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.
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 $750. It has fallen to the sub-$500 level, when on sale.
Nightstand with Wireless Charging Pad & USB Ports
Ideal for anyone that needs to charge their devices overnight, this nightstand includes a built-in pad for wireless charging as well as USB ports for charging additional devices. 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. It generally retails for $70 and drops to the $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.
First Alert 2-in-1 Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Connected to your smartphone using wireless Z wave tech, the First Alert ZCOMBO Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm will send an alert if your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms are sounding. It’s certified to work with Samsung Smart Things as well as the Ring Alarm security system. It has a 85 decibel horn as well as a photoelectric smoke sensor to reduce false alarms from actions like cooking.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to replace all your smoke alarms, you could pick up something like the Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener, which alerts home owners when their existing smoke alarms are going off. The ZCOMBO retails for about $50, but sales bring it down between $30 to $40 regularly. The Listener retails for $35 and sales bring it down to the $25 range on occasion.
Frigidaire 10000 BTU Smart Window 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 12,000 (350 sq. ft. to 550 sq. ft.), this Frigidaire window unit can be controlled via wi-Fi
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 $330 with sales bringing the price frequently to the $300 level.
Withings Sleep Tracking Pad
Tracking data like deep sleep time, heart rate, and snoring, the Withing sleep tracking pad slips over your existing mattress and tracks your sleep over the night. It integrates with Alexa and offers a daily sleep tracking score with tips on how to improve your nightly slumber. It generally retails for about $100.
Echo Show 5
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 $90, but sales bring it down to about $50.