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Control Your Outdoor Post Lamp with Your Smartphone

Updated on January 7, 2017
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Residential outdoor lighting - control of outside post lamp

You and your family are returning home after a long trip. It's nighttime with no moonlight. You turned off all home lights before your trip to save energy. Your street is dark. Even the post lamp near your sidewalk is dark.

You installed your starter home automation system recently with exactly this situation in mind.

At a rest stop not far from home you grab your web-enabled phone and connect with your home automation controller. You instruct the controller to turn on the post lamp and an inside lamp near the front door.

When you arrive home, the outside house lights are on. Silently you thank your home automation system.

Step into the world of home automation. Control of your outside post lamp is now easy and affordable.

INSTEON home automation technology

Thanks to INSTEON home automation technology, home automation has become more robust, reliable, affordable and user friendly. It has become the choice of home automation do-it-yourselfers.

INSTEON sends powerline signals over your existing house wiring and radio frequency signals on a designated RF channel. These signals control your lights, heating and cooling, and many more functions around your home.

And you can now control your INSTEON home automation system from anywhere using your Smartphone or PC to connect to your INSTEON Hubthrough your existing high speed internet service and router.

Control your post lamp via a web-enabled device

With INSTEON home automation technology and an iPhone App controlling your post lamp from anywhere has never been easier. The following video shows how you can automate home lighting, sprinkler systems and more with SmartLinc - INSTEON Central Controller, on/off switch and a web-enabled device.

SwitchLinc Relay - INSTEON Remote Control On/Off Switch (Non-Dimming), White -- image credit: SmartHome
SwitchLinc Relay - INSTEON Remote Control On/Off Switch (Non-Dimming), White -- image credit: SmartHome

Home automation lighting control starter package

If you're interested in stepping into the world of home automation, here's a suggestion: Check out this Insteon Starter Kit -- light dimming INSTEON starter kit which includes an Internet Hub and two plug-in lamp dimming modules.

You simply plug the controller into a wall outlet near your internet router, then connect the router to the controller with an Ethernet cable. Now plug the modules into wall outlets near the lamps you want to control. Detailed installation instructions are provided for each component in the starter kit.

Since your outside post lamp is probably controlled by a hard-wired switch inside your front door, you'll need to replace that switch with an INSTEON SwitchLinc hard-wired switch.

If you are home handyperson who can read, understand and follow step-be-step instructions, you can install the starter kit yourself. But If you are not knowledgeable about and comfortable with electrical circuitry, you should have a qualified electrician install the SwitchLinc hard-wired switch for you.

Home automation lighting control works with incandescent or CFL

Here is a selection of outdoor post lamps in a variety of styles with a variety of lamps.

The SwitchLinc Relay - INSTEON Remote Control On/Off Switch (non-dimming) will work with either incandescent lamps or compact fluorescent lamps (CFL).

Expand your home automation system when you are ready

Once you've experienced the safety and convenience of home automation lighting control, you can expand your system when you are ready to control heating and air conditioning, and many more lifestyle functions around your home.

The INSTEON system is modular so you only add what you want when you want.

Welcome to the world of home lighting automation!

What home lifestyle functions would you like to automate?

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      Dean Walsh 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      I love the look of these post lights, they are so quaint.

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      inidayFeadomo 4 years ago

      My partner and i helpful to acquire on top of lifestyle nevertheless recently We have established a new amount of resistance.

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      Unknown 4 years ago

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      cosmeticdentalsa 6 years ago from San Antonio TX

      That's pretty cool. Do you have any lighting scene ideas?