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The LightwaveRF Forum is dead. Long live the LightwaveRF Forum!

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Time to come clean about why I’ve been so quiet of late.  I’ve been busy! I’ve decided I needed a new pet project, so, bringing together my love of home automation and web development, I’ve built a new online community around the Lightwave RF product suite and taken over the unloved forum that was once the official LightwaveRF forum at lightwaverfforum.net. …

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LED Lighting – Has it finally come of age?

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I have been dabbling with LED lighting now for some time.  This week, spurred on by a quidco offer to save 10% and get 10% cash back on my purchase, I bought some next generation LEDs from LED hut – a favourite online retailer of mine. With the next generation LED’s now hitting the market, has LED lighting finally come …

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Blog Refreshed and Relocated

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I have decided that my home broadband link is a little too slow to maintain a live blog on. I have decided to up sticks and host it at a commercial hosting company. I have chosen Tsohost, a UK based cloud hosting provider. At only £14.99 for a year’s hosting, it seemed a bit of a no-brainer to give them a …

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First experiments with the Raspberry Pi and its GPIO outputs

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I’ve completed my first experiment in building something physical with my new Raspberry Pi. It’s not overly useful, but I’ve built a binary counter using LEDs.  The following video explains more… I originally started writing the code in Python. Mostly because many of the examples for controlling the Raspberry Pi are in Python, but having very little experience in Python …

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Node 0

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I spent a couple of hours in the loft at the weekend mounting my rack mount server (at last) and tidying up some cables. I thought this might be a good opportunity to talk a little about my ‘Node 0′. Located in the loft I have a 12U wall mounted rack. In this rack I have a 24 way patch …

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Fourth LightwaveRF Dimmer and Good News on LEDs

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#I have just fitted my fourth Lightwave RF dimmer.  This time in the living room and on the same fitting as the one I have recently replaced with LED lamps.  The dimmer works fine as I would expect and is actually much better than the home easy dimmer it replaced.  The LED lamps dim much lower than they did with …

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