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Control Home Lights with Your Smartphone

Updated on December 19, 2017

Easy home automation for the do-it of–yourselfer

It’s a snowy mid-winter night and you are returning home from a long trip. You’re anxious to get home. Your house is dark because you turned out the lights to save energy. You’re worried about slipping and falling in the dark.

Not to worry! You grab your Smartphone and connect with your home automation hub. You tell your hub to turn on your porch lights. The lights come on and you come home to a welcoming and safer home.

You had the foresight to install home automation equipment. You discovered that the convenience of home automation is now available to the home do-it-yourselfer, and you did it yourself.

No longer are you at the mercy of home automation installers and high-priced equipment. Reliable and low-priced home automation products are now available for the do-it-yourselfer.

How to begin your home automation - Start with lamp control.

Let’s say that you want to control your home lights with your computer or Smartphone. You already have an Internet router and a modem installed in your home.

If you are a home do-it-yourselfer who can read and carefully follow instructions, you can install a home automation system.

What you need is a hub that connects with your router, and a smart plug-in module for your lamp. The hub receives your instruction via the web, and transmits it to the plug-in lamp module. The module turns the lamp on or off, or dims the lamp to your desired light level. It’s that easy.

I chose an Insteon home automation system for my home. Insteon has long experience in home automation. The Insteon system is "dual mesh" -- meaning it sends commands from a Hub over BOTH radio and powerlines in your house. That makes it extremely reliable and available to both radio-controlled and wired Insteon responder units, such as the dual based lamp dimmers that come with the Insteon Starter Kit.

Use your Insteon Hub as a Timer toTurn Lights on and off Automatically

Once your set-up is in place, you can "tell" your lamps to turn on automatically, say at 5:30 pm, and off automatically after bedtime. Now you don't have to worry about doing this manually. You can even use "sunrise" and "sunset" times to control your lamps.

Control your home lamps with your iPhone

Expand your starter home automation system when you are ready to automate other tasks

The beauty of starting small is that you don’t have to invest your time and money (even for low-cost equipment) until you are ready. You can install a Insteon Starter Kit -- light dimming lamp control system, and expand it as you desire. You can add heating and cooling control, floodlights, garden lights, garage doors, room lights, fountains – and more.

The key is compatibility. There are several different home automation technologies out there. Make sure each component you buy is compatible with all your other components.

Take a look at the following video. It shows how the the SmartLinc - INSTEON central controller can work for you.

You’re missing out on home safety and convenience if you haven’t installed a home automation system.

Have you tried home automation? What suggestions do you have for the do-it-yourselfer?

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    • John Dove profile imageAUTHOR

      John Dove 

      8 years ago

      Yes, home automation components are getting better and better, they're going down in price, and they are becoming more user-friendly.

    • TnFlash profile image

      TnFlash 

      8 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      This is great information. I didn't know they made this stuff. Thanks for the information.

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