July 02, 2018

Home Automation - Part 1

I am diving deeper into a smaller project that I started earlier. First, I wanted a way to be able to control the lights in my house. Particularly the outdoor lights. and second, I wanted something that would handle turning these lights on and off automatically.

The popularity of Amazon’s Alexa & Echo really got me thinking. Cool concept, but I really hate the idea of an always-listening, cloud-connected microphone. Surely there is some way to control some lights locally.

Home Assistant

Zwave Beginnings

The Deep Dive

With my trial working as intended, I decided to really get into this. I ordered some new parts to start being able ot control some more things.