Affordable and Easy Smart Home Solutions

 

This post is sponsored by Mirabella

Remove remote control clutter, increase a sense of security in your home, and add a little mood lighting – with just a couple of very affordable products and your phone!

Imagine being able to turn on your heater 20 minutes before you got home, turn a porch light on from your car, or flick on some mood lighting in your bedroom without even getting up?! Now imagine you can do all this with products that are only around the thirty dollar mark! Pretty neat right?!

I first realised I needed a product like this when the mornings here in Queensland started getting chillier, and arriving at work early to a freezing cold office was not my idea of fun. The heater in my office is old and has no fan-dangled timer that I can set, so I needed another solution. I discovered Mirabella Genio’s Wifi Smart IR Controller, and was so surprised that it worked on a unit that wasn’t a new whizz-bang model.

The Smart IR Controller has now meant that my house (and office) is virtually remote control free… and toasty warm too!

I can now turn on my office heater from home, change the volume or channel on the TV without the remote (if I so chose), as well as control any other device that has an IR remote control – all with my phone! Sometimes I even turn the TV on during the day when I am at work, so that my doggy Zoe and cat Millee have some noise around them. This can allow remotes can now be packed away into drawers, which means less clutter – and you all know I love that! 

I’m a little hooked on the Mirabella Genio products, (you may have seen my facebook video I did a few months ago about the Wifi Power Plug) I’ve also tried one of their colour changing light bulbs too! I tried the Genio Wifi Dimmable Warm White which can change to so many colours!

Awesome for a kids bedroom, setting a romantic vibe in your bedroom, or there’s even a disco setting which would be great for children’s birthday parties.

And I can turn the light on and off for the animals if I’m not home before it get’s dark too.   

What I love most about these products is not just the convenience, but the sense of security they give. I love that I can turn lights on and off when I am away on holiday, or that I can turn the outside light on from my car if I get home late by myself, or that the kids can do the same.

Check out my video on how easy it is to set up and use.

How Do They Work?

The products are easy to use, and can be controlled from your phone through the Mirabella Genio App available on the app store, or through the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

If needed, there are tutorials that can be found on the Mirabella website, and if you still need more help, they have a toll free number, 1800 036 528. I called them and was really impressed with how quickly I got through, and how helpful they were.

Where Do I Get Them From?

It’s super easy to pick these products up! The light bulb is available from Big W, Woolworths, and Kmart, and the Smart IR Controller is available from the Tech Department at Kmart (near the phone chargers). They have heaps of other great ‘smart’ products too – I am slowly making my way through them all!

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15 comments

Jenni July 4, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Really, you can turn your bulb on with your phone? I’ve never heard of that. But I really like that idea. I live alone and during winter it’s darker earlier and walk into a dark house and I don’t like it. I’m going to get one for outside my front door and in the entry way. That’s so clever, thank you Kat for sharing it with us and me in particular.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Jenni you are so welcome. These products are fabulous for those wanting a little more security and safety. Kat x

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Tracey July 5, 2019 - 8:17 PM

That would be handy for sure!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 10:56 AM

I love these products Tracey!

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Julie July 6, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thank you so much for doing the step by step way to set up the light to come on. I’m not very clever with modern technology, Thankyou again. ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 10:56 AM

You are very welcome Julie, it’s my pleasure. Kat x

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Kylie July 7, 2019 - 10:18 PM

This would help in my house so much I’m forever driving away from the home and then having to go back because I think I may have left a light on

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Oh Kylie I know this feeling too! Haha.

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Sam July 25, 2019 - 1:01 PM

I’m having trouble setting mine up and the number you have mentioned above appears to be disconnected. Do you have a different number to get hold of them please. I can’t find one on their website either

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 25, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Hi Sam, I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble setting it up. You can follow the support tab on their website (https://mirabellagenio.net.au/support-1) or if you’re wanting to talk to them but not having success with the toll free number, perhaps try them on (03) 9335 3633. I found the Mirabella team to be very helpful when I chatted with them. Kat x

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Stafford Electrical November 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Lights are really becoming more and more innovative these days, they have such versatile use now. A really good read and helpful tutorial!

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Vincent Strange July 27, 2020 - 11:27 PM

Hi Katrina, I love the idea of an affordable IR Wi-fi controller but am curious to know if you can set up one device to control a few devices. I would love it if I could set one up in my living room to control my TV, AC and DVD player but I can find that information anywhere.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 6, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Ooo this would be great! I am not aware of any device like this, but will see what I can find out and definitely share the info with you all if I find a solution 🙂

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Norm Jeanes August 30, 2020 - 2:05 AM

Hi Katrina,
I was surprised that you were able to turn on your office heating from home. How is that done? I understood that the Smart IR Controller must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your mobile phone. When my phone is out of range of the modem/router it can no longer “see” the controller (or lights, TV etc.).

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 1, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Norm it is the best! I’m not sure about the technical side of it, but I know that by using the app on my phone with the Smart IR Controller I can now turn the heating at work on from home with my phone. Kat x

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