It is said that Home Automation started in the Home Theater! No wonder we’re big fans of Home Automation here at Projector Reviews. A number of reviews of the latest in home automation equipment have appeared on our site.
You wouldn’t know it by our name, though, so in June of 2015 we launched a companion website: www.SmarterHomeAutomation.com. Click here, to visit that site which will focus on the latest in “smart” home automation including products using Z-wave, Wifi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and other technologies, even some old school gear. The focus of SmarterHomeAutomation.com is on reviewing smart lighting, security, appliances, controllers, thermostats and more. And we will have many information articles and videos.
Belkin Wemo Insight Smart Outlet with Energy Monitoring – Review
May 15, 2016 - Art Feierman
The Wemo Insight is an external outlet that you plug into an existing wall outlet. Then, plug your device (lamp, coffee maker, etc.) that you want to and monitor the energy usage of, or to power it on and off.
Kwikset Kevo Deadbolt Lock Review – Bluetooth – No Front Door Key Needed
December 4, 2014 - Art Feierman
Meet Kevo! Kevo by Kwikset is a unique security focused home automation product. It's a Bluetooth enabled dead bolt that also can use keys and FOBs. Need a "smart" deadbolt for your front door, or any door of your choosing? Kwikset's Kevo is something very different from the rest of the smart locks I've seen out there, as I'll explain.
Home Automation Review: Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion with Wifi
April 23, 2014 - Art Feierman
Like the WeMo Light Switch (you have to love Belkin’s simple product naming) this smart gear uses your home wifi to communicate. The list price of the Switch + Motion is $79.99. Controlling lights or other devices that might other be left on a lot more hours a day, may give you a reasonable payback of a year or few, but it’s the convenience, and to some extent the cool aspects, that make it a nice piece in the home automation puzzle. Walking into…
Belkin’s WeMo Light Switch, smart by way of Wifi, is the first piece of home automation to be installed in our Dream Home “Smarter Home Automation” Project. That means we started it this past weekend – March 8th to be precise. I’m calling it a two year project. We’ll see how that plays out. But, back to the this cleverly named WeMo “Light Switch.”
I am going to write up a full review with images of the installing the WeMo, and more, in review format, but here’s a taste to get you all excited.
The WeMo Light Switch as Belkin calls it, communicates with your iPhone or other iOS device, or the android equivalents. It accomplishes this by talking to your Wifi.
Several of Belkin’s WeMo devices arrived last week while we were on vacation, waiting for my return. I got back Friday night. Saturday, I woke up ambitious and decided to install some.
Belkin sent me three different WeMo devices, the Light Switch which replaces the usual flat toggle light switches. The second item is an external outlet that plugs into a wall outlet to give control of whatever’s plugged into it. It comes with a companion piece that also plugs into a wall outlet. That piece has a motion sensor attached. No doubt with great resolve, Belkin risked it all to come up with a mind blowing name for this device. Not to be outdone by the brilliance of Light Switch, Belkin came through with: Switch + Motion. Simple, says it all.
Smarter LED Lighting such as Philips’ Hue, Saves Money, Creates Scenes, Changes the way we use Lighting!
January 20, 2014 - Lisa Feierman
LED lighting is great. RGB LED lighting is even better, and making them Smart, allows one to completely rethink how one uses lighting in both home (and commercial) environments. Good implementation of smart LED lighting drastically reduces electric bills compared to old style incandescent, but even offers big savings compared to those CFLs (Compact Fluorescent lights). And it does so without the multiple problems/issues that CFLs…
Home Theater: Projector, sources power up, lights dim, screen lowers…
December 30, 2013 - Lisa Feierman
For those of us who are home theater enthusiasts, it’s the home theater itself that is most likely to be the first part of a home to get some home automation. Solutions for motorized screens coming down when you turn on the projector, and powering up other devices is almost ancient. For those with motorized shades over windows, integrating them in makes sense to. You know: one button dims the lights, lowers the screen, lowers the window shades, powers…