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LightwaveRF Reveal Range of Coordinating Smart Home Accessories

Smart Home tech specialist LightwaveRF have revealed a variety of new accessories to complement their existing products. These aren’t new RF units, but rather a range of accessories to blend in with their existing wireless home automation devices. The range includes a fan isolator switch and various 1 and 2 gang plate wall switches and sockets with and without neon indicators. […]

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Belkin to Expand WeMo Ecosystem with New Smart Home Sensors

Belkin has announced plans to expand its WeMo smart home range with 5 new sensors. WeMo’s new home sensors allow users to monitor their entire home from anywhere using a mobile device and the WeMo Link, a Wi-Fi-to-Zigbee bridge that connects the sensors to the home’s wireless network. Full pr and images follow… WeMo Door and […]

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Home Assistant – Open Source Python Home Automation Platform

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3. The software allows you to track and control devices around your home from a single, mobile-friendly, interface, and with an emphasis on privacy, none of your data is stored in the cloud. The team promise “installation in less then a minute” and powerful logic allows you to […]

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Qubino – The Smallest Z-Wave Modules in the World

Qubino Z-Wave modules are a new edition to the home automation scene from Slovenia. Qubino claim the modules are “the smallest Z-wave microcontrollers in the world” and offer a range of units including Dimmers and Relays for controlling lights, shutters and other electrical devices around your home. The units include support for connecting a digital temperature sensor […]

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Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2014

2014 really was the year you went bonkers for heating controls. There are no less than 7 posts in our top 20 based on these technologies and our Heating Forums have been buzzing. A special mention at number 17, for Chris Hunter’s series on his incredible Idratek powered Smart Home (look out for the third and final instalment coming early in the […]

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Belkin WeMo Insight Switch Controls & Monitors Your Appliances Remotely

Belkin has announced the UK availability of the WeMo Insight Switch. The plugin module allows UK homeowners to control their electronics and monitor their energy consumption remotely with the WeMo app (available for iOS and Android). The Insight Switch uses 802.11n Wi-Fi to send notifications when connected devices are turned on or off, letting you know […]

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LightwaveRF Reveals New MP3 Playing Door Chime

Wireless smart home tech manufacturer LightwaveRF has added a range of four new door chimes to their existing lighting, heating and power control products. The door chime kits come complete with clear and precise installation instructions and are available in four variations; Portable, Wire-Free, Wire-Free Plug In and Wire-Free MP3. With an operating range of […]

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Smart Apartment in Londons Mayfair

UK distributors, AWE supply a lot of gear to the custom installation trade. Here’s one of the latest smart home installations using their kit , by HA specialists EasyComp. Make sure to click the photo of that rack below for some home automation porn. A stunning apartment in London’s exclusive Mayfair has undergone dramatic renovation, transforming an […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Remote Control Colour Changing LED Light Bulb

Here’s a gadget that could be a hit over the holidays.  The Auraglow is an inexpensive remote control colour changing 10W LED lightbulb that’s available in B22 Bayonet or E27 Screw fittings. Tell yourself you bought it for its energy-saving properties, then burn it all night changing colours (and moods) as you please. While there are […]

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The UK’s Smartest Home? Part 2

Here’s the second part of our series on what may well be the UK’s Smartest Home (make sure to read Part 1 first). Over to Chris Hunter to take us through the next instalment on his amazing Idratek powered home automation system… In Part I, we gave an overview of what we’d done, the self-build and the automation. […]

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