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If you've been waiting till Christmas to treat yourself to something, then now's the time to head over to Amazon's super secret sales site. Each week the retailer offers deep discounts on specific Amazon tech items, from smart home devices to TVs to security components.
This week there are some great sales for anyone who wants to update their home; an Amazon Echo Dot with a Sengled smart lightbulb is just $20. Both are easy to install, which means you can be adjusting the mood ("Alexa turn the lights pink") in no time. See other easy upgrades below, or check out the entire sale page here.
Prime members can get their smart devices even faster — many items ship in two-days for members. Amazon Prime members also get access to thousands of songs, movies and TV shows as well as discounts at Whole Foods and more. If you're not a Prime member yet, head click here to start a free 30-day trial.
The Amazon Echo Dot with a Sengled smart lightbulb is just $20 total!
If you want a smart home but don't love the idea of a smart screen starting at you, the Amazon Echo Dot is the device for you. It's small and unobtrusive; it can play music, podcasts or audiobooks; it can make calls for you; and it can deliver weather, news and traffic updates. In the Amazon secret sale section, we found this bundle, pairing the Echo Dot with a Sengled color-changing Bluetooth light bulb, for just $20 total! You can dim, brighten or change the color with a simple voice command.
A reviewer who started out with a single Echo device says, “After setting it up and streaming my favorite music, getting the weather, news and being able to get an answer to the dumb questions my family can make up, I ordered four more. I’ve set them up throughout the house to use as an intercom and got one to give to friends. Like a cell phone, I don’t know how we lived before having the Echo Dot, and I wish I had ordered them sooner. I really love it! I really like that it can be used to make calls — which helps out since we don’t have a landline phone at the house.”
Amazon's Smart Thermostat is $12 off
Imagine being able to turn up the heat on your commute home, adjust the temperature from bed — or shut down the system when you're on vacation, no matter how far away you are. The Amazon Smart Thermostat allows for all that and more. If you have an Alexa device, you can even control the temperature with your voice (and Alexa can even talk you through setting up the device). The Amazon Smart Thermostat is on sale right now from $60 to just $48. Grab it in time to reap the rewards this winter.
A user who calls the Smart Thermostat “possibly Amazon’s greatest product” says “My wife and I installed the Smart Thermostat in less than 90 minutes and part of that time was the careful removal of the existing thermostat. Amazon thinks of everything, including labels to mark the existing wiring; the step-by-step instructions on Alexa are excellent…Thus far, the thermostat has held a stable temperature and we notice the fan run less. It is especially useful to be able to issue instructions to the thermostat from anywhere in the house. All in all, this product is a gem.”
Save $60 on the Ring Alarm 5-piece kit
If you already have an Alexa device, adding a security system to work alongside it is easy. Ring Alarm has a five-piece starter kit that’s ideal for condos or apartments (and you can build on it for houses); it includes a base station, an intuitive keypad, one contact sensor, one motion detector and one range extender. Set up is as simple as plugging in and connecting to WiFi; you can add more Ring components whenever you want.
Once set up, your Ring system can be armed or disarmed via Alexa; it can send mobile alerts; it can even dispatch emergency responders, if that's ever needed. Right now the starter kit is down 30 percent, to just $140.
A happy Ring customer reports, “I love my Ring system, works great! I added the ring door bell camera to my system with no problem. I get instant alerts when motion is detected even if no one rings the bell! I love that I can keep adding to the system. You can buy separate items — carbon monoxide alarm, flood alarm, outdoor cameras, indoor cameras. It has limitless possibilities. I really enjoy the Ring app that lets me see what’s going on and the Ring 'neighborhood' that lets us communicate with each other. Great system I would definitely buy again!
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Fire HD 10 tablet, $100 (was $150), amazon.com
Samsung Tab A7, $119 (was $160), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Smart home deals:
Sengled Smart Light Bulb, $20 (was $30), amazon.com
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb, $10 (was $17), amazon.com
Crock-Pot Slow Cooker, $96 (was $160), amazon.com
Organic Vitamin E Oil Bundle, $45 (was $65), amazon.com
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