Feb 2017

Smart Lighting

Overview Smarter automated lighting can be achieved a few different ways, but the end result could all be similar. In that, lights can respond in hue, lumens and brightness based on time of the day, events such as motion, open/closed door, temperature, music, waking up, mood, etc. Automated lighting can be implemented with one or more of the following, connected z-wave/zigbee switches, wifi/z-wave/zigbee smart plugs, wifi/zwave/zigbee bubls, or bulbs integrated

Feb 2017

The Smart Hub

Overview The next phase to a smarter home is to select a smart hub. There are quite a few on the market, which includes: Smart Things by Samsung, Wink 2, Hue Bridge etc. And there are a ton of reviews out there to help chose the right one. After a lot of reviews and research, I decided that the Smart Things starter pack was the best fit for my use

Overview Another cheap easy way to automate lighting in your home, is to use motion sensed or occupancy sensed switches. These switches are good for places like laundry rooms, half bathrooms, boiler rooms, walk in pantries, etc. Time to implement 30mins Complexity: Easy Cost: < $20 Safety First Always remember when working with electricity, to turn off the breaker or fuse to the area that you’ll be working in. Additionally, wear rubber gloves,

Overview Light automation can be the simplest and cheapest forms of automation that can be implemented in your home. This guide will provide a way for you to implement a closet light that turns on when the closet door is opened; and off when the door is closed. Time to implement: 30 mins to 1 hour Complexity: Easy Cost: less than $30 Safety First Always remember when working with electricity, to turn