Home Automation

Apr 17, 2016
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Morelo Palace 85L
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Just starting.
Have these through my house and for the external lights.
Easy to work off the phone or I pad.

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Minxy Girl

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Aug 22, 2007
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Since 1996 we've had Elddis, Swift, Rapido, Rimor, Chausson MHs and Autocruise & Globecar PVCs
We have 'automation' already ... it's called timers on the table lamps! :)

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funflair

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Dec 11, 2013
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We had the house rewired and included some Marmitek X-10 automation BUT this standard is no longer supported as the manufacturer has gone out of business so try not to build in obsolescence.

Martin
 

Xabia

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Just had a Nest system installed so that I can control heating when abroad, it will also control lights, camera, etc etc

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hilldweller

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From Aug 2007
X-10 automation
Martin

It was brilliant on a simple level. Very cheap. All one needed for lighting, aquatics and did not clutter the airwaves but as you say, obsolete.

Now the tech gobbles up airwaves, is far from cheap and too complicated. Like new MHs once it goes wrong very tricky to diagnose.
 

funflair

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It was brilliant on a simple level. Very cheap. All one needed for lighting, aquatics and did not clutter the airwaves but as you say, obsolete.

Now the tech gobbles up airwaves, is far from cheap and too complicated. Like new MHs once it goes wrong very tricky to diagnose.
I took one of my modules apart and the little bit of plastic that throws the switch via the solenoid had broken and I couldn't see a way of fixing it, or getting all the bits back in the case:LOL:

Martin
 

icantremember

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We have TP-Link plug-in adapters, Hue dimmable led bulbs, all controllable from anywhere by Kasa smart phone app and Alexa.

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Langtoftlad

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Apr 12, 2011
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I have Hive - originally bought as an "intelligent" heating system (there's a thread somewhere debating which is the best Hive or Nest)...

...but they've added plugs, lights, sensors & cameras to their product list.

I've got a couple of their light bulbs - which are really "cool"... one even changes colour!
The main advantage over 'simple' cheap plugin timers is that you can vary the schedule remotely whilst away from the house.
Hive Active Light Starter Kit
...and of course, the bulbs can be used in any light, even ceiling ones [I have one on the landing light to simulate nightime bathroom trips :unsure: ]

Another 'fun' gizmo I've got is one of these TV Emulators - makes it look as if the TV is on - surprisingly effective, especially in an upstairs room.

Amazon Fake TV Light

£10


*apologies for the multiple edits - Amazon links are a nightmare!
 
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two

Aug 4, 2011
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A-Class Fiat
Rather than switch deterrents on and off randomly, don't you want them to only function when someone is around top 'benefit'?
 
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