Tag Archives: home automation

Start Your Smart Home: Part 2 – Smart Lighting

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.

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.

 

 

 

LUTRON P-PKG1W-WH Caseta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer with Pico Remote

  • Control your lights from anywhere within your home with the Pico remote
  • Works with 600 watts of incandescent/halogen, 150 watts of dimmable LED/CFL
  • For use in multi-location applications, replace existing switch with included Pico remote control 
  • Works with the Lutron Smart Bridge or the WINK hub 
  • Works with Alexa, Apple Homekit, NEST, Honeywell, Logitech, Serena shades and more 
  • In-wall dimmer kit includes (1) wireless dimmer, (1) Pico remote control and (1) coordinating screw less wall plate
  • White Neutral Wire not required for installation

How to Start Your Smart Home: Part 1 -Using the Wink and SmartThings Hubs for Home Automation Tech

The smart home is growing in popularity. This video helps you start your smart home by helping you create a solid plan. Home automation is about more than just the gadgets. Sure you can go out and buy an Amazon Echo or a Google Home and stitch together a few devices. But if you want a real smart home, you need to look at a smart home hub. The video will make the case for a real hub, and discuss lighting options for your new automation experience.

Continue reading How to Start Your Smart Home: Part 1 -Using the Wink and SmartThings Hubs for Home Automation Tech

Google Home Assistant Review, Unboxing, DIY Setup

The Google Home Assistant is the latest voice assistant to hit the market. Today we are going to do an unboxing, setup and review of this cool new tech. Plus, we will compare it to the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. And then, we’ll round it out with a few live tests centered on home automation and voice control.

Continue reading Google Home Assistant Review, Unboxing, DIY Setup

Samsung SmartThings Hub

Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub


New From: $43.99 USD In Stock

  • Your smart home needs a brain, so get started with a SmartThings Hub. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together.
  • Add smart devices and put your home to work. Choose from a wide range of compatible devices, including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more.
  • Use the SmartThings app or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home. Teach your house new tricks by telling it what to do when you’re asleep, awake, away, and back home.
  • Requires an Internet-connected router with an available Ethernet port Requires the free SmartThings app for iOS (8.1 or later), Android (4.0 or later), or Windows Phone (8.1 or later)
  • Please reference User Guide and Specification Sheet below under ‘Technical Specifications’ for instructions on how to add devices and troubleshoot connectivity issues

Why Do I Need an Amazon Echo Dot for My Smart Home

The Amazon Echo has been rapidly gaining in popularity and it’s hard to ignore all the buzz. If you’re like a lot of people that I talk to, you wondering if it’s the right thing for you. The fact is, if you don’t have an Echo, it may be a bit difficult to think about what you would do with one.

Continue reading Why Do I Need an Amazon Echo Dot for My Smart Home

GE Lighting Control Zwave Duplex Receptacle

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub Required, Alexa device and hub sold separately)
  • White lighting control matches most standard wall plates (wall plate not included)
  • Easily locate the receptacle in a dark room with the integrated blue LED indicator
  • Features one always-on pass-through AC outlet and one Z-Wave enabled outlet
  • Compatible with incandescent, fluorescent, compact fluorescent, xenon, halogen and LED lighting up to 600 watts
  • Compatible with any Z-Wave certified gateway, providing access from many popular home automation systems and applications (application software not included)
  • Can be controlled in groups of multiple lights or turned on or off within ambient interior lighting scenes.