A smart power strip can help keep electronic accessories from wasting power. See more green science pictures. Photo courtesy Bits Limited Turn off the lights in your computer or TV room, and you'll probably see eyes peering through the darkness. All of those glowing LEDs, clocks and power switches are sneaky electronic vampires. While you can't slay them with a stake through the heart, you might be able to manage these vampires more easily with the help of a smart power strip. Traditional power strips are an affordable way to expand the number of electrical outlets in your home.
Illuminated power switch on a power strip German master-slave remote controlled power strip Some power strips include a master switch to turn all devices on and off. This can be used with simple devices, such as lights, but not with most computers, which must use shutdown commands from the software. Computers may have open files, which may be damaged if the power is simply turned off. Some power strips have individually switched outlets. Remote control strips are used in data centers , to allow computer systems or other devices to be remotely restarted, often over the Internet although this leaves them vulnerable to outside attacks. Better-quality surge-protected strips have additional lights to indicate the status of the surge protection system, however these are not always reliable as an indicator.