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An Iris Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a very helpful smart home device that allows you to manage and oversee lights, small appliances and electronics from your phone. It’s also a great first step toward smart home living. These devices will allow you to test and see the benefits and convenience of turning your house into a smart home. Learn how Wi-Fi Smart Plugs can make your life easier below.

1. Toggle lights on and off or use a schedule to keep the house looking occupied while you’re away.

2. Let the kids know it’s time for homework by switching off the TV or games console.

3. Left your curling iron on again? Let Iris switch it off for you, all from your smartphone.

4. Tea time! A smart switch can boil the kettle without you lifting a finger.

5. As cooler weather sets in, start humidifying the bedroom from the comfort of your couch.

6. Can’t wait for some waffles? Start the iron as soon as you wake up so it’s ready to go when you are.

7. Control night lights or sound machines in the kids’ bedrooms, without the risk of waking them.

8. Stop worrying that you left the iron on. Let Iris take care of that.

Use these 8 Wi-Fi Smart Plug tips to keep making the most of this helpful device. And don’t forget to get creative! Let Iris give you a hand where you need it most.

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New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, which means it’s time to make that resolutions list! Whatever your goals are for the coming year, Iris can help you achieve them.

As your resolution buddy, Iris can help you manage energy consumption, provide peace of mind when traveling, give the kids more freedom and even help you be healthier.

Resolution No. 1: Save Energy

If going green is your goal, Iris can help in a number of ways, from turning off the water heater when no one’s home to programming the thermostat to manage the heating and cooling in all the rooms of your home. Don’t use the guest room often? There’s no need for it to be heated to the same temperature as your bedroom. Iris partnered with Nest Learning Thermostats that allows you to track energy usage and uses advanced sensors and algorithms to create a custom temperature plan that saves energy and keeps you comfortable. By saving energy, Iris will help lower your electric bill, too. Win-win!

Resolution No. 2: Travel More

Traveling for the holidays or going on a family getaway? Now it’s easier to take to the road without stressing. Program your lights to come on at the end of the day, just as though you were home, to deter potential burglars. You can also add Motion Sensors near entryways, hallways and those less transited areas of the home (like attics and basements) to get notified if there’s suspicious activity while away.

With our Professional Monitoring service, you’re more secure than ever with professional smart security, including full-service professional monitoring for burglary, smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide, as well as a panic alarm. Pair the Pro Monitoring Plan with our Safe & Secure Kit (a one-stop shop to get started with smart security) and get peace of mind at an unbeatable value. With no long-term contracts or professional installation required, it’s easy to upgrade when you need to. All you have to do is pack your bags, and the system will do the rest. Enjoy your vacation knowing Iris is monitoring your home.

Resolution No. 3: Get Outside More

Do you want the family to watch less TV and get outside to spend more time together? Now there’s a hassle-free way to make it happen. Use smart plugs and smart switches to turn off the TV after a certain amount of time. That way, everyone can go outside, get more exercise and create those family memories that last a lifetime.

Resolution No. 4: Conquer Stress

Use the Iris app and Web UI along with your whole home automation system to live more in the moment instead of worrying. The kids can safely come and go after school with key fobs, and you’ll know what they’re up to thanks to contact sensors, motion sensors and security cameras. If you leave and return at certain times, set schedules to make sure the house comes to life as you pull into the driveway — no fumbling with keys in the dark.

You now have access to all of your home info at your fingertips. That allows you to focus on what matters — living worry-free — making this your best year yet.

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Capture the magic of the holiday season with the Santa Tracker app from Iris. Make this Christmas a memorable one when you use this interactive experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Use Your Smart Home To Track Santa - YouTube

How to Use Iris Santa Tracker

To set up the Iris Santa Tracker in your home, follow these steps to get started:

  1. Find Santa Tracker in the Iris app (Iris users) or download the Santa Tracker App from the Apple App or Google Play store (non-users).
  2. Follow the instructions to set up your “virtual” sensors by the fireplace, tree and any windows.
  3. Let Iris keep track of Christmas Eve activity while you sleep.
  4. Check your app on Christmas morning to see if Santa has been detected.

For Iris Users

If you are a current Iris user, Santa Tracker is available inside the Iris app for Android and iOS users. Be sure to update to the latest version of the Iris app in order to enjoy this feature.

For non-Iris users

When you download and set up the Santa Tracker app, Iris will magically deploy virtual Santa sensors in your home. On Christmas Eve, Iris will monitor for any signs of Santa while your household peacefully sleeps.

On Christmas morning, the app will show you details of Santa’s visit, including when he arrived with his team of reindeer. If you’re lucky, you may even capture a picture of the big guy as proof he visited your home!

Download the standalone app using the following links to get started:

  • Click here for iOS devices

Be sure to share any pictures you catch of Santa on our Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #IrisSantaTracker. We look forward to seeing if you caught a glimpse of Santa in your home.

Monitor your Home with Iris

Keep the magic alive long after the holidays have passed by managing your home with Iris. With a collection of over 100 compatible smart home devices, you can monitor and control your home from anywhere using the Iris app or web portal.

For peace of mind year-round, enroll in Iris Pro Monitoring for 24/7 home protection for only $14.95 per month.

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Four Smart Home Trends To Expect In 2019

As we look forward into 2019, homes are continually getting smarter – from complete connectivity across technology platforms to home security automation and remote, mobile monitoring.

See how Iris can help keep you ahead of the trend curve and provide greater security and ease-of-use at home and on the go.

1. Voice and audible control is the future, and the now

 Technologies in the home will have a greater need to be integrated into every aspect of our daily lives. The ability to use voice and audible features to control the technologies in your smartphone, TV, home audio and car will be necessary and pervasive throughout.

 

See how the Iris Wi-Fi Smart Hub’s built-in-speaker provides audible alerts. You can also control your devices via voice commands when you pair your Iris system with Google Home or Alexa.

 

2. AI will increase efficiency, control, and customization

 Technological efficiency will increase. Everything from appliances to radio volume to security is transitioning to get controlled from one central place. The development of AI is allowing different platforms to connect and interact, and we’re reaching the days where every device will automatically adjust to our pre-set preferences.

 

The Safe & Secure Kit is a great place to start in securing your home the smart way.

 

3. Demand for scheduled automation will be at an all-time high

 Imagine a home where anything and everything you think of is a part of an integrated, scheduled routine. There’s no need to imagine any further. Future commands will become even more integrated, offering a “wake up” routine, for example, which turns on lights, air conditioning, starts the coffee, puts the bread in the toaster and provides a news update on your new 75-inch, 4K Smart TV. Yeah, it’s happening.

 

Indoor Plugs , Indoor and Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Plugs allow you to control lights and small appliances from anywhere, at any time.

 

4. Home security will be of even greater importance

 Home security surveillance and monitoring will continue to increase in importance to combat break-ins, crime and the protection of physical property. Expect new learnings and devices to surface this year surrounding unique ways and ideas to put home security first. More intuitive technology options will become available with easier integration and extension outside the home.

Get a Wireless Camera to start putting your home security first. You can also save by getting a Wireless Camera 3-Pack.

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The new Safe & Secure Kit has everything you need to secure your home the smart way. Let’s take a look inside and learn some of the many ways you can use this kit around your home.

1. Wireless Hub.

The new hub is no longer required to being connected to a router. Just set up your account, and place the hub where it fits best in your home. It’s that easy. This hub will also keep you in the know with its new voice feature. The built-in speaker announces important status updates, like when an alarm is triggered or disarmed. You can also press the center button anytime for a status update. The hub not only speaks to you, it also features a new light ring that communicates status as well.

Best yet, the new hub has extended range for better connectivity with those devices in the basement, attic or around the house.

2. Contact Sensors

Your kit includes two contact sensors. Place these sensors on your front and back doors to get notifications anytime someone comes or goes while you’re away. Simply pull a tab, wait a few minutes, and they’re ready to be placed in your entryways! You can also add these sensors to windows, safe doors and medicine cabinets to keep track of what happens at home. Peace of mind in minutes!

3. Motion sensor:

Need to monitor a large space? While contact sensors tell you exactly what door or window was opened, motion sensors are ideal for monitoring an entire room, and can alert you of activity in a room that has multiple windows or doors.A motion sensor and an entryway lamp connected to an Iris smart plug can be used to automatically light the room anytime someone enters.

Motion sensors, just like contact sensors, are also temperature readers. Place a motion sensor in your basement or attic to receive temperature readings, and alerts if temperatures go above or below a set range. This can represent significant savings on energy bills by detecting temperature fluctuations in low-traffic areas of your home.

4. Keypad:

‘Tis the season for holiday travel and out-of-town guests! Arm and disarm your alarm system with your personal code. Provide each guest with a different PIN code and receive notifications on who is coming and going based on their PIN. This keypad also provides audible “entry” and “exit” alerts! Rest knowing your home is safe and secure with your new Iris keypad.

5. Smart Plug:

Iris not only provides full-service smart home security, it also allows you to enjoy all the benefits of smart home living for your comfort and convenience. Add smart plugs to lamps and schedule them to turn on and off while you’re out of town. You can also connect them to motion sensors to automate your living room lighting experience. Simply add a smart plug to a lamp and sync it to your motion sensor, so your lamps will turn on every time someone walks in. You can also add these smart plugs to hair straighteners and irons for peace of mind during busy days. Electric kettles, diffusers, and so many more small appliances you can control from your phone!

Professional Monitoring

Looking for full-service professional monitoring of your home? Connect your Safe & Secure Kit with our Pro Monitoring service for a complete smart security experience.

One Kit. Endless possibilities! Get your Safe & Secure Kit and start building a system that fits your home and family needs.

For more information, visit us at www.irisbylowes.com, or join our community to get the latest news and connect with other Iris users: www. community.irisbylowes.com

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It’s the same great product you know and love, now even better. We’ve been hard at work to improve our Iris line of devices and we’re excited to launch some new designs and features that make Iris even easier to use and more secure. We’ve brought back the Safe & Secure Starter Kit and made it even better than before, developed a new WiFi Smart Hub with new features and better range, and refreshed the design of our core Iris devices for better functionality and usability.  We are also introducing a battery-powered Wi-Fi Security Camera that you can use by itself or with our Professionally Monitored service for even greater peace of mind.  Watch this video to learn more about what’s new.

Secure Your Home With Iris, Smart Home Security - YouTube

Safe & Secure Starter Kit

The Safe & Secure Starter Kit is back and it is better than ever before!  It has everything you need to get a jumpstart on home security. Protect doors, windows, setup personalized access codes, and .  It includes the new Wi-Fi Smart Hub, two contact sensors, a motion sensor, a keypad, and a smart plug. What’s really exciting is that all of the products in the Kit have been pre-assigned to the included Hub, making pairing easier and more secure.

Iris has always offered one of the best values available on the market, and this Kit along with our Professional Monitoring plan at only $14.95/month will instantly secure your home, make it a safer place, and save you lots of money vs. traditional and other DIY monitoring options.

Wi-Fi Smart Hub

The Iris Wi-Fi Smart Hub includes lots of exciting new features. As its’ name implies, it has Wi-Fi built in, so you can put it anywhere in your house! No more having to connect it via Ethernet. This improves your options by allowing the Hub to be in a more central location, closer to your other devices and easier to leverage the new speaker. With its’ attractive new circular design, it will fit right in with any décor.

The Iris Wi-Fi Smart Hub includes an LED light ring that shows visual alerts while arming or during an intrusion. It also has a built-in speaker for auditory alerts and door chimes. Pressing the button on top of the Hub will guide you through setup and will inform you of important information.

The new Wi-Fi Smart Hub also boasts some additional improvements over the previous model.  It has greater open field range for the Zigbee and Z-wave radio frequencies meaning it can reach further to your connected devices.  It also comes with a rechargeable battery backup so that you no longer have to worry about changing the backup batteries.

The Iris Wi-Fi Smart Hub is the heart of your system. It protects and automates your home by connecting to your Iris devices, as well as hundreds of other smart home products from our partners.

New Wireless  Security Camera (Wi-Fi, Battery Operated)

This new security camera can be set up in minutes, with no pesky wires to deal with. It has an internal rechargeable battery, so you can avoid the cost of replacement batteries! This is the fastest way to secure your home. Simply pair this device to your account with the Pro Monitoring plan, and you’re instantly protected from intrusion threats! No Hub required. You can use the camera by itself for DIY security, or use it with our Professional Monitoring plan for even greater peace of mind.

The camera records in 1080p high definition and is outdoor rated with heat-based PIR reliability to capture and record activity.

New Wi-Fi Smart Plugs

We now have TWO exciting Wi-Fi smart plug options! Both come with an easy Bluetooth pairing process to make set up a breeze.

The Indoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug:

The Iris Indoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug powers small appliances, allowing you to control and schedule lights, lamps, toasters, TVs and more, from anywhere directly from your smartphone. This smart plug also works with Google Assistant and Alexa for simple voice control.  It does not require the Iris Hub so it’s a great way to get started on your smart home journey. And with Bluetooth pairing, it’s now even easier to get setup. This plug has a new horizontal design which allows you to use two plugs in a single outlet.

The Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug:

Revamp your home from the outside with the Iris Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug! Turn your home into a smart home and wow your neighbors with wireless management of lights and seasonal inflatables. Wirelessly control and schedule lights, inflatables and other seasonal decorations from anywhere, at any time. This smart plug also works with Google Assistant and Alexa for simple voice control.  It also does not require the Iris Hub so it’s a great way to get started on your smart home journey. And with Bluetooth pairing it’s now even easier to get setup, just plug into an outdoor receptacle. This little plug is made to withstand high and low temperatures, so you can enjoy it throughout the year.

We’re also offering updated designs of our keypad, motion sensor,  contact sensor, and smart plug to make them even easier to use.

We’ve designed these to look like their previous versions so they can fit in seamlessly with your current Iris products.  When used with the Wi-Fi Hub, they each offer different improvements such as great range, better battery life, better sound control, and easier use. And just in case you didn’t feel like upgrading your Iris hub to the latest version, the new Iris sensors will still be compatible with the previous hub model, so no need to switch if you are satisfied with what you already have!  To learn more about all of these new devices from Iris, click here!

As always, your safety and security is important to us, which is why we’re excited to continue offering top quality products so your Iris smart home security system can continue to grow and improve!

Have questions or comments about our Iris products? We want to hear from you in our community.

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Halloween is right around the corner! Iris is the perfect companion to help transform any indoor space into a fun and interactive Halloween scene. Check out our ideas to help kick your party up a notch using smart home devices available at your local Lowe’s.

Make Your Party Interactive with Motion Sensors

Make your party unpredictable with fun uses of motion sensors around your house. You can turn lights on and off, trigger spooky sounds and even smells when someone walks by. Have a fog machine? Fill the room with fog when someone walks in, without wasting fog or energy when the room is empty. Create rules in the Iris app to connect your sensors to other devices to create a truly unique experience.

Keep Festive Food the Perfect Temperature

Connect crock pots, hot plates, coffee makers and more to Wifi Smart Switches and Smart Plugs to make sure your food and drinks never get cold. Is the cider getting too hot for guests? Turn the device off remotely from your phone without having to go into the kitchen.

Let Scenes, Timers and Voice Control be Your Party Planning Assistant

Iris works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to help voice control devices and commands. Want to quickly turn off the lights or turn on an outlet? Just ask Google.

Scenes and Timers are useful for taking your mind off tasks that can be easily forgotten, and they can make parties fun and interactive if you know when guests will be arriving and leaving. Connect colored lights, fog machines and spooky music for a Halloween scene, or set a timer for your Smart Plug when you don’t want your casserole in the crock pot to be overdone. When you’re so busy orchestrating a perfect party for your guests, why be bothered with these little tasks when you don’t have to be?

Let us know how you’re using Iris this Halloween on our Facebook and Twitter, and share more ideas in our community.

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Interested in smart home security but wondering where to start? The Pro Monitoring Starter Kit is the perfect ally to help you secure your home. But what do you do once you purchase this starter kit?

The Pro Monitoring Kit provides an easy way to get started with smart home security. Here are just some of the ways to use the devices in this kit:

1. Hub:

The hub is the heart of the Iris system. Connect your hub and you’re ready to start building your smart home system. Keep in mind that you can start using your Pro Monitoring service with this kit, or you can get a hub, then pick the individual devices you’d like to secure your home with.

2. Contact sensor:

Add a contact sensor to your entry door to receive notifications anytime it opens while you’re away. You can add other contact sensors to your system and place them on back doors, windows and even medicine cabinets or a safe. You can choose which contact sensors trigger an alarm, and which ones simply notify you of the activity in your home without triggering an alarm.

3. Motion sensor:

Place a motion sensor in your entryway, living room or back door to receive alerts or trigger an alarm when motion is detected while you’re not home. You can also connect these sensors with lamps that use Iris smart plugs and have your lights turn on when you enter a room. Both contact and motion sensors also read temperature, so you can place them in your attic, basement, or any room where temperatures can fluctuate, and set rules to notify you if temperatures reach above or below a set level.

4. Smart fob

The smart fob provides 4 buttons that can be customized to fit your specific lifestyle. Arm your alarm and turn your connected lights on and off by pushing one button. This keyfob has a proximity sensor, so you can add them to your kids’ bookbags and receive notifications every time they come in and leave the home. Security and convenience in the palm of your hand.

The Pro Monitoring Kit is a great way to get started with Pro Monitoring. You can customize each device depending on your security needs, and add new devices at your own pace and budget. Get started with Pro Monitoring today.

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Heading to college is a big transition for both the student and their family. You may wonder: how can a smart home security system help in this situation? It’s all in the little details. You may be surprised at the various ways adding some simple smart devices around your student’s dorm or apartment can help them transition into their new routine and give you peace of mind. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. WiFi Switch: Send your student with a few of these smart switches to manage their hair straightener, iron and appliances from the Iris app. Realized they left a hair straightener on after rushing out the door for that 8am class? One touch on their phone and problem solved!

2. Contact sensors: Contact sensors can come in handy when students need to share a room with someone they haven’t previously met. It’s very possible they will eventually become great friends, but in the meantime, protecting valuables can become somewhat of a concern. Add these contact sensors in your closet doors or drawers and get a notification if they’re opened while they’re not around.

3. Security Pack: Did you know you can set up a security system in a college dorm or apartment? This pack allows students to self-monitor their rooms by including contact sensors on doors, motion sensors to detect movement while they’re away, and even a keypad to secure their entry door. Since this is a DIY system and doesn’t require professional installation, they can pack it up and bring it home once a semester is over.

4. Lighting Pack: Is your student into fun techy gadgets? Surprise them by adding this lighting kit to their college shopping list! They can easily set up a motion sensor near the entry door and connect their lamps to smart plugs so they will automatically turn on every time they walk in! You’ll surely be the coolest parents in town.

5. Water Leak Sensor: Protect your students from having to deal with plumbing issues so they can focus on what they love. Adding a water leak sensor will provide peace of mind, knowing they will receive a notification on their phones in case of any water issues.

6. Voice Assistant: A voice assistant is the cherry on top for a smart college dorm. Students will be able to set up alarms, turn on music and manage their lights via voice commands.

Give your college students the gift of a connected dorm. To learn more about Iris, check out www.irisbylowes.com.

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We’re excited to announce that Lutron is now compatible with Iris!

Users will be able to pair and remotely manage Lutron in-wall switches, dimmers and plug-in dimmers via a cloud-to-cloud integration with the Caseta Smart Bridge.

You can now:

  • Control home lights remotely from the Iris app
  • Dim and brighten lights depending on time of day
  • Schedule lights according to your routine
  • Automate lights with Rules and Scenes

How do I link Lutron devices to my Iris system?

  • Set up the Lutron app and connect your lighting devices to the Lutron Caseta Bridge.
  • Go to the Iris App
  • Tap the Plus sign in the top right corner and select “Device”
  • Scroll down to Lutron Caseta
  • Follow Instructions to add the Lutron Caseta Bridge to your Iris system
  • Once complete, Lutron devices will be automatically added to your Iris system

Lutron Caseta Bridge Pairing Instructions - YouTube

Now you can control, schedule and use your Lutron devices in Rules and Scenes the same way as any other Iris compatible light or switch. To add additional Lutron devices after the initial pairing, you need to first pair the device with Lutron using the Lutron app, and then add them to Iris following the pairing instructions in the Iris app. For further Pairing and Troubleshooting information, visit our support page here: Lutron Caseta Support Page

These are the Lutron devices that “Work with Iris”

At Iris, we constantly strive to improve our system and line of Iris compatible products to incorporate customer feedback and preferences. We encourage you to head over to our Iris Community and share with us what new features or integrations you’d like to see added/improved: https://community.irisbylowes.com/t5/Feature-Suggestions/idb-p/requests

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