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How to Automate Your Holiday Lighting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:21
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The holiday season is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than to decorate with lights. There are several Z-Wave products on the market today that will automate your Fall and Winter holiday decorations a piece of cake.

Controllers
First, you'll need a controller. It may be a USB controller coupled to a software or hardware controller such as a handheld, table, or even to develop a system for Elk M1 Gold. They each provide a different level of control logic. A handheld controller or table could simply be programmed to turn lights on and off at a scheduled time or at sunrise and sunset while the software and Elk M1 Gold controllers allow more sophisticated logic to be executed, which can be used for animation of light synchronized. This article does not address the different controllers, but I'd be more than happy to answer all your questions on our forums.
Figure 1: Outdoor plug-in module

Devices
Most of your lights are displayed outside, which means that you need tools adapted to this environment. One of my favorites from A to Z-Wave enabled devices is the Christmas decorations HomeSettings Intermatic Outdoor Module plug-in (see Figure 1). These come in handy when you need to temporarily plug multiple strands of lights on circuits controlled separately (for example when you want to animate the decorations).
Figure 2: RIP

Another device, you can not normally think to use with your decor is a Z-Wave Wireless Motion Sensor (see Figure 2). You can use this device to trigger another device Z-Wave, as above outdoor plug-in module or in-wall container. Imagine the look of your face on the "Halloween" guest as they walk to your house dark and disturbing light Ghoul face behind your window.
Figure 3: Taking and six plugger

What am I?
Currently, I am keeping things simple. I use a Z-Wave InTouch container (see Figure 3) and a "six-plugger" GFCI protected cartridge designed for outdoor use. I recently installed the plug in the open air, which is what sparked the idea of this article, and made me think of what I could do for the winter holidays. ThinkEssentials ControlThink 2.0 I use software with Intermatic USB stick as my controller. ThinkEssentials I programmed to turn on the lights at dawn and at sunset off. Hey, it's a start.
David Powell is a contributing editor of ZWaveWorld.

Check ZWaveWorld.com for the future "How To" articles on the automation of your home.


A frequent contributor to cocoontech.com David Powell holds a bachelor's degree in computer and information sciences from the University of Maryland. He began his project with a HomeSeer home automation to automate its Z-Wave lighting and has since developed his system in the Z-Wave devices controlled by the 25 + CQC software. He is a licensed Home Automation, which qualifies him to install Z-Wave devices in residential buildings.

 
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