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Even though it’s not Valentine’s Day, you can still plan a romantic night for that special someone in your life. Sure, you could go the traditional route and plan a night out on the town. But smart home technologies can help you feel Cupid’s arrow from the comfort of your home any night of the week.
Here’s how to create the perfect date night at home with smart home technologies.
The most important part of an amazing date night at home? Ambiance. Smart lights, such as Philips Hue, are ideal for setting the mood, as you can change the warmth of the lights, dim them as much as needed, and even change their color. A warm, soft light is ideal, and if you have color-changing bulbs, make them glow red or pink for festive flare.
Another key tool that can turn your home into a serene lap of luxury is a smart scent diffuser like Pura. This compact gadget plugs into an electrical outlet, and it can house two different scents. There are ample fragrance pods to choose from, such as grapefruit, bamboo, or the romantic vanilla chiffon, and you can control the scent intensity right from your smartphone.
If you set up a date night activity, the Hub can automatically turn on your mood lighting, cue up a romantic playlist, and turn up the temperature on your smart thermostat. How’s that for efficiency?
After you’ve dimmed the lights, playing some of your favorite love songs is the next step. Sonos offers a variety of easy-to-control wireless smart speakers that deliver clear, rich sound. And you can stream romantic playlists from Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora and other popular music services. Sonos even has a weatherproof outdoor speaker, so if the weather’s right, you can take your dinner out on the patio.
Mood? Check. Music? Check. Now it’s just time for your meal.
Even if you’re less than stellar in the kitchen, you can whip up a professional-grade meal with the help of a smart sous vide cooker. Products like the Anova Precision Cooker enable you to cook meat, vegetables, and even dessert to perfection—all you need is a pot of water and your smartphone.
Smart sous vide cookers circulate heated water in a pot, cooking food to an incredibly precise temperature that you can set and monitor from your phone. That means you don’t have to stress about overcooking your steak on date night. It’ll be perfectly medium-rare! You can even use a smart sous vide to make cheesecake or crème brûlée for dessert.
After you’ve sufficiently impressed your date with your high-tech cooking skills, what better way to end the night than by cuddling up to watch a romantic movie? There are plenty of affordable streaming devices that make cueing up your favorite shows and the latest films a breeze, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and more.
Know just what movie you want to watch? You can save yourself the hassle of searching for it by using a smart assistant. Just make sure your smart assistant and streaming device are from the same brand, otherwise they may not be able to communicate with each other. For instance, Amazon Alexa can’t control an Apple TV. With the right combination of devices, you can select and start the movie with a simple voice command.
Instead of controlling each smart gadget individually, you can get your home ready for date night with the touch of a button using a product like the Logitech Harmony Hub.
The Hub turns your smartphone into a universal remote for all your smart devices, and you can set up “Harmony Activities” that trigger a number of actions. If you set up a date night activity, for instance, the Hub can automatically turn on your mood lighting, play a romantic playlist, and turn up the temperature on your smart thermostat. How’s that for efficiency?
When you take these steps to make your date night special, you’ll be able to sweep your partner off their feet and make it a night to remember.