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Secret settings to convert a Lutron dimmer to a switch

Secret settings to convert a Lutron dimmer to a switch

You say switches, I say dimmers - no cheating! Previously, I’ve written about the difference between dimmers and switches used to control lights. I’ve also mentioned secret manufacturer codes that can be used to reset many smart home devices back to their original...

Dimmer or switch; Switch or dimmer?

Dimmer or switch; Switch or dimmer?

In deference to Louis Armstrong “You like dimmer and I like switch Dimmer, switch, Switch, dimmer. Let’s turn the whole thing off” That thing we use to control our lights - is it a switch or a dimmer? “Hey Robert, check out the cool smart switches I want to install”...

Afraid to install smarthome products?

Afraid to install smarthome products?

Wyze smartLEDs Are you afraid of smarthome systems? Try this easy starter kit When I first started installing smarthome products, I was! You might find that home automation systems seem complicated, expensive and scary. You have to make choices about which eco-system...

Secrets Of Voice Controlled Lighting

Secrets Of Voice Controlled Lighting

The Challenge with Big Lighting Systems Having recently completed a major project for a client (installing a lighting automation system with a large number of dimmers and switches), I was confronted with figuring out an optimal configuration for voice control options....

Back To Basics: DIY 3-Way Lights

Back To Basics: DIY 3-Way Lights

Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? With apologies to Rod Stewart, this week I am not writing about cool new gadgets or control systems.  I’m going back to basics to describe one of the most common smart home projects. This solves a real problem and is easy to implement....

Are Your Smart Bulbs Making Your Smart Home Dumb?

Are Your Smart Bulbs Making Your Smart Home Dumb?

Smart Bulbs are dumb! Yeah, I just did the unthinkable for a tech consultant - I stated a clear-cut opinion that just might rub some people the wrong way.  I don’t like to be confrontational, so I try to steer clear of controversial positions that might offend or...