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Updated: January 15, 2020 By: Dave Rongey
Timers and Light Switch Wiring
John in Pennsylvania asks; I’m trying to replace a single pole light switch with a timer light switch in a box that also has another single pole switch going to another light: How to Wire a Timer Switch for Lighting.Updated: April 5, 2013 By: Dave Rongey
Install A Garage Door Indicator Light Using Home Automation
How To Monitor if Your Garage Door is Open or ClosedUpdated: September 27, 2012 By: Dave Rongey
SCADA Systems and Home Automation
The Future of Home Automation Systems and Home Controls – SCADA systems are extremely useful for numerous applications which are integrated into Home Automation and Home Control Systems. We now rely heavily on SCADA systems, they are here to stay, and they will just keep getting better with technology.Updated: August 7, 2010 By: Dave Rongey
Installing X-10 Controls For Lighting
I have a single light switch that controls 10 – F40T12 drop in 4 bulb fluorescent light fixtures that, due to a large piece of furniture placed in front of the switch, I cannot easily access it anymore…Updated: March 7, 2012 By: Dave Rongey
Things That Activate Security Lights During The Night
Possible Causes of Security Lights Going On and Off: What causes my dusk to dawn security light to go off several times during the night?See more at the Electrical Questions Category Listing.
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Automated Switching for the Home
Home automation is about delivering practical control of your lighting and home electrical devices for your personal lifestyle which provides comfort and control and energy savings.
Electrical Wiring for Home Automation Systems
I believe that enabling new technologies to customize and schedule common lifestyle activities performed everyday is beneficial in any home.
Simply stated, quality home automation makes life easier. The Home Control Systems are extremely useful, they have been around for years and there are numerous applications for their use, especially with Home Electrical and Automation.
|Controlling lights with single-button scene control and zone control adds new dimensions to a lighting system—a dimension you can’t achieve with a solo dimmer on the wall.
In fact, home automation lighting is one of the most powerful methods Interior Designers use to change moods in a room.
Every room in the home benefits from home control and home automation. Here are just a few examples of popular applications:
Home automation is about delivering practical control of your lighting, home and personal lifestyle.
Automation manufacturers provide a variety of residential home automation products which provide a wide range of powerful levels of control and customization for your home.
Enjoy convenience and energy savings with automated switching of outdoor lighting
Lighting displays have become a staple of American front yards and home automation programmable light switching makes the inconvenience of switching these displays ON and OFF every night a thing of the past… as well as providing an easy way to comply with town restrictions or energy management objectives.
Decorative Lighting In Brief:
NOTE: Do not replace previously installed GFCI Receptacles with home automation receptacles.
• Automate ON/OFF switching of holiday landscape displays
AUTOMATION PRODUCTS FOR HOLIDAY DECORATING APPLICATIONS
Examples shown below can be found from manufacturers such as Leviton, X-10 Home Controls, Lutron and more.
Table of Home Automation Controls
|Purpose or Function|
||Wall mounted programmer, (much like a thermostat). Easy program entry for desired home control functions.|
||A control station that provides one-touch access for up to 64 home lighting scenes.|
||A table top controller provides easy access to control home automation devices.|
||Control incandescent or resistive lighting this wall switch receiver (for non-fluorescent lighting)|
||Control a lighting scene up to 600 watts with this wall switch receiver .|
||Control a lighting scene up to 1000 watts with this wall switch receiver.|
15A/120V Split Duplex Receptacle
|The top receptacle is controlled with home automation programming, while the bottom receptacle is energized all the time.|
||A plug-in module that can automatically control lighting and provides a full range dimming capabilities.|
||A plug-in module that is ideal for automatically controlling appliances with up to up to 15 amp capacity.|
||This light fixture control module can be at either an incandescent or fluorescent light fixture and performs On and OFF control functions from controllers.|
||This light fixture control module can be installed at an incandescent light fixture and performs On / OFF and Dimming control functions from controllers.|
||A module that amplifies and repeats command signals to maintain proper signal strength throughout the Home Automation network.|
* Recommended in some installations to ensure system reliability
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
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