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Home Automation For You

Updated on September 11, 2014

How much automation do you want?

Maybe you just want a remote that controls a few lights. Maybe you'd like to create lighting scenes that activate with a single press of the button.

Some enjoy home security, audio and video features, thermostats, and even automated sprinkler systems. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

Remotes

There are many remotes to choose from.

Use them to control music, TV, lighting. A universal can have the power to control all of them.

Check out these types of remotes.

Check Out Some Reviews on select Remotes:

Harmony Remote

Remote Forums

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Energy Tracking Monitors - track the amount of electricity your household uses

Click on these to find out how to track your energy usage

X10 Devices

Convert wireless signals into powerline X10 signals. This multiple device RF base works with X10's line of RF remote controls and PIR motion sensors. Wireless X10 devices need this base unit to catch the radio signals and convert them to X10 signals on the electricity line. Add as many handheld remotes and X10 wireless devices as you want to each base. As long as the transmitters are on the same house code as the base, they will all control the same devices. Be careful to have only one RF base unit or X10 security console (which also change RF signals into X10 signals for the electricity line) per housecode. If more than one base unit is used on the same housecode, X10 signal collisions may result. The expandable RF Base includes a built-in appliance module which responds to unit codes 1 under the chosen house code. The appliance module can be controlled by wireless control or from another hardwired X10 transmitter. Like other Appliance Modules, it too is rated for 500 watts incandescent, 1/3 HP motor loads, and 15 amps resistive load (like a space heater.)

Some Whacky Gadgets You Can't Live Without

If you need it automated, there is probably a gadget for it.

There are some unique things out there. Here are just a few

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Interesting topic!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for introducing some new items through this lens.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am not too familiar with how this works but thanks for the info.