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Entertainment and Lighting Controls Using ZWAVE


Affordable whole house control solutions center around three underlying technologies which can be controlled from a single point. Other solutions on this site discuss Control4 systems and Insteon/X10 systems. This solution presents a ZWAVE-based radio frequency approach to entertainment center and wireless lighting control in the home.

Harmony Remote Lineup

The Harmony Remote Control Lineup from Logitech pictured above shows handheld remotes capable of controlling entertainment center audio/video devices as a universal remote control. These Harmony remotes replace 5 to 15 existing A/V device infrared (IR) remotes depending on the model. If you choose the Harmony® One Advanced Universal Remote or the Harmony® 900 you will also be able to control lighting devices in your home using a ZWAVE RF network. The Harmony® 900 comes with an RF system allowing you to place your A/V devices out-of-sight in a closet rack or closed cabinet to enhance the room decor. The color LCD screen provides one button control for typical entertainment activities or lighting scenes. Setup of the Harmony remote and your ZWAVE network is accomplished with an easy to use computer-based configuration assist that asks you questions about your device use as it walks you through the setup process. For more information about the Harmony remotes click here. Harmony remotes are sold at Best Buy and other retail outlets.

ZWAVE Plugin Module

The ZWAVE Plug-in Lamp Module from Wayne-Dalton provides an RF repeater which allows your lamp to be controlled by the Harmony remote or other ZWAVE controllers. This device allows on/off and dimming control of your incandescent lamp via ZWAVE and participates in a ZWAVE mesh network by retransmitting the wireless signal for reception by other nearby ZWAVE devices. Installation couldn't be easier, just plug the module into a wall outlet and plug the lamp into the side of the module. An Appliance module (fluorescent lighting) and an Outdoor Lighting module are also available.

ZWAVE In-Wall Switch/Dimmer

The ZWAVE In-Wall Switch/Dimmer also from Wayne-Dalton provides an RF repeater which allows your lights to be controlled by the Harmony remote or other ZWAVE controllers. This device allows on/off and dimming control of incandescent lighting loads from 40 to 600 watts via ZWAVE and participates in a ZWAVE mesh network by retransmitting the wireless signal for reception by other nearby ZWAVE devices. Installation is similar to any other standard wall switch, you may want to consult a registered electrician for installation.

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ZWAVE Plug-In Lamp Module, $39.95
* Z-Wave radio-frequency technology requires no wiring
* Module allows dimming of incandescent light
* Module doubles as a repeater for increased signal reliability .. more info
ZWAVE Plug-In Appliance Module, $39.95
* Z-Wave radio-frequency technology requires no wiring
* Module allows control of appliance or fluorescent light
* Module doubles as a repeater for increased signal reliability .. more info
ZWAVE Outdoor Lighting Module, $39.95
* Z-Wave radio-frequency technology requires no wiring
* Control outdoor lights without going outside
* Weather-resistant module doubles as a repeater for increased signal reliability .. more info

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