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Control Your Outdoor Wall Lamp with Your Smartphone

Updated on November 30, 2016
Maxim Lighting 40255CDOB Essex Vivex 3-Light Outdoor 27.5-Inch Wall Mount, Oriental Bronze Finish with Seeded Glass  image credit: amazon
Maxim Lighting 40255CDOB Essex Vivex 3-Light Outdoor 27.5-Inch Wall Mount, Oriental Bronze Finish with Seeded Glass image credit: amazon

An outside wall lamp next to your front door is a must for most homes. The light adds a welcoming touch on a dark night. You can more easily find your front door key. And it is safer -- you can see where you're stepping and avoid serious injury. And there's more. Your outside wall lamp can be a work of art or a decorative and attractive furnishing in keeping with the style of your home.

Most outdoor wall lamps are controlled by a switch just inside the front door.

With today's modular home automation products, you can now control it from your smartphone as well as from the wall switch.

Insteon makes home automation easy

If you are a do-it-yourselfer who likes to work on projects around the home, you should have no difficulty installing INSTEON home automation products. INSTEON is the favorite automation network of do-it-yourselfers.

The principle underlying INSTEON home networking is simple: commands are sent over the existing electric lines in your house from a central controller. They are also broadcast over a designated radio frequency. This dual method of communication makes Insteon technology both reliable and flexible.

It's reliable because it has two paths of communication between the controller module and the responder module, such as a smart wall switch.

It's flexible because the responder module can be smart switch -- receiving commands over the electric wiring -- or it can be a smart thermostat receiving commands over a radio frequency.

And Insteon home automation networks can be controlled over the Internet using a computer or web-enabled smartphone from most any where in the world.

How to Set Up an INSTEON Home Automation System

An excellent way to get started in Insteon home automation is with a starter kit which comes with an Insteon controller module and three wall switches. I recommend the INSTEON Starter Kit -- light dimming with an INSTEON Hub and two dual-band dimmer switches which also serve as remote access points.

Once you have your starter kit, install the Hub following instructions and download the INSTEON App for your Smartphone. Connect the Hubr to the router using Ethernet cable, Then plug the Hub into a wall receptacle and set up using your App. That's it.

You now have a beginning home automation system that you can use to control your home lamps and serve as a base for controlling other home applications -- such as your outdoor wall lamp.

Install INSTEON Wall Switch for Your Outside Wall Lamp

Carefully read the instructions that come with the Insteon wall switch. Make sure the power is turned off at the circuit box. If you are uncomfortable working with electrical wiring, hire a qualified electrician. Insteon switches can only be installed where the house wiring is copper and includes line/load (black wire), neutral (white wire) and ground (bare wire). Follow the step-by-step instructions that come with the switch.

Apps for Your Smartphone

You will need to download an INSTEON app for your smartphone.

Whether you use an iPhone or an Android phone -- you can download either INSTEON app for free.

Link Your INSTEON Modules and enjoy Easy Home Automation

Link together all your installed Insteon modules following instructions and you are ready to enjoy remote control of your outdoor wall lamp from anywhere. It's especially useful when you are returning home on a dark night.

Now that you have set up a basic system, you can expand it to include other household tasks, such as remote control for indoor lamps, freeze alarms, even water tomatoes -- when you are ready.

What other household tasks would you like to see automated?

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