An Introduction To Home Automation

Posted in DIY Projects,Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 23rd, 2009

Tom’s Hardware reader John Knutson just recently published An Introduction To Home Automation. It walks you through the installation of INSTEON-based home automation system, including replacement of basic light switches with SwitchLinks, installation of motion sensors and SmartLinc controller, etc.

In conclusion John came to the following verdict:

  • My entire house has become a toy for me to play with and tweak.
  • Great to show off your house to friends, neighbors, and family.
  • Laziness (convenience) is taken to a whole new level. Did I leave the light on in the living room when I’ve already crawled into bed? Hit the off button and I don’t have to go check.

The Verdict: I want more! My computer may not be getting upgrades for a while, as I’ll be too busy playing with my house. 

Read the entire article at Tom’s Hardware website.

How to Get More from Your Home’s Lights

Posted in DIY Projects,Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 23rd, 2009

Lights are a staple in every home, but that doesn’t mean your switches should be like everyone else’s. With a few simple tweaks, the fixtures can do more simply illuminate your home as a bit of lighting control. They can curb your energy use, evoke ambiance, and protect your home, for example. Here are 10 simple ways to realize your lights’ full potential.

Read the rest of the article by Lisa Montgomery on Electronic House magazine’s web site.