Another HomeKit enabled devices has come to market, this time in the form of iDevices Outdoor Switch which arrives just in time for the holidays.

If there is a perfect use for the iDevices Outdoor Switch, it is Christmas lights. I've put up very large Christmas displays for years and the biggest pain, every time, is the timers. They will short out with rain. They will break because even though they cost 30 dollars they still are cheaply made. And if a breaker ever trips, they forget the time and programming leading to lights shining through your window at 4 in the morning.

With the iDevices switch, you can control the lights easily using Siri. Even breaking your light display into different zones. On top of that you have the option to schedule them. This means you can easily have your lights turn on every day at 5, go off at 12 on weekdays and 2am on weekends. If the breaker ever trips, or they get unplugged, they remember what they were set to do and easily access your wifi network.

It is very useful that iDevices included two outlets on the the switch, however it is unfortunate that they cannot be controlled independently.

Another nice feature is the ability to see your energy usage. If you ever wondered what it costs for your holiday light show, now you can with energy reports that show what it is costing you each day, week or month on average.

If you are looking for a more affordable option for your indoor Christmas tree, the indoor iDevices switch offers similar features at a cheaper price.

Pros

  • No hub necessary
  • Wifi connected
  • HomeKit enabled
  • Great app
  • Scenes, locations, schedules
  • Energy usage
  • Outdoor

Cons

  • Mounting
  • Size
  • Price
  • Independent outlet control