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Insteon can lights make for easy scenes not previously possible

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A relatively new device added to the Insteon stable is the LED Bulb for Recessed Lights: They’re great additions in larger rooms with multiple lights where you would like individual lights to turn on for different reasons – something not

Posted by Matt Chiste
September 18

You are connecting your extension cords this way, right?

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Public Service Message: Whether it’s Christmas Lights or power tools, any time you’re connecting two power cords together that have a chance of being pulled on, they should be connected thusly: Unless, of course, you want to get all fancy

Posted by Matt Chiste
December 18

Are LED Christmas lights worth it?

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We’ve covered the Insteon 8-watt light bulb, a DIY project involving LED light strips, and the Kill A Watt to quickly view energy usage (without needing a whole-house system). Armed with the knowledge that LED lights are cheaper to run

Posted by Matt Chiste
December 17

Battery-powered motion sensor for LED light strip

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It’s been a little while since we covered installing LED Light Strips on stairs for pathway lighting. This concept has evolved over time, starting with wiring the LED lights down a plastic cable run trimmed to direct the light down:

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 11

LED light strips make great low-energy pathway lighting

I had motion-controlled lights on my front steps for about a year when I decided I could do better. While it was nice to move up and down the steps without having to hit a light switch, the overhead lights

Posted by Matt Chiste
October 25

Programming an ISY-994i for Motion-Controlled Lights

As discussed in an earlier post on the Insteon Motion Sensor, the most basic of setups for having a motion sensor control a light switch is through the use of a scene. You would create a new scene that included

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 9
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