The SnapPower ConnectLight is a new motion-activated smart guidelight

Snappower Connectlight
Snappower Connectlight (Image credit: SnapPower)

What you need to know

  • The SnapPower ConnectLight is a motion-activated guidelight.
  • But you can pair multiple lights together to create automations.
  • There's support for multiple zones as well.

The SnapPower ConnectLight is an interesting idea and it's one that seems so simple you almost pass on it. Then you look a little deaper and realize just how clever it is. On the surface it's a motion-activated guidelight, but deep down it's a smart light that can be used to automate other lights around your home.

Available via Kickstarter starting at $17, these things are so popular that they were able to raise $80,000 in just a couple of hours. And it's easy to see why, too.

The gist is simple. You replace your standard wall outlet facia with one of these ConnectLights and it instantly becomes a motion-activated night light, pathway light, or any other kind of light. Connect some more and pair them up and activating one light will activate them all. So simple, but so useeful.

Fill your home with these things and you can use the zone controls to make sure that only the right lights turn on at the right time. Want the garage light to activate when you drive in but don't want your kid's light to turn in in their bedroom? No problem!

There are no batteries or wires to deal with and the promo video even shows a monkey installing one of the ConnectLights. Oh, and each one lasts up to 25 years, too.

Head on over to Kickstarter for all the deets and a pretty great promo video, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.