SnapPower offers a variety of LED night light outlet covers. Different models include those with enhanced safety to protect young children and those with USB charging ports.
The SnapPower Guidelight 2 serves the same function as its predecessor, but the light is now diffused for softer lighting. The new model also is easier to install over different outlet types. There are no batteries or wires to worry about, and it is easy to swap out your old outlet cover quickly. Once power to the outlet is turned off, remove the old cover, screw on the new one, and you’re all set.
SnapPower Guidelights are great for small spaces where a lamp won’t quite fit, or a hallway that needs a little extra light.
The underside lights turn on only when sensors detect low light. Depending on local electric rates, the combination of sensors and high-efficiency LEDs means each Guidelight2 costs less than 10 cents a year to run.
Guidelight 2 outlet covers are available in two different styles—duplex and decor—and come in white, light almond, ivory and black.
The Guidelight 2 series offers two additional options: Guidelight 2 Plus and Guidelight 2 Plus for GFCI. The 2 Plus has the same features as the original, but adds dimming settings and a manual off switch. The 2 Plus for GFCI includes the 2 Plus features, but adds room for important ground-fault circuit interrupting outlets. GFCI outlets decrease the likelihood of electric shock around outlets near water, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
For those looking to upgrade outlets, but not in need of a lighted outlet in every space, check out SnapPower’s other outlets and switches. Switchlights can be bought for traditional switch or rocker styles. Both include underside lighting and sensors.
Also available are SafeLight and SafePlate options, which include child safety covers.
SnapPower also makes outlet covers with USB charging ports so you don’t need to fill a much-needed outlet with a charger.
SnapPower products are available at snappower.com or at Amazon for about $17.
Furbo Dog Camera
The Furbo Dog Camera includes a 1080p camera that allows pet parents to check on their pet day or night. The 160-degree view means not much is missed.
The device informs you when there is movement in the home, including when your dog decides to chew on furniture or dangerous cords. Furbo says the dog motion sensor also lets the owner see if their pet is suffering from separation anxiety.
Furbo’s device also includes two-way audio with a barking sensor. When your dog starts barking, the device sends a push notification right to your smartphone.
If the dog is having a rough day or you just want to give a tasty reward, you’re in luck. The Furbo dog camera has a treat-tossing feature. Simply use the app on your smartphone to have your device feed your pet.
The Furbo Dog Camera is available at Shopusfurbo.com and Amazon for $199.
Wemo Insight Smart Plug
Wemo Insight Smart Plugs turn any outlet into a smart outlet. The device, which is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Google assistant, can be controlled from anywhere using the Wemo app.
Users can control lights and appliances right from their phone. The smart plug also helps monitor costs by providing up-to-date reports about energy consumption.
Wemo highlights the away mode feature, too, which can turn lights on and off at random intervals to deter criminals.
The Wemo Insight Smart Plug can be combined with other smart devices, such as Wemo’s Wi-Fi enabled light switch and the Wemo Mini Smart Plug, which is compatible with Alexa, Google assistant and Apple HomeKit.
The Wemo Insight Smart Plug is available at Amazon, Belkin.com or Walmart for as low as $29.99.
Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener
Hamilton Beach’s automatic jar opener—model 76800—makes opening even the toughest jar lids child’s play.
Powered by two AA batteries, the opener can be used for glass jars with lids ranging from 1 inch to 4 inches. Because the device isn’t on a stand like many other automatic openers, there’s no jar too tall to open.
The automatic jar opener is great for those with arthritis or other dexterity issues. Instead of wrestling with a stuck lid or banging the edges against a corner, simply attach the opener to the lid and press a button.
The opener should be used only on glass jars with screw-on lids.
The Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener is available for $36.79 at Amazon.