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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2018, 09:39 »
I am using a KNX system (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KNX_(standard)) which automates and integrates lights, blinds, curtains, aircons, water heater, security systems, door entry and av (but I have not implemented av automation and integration as yet). Full scheduling and mobile control. Have been using this platform for the last 13 years in 2 homes. Rock solid. Multiple vendors and all vendor products are interoperable and can mix and match as all must adhere to KNX standards and specs. Downsides are cannot diy (can but quite complex), must be implemented during renovation as cables need to be laid, and not cheap.
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2018, 23:51 »
Any rain sensor recommendations? My installer wants to charge me $600 for it which I rejected outright. Cannot stomach paying $600 for a sensor!

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #33 on: December 29, 2018, 15:59 »
$600 for a rain sensor?!?! Z-wave sensors from Fibaro or similar cost only about $100.
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #34 on: December 31, 2018, 08:30 »
Yea, I've read up about Fibaro flood sensor as well. It uses its legs for detection purpose. From the looks of it, the potential roadblocks to using that accurately is mounting location (detection is more sensitive to outdoor placement on floor).

I found a nice write up on types of rain sensor. Anyone using optical sensor? Seems like the right technology for our typical SG homes.

http://www.pic-control.com/rain-sensor/

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« Reply #35 on: December 31, 2018, 09:37 »
Is anyone using motion sensor PIR lamps? Say for their lobby or porch?

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2019, 17:17 »
Is anyone using motion sensor PIR lamps? Say for their lobby or porch?



Maybe a cheaper method is to use those solar enabled outdoor lights. Always ON at night time. Isn't that more straight forward and lower costs?

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« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2019, 23:09 »
I just experienced a PIR floodlight in action - very impressive!
Drove past my friend's home, from 20m away his spotlight was activated.. gotta get that sensor...
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« Reply #38 on: February 10, 2019, 17:42 »
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« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2019, 17:45 »
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