All posts tagged: lights

Testing the wired Z-Wave connection with the USB Home Controller device

And at the end of that long day, I was saying “All Lights Off”

It was the day. The day to wire in the Z-Wave devices on the switches and test that the openHAB software was able control the switches. The tests had been done. And this was the real deal. The devices had been purchased. The instructions had been revised several times. The circuitry had been discussed with the electricians several times. All the necessary doubts had been cleared. The softwares had been tried and tested. And yet when it came to the day – Of Course, we had problems. But glad to say, this story had a good ending and lessons learnt from all the problems we faced. Here’s a visual capture of the day. And at the end of that long day, I was saying “All Lights Off” to turn off all the house lights. Our brother still does not understand why we need to use our mobile phones or voice commands to control the switches. And he also does not understand our excitement. So over to you…Does the idea of home automation excite you? Or is it …

Testing the waters with openHAB

Nerd Alert. If you are not into technology, you will find this boring. You have been warned! The Z-wave switches are being installed today and SS has been working throughout the week trying to ensure that openHAB has been installed ready to be configured. SS has been testing the waters in writing the rules for openHAB and he has been successful so far in automating a lamp via a WEMO switch. I was thrilled! Let me describe his setup so far. Firstly, everything is not going as planned. SS planned to have openHAB hosted on our ASUSTOR NAS server and use the Aeotec Z-Stick USB as the controller. But on the limited version of the Linux OS on NAS, installing the driver is proving to be a problem. Poor SS. He is still waiting on ASUSTOR to respond to his query. So a temporary solution while SS figures this out, is to use Raspberry Pi instead of NAS. I am told the USB Z-Stick works like a charm on this. And that it was easy …

A “starry” ceiling

Hey, it wasn’t easy. But its done! The old lights have been replaced with these gorgeous new downlights. Next step is to install the Z-Wave switches to get our geek on with lighting automation!! Btw, the electricians we used was City Light Electrical. They were introduced through referral and since they were starting a new company, we were also their first few clients and they made sure we got competitive quotes. And they were nice. We like good quotes and nice people 😉 — Featured On: The Daily Post: Ready, Set, Done

Some styles are “ageless”

We are getting our lights changed – starting with the exteriors then on to the interiors. For our exterior lighting, we are still sticking to the more classic lights to go with the feel of the house. Our house has a bit of character that I do not want to lose by just blindly trying to modernise everything – SS tends to do that a lot in trying to get the “latest of everything”. And I keep arguing that its not a piece of software or technology that you always need to be updated with. Some styles are “ageless” – like I felt with these exterior lights. I must say I get excited about the littlest thing!

Sensing a lighting emergency

I love good lighting – whether natural lights or otherwise. While natural light gives a fresh welcoming feeling, I think good internal lights makes the home look warm and cozy. And you see, all the lights in our home needs to be replaced. They are pretty but look centuries old. So, I am sort of in a panic mode now. I know how important lighting is. And I have to replace all of them. I am not saying they are ugly. They are just not my style. So call in the ambulance! These are what we currently have. Not sure what I am going to do with them. Anyone interested to buy em?