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What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?

I am looking to buy a remotely controlled light switch. What options are there? I do not want companies or brands or models or whatever. I am looking to buy light switches from which I can build my ...
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Moving a light switch without moving it

I live in a rented house, and there is a lightswitch which is unconventionally not next to the door in one of the rooms. Is there a way to move the lightswitch so it's next to the door. I am currently ...
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How can I set up my somfy controlled blinds to go up and down at specific time periods?

Our kitchen at work gets really hot when the sun sets, so I want the RF Somfy controlled blinds to automatically go down at some pre-programmed time (ideally I could automate this by date and season ...
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Does an app exist to allow mobile control of Velux windows? [closed]

We live in a rental apartment and we have several windows by Velux controlled with homecontrol-io. Is there an accessory that performs as a gateway and allows to control the windows with a smartphone?...
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What's the name of automatic/self moving table equipments? [closed]

There are some self/automatic moving home decor objects that oscillate like pendulum either kept in entrance drawing room or some office table.I think that they move without any power source (battery)....
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Is it possible to use the GE Link bulb without a wink hub?

I am looking to automate the GE Link bulb but I do not have a Wink Hub. What I do have is a raspberry pi and an arduino. I've search but can't find any documentation about how to even get started on ...
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Wiring a Z-Wave 3-way auxiliary with neutral from other switch? (w/ diagrams!)

I found my question difficult to phrase, so I mocked the wiring diagram up in Photoshop. I have a 3-way switch setup like so: I am going to upgrade this to a Z-Wave enabled pair of 3-way switches ...
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What is suitable method for controlling lighting based on pause/play? [closed]

I am in the process of turning my basement into a Home Theater. I have seen some people with home theaters where when they pause a movie it dims the lights up and I would love to use this feature. ...
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How do I properly size a 120v inline power relay to control a small air conditioner with my home automation system?

I have a 5,000 BTU, 115 volt, 4.8 amp, window-unit air conditioner I'd like to control from my home automation system. I think easiest thing to do would be to plug the unit into an inline rely module ...
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Flood lights and Home Automation

I am trying to incorporate my outdoor flood lights with motions sensors into my home automation system. Specifically, I would like to sense when the lights come on to trigger other home automation ...
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How to bind/pair a Sunvic wireless radio heating controller to its receiver

I have a Sunvic wireless controller and thermostat with a receiver base station in the boiler room. It became detached and I'd like to reconnect it with the controller unit. Note: this is a question ...
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What's the most cost effective way of ventilation automation given no prior knowledge in the field

I have 3 fans for air inflow, and 3 fans for extract, all in one big hall. Currently I set the power of their motors with dimmers myself, looking at CO2 and temperature readings. I want to replace ...
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Home automation connection for gas fireplace

What, specifically, is needed to bring home automation (HomeKit) to a remote electronic ignition system with inputs for just this type of behavior but no instructions on how to do so? Whatever the ...
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How is it possible to have 1200TVL CCTV camera with PAL / NTSC? [closed]

I found many items on eBay etc, presenting CCTV cameras with 1200TVL. Simultaneously, these cameras have BNC output with PAL / NTSC signal in it. How is this possible if NTSC / PAL allows up to 800 ...
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Can I convert a single circuit with multiple lights/1 switch to control 1 light/switch

I have 3 recessed lights in my house that are controlled from a single switch. Actually they are controlled from 3 places with 3-way switches, so it's not really working all that well :) What I would ...
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Low cost wireless switch with current state function [closed]

I would like to know if there's low cost wireless swicthes like Hesunse or this, that could report current state wirelessly, if not how could i hack one of those switches to get current state through ...
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How can I identify a neutral wire?

I'm trying to install a WeMo light switch in the place of an existing switch. I'm unsure which wire is neutral, or if I have one at all. Below is a photo of where I'm at currently. There are two ...
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Can I replace this Airwell thermostat?

I am in market to replace my simple A/C control unit with one that integrates with home my z-wave based home automation system. However, before I make the splash and buy a compatible thermostat, I ...
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Where can I find a remote mains socket for my electrical heater?

I have been looking around for a remote mains socket which will operate my heater in my office at the end of the 70 feet garden. I want to be able to switch on the heater from the house. The label on ...
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DIY Home Automation [closed]

I'm building my own house and I want to automate as much as possible to improve the living comfort. Home automation is going over IP more and more, so I was thinking to do it myself (I'm an IT guy). ...
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How can I consolidate different heating/cooling systems into a single system?

I have 3 different types of heating/cooling systems that I inherited. Hot water heat. This heats the whole house/garage via 3 zones. Zone 1: Kitchen/Livingroom Zone 2: Bedrooms/Bath Zone 3: Garage ...
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Delay relay to control water level

This is my first post here so I won't take offense in any restructuring, closing, migrating... Project description I have a tank of water, and its level is always decreasing (for all intents and ...
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Temperature control when I can't affect either airflow or thermostat

Our apartment is heated by a natural gas burner (the burner itself is inside the unit) that vents in two directions: one vent into the bedroom and a second (about 3x the area) into the rest of the ...
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How can I remotely control electrical devices? [closed]

how can i turn on remotely or turn off the lights or TV with remote controller or via internet which tools i need to prepare or buy to make the circuit or device that do this work? is there any way ...
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Dimmer not turning bulb on or off

I'm connecting a dimmer. There are four wires coming from the wall. 2 black (one is HOT). 1 White. and 1 ground. There are four wires on the dimmer switch I bought. 1 black. 1 red. 1 green (ground)...
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How can I modify a 4 wire thermostat to a new thermostat requiring c wire?

I attempted to replace my thermostat with a fancy new Trane z-wave enabled model. To my dismay my home was only wired with a 4 wire setup with no 5 hidden in the bundle. I followed Insx on the web ...
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How to replace a single light switch with an electric dimmer switch

This is a very similar question to one I asked yesterday, which Ryan Walkowski kindly helped out with. This time, I'm looking for a some assistance in fitting a a single electric dimmer unit. I am ...
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Connecting multiple hubs to a single Z-Wave device

First off, please forgive me if this is not the right Stack Exchange site for this. I figured this was the best option. Is it possible to hook up multiple hubs/controllers to a single Z-Wave device? ...
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How can I send a signal to a home server when the doorbell is pressed?

I want to attach a device that can send a signal over wireless to my server when the door bell is pressed. I'm assuming the device would tap into the wiring for the door bell, so that when pressed, ...
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Can I use coaxial cable for audio over 30 feet?

Want to buy a mid range AV Reciever model, but my concern is that can I provide input audio from another room(away from 30feet) by coaxial cable (or only RCA audio cable required). 2nd, for output can ...
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Key card door lock?

I'm looking to add a card scanner door lock to an existing door that currently only functions with a key and a simple pull handle. It has a mortise-style lock so the backset on the door (to the ...
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Replacing a standard 2-gang light switch with an electric dimmer switch

I'm looking for a some assistance in fitting a new electric dimmer light switch. I'm in the UK if that makes a difference. I am trying to replace my existing two-gang light switch with a LightWaveRF ...
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What home automation devices have android apps UK?

I'm looking to install a home automation device in the UK. I require one that has an android app, so I can turn on and off my heating from my mobile phone even when I'm not in the house. I'm not ...
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Any way to monitor load on a power outlet and receive notifications of usage? [closed]

My sump pump float sometimes sticks. This is an issue because the pump can easily run dry and burn out, especially if we are away for an extended period of time. Ideally I'm looking for something ...
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Beam motion detectors that alert on mobile device or computer? [closed]

We care for an individual that requires attention once they leave their assigned area. A door open / closed detector is not enough because the door is frequently left open or variably ajar. Security ...
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Philips Hue dimmer switch detailed manual

I have bought a couple of Philips Hue white sets, including two dimmer switches, and started playing with them and various compatible apps. Normally, a dimmer indicates the command transfer by a green ...
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Issue with using a smart 3 way switch, with a normal 3 way switch

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch (the type used in home automation where you can control lights using your smartphone and various apps.), which allows you to control your lights ...
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Issue with installing 3 way smart switch [duplicate]

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch, which allows you to control your lights automatically with your smart phone via the Wink hub. I have one light switch at the end of a hallway, and another ...
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How do I manually program the TWM4 (IMX10)

My X10 system is on its last legs. I don't have any functional programmers. I can not find the programming sheet for the TWM4 (or IMX10). There is a way of programming it using a mains switch. I ...
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Residential HVAC: one main thermostat, what do the other thermostats in the rooms do?

Are the other thermostats only meant for non-force air heat only? Does it mean only one thermostat in the house needs to have both heating and cooling, and auto or fan-only switches? It sure make ...
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Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?

I want to control a bathroom exhaust fan with a wall timer, and a 24 vac relay. Basically both switches would be wired in parallel. Is this safe to do?
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i would like to control one z-wave wall switch with two remote controls

I would like to control one z-wave wall switch with two remote controls. If there's an issue using two z-wave remotes, then I would like to clone the on and off signal to a second learning RF remote.
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What options are available for controlling electrical devices over WiFi? [closed]

I've been looking on how to control power outlets through wifi and I've only found Belkin's WeMo. Are there any alternatives?