If you want your light switches to have a little pizzaz and even more convenience, you might want to give the Sonoff smart light switch TX-series a try. Having said that, there are plenty of smart lighting options to choose from.
These Wi-Fi-enabled smart switches do not require a hub so keep entry levels costs down and you can use voice commands through Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Other than a few connectivity issues (which I will address below), the Sonoff smart light switch is easy to use and allows you to showboat your lighting rig.
- Amazon Alexa
- Google Assistant
Design and Installation
For most people, installing the Sonoff smart light switch will not present any problem. You do need a ground wire – or neutral wire – in your light socket though, so if you have an old house, you will need to call in a professional.
Otherwise, all you need to do is turn your electricity off at the mains, and connect the Sonoff smart switch like you would any other light switch. Check out the video below.
The design is pretty cool too. A toughened glass panel frame is oh-so-chic – and also waterproof, fireproof and easy to clean. It does show up fingerprints, but you can avoid that by using the app or voice commands.
Connecting the eWeLink Smart Home on IFTTT app enables you to control all your other Sonoff devices directly from your phone. The only problem with that is you are tied into Sonoff. The app will not control other gadgets in your home – so unless you’re a massive Sonoff fan, that sucks.
- Preset lighting scenes
- Customisable light settings and scenes
- Lighting timer
- Away Mode
- Compatible with Alexa and Google Home
All told, the Sonoff smart light switch is a decent option if you want a cool looking light switch to kick off your smart lighting regalia.
They Sonoff smart switch has a few clever features that make your lighting more dynamic – the countdown and repeat loop timer are pretty nifty and you can create your own scene settings. Your family members can set up their own light settings as well.
Being able to connect Sonoff light switches to your WiFi also means you don’t have to invest in a hub. Having said that, with a price tag kicking around the £70 mark and upwards on Amazon, Sonoff smart light switches are not the cheapest.