I've been a DIYer for a number of years and have garnered some experience with lighting and surveillance. You will find my commentary here.

Samsung SmartThings Hub

SmartThings Hub
SmartThings Hub

The heart of a home automation system is its hub. I'm using a Samsung SmartThings Hub to control my lights and television.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot

These voice control smart assistant-speakers are very handy for quickly controlling home automation devices, playing music, and looking up information on the Internet.

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Philips Hue Bridge

Philips Hue Bridge
Philips Hue Bridge

When it comes to colored lighting, Philips Hue is the way to go. They sell a variety of color controllable light bulbs, fixtures, and LED strips.

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Wireless Tags

Wireless Tag Moisture Sensor
Wireless Tag Moisture Sensor

Wireless Sensor Tags and Kumo Sensors monitor and record motion events, door/window open/close events, temperature/humidity/soil moisture and water leaks.

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Reolink Argus Surveillance Camera

Reolink Argus
Reolink Argus

I like the idea of a completely wire-free camera; I don't like the idea of constantly changing batteries. The Reolink Argus is a good compromise plus it is weatherproof.

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Foscam WiFi Surveillance Camera

FOSCAM FI9805W
FOSCAM FI9805W

Traditionally surveillance cameras' resolution was so poor that you could only tell the time of an incident and the general features of a culprit. Now with HD cameras, you have a chance of identifying those whom are captured on video.

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