Leviton Plug-in Dimmer and Appliance Module Review and Setup

In this episode we are going to review what could be considered to be the most basic and essential piece of your home automation project: The Plug-in Module. Today we will be looking at two different modules made by Leviton: the Appliance Module (VRPA1-1LW) and the Dimmer Module (VRPD3-1LW). At the end of the video I’ll show you how to connect the Leviton Dimmer module to your Wink Hub.

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Leviton VRPD3-1LW Vizia RF Series 300-watt Scene Capable Plug-In Lamp Dimming Module, White

Vizia RF + Series 300 Watt Scene Capable Plug-In Lamp Dimming Module with Z-Wave Technology for CFL/LED/Incandescent Turn any standard receptacle into the essence of “smart” lighting with the scene capable plug in lamp dimming module.

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Leviton VRPA1-1LW Vizia RF Plus Scene Capable Plug-in Appliance Module, White

The Vizia RF + Scene Capable Plug-in Appliance Module (VRP15-1LW) is ideal for any residential setting that needs remote ON/OFF switching of appliances, motor loads up to 1/2 HP, or freestanding lights, including Incandescent, LED, Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent loads Typical applications include switching of fluorescent lamps, portable fans, kitchen appliances, indoor fountains and more.

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Dynamic Mounting – Right Height TV Mount Review and Installation

An important part of every smart home is the smart TV. Today we wont be looking at the TV however, we will be looking at the TV mount. Since we have a fireplace with a hallway on both sides, my living room layout has limited options for TV placement. Basically we’re limited to in front of the fireplace or over the fireplace. The problem with over the fireplace is that it puts the TV up too high. And, obviously, in front of the fireplace prevents fireplace use. Not to mention it puts furniture in a place I would rather it not be.
So to solve our problem, we purchased the Right Height Mount from Dynamic Mounting. This mount lets you place your TV above a mantle, and then pull it down to a comfortable height when you want to watch TV. I will show a time lapse of the installation process at the end of this video.

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Dynamic Mounting Right Height Mount

The Right Height TV Mount is made to easily move curved and flat panel televisions up and down whenever you need it to. It works with most curved and flat panel televisions 40in and larger, up to 70 lbs. The Right Height TV Mount frees up square footage in your home by allowing you to mount your TV in spaces that were not possible or too awkward before, such as over the fireplace.

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Connect Amazon Alexa to your Wink Smart Hub

Today we are going to talk about how you connect your Amazon Echo into a Wink Hub. You can connect the Echo to nearly any smart home hub, but since I have a Wink, we will be using that for the demonstration. After we go through the connection and the setup, we will do some demonstrations of how I have the device connected into my smart home by giving some simple commands. My wife will even give it a try with her Thai accent. You’ll be happy to know that my wife and Alexa get along just fine.

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Amazon Echo Out-of-the-Box Review

Today we are going to do a box opening review of the Amazon Echo. Pretty excited about this since I’ve been waiting for it for a while now. Very curious to see how it looks coming out of the box and how easy it is to hook into my home automation system. The main reason that I bought the Amazon Echo is that I wanted to have the voice automation along with my smart home. After reading a lot of review and talking to some people that have Alexa, I thought it would be good for me to get my hands on one.

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GE12722 Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control On/Off Switch

Transform any home into a smart home with the Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control On/Off Switch. The on/off switch replaces your current light switch, uses your existing wiring, and provides Z-Wave wireless and in-wall control of overhead lighting. The switch enables wireless control of on/off functions of direct wire incandescent, LED, xenon, halogen and fluorescent lighting.

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