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Automatically Control Your Outdoor Holiday Lights!

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Woods 17321 3-Outlet Power Stake with Timer & 6' Cord

  • 3-Outlet Power Stake with Timer
  • Auto on/off at dusk and dawn
  • Programmable auto on at dusk and off 2. 4, 6, or 8 hours later
  • Settings repeat daily
  • Works with lamps, fans, and other appliances
  • Lowers energy cost
  • Easy to install

The Woods 17321 3-Outlet Power Stake with Timer & 6′ Cord automatically controls your landscape lights, holiday lights, and more. When it’s cold and dark outside, the last thing you want to do is run out to turn off your lighted yard decorations or turn on your security lights. Let the timer on this power stake do the work for you. Seven different timer cycles let you set a schedule; once set, the cycle repeats daily until changed. It can use the sunlight (with photoelectric eye) to automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn, or 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours later. It saves energy and electricity costs by only turning on lights when needed. Accommodates up to 3 different plugged-in items. Hardy, weatherproof 14 gauge, 6′ cord and rain tight timer and outlet covers make this power stake ideal for all four seasons, it keeps rain, snow, and animals away from the timer and outlets. Read more

INSTEON: Receive an Alert When There is Excess Rain Build-Up

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I/O Linc - INSTEON Rain Sensor Kit
The rain sensor is designed for indoor or outdoor use in and around your home. The kit is great for monitoring rainfall and/or moisture levels in sensitive areas such as green houses, flower beds or lawns. Using the included mounting bracket and mounting hardware, the rain sensor can be placed anywhere where you would like to detect the accumulation of water. If you are using I/O Linc – INSTEON Low Voltage / Contact Closure Interface (4-Pack) to electronically control sprinklers via your INSTEON network, this rain sensor kit can trigger the sprinklers to automatically shut-off when it rains, saving water and money. Alternatively, it can be placed near the foundation of your home to help detect detrimental standing water and flooding; as soon as the accumulation of water starts, the rain sensor will trigger I/O Linc to turn any INSTEON controlled lights or appliances on or off, alerting you of the condition. Conserve water by having your sprinklers turn off automatically when it rains or stop catastrophic and expensive water damage as soon as it starts with I/O Linc – INSTEON Rain Sensor Kit; an easy-to-use solution for adding convenience and awareness to any INSTEON-controlled home.

How It Works
The rain sensor monitors the build-up of liquid (rain, water, etc.). When 5mm or more of liquid has been detected, the sensor triggers the included I/O Linc – INSTEON Low Voltage / Contact Closure Interface (1 In / 1 Out) to send an INSTEON signal. Simply link I/O Linc to a remote INSTEON device which can act as an alert for leaks. For example, you can have a KeypadLinc LED light up, have all the lights in your house flash, or activate a custom event in HouseLinc 2 – INSTEON Desktop Software to notify you of the concern. Read more

Home Automation Controller Allows On-Site and Remote Management of All Home Systems

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Pro-100 Home Automation Controller
Control every electronic system in your home from your computer, even if you’re away from home! The PRO-100 Home Automation Controller is designed to incorporate all the power and flexibility of HomeSeer software into a very compact, rugged and easy-to-install unit. Once configured, you’ll be able to control lighting, appliances, security, HVAC and home theater components with one central interface. Powerline interfaces and patch cables are sold separately.

The PRO-100 Home Automation Controller provides a single user interface to all of your home’s subsystems. Control your lighting, heating system, security, home theater, and other systems through a single web interface, PDA, touchscreen, or even your telephone or cell phone, thanks to HomeSeer’s voice-recognition technology. The PRO-100 Home Automation Controller supports all popular automation technologies, such as INSTEON, X10, Z-Wave, UPB, and more.

In addition to direct control of your systems, you can schedule events to occur based on time (including sunrise/sunset), upon security panel triggers, I/O controller response, e-mail receipt, and RS-232 input. In response to these triggers, you can set your system to turn on lights, send e-mail, run a script, trigger another event, control a web camera, or even play sounds or speak using human voices. Announcements can also be sent to other computers in the home to alert users to incoming phone calls, motion at the front door, or news or weather events.

Configure and manage the PRO-100 Home Automation Controller system using any web browser, whether you’re on or off site. The system software is totally customizable, and plug-ins allow the software to be extended to support custom hardware. The system also includes a scripting interface that supports popular scripting languages like VBScript, JavaScript, and Perl. The user interface and custom interfaces are built or modified using simple web (HTML) technologies.

The PRO-100 Home Automation Controller is free from moving parts and has no fans, so it can be mounted inside a structured wiring cabinet or in any other location, even without ventilation. Read more

Use Your INSTEON Network to Remotely Open and Close Your Somfy Controlled Drapes

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I/O Linc - INSTEON to Somfy RF Drape Control Kit

I/O Linc – INSTEON to Somfy RF Drape Control Kit enhances your INSTEON network by allowing you to remotely operate drapes, blinds and other window coverings powered by Somfy RTS and/or Inteo motors and controls, sold separately. Using INSTEON automation, you can open and close your window coverings at the press of a button using a switch, keypad or remote control. With HouseLinc, you can schedule the blinds to open or close according to sunrise, sunset or any other predetermined time you decide. You can even use an INSTEON-compatible thermostat to activate a scene when an upper temperature limit is reached that will turn on the air conditioner and close the blinds simultaneously to rapidly cool down your home. This kit is a convenient, easy to use solution ideal for anyone that wants to automate their Somfy RF window coverings using an INSTEON network. Blocking direct sunlight and maintaining an even temperature in their home is easy with INSTEON.

How It Works
The included Somfy dry contact interface wires directly to the included I/O Linc – INSTEON Low Voltage / Contact Closure Interface (using the included hook up wires), which simply plugs into an available outlet. When I/O Linc receives a signal from any linked INSTEON device, it will trigger a radio frequency (RF) signal to be sent by the Somfy interface to control compatible Somfy RTS or Inteo motors, opening or closing your window coverings. Read more

Put Plug-In Devices on a Daily On/Off Schedule to Save Money!

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Stanley Electrical 31206 TimerMax Indoor Daily Digital Timer

  • Automatically turns attached device on and off as scheduled
  • Repeats daily and also has a manual override control button
  • Eliminates standby power in the off position to save energy
  • Backup battery stores settings in the event of a power failure

This indoor digital timer lets you set a schedule for your plug-in devices, making life more convenient while saving energy. Its large LCD display and push button programming make setting the timers quick and hassle-free. Once the timers are set, your device will automatically turn on and off once a day. A manual override function allows you to operate the device without using the timer. While the timer is powered via an electrical outlet, the timer’s built-in backup battery ensures your timer settings won’t be wiped out in the event of a power outage.

Other timers may allow a small amount of power to flow to the attached device, even in the off position, which can add up over time and reflect in your energy bill. When this timer sets the device to the off position, it cuts off all power to the device so you can be sure the device only draws power when it is in use. Read more

INSTEON-Compatible Lawn Irrigation System Controls up to 8 Sprinkler Valves

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

EZFlora INSTEON/X10 Sprinkler Controller
Make sure your lawn and garden plants are watered with a programmable timed sprinkler system that can be set up on your PC and controlled with any INSTEON or X10 controller. The INSTEON/X10 8-Zone Sprinkler Controller is an 8-zone irrigation unit capable of controlling up to eight sprinkler valves either individually or in program sequences in response to single INSTEON or X10 command from your PC or a standalone home automation controller. This irrigation controller will work with any standard 24V AC sprinkler system (sold separately), and a free software download is available for easy programming. The Controller requires a 24V AC transformer (sold separately) to power the sprinkler solenoid valves.
EZFlora INSTEON/X10 Sprinkler Controller

While basic functions can be programmed manually, advanced functionality can be programmed with the EZSrve, central automation controller. If you already have a central automation controller or a software package for your INSTEON network that doesn’t have the correct parameters to program the advanced functionality of this device, you can download the free Simplehomenet Utility Suite which works in conjunction with an INSTEON Powerlinc Modem (2412U, 2413U or 2413S). If you need PC-free operation for simple timers, the SHN Utility Suite also interfaces with the INSTEON Powerlinc Controller. Read more

Customer Reviews

4 Stars

5 Stars Doug — Frisco, Texas    Date: 6/3/2011
Review: Works great. My sprinkler controller went out and it was a simple task to connect my existing sprinkler valves to this. I wanted something with more flexibility which I got when I combined this with my Home Control Assistant also sold by SmartHome.

4 Stars MATTHEW — SEGUIN, TX    Date: 5/26/2011
Review: Easy control with Indigo.

5 Stars BENJAMIN — DANE, WI    Date: 3/31/2011
Review: Seemed to link up just fine with my ISY99 controller. I did have to download the SimpleHomeNet utility, and connect a serial cable to my PowerLinc modem so that I could update the configuration to convert zone 8 to a pump. (So, now zone 8 comes on when ANY zone comes on, to drive my pump) This was for well water, I might add.

Create a Daily Watering Program for your Lawn or Garden

July 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Melnor 3015 Electronic AquaTimer

  • 6 Watering cycles
  • Simplified programming with digital display
  • Multilingual labels included
  • Works with low pressure drip and soaker hoses
  • On/off to use like a faucet
  • Works with AquaSentry
  • Requires one 9v battery
There’s no need to worry about overwatering or forgetting to water your lawn when you install the Melnor 3015 Electronic AquaTimer – simply set it and forget it. Set this easy-to-use electronic timer to water your lawn once a day, everyday, at the same time. Program the most convenient time for you and rest assured that your lawn is getting the watering it needs. The timer can also be easily bypassed to allow the water to be turned on and off like a faucet. Requires one 9v batter (sold seperately).

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