrissy McPherson

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue Since i love to read in bed, but hard to do when you have a new baby. This would enable me to turn the light down to dim or even a light color of blue or yellow to help him sleep better while giving me a chance to catch up in adult world. Thanks for the amazing chance!

  • Tammy Woodall

    I really like the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light. I would use in my den where I read a lot on my Kindle. The Dimmable Light would make it where I wouldn’t disturb other family members while enjoying a good book.

  • rajee

    Love Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue brings happy mood

  • Seyma Shabbir

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue would be great for my sons! I love the idea of it changing colors instead of being one color.

  • Yvonne Lee

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue because I would love to have some amazing mood lighting to go with my media , and to create a pretty environment.

  • Lindsey

    I would get the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue and control it with my smartphone.

  • coltrain5041

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. I would use it by the entertainment system for different movies and shows.

  • Char

    The Love Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue will make our little place a little cozier and loving. Thanks so much!

  • Deb F

    I would get the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue because you never know when you want to read by purple light. 🙂
    thanks!

  • Kam Rob

    I would buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue to use at my upcoming New Years Eve party! It would set the perfect mood.

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    I would start with the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light…Everywhere. I have finally joined the 21st century with a new iPhone and a new android tablet (thank you. glad to be here in the 21st century. sorry I’m late.) and am wanting to control Everything with my phone! And I could just tell Alexa to do it?! Yes…my control freak dreams come true without lifting a finger.

  • Jean

    I would buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light. I would love to be able to tune the white light so our sleep isn’t affected by harsh blue light after dark! So cool that you can control it with Alexa and the Circadian Mode that automatically matches light appearance to time of day is soooo cool!

  • Micah

    I would purchase the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light, Because different colors emit different moods.

  • hawaiijack

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light so I can read and do other things with minimal eyestrain

  • Natalie

    I would buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light. I would use it in my living room to dim the light when we watch TV and increase the light when we read.

  • bootswon

    I would buy the Smart Wi-FI LED Bulb with Tunable White Light because I need more in my apartment.

  • Barbara K

    I would by the WiFi Led light bulb with color changing hue.

  • James Stringham

    I would select the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. This would be great for a party.

  • Jessica S Whitehouse

    I’d choose the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. I have issues with insomnia and when I do fall asleep, I sometimes sleep 16+ hours. I think the circadian lighting settings would help reset my body clock and regulate my sleep patterns.

  • katie bellamy

    I’d get the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. My dad has this for my kids so they can have a “dance party” 🙂 My hubby has been wanting one!

  • Brigette

    I would get the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light. I like the fact the I can fine-tune the lighting and reduce energy use by up to 80% without brightness or quality loss.

  • Jim Champaigne

    the tunable white light would be awesome. I would be able to adjust the light for certain times. It would be great for mood lighting

  • jskaiser

    I would buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light. It would be nice to use it in my living room to dim the light when we watch TV, then increase the light when we read or are on the laptop.

  • Angela Mason

    I would love to own the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue
    LB130. Why? Because I choose to live my life in color! Thank you kindly for the opportunity to own something that quite frankly I never thought of, Ahhh technology! Have a wonderful Holiday Season! Enjoy!

  • JAIVIANSMOMMY

    I WOULD LIKE THE Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch so I can set lights to turn off and on when needed 🙂

  • Andrea Woodard

    i would like to win this

  • shelly

    the 110 dimable light.it would be great in the basement for movie night.

  • Emily Hicks

    Oh my goodness! I want a lamp with the color changing hues in the lightbulb! I checked it out on your website and these are so awesome! I would definitely buy that if I won because I would love to use that bulb during my Christmas party.

  • Angela P

    Would love the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue, it would be awesome to change the colors with my phone, i also love the disable ones for our bedroom how awesome would that be to set a romantic setting

  • Trinity Rosario

    Smart WiFi LED bulb with color changing hue. We would use it in the family room!

  • chris hoey

    winit

  • Karrie Millheim

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light is what i want..sometimes I want the lights not blaring so i can go to sleep to

  • Rob Sosa

    The Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue
    LB130 would be so much fun in our daughters room – I know she would love the changing colors.

  • Wade S

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light, love being able to dim the lights!

  • Sue McKinney

    I would definitely like the smart Wi-Fi Bulb with dimmable light. That would allow me to read in bed without bothering my husband.

  • Audrey T

    I would buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue and use it in my daughter’s room. She would love to impress her friends with it!

  • Terri

    I’d buy the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue to reduce energy use by up to 80%. Plus I could turn my lights on when it gets dark and I’m not home yet.

  • Pam Flynn

    I would use the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light when I am reading & would like to dim the light to watch television when I am finished reading. Nice lights!

  • Jacob

    I would pick the wi-fi light switch so I could turn on the light before I got home, useful for carrying groceries or anything really

  • Geena O’Banion

    I need to upgrade my devices..mine are very old technology.

  • Amy Gettys

    I would purchase the HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera
    WITH NIGHT VISION and use it to monitor different areas of my home.

  • Teresa A. Thompson

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light would be my pick. The dimmer would be great.

  • Meghan

    I like the Smart WiFi Plug (mini). Would be great to switch lights on and off throughout the day and also control lights while on vacation (makes it seem like you’re home!).

  • Patricia Ellis

    I would buy the Smart wi-fi LED bulb with color changing hue because I think my kids would love seeing the bulb change colors.

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    I’d like the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Tunable White Light. This would be great for my late night reading 🙂

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

  • evamack

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light is my pick as I know where I would use in… I need this

  • Shelley

    OMG! I want one of those smart light bulbs!! That would be so awesome!

  • Em

    Smart wi-fi LED bulb with color changing hue to make my room a party at all times 🙂 laluver101@gmail.com

  • Hollie Jahnke

    I would choose the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue because I think it would be really fun to change the colors.

  • Eileen Flynn

    HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera
    WITH NIGHT VISION that would help me feel safer

  • Vicki Burton

    I like the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue. I’m having the bedroom remodeled, painted, and upgraded. This would be a dazzling final touch to the project.

  • ghassan

    Ally Series 15600mAh High Capacity Power Bank
    TL-PB15600 is awesome I need it for my several devises

  • Patricia Hilke

    nice

  • Bonnie

    The Smart Wi-Fi LED LB130 looks like it would be so much fun to use!!

  • liz l

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue add some romance in the den-lol mood lighting

  • tryingtopickaname

    So many neat gadgets, but I’m especially interested in the HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera WITH NIGHT VISION.

  • Yvonne Delgado

    Tge smart wifi led bulb tunable white light. Since i can control it with wifi device, i woyud use it turn on light at home when it gets dark and im away from home

  • Erin

    I would get the Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light

    LB110 and keep it in my living room so I can turn the lights on if i’ll be home late or i’m away.

  • cathy howat

    Id pick the wif light with dimmer. I think being a migraine sufferer this lighting would help me

  • Tosha Hector

    Hope I’m not too late- I’d pick the

    Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Color Changing Hue, being able to set mood lighting with a phone just sounds so neat