How to Reset Your WeMo, LIFX, Philips, Osram/Lightify Light Bulbs

I ran into a wee problem with one of my WeMo LED smart light bulbs.  It was easily cleared up with a reset, but it took me some surfing to find out how to do it.

That got me thinking, you might someday need to know how to do this yourself, and possibly for other bulbs.  So here’s a few smart light bulbs and how to reset them, with instructions from each manufacturer’s website. Continue reading “How to Reset Your WeMo, LIFX, Philips, Osram/Lightify Light Bulbs”

How to reset Fitbit Blaze & wipe data

I recently tried to reset my Fitbit Blaze fitness and activity tracker and was surprised at how difficult it was.  Turns out the Blaze actually has no easy way to wipe your data so you can start fresh with it, if you wanted to give it to a family member or friend. Continue reading “How to reset Fitbit Blaze & wipe data”

Review: Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat Just Doesn’t Stand Up to the Test

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If you’re still running a retro thermostat with only basic controls, you’re missing out on an opportunity to save money each year by controlling the efficiency of your furnace; turning it down when you’re away, or asleep, or at work, and only keeping at at temperature when you’re home actually using it.

I’ve tried a number of programmable thermostats in my home, from the most basic computerized one, to the high-end fully automated Nest. Read my review of the Nest here.
So I was pleased (and had a wee sense of Deja Vu at how similar the Lyric looks to the Nest) when Honeywell’s Lyric thermostat arrived at my home for testing.

The Lyric bills itself as a “reinvented” thermostat, outlining the energy savings you can expect with its “perfectly in tune” device.  It also specifies “no complex menus”, and “one-touch buttons save you time”.  Sounded great to me, however, I’d soon come to feel this was not accurate.IMG_0117

Installation was super easy, despite the fact there are no instructions.  Step one (of only one step) on the tiny paper-doll-folded card was to download the Lyric app, which walked me through which wires to connect, and it was on in minutes.  From there, it walked me through how to connect the thermostat to my home’s existing wifi network, and get it running.  It was connected in a few minutes, but that’s where things started to go off the rails.

To find out how, click here to read the rest of the review on Future Shop’s Tech Blog!