Questions tagged [home-automation]

Questions related to automation of home elements like: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, light, audio-video systems, security, intercoms and domestic robotics. For questions related to the Internet of Things, consider asking at the IoT site (iot.stackexchange.com).

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Occupancy sensor to turn off socket

I want to install an occupancy sensor, preferably something simple that I can just plug into the wall socket, like one of those: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Westek-Plug-In-Motion-Activated-Control-...
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Solar for particular electronic equipment

I am living in a rental house. Earlier i had an idea to install solar panel for whole house but the cost is very high and other problem is if i am going to shift the house I want to move solar ...
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Replacing 3-way Dimmer with Smart Dimmer

I'm trying to replace a 3-way dimmer set-up (currently a Lutron MACL-153M) with a smart dimmer. I have C by GE Smart Dimmers. After a lot of tinkering yesterday, I was unable to get it to work. I've ...
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Sonoff switch with override wall switch

I have a fan, a light and two sonoff basic devices to control them. As sonoff can only work with internet, I thought it would be a good idea to be able to fully override the controls with separate ...
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Single pole or dual pole relay for switching a 3KW water heater? (UK)

I have bought a Wifi controlled device to control a 3KW, 240V water heater (immersion heater) wirelessly but despite being advertised as 15A, it actually has a 13A relay which has "push fit" contacts. ...
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Smart outlet or timer to auto shut-off after 30 seconds of use

Is there a smart outlet or some special kind of timer that can detect when current starts flowing and turn off after about 30 seconds? This is intended for a custom hot water circulation system. I ...
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How to add smart controller to ceiling fan with single switched hot

I want a WiFi connected smart controller for my ceiling fans. They are all wired with a single switched hot, so I cannot use a replacement smart switch alone. Are there any wall mounted switches that ...
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Temperature monitoring for storage hot water system (RP-2 connection)

My HWS has a secondary outlet connection I don't use, and I'd like to use it to install a thermal probe I can monitor. HWS RP ¾ / 20 temp probe? Does anyone know of a practical way to install a ...
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Hormann garage door opener automation with Loxone

I own a Hörmann Supramatic 3 garage door opener and in my house I've also set up Loxone home automation system, so I decided to connect the opener to the automation system, so I can control the garage ...
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KNX PROS & CONS about using same device for sensor&actuator and impact on electrical design

Is there any recommendation to take into account about using devices that joins the sensor and the actuator instead of placing all the actuators in the electrical control panel? What are the pros and ...
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Smart home automated fire response

I've got a rather extensive OpenHab smart home installation with tons of lights, thermostats, and more diverse connected devices. One category of connected devices is smoke detectors, one in every ...
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Installing Nest on Viconics P117 Board

I couldn't find any help on forums or websites if anyone may have tried to install Nest by replacing old Viconics P117 Board and E117 thermostat. I have an Electric Furnace and Heat Pump configuration....
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Options to Recess Google Home Within Wall

I would love to embed a Google Home Max within my wall as seen in the attached picture. Looking for some guidance on how to tie it into a power source which is a switch like shown in the picture. I ...
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Does having metal safe increase chances of burglary at home

One of my friends brought a metal safe recently. However he is also worried that burglars somehow know about existence of such safe on house ( either through metal detectors or some other means ). ...
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Remote light switches for light bulbs

I live in an apartment wherein one of the rooms the light switch is outside of the room, which is annoying. I would like to add 2 light switches inside the room that would be used instead of the one ...
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Power consumption of valve actuators

I would like to acquire some actuators for my radiator valves. I would like them to consume as little electricity as possible. I therefore consider it is better to take normally closed actuators ...
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Designing under cabinet lighting with Home Automation in mind

I am looking to install under cabinet lighting in my kitchen keeping in mind that I'd like to add a Lutron Caseta in the near future. There are 3 problems I am trying to tackle. First, I am having a ...
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Wire ceiling fan switch with remote control to always on

How can I wire the switch of a remote controlled ceiling fan to always on so it can only be controlled with the remote. I basically want to have a smart RF controller (BOND) be able to control the ...
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What Can Cause TP-LINK Smart Switch (HS200) To Light (LED) Flicker?

I have bought a TP-LINK (HS200) wall light switch to replace several switches. The first switch I tried is controlled an outlet that I have a a lamp connected to it. The outlet is configured as ...
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Auto Refill Pot with Water as Liquid Evaporates

I have a Instant Pot operating 24/7 without the lid. The water in the pot slowly evaporates from the heat and if I do not refill the water every couple of hours it will completely evaporate and burn ...
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Is this smart plug safe? only 2 pins

I would like to use the TP-link HS110 to control my plant grow lights and monitor the energy usage. I have chosen this model specifically as it has many raspberry pi compatible hacks to avoid using ...
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Home Automation

I want to automate lightings and fans in my home. I am planning to use RPI and SSRs for that. My question is about powering them. Can I have a single 5V 5AMP or 10AMP unit for the entire house, or ...
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Adding 'Smart' Capabilities to an outdoor Wisebox 4 Channel Receiver

I have a 4ch 10a Wisebox, which I use to control a bunch garden lights. The wisebox came with a wall switch and keyfob, which have a carrier frequency of 868.3 MHz. Now I'd love to be able to control ...
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How to add endstop to a sonoff drived stepper motor?

I would like to control a motor for my curtains from Google Home. I will use a sonoff switch. How could I wire an endstop between the sonoff and the motor to stop the motor ?
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Reusing ADT motion sensors

I bought a 4 level house that had an ADT security system with a motion sensor in every room. I never used it since moving in. But I have a fun project in mind: I'd like to drive my kids nuts when ...
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My eq-3 Bluetooth Radiator Thermostat CC-RT-BLE is just showing “UPD”. How can I “unbrick” it?

The thermostat just shows "UPD" and there is no way to return to the operating mode. How can I complete the update when I didn't pair the device before or deleted the device from the app?
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Budiling small wine cellar rising from the ground

I am not sure is it a correct place where should I ask that question, but I would like to build a small version of that rising from the ground wine cellar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QJn94rGJ3Y ...
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Garage door hard-wired wall button doesn't work after adding wireless controller dongle in parallel

I have a standard garage door controller (Chamberlain HD900D) with a wired button inside the garage, and wireless clickers that all work properly. I purchased a GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 ZWave Garage ...
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Can a KNX smart house installation be reasonably maintained by an end user?

I am looking into transforming the light switches, curtains, and ACs in my house to a KNX based system. If I understand correctly, KNX is an open standard that allows anyone to configure their devices....
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Use Zapier Webhooks with Doorbird D202 http(s) Calls Function

Inside the Doorbird Administration Settings there is a section called "https(s) Calls". Is this where you should enter a Zapier Webhook URL to listen for events such as Doorbell? Here is the config ...
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Use Doorbird D202 Doorbell to open/close Hormann Promatic Garage Door

I have a Doorbird D202 Doorbell and a Hormann Promatic Garage door. I want to use the Doorbird to Open the Garage Door This is the connection I believe we need to connect the Doorbird to in the ...
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Where can I find a temperature sensor that tweets?

I'd like to hook up temperature sensors in my house to remotely monitor pipes during winter. Ideally, I'd like the sensors to upload information via wireless, e.g. in the form of a Tweet or an email. ...
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What do I need to switch power automatically from utility to solar offgrid inverter with no downtime at all during the transfer?

I want to switch power somewhere where power outage happens frequently from utility to inverter and back and forth kind of like a UPS without giving up on my inverter and what I already have.
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What kind of smart lock can I add to my door?

I'm looking to add a smart lock to my door. I don't know much about locksmithing, also not a native speaker, so I'm not sure if this is a "deadbolt" or not. I was almost decided for the August Smart ...
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How to automatically open a regular window?

In the winter I always face an issue where I occasionally need to ventilate the room whenever the air feels "stiff". I cannot leave the window open since the air is too cold and doing it manually is a ...
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Can I save energy costs by turning off the refrigerator for 1-2 hours every day?

Now that I'm looking into home automation, I'm thinking about automatically cutting off the fridge power from 3am ~ 5am. Given that modern refrigerators are well insulated, it should be able to ...
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Motorizing a manual crank-type casement window

I've got a couple of crank-open casement windows that are rather annoying to get to. I would like to motorize them. I searched for existing solutions and found them all to be ludicrously expensive. ...
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How can I control a circuit breaker remotely?

We have a house in the country that largely sits abandoned. We have a large family, and we like to go visit for the weekends. When we leave the house, we turn off the circuit breakers to prevent high ...
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Issue with Ademco Security Keypad

I bought the home with Security Ademco Vista Panel from the dealer, but the Keypad's master code is not at it's default "1234". I talked to the dealer, he gave me the Phone # of the previous owner, I ...
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Non-substantial remote door locking options for indoor rooms?

I need to be able to secure a couple indoor rooms with wireless locks. These don't need to be substantial locks since they're just inside a house, but unfortunately I'm not seeing any real wireless ...
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AC Blows air too cold

This is in response to Matt S's question a few days back. I feel like most of the answers were a put down and I am experiencing the same problem he is. It is not the temperature of the house or where ...
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remote open/close jalousie windows

In Hawaii it's very common to have jalousie windows with a turn crank to open and close the slats. I'm looking for a device that will allow me to wirelessly turn the crank to open and close the ...
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Need help identifying a light switch

At work we have some light switches that look like this, and I've seen similar ones at school and at other commercial offices. This one is installed in Vancouver, Canada The lights also have a motion ...
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Use Sonoff thermostat TH10 in one room to control a Sonoff Basic in another room

For those who are experienced with the Sonoff devices, I need to check the temperature in my living room using a Sonoff thermostat TH10, and when the temperature is above a chosen threshold, I would ...
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How to keep home automation complexity under control?

If you installed some form of home automation (lighting control for example), how did you keep the complexity manageable for your family members? In many cases where friends have installed some form ...
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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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What are the risks of sending low-current neutral through the ground wire?

I have an existing switch that controls an outlet. I'd like to replace it with a smart-home switch, which requires a neutral wire to power the switch itself. However, there is no neutral wire at the ...
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Recommendation for home automation solution [closed]

I have an buried driveway sensor - the kind with the cable that runs back to the house to a control unit - and I've been using an X10 Universal Module wired up to that and plugged in to communicate to ...
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Intelligently Controlling 5 PTAC Units

I recently purchased a new apartment which comes with GE zoneline PTAC units that control both heating and air conditioning electrically. There are a total of 5 in my apartment, 1 for each bedroom and ...
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How to get Condensate Pump to talk to Sonoff 4CH Pro R2

I currently have a WiFi water alarm triggering a Sonoff 4CH Pro R2 to kill my whole house humidifier. So I have some experience with triggering the relays and getting the two devices talking to each ...