8 Smart Home Tech Upgrades for the Bedroom
If you are looking to bring a little technology into the bedroom to smarten up your home, we’ve collected a list of eight items (as well as some cheaper alternatives) that will upgrade your lifestyle. This includes upgrades both for when you are sleeping and when you are simply chilling out in the bedroom after a long day.
Philips Wake-Up Light
The Philips Wake-Up Light is a replacement for a standard alarm clock, specifically designed to use light therapy to improve sleep and overall energy levels. The sunrise simulation wakes you up slowly with simulated natural light (identical to sunlight) as well as a choice of three nature sounds.
On the flip side of the day, the dimming sunset mode will gradually decrease light at the end of the day with more than twenty different brightness settings. This type of light is really ideal for any bedroom that doesn’t get lots of natural light. It also includes standard slamar clock functions as well as a FM radio. The light generally retails for $120, but can be found on sale $90 to $100 often.
Haiku Home L Series Smart Ceiling Fan
In addition to a remote control as well as a mobile app for changing your fan speed / preferences, the Haiku smart ceiling fan comes with Alexa support for controlling the fan by using your voice.
Available in five different colors, the Haiku fan includes a LED light with 16 different brightness settings and has been tested to make sure each fan doesn’t wobble, rattle or click. The downside is the cost, roughly $600 to $675. It has fallen to the sub-$500 level, when on sale.
SELJE Nightstand w/ Wireless Charging
Ideal for anyone that’s picking up a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X with Qi charging, the SELJE Nightstand from IKEA is a standard nightstand with wireless charging already built into the top. Simply place your Qi-compatible device on the charging pad and it will charge the device without the need for any additional cords.
Charging time may vary based on the device’s battery capacity, charge level, the age of the battery and the temperature in the surrounding area. The table also comes with an additional USB port for wired charging and a single drawer for storing items. It generally retails for $60 at IKEA, in the $40 to $50 range when on sale.
Motion-Activated Bed Lighting
Ideal for anyone that trips over everything on their way to the bathroom in the middle of the night, motion activated under-the-bed lighting is an ideal way to light up the floor without waking anyone else up. Using a simple motion sensor, you simply stick the LED lighting underneath the bed along the sides.
The shut off time for the lights can be set for 30 seconds up to ten minutes, easily enough time to go to and from the bathroom. The LEDs in the light strip offer up to 100,000 LED Lighting hours and will require an outlet plug. There are plenty of options on Amazon, most retailing for less than $20.
Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO Remote Alarm Monitor
Connected to your smartphone over Wi-Fi, the Leeo Smoke/CO Remote Alarm will warn you if your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms are sounding. If an alarm is heard by the device, local emergency services phone number are shown on your phone and you can setup backup notifications for your family & friends if you aren’t responding to those notifications.
Ideally, this is a cheaper solution than replacing all your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms with more expensive solutions like Nest Protect. It doubles as a nightlight with roughly 16 million color options to choose from. The device retails for about $50, but sales bring it down between $25 to $40 occasionally.
Kenmore Smart 8,000 BTU Room Air Conditioner
If you live in an area that doesn’t include central air in homes due to milder temperatures, it’s almost a necessity to have a window unit so you can sleep comfortably during an infrequent heat wave in the summer. Available in BTU sizes from 8,000 to 24,500 (350 sq. ft. to 1,600 sq. ft.), this Kenmore window unit can be controlled with the Kenmore Smart AC App as well as voice controlled with Alexa.
The AC unit is ENERGY STAR certified and the smart app will help control the overall room temperature & save energy similar to a smart thermostat. The base unit retails for about $350 with sales bringing the price frequently to the $300 level.
Eight Sleep Tracker Smart Mattress Cover
Tracking data like deep sleep time, heart rate, room temperature and noise, the Eight sleep tracker slips over your existing mattress and offers individual temperature controls for both sides of the bed. It integrates with other smart home products like the Nest thermostat (for changing temperature at night) and can be set with an alarm to gently wake you up in the morning. It generally retails for about $300.
Amazon Echo Show
Providing access to Alexa for voice control, the Echo Show also includes a video screen, perhaps ideal for a nightstand. You can place video calls to Echo-compatible devices as well as watch video content while in bed, like YouTube videos and Amazon video content. Of course, it can also double as an alarm clock for your nightstand, showing the current time on the display. The device retails for about $230. Sales are likely to hit around Black Friday.