How to Make a Google Home Shopping List
Learn how to set up Google Home shopping list across several apps and how to find the shopping list in Google Home.
With multiple platforms, finding the Google Home Shopping list can become a little circuitous if you’re learning how to use it. Take a look at how to create a shopping list on Google Home, Google Assistant, Google Express and on a desktop platform.
How to Create a Google Shopping List Using Google Home
- Open the Google Home
- Push the menu button on the app or use voice commands
- Select more settings
- Find shopping list
- Select the menu button and hit new list
- Name the list and decide if you want it to be your primary list. If you like to add items by voice, know that those items will only be added to your primary list.
- Push the done button when your finished.
- To share the list with someone, tap the share button in the upper right hand corner and enter their name or email address, then hit save.
- If you want to have your list shipped to you, tap “Shop This List” and you’ll be sent to Google Express where you can check out.
How to Create a Google Shopping List With Google Express
- Tap on shopping list on the left panel in Express.
- Type on your mobile or desktop or give a voice command to add items.
- After adding items you can check them off in mobile and desktop by selecting the check box next to the item or by swiping right in mobile.
- Remove them by clicking on the trash can in desktop or swiping to the left in mobile. If you accidentally remove something just click undo at the bottom of the list.
- In mobile, you can change the order of the list by pressing down on the item and dragging it up or down the list.
How to Create a Google Shopping List With Google Assistant
Make sure your phone has the requirements to run Google Assistant. Here’s what your device needs to run Google Assistant.
- Touch and hold the home button on your phone or say, “OK Google” to access the Assistant.
- Ask the Assistant, “What’s on my shopping list?”
- Tap your account icon in the upper right hand corner, the select settings, followed by services and then shopping list.
- Tap more, the three vertical dots icon, then “My Lists” to see your lists and select “+” to create a new list. Your shopping list will open in a Chrome window or the Express app, if you have it.
You won’t be able to delete items through Google Assistant but you can go to the Google Home app and check them off.
How to Create a Shopping List on a Desktop
- Be Logged into Your Google Account
- Go to shoppinglist.google.com
- Click the Add Item and type in item
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hum by Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush KitBrush smarter, and better, with the Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush Kit. It comes with a timer to let you know when you're done brushing. You can buy it here.
Click and Grow Smart GardenThe energy-efficient LED grow lights in the Click and Grow Smart Garden will grow fresh herbs and vegetables indoors no matter the weather. This simplifies smart gardening (and best yet, it's an affordable price). But it on Amazon.
OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe LaptopDeep clean laptops, tablets and smartphones with this double-sided cleaning brush. The soft brushes sweep away dirt and dust without scratching screens or damaging keys. Shop Now.
Automatic Pet FeederSchedule feeds and never forget a feed again with this automatic pet feeder. And you can control it from anywhere with an app. Buy it from Amazon here.
DMoose Cable Management BoxMinimize clutter and keep your cords organized with the DMoose Cable Management Box. This product is versatile and will make an immediate impact. Shop now.
Lighted Beanie HatThis comfortable beanie is one size fits all. The LED light can be easily charged with a USB. Buy it now.
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Verilux UV-Free Therapy LampCustomize your Verilux UV-Free Therapy Lamp for effective, safe, and natural light therapy. It can be used at home and on tabletops like desks, nightstands, and counters, making it perfect for the winter blues, insomnia, sunlight deprivation, shift work, office employees, and for seniors. Get it from Amazon.
Long Range Smart Wireless Meat ThermometerCheck meat temperatures from 165 feet away with this long range thermometer. It will help you estimate how long you have left cooking. And it's dishwasher safe! Buy it here.
LEVOIT Air PurifierYou'll wonder how you ever lived without clean air once you buy this air purifier by LEVOIT. It's compact but works well in small or medium-sized rooms. This air purifier works well for households with children, Asthma sufferers and pets. You can buy it on Amazon here.
Rocketbook Smart Reusable NotebookNever buy another paper notebook again. This smart reusable notebook can be wiped clean with a damp cloth to start over time and time again. You can also search in your notes! You can buy it online here.
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SUPRUS Rechargeable Electric LighterMatches and traditional lighters are a thing of the past. This rechargeable electric lighter does not release butane and prevents the electric pulse produced from being blown out by strong wind. Shop here.
360° Rotatable Wristband Phone HolderDon't drop your phone again! This 360° Rotatable Wristband Phone Holder is great for active people looking to steadily hold their phone while in motion. Buy it here.
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TP-Link AC1200 WiFi ExtenderTired of slow internet when you move away from the router? Well, a WiFi extender is a great option to alleviate those headaches. This model by TP-Link covers up to 1,500 square feet and 25 devices. Shop now.
Neato Botvac VacuumTired of vacuum repair? The Botvac Wi-Fi connected robot vacuum from Neato lets you control the vacuum from wherever you are. Have last-minute company coming over for dinner? Start the robot vacuum before you leave work. And, it has two cleaning modes and includes an ultra-performance filter which makes it easy-to-clean. Get this vacuum now.
Anova Sous Vide with BluetoothIf it's too cool outside to grill, try cooking in the Anova Sous Vide with Bluetooth. And this sous vide (a method of cooking food slowly in a vacuum-sealed pouch at a low temperature so as to retain most of the juice and aroma) precision cooking device will cook that roast or steak to the perfect temperature every time, and you can keep track of the cooking process via its Bluetooth system. Find it on Amazon here.
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Luxe Bidet Neo 120Even your tush needs a little luxury, which is why people are going crazy for this trending bidet toilet attachment. Rather than purchasing a bidet, you can save a lot of money with this small accessory. It's a single nozzle, non-electric mechanical bidet attachment that uses fresh water for ultimate self-cleaning without the overuse of toilet paper. Here's what you need to know about an actual bidet. Order this for your home today.
OxyLED Motion Sensor LightThe nice thing about the OxyLED motion sensor light is that it only turns on when you need it and will only stay on for as long as you need it. It can be mounted just about anywhere and give light where you need it. It's battery operated, which means it's one less thing to have to worry about it being an energy vampire. Buy it today.
Neurio Home Energy MonitorTake a peek at what's zapping up all the juice at home with the Neurio Home Energy Monitor. It will provide a real time display of the energy consumption in your home and can help you reduce your energy costs. See what the most important things are to look at when trying to save on energy costs. Find it on Amazon now.
Smarter Electric iKettleIf tea time is one of the most important times of the day for you, the Smarter Electric iKettle might be the perfect addition to the kitchen. There's a mode to set the kettle to boil when you wake up and for when you return home. Get this iKettle on Amazon.
iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot MopMaybe having the robots taking over isn't such a bad thing if it means they can clean the floors like the iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop. The robotic mope will tackle dirt and stains like dried coffee and soda with a vibrating cleaning head. Pick up these 100 essential cleaning hacks to make the rest of the chores easier, too. Get this cleaning robot now.
Tesla Solar RoofWork continues on Tesla's solar roof design but it'll be a sleek way to incorporate solar panels into a home's design without losing any aesthetic appeal. You might be able to reserve them at Home Depot, though it's getting phased out.
Friday Lock from Friday Labs Is Advertised As the Smallest Smart Lock in the WorldFriday Labs says its Friday Lock is the smallest smart door lock in the world. Friday is also one of the locks from smaller companies that offer the "unlock automatically and interaction-free" feature. And Friday lock is quick and easy to install and comes with several shell covers to match any home décor. Unlike any of the previous offerings, Friday also has a rechargeable battery, however, and it's one of the more expensive locks here. Get this high-tech lock on Amazon.
Keen Home Smart VentKeen's Home Smart Vent will work to coordinate the temperatures in each room of your house. It will redirect air between rooms to balance the temperature for smarter HVAC. See how an old house can save big money with an HVAC update. Get it on Amazon.
August Smart Lock ProThe August Smart Door Lock Pro is a full-featured but discrete smart deadbolt. And means is that you only replace the portion of the deadbolt on the inside of the door and leave the existing keyway on the outside. You can then lock and unlock the deadbolt by twisting it from the inside, using the phone app, or vocally using Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri. And other home automation systems work like Nest, Airbnb and HomeAway. August also allows you to integrate it with a keypad and/or a doorbell camera for added convenience and security. The Smart Lock Pro also unlocks as you approach the door and locks again when you close the door after yourself. The small size of this product means that it requires the August Connect Wi-Fi bridge for the home automation connectivity. Get this lock on Amazon.
Digital Bottle Locking CapEver wished it took a password to let people into your private stock? Whether you have an expensive bottle of wine you want kept sacred or you'd like to secure certain medicines from reaching your little one's hands, this digital bottle locking cap will keep everyone away from your items. Using a digital lock, only the person with the combination can open it! You may also be interested in these DIY simple window locks to keep your home safe. Order it today.
Woof Washer 360Love to go on hikes with your pup, but hate the grime they come home with? Before you spend one more moment on your hands and knees, scrubbing them down between vigorous shakes, try this weirdly efficient tool. This trending dog washer gently cleans your canine's coat in one clean sweep. If you love your pup, you may want to gift them one of these incredible dog houses. Buy one for your pet now.
Smartphone With Thermal ImagingThe CAT S60 Android smartphone (catphones.com) is far more rugged than a consumer-grade phone. It's shatterproof up to a 6-ft. drop onto concrete, dust-proof, shockproof and waterproof down to 5 meters for up to an hour. This phone works in temps from minus 13 to 131 degrees F, and the touch screen has glove-on and wet-finger tracking ability, so it operates in any weather. The CAT S60 has a 13-megapixel camera as well as an infrared (FLIR) camera. Use the FLIR camera throughout your house to measure surface temperatures and find air leaks and temperature differences behind walls, electrical problems and even beehives. The S60 works with AT&T and T-Mobile and affiliated GSM networks using a nano sim card. It comes with 32GB internal memory and accepts a microSD card for extended storage up to 128GB. Buy it now on Amazon.
Weber iGrill 3The Weber iGrill 3, which is compatible with the brand's Genesis II and Genesis II LX gas grills, allows you to closely monitor your food so you get perfect results every time. The Bluetooth-enabled device supports up to four probes and sends information such as food temperature, cook time and even propane tank levels to your smartphone or tablet via the Weber iGrill app. Upgrade your grill with any of these cool gadgets.
Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Starter KitGet your home on the path to automation with the Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit. Check out our Stuff We Love video on this product. Get it today.
Bluetooth PadlockWe had a problem with strangers disposing of their garbage in our dumpster here at work. On a few mornings, it was completely full of construction debris! We could either start locking the dumpster at night or keep paying the $80 early pickup fees. I bought a Master Lock Bluetooth padlock because I didn’t want to carry any more keys in my pockets or try to remember a combination. The app on my phone lets me open the lock remotely (within Bluetooth range). I can also use the app to set combinations that my coworkers can use. If I give out individual codes, I can track who opened it and when—not that I don’t trust my coworkers. I can give out single-use codes as well. I bought the heavy-duty outdoor model No. 4401DLH online. — editor Josh Risberg Get it on Amazon.
Ring DoorbellIt was only a matter of time before someone brought the traditional doorbell into the 21st century. With the Ring Video Doorbell you can enhance your home security and just make your life easier in general. The Ring Doorbell connects to your home Wi-Fi network and takes HD video of the area directly outside of your door. You can then access the camera's video feed through an app on your phone from anywhere in the world, whether you are in your backyard or in another country. The doorbell even has a two-way audio channel so you can have a full conversation with whoever is at your door. The Ring Doorbell can be set to send you a notification every time someone walks up to your house so you can check out any unwanted or surprise guests. In terms of design, the Ring Doorbell is not much bigger than other doorbells and comes in a variety of colors so that it works with any paint scheme. Get it for your home now.
Electrical Tools With Onboard Voltage TesterNon-contact voltage testers are great for making sure the power is off before you start an electrical project. But the testers are easy to lose track of and misplace—which pocket is it in? Tool manufacturer Gardner Bender solves the problem of lost testers by incorporating a tester right into the handles of its wire stripper and screwdriver—tools you're bound to have on hand whenever you're doing electrical work. Simply press the button and move the tool handle near the wires to test before touching. Or, slide the tester off the tool handle to use it as a freestanding unit. Find the GST-70M Circuit Alert Voltage sensing stripper and SDT-10 screwdriver at home centers and online. Order now.
Super-Fast Wi-Fi RouterIf you're into wireless home video streaming or gaming, or home automation, you need a Wi-Fi router with the best range and fastest speed. Most Wi-Fi routers have a hard time delivering all the available bandwidth when multiple users are online. That's because they deliver data to only one device at a time. So everyone's speed is based on the speed of the oldest and slowest device in use at the time. The Netgear Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Wireless Router solves that problem by adding an extra traffic lane. When the router sees a slowpoke device come online, it diverts the faster devices to the new traffic lane, so everybody gets the fastest possible speed. The Nighthawk router also uses six antennas and Beam-forming software to locate and direct the signal toward each device. Together with a fast dual-core processor and a powerful amplifier, this Wi-Fi router gets you the strongest signal at almost every spot in your house. Find out other ways to get faster internet for your wireless network. Here's a link to order one now.
Control Your Tools With Your PhoneMilwaukee's ONE-KEY line of tools is a new generation of 'connected tools' that can be programmed to suit the job. Let's say you're installing metal vent using self-drilling screws. Just use the Milwaukee app to find the setting for the gauge and type of metal and the size of the screw. Then program the drill or impact driver using your phone's Bluetooth. When you squeeze the trigger, the tool will start at a low rpm to prevent the tip from walking across the metal. The electronic torque monitoring senses when the screw bites in and boosts the speed to drive the screw in. Then it'll slow down and cut off power when the screw reaches the programmed torque—all with a single trigger pull. The ONE-KEY system also has an inventory management and tool reporting feature for pros to keep track of tools and monitor their workers' productivity. Find some handy apps for DIY work. Buy the ONE-KEY drill now on Amazon.
Answer or Open the Door From Any Phone with Viking ElectronicsYou get packages and you don't want them sitting on your doorstep. Or, you need to open the door for housecleaners and contractors when you're not at home. Forget the spare keys. Forget the dead bolt codes. These two products from Viking Electronics allow you to answer the door, speak with the visitor from any phone anywhere, and even open the door remotely. Install the C-250 controller between the landline demarcation box and your home phones or between your router and your VoIP box. Connect the controller to the Viking E-40-BN-EWP door box. Then program the controller to dial up to five family cell phone numbers. When a visitor presses the button, the controller rings your home phone with a double ring so you know it's a visitor at the door and not a regular phone call. Answer the door and open the door from any home phone. When you leave the house, simply program the controller to forward the door box calls to your cell phone. If you don't have land or VoIP service, leave the controller in call forwarding mode and it'll send all door box calls to a portable phone. The forwarded call will show up on your portable phone's screen as your front door. Answer the call and enter a code to activate your door strike or Wi-Fi-enabled dead bolt. The Viking units are a bit pricey, but they're commercial-grade products, so they'll last much longer than cheaper consumer-grade versions. Find it on Amazon now.
TrickleStar Motion-Sensor Power Strip Trims Your Electric BillYour cable/satellite box, Blu-ray player, TV sound system and streaming devices all draw power 24/7, even when the TV is off. It's the same with your computer and its attached printer, scanner and accessory speakers. The TrickleStar Motion Sensor PowerStrip shuts off those power-sucking devices when they're not being used. It takes its cues from whatever device (TV or computer) is plugged into the 'control' receptacle, along with input from the attached motion sensor. Here's how it works. When you turn on the TV or computer, the power strip immediately powers up three switched receptacles for your accessories/peripherals. When you turn the TV or computer off, it shuts off the switched receptacles. And, if the TV or computer is on, but you leave the room for 30 minutes or longer, the motion sensor shuts off the switched receptacles. Come back and it powers them back up. The unit has one control receptacle, three switched receptacles and three always-on receptacles, along with built-in surge protection (1080 joules) for all outlets. Buy it on Amazon.
Vacuum Dustpan Saves Your BackYou may think this Crowley Jones EV1850 Eye-Vac Pro Electric Dustpan represents the ultimate in laziness. But if you have back issues, this smart vacuum/dustpan is for you. Just set the unit to automatic mode and sweep the debris toward it. The motion sensor detects when your broom is within range and starts up the vacuum. Aim the dirt pile toward the suction port and the vacuum will suck it up. If you have pets, they may activate the motion detector when they walk by. That's why there's a switched manual mode to activate the vacuum. Discover vacuum attachment uses for dust collection in the workshop. Order this for your shop.
Digital Fence GaugeThis digital height gauge (Wixey WR25 Mini Digital Height Gauge) lets you set your table saw blade to a precise height. But we found another great use for it: It's the perfect tool for setting the fence on your router table. Zero the meter and pull the gauge until the depth you want shows on the screen. Then lock the fence in place, precisely where you want it. Order it today.
WaterCop: Automatic Water ShutoffA little leak can lead to huge costs and headaches. That's why there are water shutoff systems like the WaterCop control valve. Install it right after your main shutoff valve, then locate water sensors (sold separately) near the most likely leaks (water heater, toilets, dishwasher, etc.). If a sensor detects water, it wirelessly signals the valve to shut off. You can also install a temperature sensor that shuts off the water when indoor temperatures fall to 38 degrees F. That won't prevent the pipes from bursting if they freeze, but it will prevent a flood. Visit the manufacturer's site for more information. Find you water main and gas shut off when you move in to a first home or new home. Get it on Amazon.
Save 10 Percent on Your AC Bill with QwikSEER+ WattSaverMost furnaces and heat pumps run the air-conditioning blower motor at a fixed speed regardless of the conditions inside your home. But the QwikSEER+ WattSaver add-on controller board makes your AC system more efficient by running the blower motor at the optimal speed to match the temperature and humidity levels in your home. It's proven to save at least 10 percent on your annual AC bill. You can install the unit yourself if you can follow an electrical schematic and feel comfortable cutting a small hole in the sheet metal plenum to mount a sensor on the evaporator coil. Don't want to do it yourself? An HVAC pro can do it in less than an hour. The QwikSEER+ WattSaver pays for itself in about two years, depending on your AC usage and the electric rates in your area. For more information, visit the manufacturer's site. Buy now.
Chromo H2OVibe Rain Shower with Wireless SpeakerFeel free to sing along with your favorite tune with this rain showerhead with wireless speaker from H20Vibe. The showerhead includes a rain-style showerhead and the little water holes surround a Bluetooth speaker. It can connect to your music source up to 33 ft. away. Turn your bathroom into a studio with these tips on how to make a small bathroom feel bigger. Bonus: Reviewers not only liked the wireless capabilities, but said the showerhead offered strong water flow. Order it today.
Bose 251 SE Environmental SpeakersDeck out your deck with these environmental speakers from Bose, featuring a full stereo sound over a wide listening area. The weather-resistant speakers have been tested to withstand snow, rain, salt and extreme temperatures, and can be mounted horizontally or vertically with included brackets/hardware. The small and sleek look keeps them out of sight, blending easily into your environment. Inside each speaker you'll find 2-1/2-inch full-range drivers that promise full stereo sound across a much wider area than conventional outdoor speakers. Check out this tutorial on how to build speaker stands. Buy it now on Amazon.
Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar with Dolby AtmosAnother soundbar that can't be missed is this topnotch option from Samsung. The sleek design doesn't sacrifice quality, thanks to the multiple built-in speakers (is 15 enough for you?!) that point up and out, allowing you to feel like you're smack dab in the middle of a symphony, or beneath a rain storm. The Dolby Atmos-equipped device is designed to bring out even the most subtle sounds, and thanks to the side-firing speakers built in, you're able to hear crisp audio no matter where you are in the room. What's especially enticing about the soundbar is that it comes in a curved or straight design, which is ideal for ensuring the product fits with the design of your TV—making it true to the minimal look that doesn't take away from the appearance of your living room. You can connect to powerful wireless subwoofers as well, making for the ultimate customizable home theater system. Built-in Bluetooth connectivity allows you to stream and play music wirelessly from your phone, laptop or other Blutetooth-enabled device. You can expect a system that offers nine channels (5.1.4), including the five standard surround channels, four "overhead" channels (via speakers designed to bounce sound off the ceiling) and a bass channel. If you love Samsung, you should check out their smart watch! Buy this soundbar now.
Smartphone-friendly Garage Door Opener: Chamberlain MyQ-GarageThis Chamberlain MyQ-Garage includes a few very useful "bells and whistles." It has a hefty 1-1/4-hp motor and a battery backup (so it'll work even if the power is out). The door starts out slowly, picks up speed, and then slows down before reaching the top or bottom. That, in conjunction with the belt drive, makes it super quiet. And, with the included smartphone app, you can open and close your garage door (or check it you left the door open) from nearly anywhere. Get it now.
Smarter Smart Bulbs: GE's C Light BulbsThe new line of LED lightbulbs from GE, simply called "C," can be directly controlled with a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth — no central hub necessary. There are two types of bulbs in the "C" line: The "C Life" is an all-purpose light perfect for the kitchen, living room or office. The "C Sleep" bulb has been designed to support the body's natural circadian rhythms, which can help you sleep more soundly. It emits a traditional soft light for the day; a warm, calming light before bedtime; and a crisp, energizing light in the morning. Using an app, the lights can be dimmed and set to a timer as a group or individually. When run for three hours a day, the bulbs should last 20 years! You can start thinking about replacing lights in your new workshop area with LED lights. Buy it on Amazon.
Robotic Lawn Mower: AutomowerThe Automower from Husqvarna works great. The guide wire that runs around the perimeter of your yard is held down with stakes, so no trenching was necessary, and programming is simple. The whole setup took less than 90 minutes. What makes this machine excel is the retractable, razor-like cutting blades. They're just a fraction of the size of thick steel blades, which results in clean cuts, longer run-times and super-quiet operation. Get it on Amazon today.
Prevent Port Damage to Your Smartphone or LaptopMy 3-year-old granddaughter thought the USB ports on my son's laptop would be a great place to hide her hairclips. It was powered up at the time, and the clips shorted out the $800 main board (he had to remind himself how precious she is). The service guy said port damage is common, and not just from little gremlins jamming hairclips in them. Dust, dirt and metal fragments can accumulate in the ports and cause damage when you jam the plug in. So my son sealed his smartphone and laptop ports with silicone anti-dust stoppers. It's really cheap insurance against costly repairs. — Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor Shop now.
Soil Testing Made Easy: General 4-in-1 Soil Condition MeterFor the aspiring gardener or a lawn enthusiast, check out the General 4-in-1 Soil Condition Meter. Stick it in the ground and you can measure soil pH, moisture content and temperature. Plus, it'll tell you how much sunlight falls on any particular spot in the course of a day. The pH meter isn't as reliable as having samples tested in a lab, but General claims an accuracy rate of within .5 percent, which is close enough for most plants and grass. Serious gardeners and turf lovers use that information to get the most out of their gardens and lawns. This little tool might add a bit more green to your thumb too. Order it today.
World's Coolest Hose Reel: RoboReel Water Hose ReelIt's crazy-expensive, but if you're a serious gardener, it's crazy-cool, too. Frankly, there's nothing like the RoboReel Water Hose Reel. Its looks may be otherworldly, but its function is totally down to earth. Here are the neatest features. One hundred feet of high-quality 5/8-in. hose (or 150 ft. of 1/2-in. hose) retracts with the push of a button either on the top of the cover or on the remote. So, no cranking—a big onboard rechargeable battery does the heavy lifting. The remote switch snaps onto the end of the hose (it features quick-disconnects on all the accessories), and that allows you to turn the water off or on from wherever you are. Attach it to a handheld sprinkler for hand watering, or use it separately to control the lawn sprinkler. No more running back and forth to the spigot. The water shuts off automatically after one hour, so you never have to worry about it running all night if you forget to shut it off. The RoboReel system has lots more features that are worth checking out if you think this awesome hose reel might be for you. Believe it?if you're a hard-core gardener with money to spend on your passion, you'll absolutely love this thing.
Best Night-Light in History: SnapRays GuidelightEvent though SnapRays Guidelight is just a lowly night-light, it's practically perfect in every way. Here's why:
- Everyone needs it: If the sun goes down where you live, you need a few night-lights, right?
- Anyone can install it: It takes all of 60 seconds. Remove the single screw on the old cover plate, snap in the Guidelight and reinstall the screw. That's it.
- It's inexpensive to operate: The three tiny LEDs come on only when it's dark, thanks to the light sensor built into the cover.
- It's not an ugly plug-in. It looks exactly like an ordinary cover plate. The LEDs at the bottom light up the floor right where you need it.
- The price is reasonable and they cost even less per light if you buy a bunch.