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Articles related how to connect, setup, install and configure various home automation devices

2018 Inovelli Z-Wave Plus Smart Switch Indoor / Outdoor

Inovelli just sent over their 2018 lineup of Z-wave switches.Today we’re going to dig into their outdoor plug in modules, indoor plug in modules and in-wall switches. And as is always the case with Inovelli, there’s a few cool surprises to be found in their smart home gear.

 

All switches work with Wink Hub 2, SmartThings and Vera hubs.

OSRAM Sylvania Lightify Flex RGBW Strips

Here are 10 things you should know about OSRAM Sylvania Lightify Flex Strips. Are you interested in smart led lighting that will make your home the talk of the neighborhood?

These fit into the category of Smart Connected Lights and are full color LEDs, meaning you get Red – Green – Blue and wide range of adjustable white.

These are full spectrum LEDs, which means you can control the strips to make just the right color using red green blue color combinations.If you watched Part 2 of my how to start you smart home series you saw that I’m using these as accent lighting on my home theater display, under my bar and around my guitar case.But to be honest, I rarely control Flex strips by voice commands since my schedules and robots are so efficient.

Inside the box you’ll find a sexy 12 volt power supply, the Zigbee LED strip light controller and three two-foot light strips.These are high quality LED strips.

REVIEW Ecobee3 Smart Wifi Thermostat

Today I’m going to replace my thermostat with the Ecobee3 smart wifi thermostat. And, in my home, I have a special circumstance in that I only have four wires that go from my existing thermostat over to my mechanical closet, so in addition to the Ecobee3 setup and review, we’ll also be installing the power extender kit.

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Stringify Flows for Advanced Home Automation Setup, Review & Tutorial + IFTTT Comparison

Stringify is a cloud based application that can act as an intelligent service broker to improve your smart home automation. The video explains the differences between IFTTT and Stringify as well as helping you set up a basic flow with multiple constraints, triggers and actions. Stringify can be linked to the Wink Hub 2 and SmartThings to enhance shortcuts, robots and routines. You can also use the app to trigger really cool things using the Amazon Echo Dot.

 

 

 

DIY 3 Way Switch Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Install with No Neutral Wire or Traveller Wire

DIY installation of the Lutron Caseta In Wall Wireless Smart Switch Dimmer. This video will explain how to install, setup and configure the switch in a single and 3-way switch installation. At the end of the video I will connect both the smart switch and the pico remote into the Wink Hub 2 using the Wink App.

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Osram Lightify LED A19 Setup & Review with Wink Hub 2 and Amazon Echo

The @OSRAMAmericas #Lightify A19 Full Color LED Smart Light Bulb is an easy #DIY setup. The Osram Sylvania line is a solid alternative to the Philips Hue line of smart LED lighting. Whether you are looking to enhance your smart home or just add intelligent accent lighting, smart lighting is the way to go. With the Osram Lightify, you have a choice of using the Lightify Gateway or connecting directly to the Wink Hub. This is not an option with the Philips Hue, which always requires the Hue Bridge.

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DIY 3 Way Switch GE Leviton Z-wave Smart Switch Installation

Step by step DIY 3 way switch installation instructions for your GE or Leviton Z-wave smart switch. Smart home automation would not be complete without a 3 way switch. Today we will go through the details of installing a zwave 3 way dimmer switch. The instructions are the same for a non-dimming zwave 3 way switch installation. Light and fans are often controlled with three-way switches, so if you are installing smart switches, this will be a must.

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