Working from home? Let HomeKit help bring a little comfort and convenience!
While HomeKit may not be a part of the typical workday routine for most, it certainly can be if you are working from home. Imagine being able to set your lights to dim according to the time of day or having your workspace set to just the right temperature when you sit down at your desk. You can do this and so much more with HomeKit accessories. Here are some of our favorites that can bring a little comfort and convenience to the work from home experience.
Light the way
Philips Hue White A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit
If you're dipping your toe into the smart home world, a set of lightbulbs is a great place to start. This set from Philips Hue comes with the hub you need to connect to HomeKit. You'll love being able to control your lighting with your voice or by creating "scenes" within HomeKit.
Power and control
Eve Energy Strip
Eve's Energy Strip combines the classic power strip with smart controls, all while protecting from surges, overvoltage, and overcurrent. This strip has three smart outlets on-board, each of which works independently from the others using on-device controls or individual controls in the Home app. Eve Energy Strip also tracks energy usage and sports a stand-by mode to help save some money in the long run.
eero Wi-Fi System 3-pack
Eero's routers are the only game in town for HomeKit support, but they just so happen to be some of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems around. Eero routers provide fast, reliable connections over wireless and ethernet making it an easy choice for upgrading. This 3-pack can cover up to 5,000 sq. ft. and has add-on services like ad blocking, threat scanning, and more.
Sounds and Siri
Apple's HomePod mini
Apple's popular HomePod quality is now available in a smaller, more affordable package. The HomePod mini is one Apple is keeping in its lineup. The tiny dynamo offers room-filling 360-degree sound, Siri, smart home control, and privacy. Betcha can't buy just one!
Fresh and humid
Vocolinc Smart Wi-Fi Aroma Diffuser
The Vocolinc Smart Wi-Fi Aroma Diffuser is more than just a connected diffuser. For starters, this awesome accessory has a colorful LED mood light that can "pulse" or "breathe" all the colors of the rainbow. HomeKit automations work with this diffuser to enable humidity controls, which can turn it on or off based on the amount of moisture in the air. The actual diffuser has percentage-based adjustments, allowing you to dial in the perfect aroma levels after adding essential oils.
LIFX Z LED Light Strip
LED light strips are an easy way to add color and convenience, and LIFX's Z-LED Light Strip is one of the brightest on the market. This light strip connects to your Wi-Fi network without the need for a hub, and it can light up any area with millions of colors and bright whites, up to a whopping 1,400 lumens of brightness. A peel and stick design makes installing it on something like the back of your desk or monitor a breeze.
While macOS includes the Home app, it is sometimes easier to press a physical button to get things done. The Eve Button offers up three distinct buttons (single, double, and long) presses that can set HomeKit scenes or accessories in motion without jumping over to another app. When combined with a colored smart bulb or light strip, you can use this button to let others in the home know that you are on a call with a simple press.
Logitech Circle View
Working from home can also mean pulling double duty if you have children, so a HomeKit camera is a must. The Logitech Circle View is simply one of the best available, as its flexible design enables placement just about anywhere. 1080p video, night vision, 2-way audio, and HomeKit Secure Video are all on-board, and the Home app on your Mac can give you a look into the happenings in your home while you are working.
Wemo Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Smart Plug
Smart plugs are a great way to add smarts to a "dumb" appliance such as a coffee maker or a fan. The compact Wemo Mini is one of the few on the market that is so small that you can fit two into the same outlet. This opens the doors to all sorts of possibilities, like having a fan on one side of your desk, with a heater on the other, each of which can be turned on or off at will.
Hunter Symphony Ceiling Fan
If your home office space has an older ceiling fan or one that you just want to replace with the latest tech, then you should check out the Hunter Symphony. This beautiful, modern fan gives you complete remote controls, on/off toggles, speed adjustments, and even reversing directions is all a tap or shout away. This fan also comes in multiple finishes that can fit almost any decor.
ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control
For the ultimate in climate control, ecobee's latest SmartThermostat allows you to heat or cool down your home from the comforts of your desk chair. That is not all, though, as ecobee includes a completely wireless room temperature sensor as well, which can be placed in your home office. This sensor works to provide maximum comfort by having your home's climate based on the room you are in and not based on the thermostat room.
Control the view
IKEA FYRTUR Blackout Roller Blind
IKEA's FYRTUR Blackout Roller Blinds come in widths ranging from 23 to 48 inches. Each one is 76 inches tall. The FYRTUR Blinds are easy to install, and the rechargeable battery lasts for months before needing a recharge. You can operate these smart blinds with a small wireless remote; if you want to connect them to HomeKit, then you'll need IKEA's TRADFRI Gateway, which is sold separately.
The working from home experience can certainly be a little jarring at first, but HomeKit accessories can help to settle you in. If you are just starting, you may need essentials like a desk lamp or a phone charger, so why not go with one that has HomeKit? We love the Philips Hue White A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit as a great way to get started with HomeKit.
Miss the sounds of the office? Apple's HomePod can play tracks that simulate a typical workday through Apple Music or apps like Dark Noise. Want the same reliable Wi-Fi or ethernet connection that you have at your work? Then check out the Eero WiFi System. This 3-pack blankets your home in strong Wi-Fi, and it can help keep your home secure through automatic updates and HomeKit Secure Router integration.