Aeotec ZW162 Review

Aeotec ZW162 Z-Wave Doorbell Review

I was in search of a doorbell I could integrate into my Home Automation system that didn’t rely on the cloud. Video was not important to me, I’m already using dedicated PoE cameras for video surveillance at my home. I’ve got a good amount of Z-Wave devices in my Home Automation setup, so the Aeotec … [Read more…]

TV CEC MQTT

Make a Dumb TV “Smart” using MQTT and CEC

If you’re like me, you’ve probably got a TV or two in your house that don’t integrate well with Home Assistant or your preferred Home Automation platform out of the box. Seems like a lot of TV manufacturers make their TVs hard to automate and control by consumers. In today’s article, I’ll be installing and … [Read more…]

LV-PUR131S Review

Levoit LV-PUR131S WiFi Air Purifier Review

Looking to add an air purifier to your house to get rid of pet dander, dust, and allergens? Want to control it from your favorite voice assistant or through your smartphone? Even better would be to have it run automatically when you go to bed or only when you’re at home. Well the Levoit LV-PUR131S is an air purifier that integrates with Home Assistant and other Home Automation platforms. This LV-PUR131S Review goes through the setup of the device, the things I liked and disliked about it, and some suggestions on how to integrate it within your smart home.

The Levoit LV-PUR131S has a WiFi connection so that you can use to remotely control the air purifier via their App, IFTTT, Alexa or Google Home. Using that same WiFi connection, this review will showcase how you can hook the air purifier to Home Assistant to integrate it into your smart home and create powerful automations around it. It’s available for purchase on Amazon.

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June Side Project Roundup

Side Project Roundup – June 2019

Welcome to a new series on my blog, the “Side Project Roundup”. The Side Project Roundup features some little details about various Home Automation, Home Labbing or Home Improvement projects that I’ve done throughout the month, but didn’t get into a full-blown article. I hope it sparks some interest for you to tackle some of … [Read more…]

DIY Smart Home Cabinet Lighting

DIY Smart Home Cabinet Lighting

My wife and I were looking to add some additional lighting to our kitchen. There are several companies making lighting solutions for underneath cabinets, but many are expensive and have limited functionality. We decided to create some DIY Smart Home Cabinet Lighting to add additional light that looks great and matches our lifestyle.

The lighting adds additional task lighting when working by the cabinets and automatically adjusts the color temperature depending on the time of day. It uses an RGBW controller to create any color you want, so you can have more “festive” lighting during parties as well.

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