The end of another year and a chance to look back at what you found most interesting on Automated Home over the last 12 months.
2017 brought with it the first anniversary for both our Solar Array and Electric Car along with the cold hard figures to back up the dream. Renewables and EVs are the future and I would encourage you all to consider these technologies for 2018.
Kicking off our top 20 is an inexpensive PIR light bulb that was one of your most purchased items this year (check out the top 5 at the bottom of this post). It’s been one of the most inexpensive, but best little upgrades the Automated Home has had.
Loxone is one of our favourite smart home systems, and that’s not because they are our title sponsor. The system gets more attractive every year that passes. You seem to think so too, giving them 3 entries in the top 20. At #19 Loxone’s new LED light range that supports their innovate Tree technology got you excited and at #17 their top 10 smart home tips proved popular too. And at #11 Loxone Tree appeared again with the Nano DI switch range.
Our AmpliFi review made it to #16, with this easy to setup whole house mesh Wi-Fi system. Another of our favourite purchases this year was the #15 entry, the WD My Passport Wireless Pro. It provided superb service on our holidays, providing all our media whilst paying for itself by sharing out a scarily expensive Wi-Fi account on board a big ship to all our families devices.
Qubino’s tiny Z-Wave Plus RGBW dimmer made to #13 and renewables hit the top 10 with the brilliant Telsa Powerwall 2 article from Mikes Gear at #08.
At #14 our smart home incompatibility frustration boiled to the surface once again this year. Z-Wave were magnanimous enough to reply and their interesting post made it all the way to #07.
You still love a smart home hack as proved by the amazingly inexpensive and popular Sonoff WiFi Smart Switch at #05. The new Vemmio Z-Wave Plus system arriving in the UK just missed out on the top 3.
Your most read post last year was our review of the Sky Q system. Unfortunately the box didn’t even last 12 months though so it made it to the top 3 this year for very different reasons!
Part 1 of Mark Boyle’s great review series on the new Wiser smart home heating control system from Drayton made it to #02 despite only being posted in the last quarter.
But your number one most popular post for 2017 was the brand new Homey Smart Home Hub. It certainly caught your imagination with its impressive list of onboard hardware including Z-Wave, ZigBee, WiFi, BLE, IR, 433 & 868 MHz.
Here’s your top 20 in full. Many thanks again to all the loyal readers, contributors and brands that have supported us over the last 12 months. Happy New Year to you all.
BONUS: Top 5 Most Purchased Items
As ever thank you all for buying through our Amazon affiliate store. It’s an easy and free way for you to support the site and we really appreciate it. Here are the top 5 most bought items through our links for 2017.
- Radiator thermostat with Bluetooth Smart for regulation of room temperature according to the personal needs
- Intuitive operation thanks to the free Apple (from iOS 8.3) and Android (from version 4.4) app. Can also be operated without a smartphone
- Thanks to the individual configuration of the week program, any kind of temperature profile with up to 7 switching intervals can be defined
- Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported)
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice
- Advanced PIR Technology, Advanced PIR Technology, Dusk Dawn Technology, bulb will not activate during daylight hours.
- B22 Sensor Bayonet LED Bulb 5 Watt Equivelant to 50 Watt Incandescent bulbs
- 1 Year MSC Guarantee - 30,000 hour Lifespan / Up to 15 years -
- See and speak with visitors using your smartphone or tablet, whether you're upstairs or across town
- Not everyone rings the doorbell, so we've included motion sensors to alert you of activity at your home
- Dual powered: Power your device using the built-in rechargeable battery, or power the device using your existing doorbell wiring
Last update on 2020-07-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API