Z-wave vs. Wi-Fi, that is the question. Do you need a hub or go hubless? In this eppisode we will review 12 different smart plug in modules from 9 different manufacturers. Go over the pros and cons of each and show what they look like in an outlet. All of these plugs work with the Amazon Echo. Some of these will work with the Wink Hub, SmartThings and IFTTT.
Trying to figure out where to start your smart home.Today we are going to review Part 2 of how to start your smart home with Lighting and Switches.
In Part 1 of the how to start your smart home series we talked about the need for a smart hub. In that video I mentioned that a great place to start your DIY smart home automation was with lighting. The reason for this is because lighting is the most versatile of all smart home features.
Connected Life, Connected Home, Connected Lights.
In previous videos we’ve talked about In Wall Switches and Plug In modules. There’s another device on the market that can help solve lighting problems.
- Compatible with Wink App and Amazon Echo (requires Wink HUB)
- Provides 800 lumens of light output
- 1 bulb per package with 2700K light appearance
- 2700K soft white light appearance
- Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required and is sold separately)
Today we are going to look at the GE 12719 Plug In Appliance Module and see how it compares with the Leviton Plug In Appliance Module.
- Easily control lighting with your mobile device or computer using any Z-Wave certified gateway, or control lighting on location with the manual push-button control or a Z-Wave certified remote
- White lighting control blends with most home decor, Can be controlled in groups of multiple lights or turned on or off within ambient interior lighting scenes
- Space-efficient, side-plug design does not block lower outlet or obstruct placement of furniture
- Features one always-on pass-through AC outlet and one Z-Wave enabled outlet
- Compatible with any Z-Wave certified gateway, providing remote access from many popular home automation systems and applications (application software not included)
- Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required)
The DIY Smart Home Guy is adding a new water feature. In this episode we plan to hook this into our Wink smart home system and then into our Amazon Echo. To do this we will add a second GE Outdoor Zwave Smart Switch (GE 12720). We already have a fountain in the back yard. Our goal is to allow for independent control of each water feature as well as group control via the Echo.
In this episode, we will review the GE Outdoor Smart Switch. I needed a simple way to control my outdoor fountains that plug into a GFCI electrical outlet. I wanted the ability to easily control from inside my house without having to add new switches or wiring. I also needed something that could hold up to the elements. Within 5 minutes, I had the device integrated into my smart home through my Wink hub, schedules set and wife fully up to speed.
Transform any home into a smart home with the GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module. The Outdoor Smart Switch enables wireless control of on/off functions for outdoor applications, and is compatible with incandescent, LED, Xenon, Halogen, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs.