Here’s one I prepared earlier

Skipping ahead a little bit, I have run all the cabling for lights, switches and networks. For switches, I was using CAT5 Ethernet cable but int he end didn’t like it for the use even though it would be greatly flexible for future additions of POE (Power-over-ethernet) networked devices for control but I figured that…

Another one rides the bus

Normal 240VAC lighting is usually setup that the power starts at the switchboard, goes down the wall to the switch, a feed for the next room/light and the light feed go back up the wall and to the light. This hasn’t really changed in recent history with the exception of inline control devices that add…

12VDC or bust

Starting off down this road, you can very quickly get bogged down in scenarios. What if you already have house wiring, can you /should you retrofit, can you go all low voltage, what if you aren’t there to fix it? This started to kill the project before it started but with a bit of looking…

The back story

Unfortunately, this blog is about six months behind where I am currently at with my system, hopefully this post will give you an idea of why I have taken this direction. Armed with the idea of future home automation, I hit the web and had a Google and eBay frenzy that started me off with…