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

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

Time to come clean about why I’ve been so quiet of late.  I’ve been busy! I’ve ...

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LED Lighting – Has it finally come of age?

LED Lighting – Has it finally come of age?

I have been dabbling with LED lighting now for some time.  This week, spurred on by a quidco offer ...

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Blog Refreshed and Relocated

Blog Refreshed and Relocated

I have decided that my home broadband link is a little too slow to maintain a live blog on. I have ...

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First experiments with the Raspberry Pi and its GPIO outputs

First experiments with the Raspberry Pi and its GPIO outputs

I’ve completed my first experiment in building something physical with my new Raspberry Pi. ...

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Node 0

Node 0

I spent a couple of hours in the loft at the weekend mounting my rack mount server (at last) and ...

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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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Moving Blog

So, i’ve decided to self host my blog on my own server. Whether this will turn out to be a sensible choice I will have to wait and see. The primary reason for doing this is to have a bit more flexibility over what I can post and how it will be displayed. Oh, that and the fact that WordPress.com …

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Update on hammering TRV

I’ve been having problems with a new TRV fitted in my bedroom. I’ve checked the TRV at home and while I can’t tell whether it matters (I think the only markings are in the back) I do think the plumber has put it on the return side of the radiator. Just after kicking in this evening, I felt both pipes …

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TRV “Hammering”…

As part of a complete refurb including new plaster, we have just had a radiator replaced in our master bedroom.  The radiator seems OK, heats well and the room gets toasty (perhaps too toasty, but that’s a subject for a different post).  However, there is a problem, the TRV sounds like a Jack Hammer when it closes down to between …

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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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First blog

OK, so, my first blog post. What is this about?  Well, I want to create a home which is comfortable, easy to live in and which appeals to my inner geek.  I want it automated.  I want to be able to control my lights and heating using more than just wall mounted switches and thermostats.  I want to see graphs …

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