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HomeKit Accessories Worth Checking Out

Every so often, MacRumors videographer Dan rounds up some of his favorite home products that he's been using. We have another installment of our HomeKit series, this time featuring devices from Lutron, Belkin, Sonos, and more.





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You can see everything in action in the video, and we have links and a short description for the &zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj; products below.


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    <li><strong>Lutron Caseta Light Switches</strong> ($195 for a set) - It can be expensive to swap out bulbs for all of the lighting in your home, but with Lutron's Caseta Smart Lighting Switch and Dimmer Switch, you can wire up your house for &zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj; with minimal effort. You need a bridge for the Caseta devices, so it's best to buy them in a kit if you're replacing more than one light switch.</li>


    <li><strong>Lutron Serena Smart Shades</strong> ($600) - Though not inexpensive, if you want a &zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj; house, Lutron makes a series of Serena Smart Shades that can be controlled using &zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj;. You'll need to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $600 per window, so this is pricey home improvement.</li>


    <li><strong>Wemo Stage Scene Controller</strong> ($50) - The multi-button Wemo Stage Scene Controller can be used to control any &zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj; accessory with its assignable buttons.</li>


    <li><strong>Hunter Ceiling Fan</strong> ($180) - Hunter's HomeKit-enabled ceiling fans are surprisingly affordable and can be controlled with Siri, making this a useful smart home addition. Pricing starts at $180 for the Aerodyne, but there are also higher-end models available.</li>


    <li><strong>Sonos Beam Sound Bar</strong> - ($449) Sonos recently released its second-generation Beam, which is designed to work with a TV. It's AirPlay 2-enabled, so it shows up in the Home app and can be used with other &zwnj;AirPlay&zwnj; 2 speakers like the HomePod.</li>


    <li><strong>HomePod mini</strong> ($99) - A HomePod mini is an essential component for a &zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj; setup as it can serve as a Home Hub, it works with Thread devices, and it supports &zwnj;Siri&zwnj; commands. Apple just released the &zwnj;HomePod mini&zwnj; in a selection of new colors, so it's a good time to buy.</li>


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Have a favorite ‌&zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj;‌ device that we left out? Let us know in the comments and we may highlight it in a future ‌&zwnj;HomeKit&zwnj;‌ video.<div class="linkback">Tag: HomeKit</div>
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