- You can increase security through a random on/off pattern in the “away mode”
- Can be voice controlled through Alexa
Lights are one of the first “smart” devices most homeowners start with. The reasons are clear. It’s not just that it’s more convenient to be able to schedule lights to come on at dusk or to be able to turn them on with voice commands. General home security is also greatly enhanced by the random appearance of lights turning on and off. Energy savings also play a factor in smart light popularity.
The NewRice Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch has all the features you would want to have in a smart light switch. It can give you better control of your home and will give you that extra ease.
Here are some features this product has that give you that control.
- Free app: can be controlled with your smartphone by using the app E-WeLink (available on App Store and Google Play) which lets you manage connected ceiling fans, lights, and other equipment
- Manage fixtures no matter the distance: with this feature, you can turn the lights off from wherever you are in case you accidentally leave them on or turn on your air conditioner a few minutes before arriving home
- Schedule: if you ever go on vacation, you can set your lights to turn on or off at a certain time like scheduling to turn the on lights at nightfall around 6 or 7 pm to make it seem like that you are at home, or you can have the lights turned off at sunset to help conserve energy
- Compatible with Google Assistance and Amazon Alexa which are used for voice control: this will give you more convenience especially when you are already lying down comfortably on your bed and your phone is without arms’ reach
- Away mode: this feature is an excellent way to give your home that extra security since this turns your lights off and on randomly to give the appearance that there is someone home
How to install and use
Here are the steps included in your package to install the NewRice Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch:
- Connect the wires to the NewRice Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch first.
- Second and the most important thing to do is to turn off the power at the main fuse box to avoid accidents. If possible, use a voltage tester or an electrical tester screwdriver to be sure.
- Remove the existing switch.
- Connect the wires to its corresponding line.
- Mount the smart light switch to the electric box using the 2 provided screws,
- Snap on the wall plate that is included in the package.
- Turn the power back on from the main fuse box.
- Once you have tested that the switch is working fine, the next thing to do is install the app. Go to Google Play for Android users and App Store for iOS users, and search for E-WeLink then install.
- Once installed, turn on the app and press the plus (+) sign to pair with the smart light switch.
- After successfully pairing your smartphone to the smart switch, you can now connect it with your Alexa-enabled device.
Once you have followed these steps, the switch is ready to go. Start by configuring the settings on the app and explore the different features it has.
For those who are planning on installing numerous smart switches, make sure to change the name of each one of them to avoid confusion.
One of the reasons we outlined the installation steps above is to show how subjective any product can be. While we found the installation of this switch very doable with these instructions, other reviewers called it too difficult for someone with no electrical experience.
For the most part the NewRice Light Switch gets rave reviews. What makes people love it so is that it can connect to Alexa. Voice control is definitely one of our favorite features as well in the early morning as we stumble to the kitchen.
Another thing that makes people rave about this product is that it has the same features as those from well-known brands that are more expensive. The users also love how modern the switch is because it is touch sensitive and that free app is easy to use.
On the other hand, what most users would have wanted this device to have is a dimmer feature. We agree, but at this price point it is understandable for it not to have one.
By installing a smart light switch, you can have better control of your home whether you are physically there or not.
However, if you absolutely have no experience with any type of electrical work, you may need an assistance from an electrician. If you are looking for a smart light switch that is affordable yet of high quality, then this one is for you. So with all of you in mind, we have to conclude this is a smart, but not simple solution.