New product alert: INSTEON Smoke Bridge

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the February 8th, 2013

Smoke bridgeNever again leave home without knowing that your possessions and loved ones are safe. The INSTEON Smoke Bridge monitors First Alert® ONELINK® smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This allows you to create email and text message alerts that can be sent to you no matter where you are.

Monitor the state of your home and be alerted to smoke, fire and carbon monoxide. When paired with an INSTEON Hub, the Smoke Bridge can send alerts to your smartphone via text or email informing you that something is wrong, giving you the knowledge to act to save your home and family from potential disaster.


How it Works

ONELink with voice

It all starts with a First Alert ONELINK Smoke Detector. If one of these detectors senses smoke, fire or carbon monoxide, they sound an audible alarm and send out an RF signal to other ONELINK Smoke Detectors.

The signal propagates throughout your home and activates every First Alert ONELINK Smoke Detector. Before long, every alarm is sounding. But what happens if you’re not at home?

The INSTEON Smoke Bridge detects the First Alert ONELINK RF signal and sets into action. Communicating with the INSTEON Hub or any other alert-ready INSTEON central controller, the alarm is sent out as an alert to your smartphone. Simultaneously, Smoke Bridge turns on any linked lights as an additional precaution, making escape at night even safer.



The Worlds First Networked Light Bulb

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 19th, 2012

INSTEON light bulb

Smarthome has outran Google in bringing the first remotely-controllable light bulb to the market.

The dual-band INSTEON LED light bulb does not require plug-in modules or special hardwired wall switches. All circuitry is located inside the light bulb, which could be controlled by itself or as part of an automation scene. It’s fully dimmable and produces as much light as 60 Watt incandescent bulb, consuming only 8 Watt and lasting up to 50,000 hours.

The INSTEON LED light bulb is available for pre-order from Smarthome (Item# 2672-222) for $29.99

Smarthome Introduces World’s First Remote Controllable Dimmable Receptacle

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 28th, 2011

OutletLinc Dimmer

Please welcome a new member of Smarthome’s dual-band INSTEON product family – OutletLinc Dimmer!

This is a first of its kind dimmable wall outlet, that can be controlled from a remote control, keypad or even a mobile phone. It features advanced options like an adjustable ramp rate that slowly brings the lamp on, a preset dim level that stores your preferred choice of 32 brightness levels when turning the lamp on initially, as well as load sense, so you can still use the lamp’s built-in switch to turn the light on and off.

OutletLinc Dimmer will be a welcome addition for families with small kids, thanks to its tamper resistant outlets, which have spring-loaded shutter mechanism that allows plugs to enter but resists access to single-pronged items like keys, hairpins, or nails.

Thanks to its dual-band technology OutletLinc Dimmer is able to send and receive commands using both radio frequency (RF) and power line. So it will repeat both signal types for other devices in your network, making your entire INSTEON system faster and more reliable. It’s also backwards compatible with X10 devices, making it a good addition for customers with existing X10 installations.

But the uniqueness of OutletLinc Dimmer is in its Dimmer Key, a small, razor-thin piece that goes over the lamp plug, which prevents others in your home from unplugging the lamp and plugging in non-dimmable appliances that could result in damaging of the appliance or even in a fire from overheating.

OutletLinc Dimmer Key

The OutletLinc Dimmer is available for pre-order at for $59.99 for White (Item# 2472DWH), and $64.99 for other varieties (Light Almond, Almond, Ivory, Black, Brown, Gray). The shipments are expected to start in the end of July.

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Smarthome Releases Spring Online Catalog

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the April 20th, 2011

NewswireToday – /newswire/ – Irvine, CA, United States, 04/19/2011 – The latest edition of the Smarthome catalog is now available. The Spring edition of the highly-regarded catalog reached homes this week, and is now also available at

Smarthome catalog vol.125

Check your mailbox – the latest edition of the Smarthome catalog is now available. The Spring edition of the highly-regarded catalog reached homes this week, and is now also available online. The new online catalog gives users the look and feel of the print piece with the ability to immediately click and purchase products.

“Our catalogs have certainly come a long way,” stated Laurie Maroni, vice president of marketing for Smarthome. “Customers have enjoyed our catalog for almost 20 years, and our new online catalog gives us the ability to introduce a whole new audience to the innovative products Smarthome offers.”

The cover of the catalog features one of Smarthome’s newest home automation products, TouchLinc™ INSTEON Wireless Touchscreen Controller. TouchLinc is a 7-inch, color touchscreen that allows users to control all of their INSTEON devices from an “instant on”, touchscreen interface.

The catalog features over 300 of Smarthome’s rapidly growing product offering. With more than 12,000 products currently available, Smarthome has almost doubled its product offering in less than a year.

“We’ve been very aggressive with our new product efforts,” noted Maroni. “We’ve focused on expanding our offering with new products and new brands, as well as offering our customers our lowest prices.” (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Deal alert: INSTEON year-end sale

Posted in Deals,Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the December 28th, 2010

Smarthome, Inc. Did you miss Smarthome’s Beat-the-clock sale? Well, don’t despair.

Today (12/28) only Smarthome is offering 10% off all* INSTEON products.

Head on to and don’t forget to use coupon code ESLD10 at checkout. Remember, this deal will last one day only!

* Discounts apply to Smarthome brand INSTEON products only, 3rd party products excluded.