Smart Home controllers and products may seem like a complex network of connected devices that takes a lot of work to get things to run smoothly, but in many cases it couldn't be further from the truth, and that's what Logitech is aiming to bring to the market with their newly launched Pop Home Switch. It's essentially a light switch that you can use to power on and manage all your other smart home products, and it's fairly simple as it's completely wireless and it's battery operated, meaning that you can place it pretty much anywhere around the home and it will work so long as it can stay connected to the Wi-Fi network.
Now, there are a couple of caveats. For the Pop Home Switch to work, you'll also need to have the Pop Bridge, a separate piece of equipment, and have the Pop App installed on your device. Once those two pieces are in order, you can set up as many Pop Home Switches as you need and configure them to manage whichever products you like. If you're scoffing at the idea of extra equipment, Logitech has packed everything into a nice and neat little starter pack for just £119.99, which comes with the Pop Bridge, a Pop Home Switch, and an add-on Pop Home Switch for you to use somewhere else around the home.
If you need more you can add on even more additional Pop Home Switches at a cost of £34.99. If you live in the U.S., Logitech has these available for $99.99 and $39.99 respectively, and you can even pick them up at Amazon. Logitech also offers these in a range of colors, which include white, coral, teal, and alloy, although you can only buy the additional colors in the add-on switch and not the starter pack. Setup is rather easy. You simply take the Pop Bridge and plug it into a wall outlet, pop the batteries in your switches, place them where you want, then proceed to open up the app and set things up. Right from the start the Pop Home Switch is compatible with various other smart home products, like the Philips Hue, Lutron, and LIFX smart lights, Sonos speakers, Belkin Wemo Switches, August Smart Locks, and of course Logitech's latest Harmony remotes including the Harmony Pro, Harmony Elite, and more. As the Pop Home Switch is wall mountable, it can work just like a regular light, and still provide all the smart functions you may want, and with the simple design they look rather unassuming, letting them blend in so as not to draw too much attention.