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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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Found – Apple wants to create iPhone-based automated, connected homes

AppleInsider is reporting that a new, extensive patent application details how a new iPhone model with a near-field communications chip could serve as the connected centerpiece of an automated digitally connected home. Read more here: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/07/26/apple_wants_to_create_iphone_based_automated_connected_homes.html

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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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DemoPad controlling LightwaveRF

Its the wee small hours and I really should be in bed but I have just installed DemoPad on my iPhone (and iPad) and been playing with trying to get it to control my LightwaveRF installation. It works! What I needed to do was find out the actual IP address of my LightwaveRF WiFi Link (because DemoPad doesn’t currently support …

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GU10 LEDs – First Impressions

Its been a while since I posted something and today I have reason to correct that. I have just taken delivery and fitted what I hope is the first of many LED lamps. After much research, I decided to take a punt on these: http://www.ledhut.co.uk/spot-lights/gu10-led-bulbs/gu10-smd-led-220-lumens-45-watts-equiv-best-internet-price.html Despite the URL, these claim to be 50 Watt equivalent 320 Lumen GU10s running at …

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Ouch!

I have just found out the hard way what happens when you accidentally touch the exposed wires sticking out of a broken fairy lamp while decorating the Christmas tree. They were 240V lights too! Perhaps I should not have had the lights on while doing it, or perhaps it was better that I did – had the little one found …

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LightwaveRF WiFi Linked

Finally my local B&Q have taken delivery of the LightwaveRF WiFi Link and I popped in earlier to pick one up. You can order one here through Amazon if you wish: Buy LightwaveRF WiFi Link on-line through Amazon. The packaging is the usual high quality I have come to expect from JSJS Designs and was a bugger to get into …

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The journey so far…

I have been attempting to automate my home for some time and I have only just decided to blog about it.  So where am I at the moment and what have I achieved so far? My heating is controlled by a collection of what I will call FHT devices.  These appear to be available under a couple of different brand …

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