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If You Can Turn a Screw, You Can Install These Networked Motion-Sensing Nightlights

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Six years ago, SnapPower introduced its original Guidelight which cleverly turned plastic outlet covers into LED nightlights without requiring any wiring. A few iterations later, the company’s new ConnectLight introduces motion sensing and wireless connectivity that can be installed without an electrician, or even a wifi network.

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How does SnapPower’s technology work? The obvious assumption is that there’s a handful of coin batteries hidden inside the outlet faceplate that powers all of the electronics and the LED nightlights for a year or so before needing a fresh set, but it’s more clever than that.

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On the back of every SnapPower outlet cover you’ll find a pair of plastic prongs with an inward facing metal contact on each. These allow the covers to connect to your home’s wiring and draw all the electricity they need to power their own electronics.

The power outlets installed in nearly every home in the U.S. and Canada have a standardized design with a pair of screws on either side where they’re connected to a home’s electrical wiring. When you install the SnapPower ConnectLight faceplate, those protruding prongs on the back make contact with these metal screws which is how they draw power.

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Installing a SnapPower ConnectLight is incredibly easy. In fact, the hardest part is finding the exact switch in your home’s breaker box that shuts off power to the specific outlet you’re upgrading. If it’s not labelled properly, there’s some potential trial and error. As for tools, all you really need is a screwdriver with swappable bits and a non-contact voltage tester which I highly recommend as an easy way to absolutely guarantee there’s no power flowing to the outlet.

Once you’re sure the power’s off, you simply unscrew and remove the existing plastic outlet, and then install the SnapPower ConnectLight, making sure those prongs are positioned on either side. There is some resistance during the process, those prongs tend to act like springs wanting to pop the outlet back out, but once it’s in position all you need to do is reinstall the screws, turn the breaker back on, and your done.

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There are two things to take note of before ordering any of SnapPower’s products. The first is the style of the outlet cover you want to upgrade. There are three options: Duplex with two holes, the newer Decor style where both outlets sit inside a rectangle, and GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets, which are the style you’ll find in bathrooms or kitchens with the built-in reset buttons.

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I also recommend actually removing the existing outlet cover you want to upgrade and taking a look at what’s behind it to ensure there’s enough clearance on either side for the ConnectLight’s prongs to reach inside. A couple of the outlets I upgraded were tight fits and required me to shift the position of the outlet itself to ensure there was enough room on both sides. That might not always be an option, however.

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SnapPower’s previous products, including the GuideLight 2 Plus which simply turns on its LED nightlights once a room gets dark, are nearly identical in appearance to a standard outlet faceplate. The ConnectLight, by comparison, gains a chin on the bottom to accommodate a motion sensor with 120-degrees of range, as well as wireless transmitters and sensors. You’re trading subtlety for added functionality.

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Previous versions of SnapPower’s products were simpler install and forget products, but the ConnectLight includes three sets of switches, each with three different states, for configuring how it works. On the front you’ve got a switch that turns it off completely, or adjusts the brightness of the LEDs between their high and low settings, while on the right is a switch that toggles how long the LED nightlights stay on when motion is detected: 15 seconds, one minute, or five minutes.

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On the left side you’ll find the last switch that either sets the ConnectLight to function as a standalone motion-sensing nightlight, or work as part of two different groups (zone one and zone two) so that when motion is detected it turns on and then wirelessly notifies the other ConnectLights in the same zone (up to 100 feet away) to turn on too, with no limits as to how many you can have installed in your home, or set to a specific zone. At no point do you have to struggle with entering a wifi password, or hoping a Bluetooth connection actually stays connected.

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I wouldn’t necessarily call the SnapPower ConnectLight a smarthome upgrade, but if you’re prone to stubbing toes in the middle of the night, it’s an easy way to install nightlights all over your home without sacrificing any of your outlets. There’s a couple of drawbacks worth mentioning, however. Since the ConnectLights do draw power from your home’s wiring, if there’s ever a power outage, there’s no battery backup to keep these functioning.

The other issue is you can’t actually buy them yet. As with previous versions of their products, SnapPower has opted for a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign looking to raise $30,000 to help put these into production. Backers can pre-order a single ConnectLight for $17, or multi-packs which bring the per unit price down, with delivery expected later this year in December. As with any Kickstarted product there’s a certain level of risk involved that’s being passed onto the consumer, but SnapPower has already brought several products to the market through crowdfunding campaigns so it already knows all the ins outs of manufacturing and shipping logistics. The ConnectLights we tested were also production samples, and have so far worked perfectly. Early bird backers can save a few bucks by pledging to the Kickstarter, but if you’re hesitant, you can also wait until the ConnectLights are available through SnapPower’s online store, presumably sometime in early 2021 once pre-orders are fulfilled.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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