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Smart lighting costs how much?

Don’t ask, don’t tell Smart lighting costs are usually a mystery. You know the old saying “If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it”? That seems to be what you face when trying to figure out the acutal cost of installing lighting automation. A lot of sales...

Smart lighting controls stuck in neutral?

Crossing the neutral zone Smart lighting controls remind me of classic Star Trek folklore. The Neutral Zone was a buffer area in space measuring one light year in width that separated the United Federation of Planets from the Romulans. Crossing the Neutral Zone was...

Lutron dimmer – Secret settings convert to a switch

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

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?

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

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....