Automating our dual fuel towel radiator

As I explained in my earlier post, heating our bathroom, we installed a dual fuel tower radiator. A dual fuel radiator is one that can be heating by both our central heating and an electrical element inside the radiator. This allows us to dry our towels without having to turn on the central heating, something … Continue reading Automating our dual fuel towel radiator

Making a dumb light switch a little smarter

A few months back, when planning the rewiring of our house, we decided not to include any switched 5A sockets; you know the kind of arrangement where a switch on the wall can turn on some floor lights and lamps in a room? If you want light, but something subdued, it gives you an alternative … Continue reading Making a dumb light switch a little smarter

Temperature Sensor – Mk II

My first go at creating a simple battery powered temperature sensor was really interesting and fun to do, but, like any project, there are always way to make it better! For my Mark II sensor, there were a few things I wanted to improve: Use of mesh networking - Wifi Mesh or Bluetooth meshCapture more … Continue reading Temperature Sensor – Mk II

Den – The Smart Hub

The Den Smart Hub is the core component of Den's smart home offering. You need to have one in order to use any of their other products. The Hub is responsible for remote access and firmware upgrades. It's worth noting that the Den products will operate *without* an internet connection (once initially setup). This is … Continue reading Den – The Smart Hub

Best laid plans, part 2

After my little boo-boo with measurements, I purchased a new Wiska junction box from RS, this time with a little more width and the Sonoff relay fit perfectly! I also picked up some IP66 glands to help secure the wire from the LED strip. This junction box had a membrane covering each hole, so I … Continue reading Best laid plans, part 2

Best laid plans…

Wanted to work on my garden LED lighting project weekend. Unfortunately, I may have made a slight miscalculation with my measurements... I placed an other with RS for a replacement box, this time a little wider! If all else fails I can always take the circuit board out of the case and place it directly … Continue reading Best laid plans…

WiFi enabling my porch light with a Sonoff Basic Smart Switch.

Having failed to read the warning regarding neutral wires, my attempt at using a Sonoff T1 Smart Switch to control my porch light went down in flames. My plan B was to try using a Sonoff Basic WiFi Smart Switch to perform the same job. My plan to put the relay between the ceiling rose … Continue reading WiFi enabling my porch light with a Sonoff Basic Smart Switch.

Smart switches and the missing neutral!

As part of my learning and experimentation with Homekit and home automation, I recently picked up some Sonoff Basic Smart Switches. I've successfully installed one them outside, controlling a few metres of LED strip lighting. It's pretty novel to turn it on and off via Alexa or from my iPhone, but to be honest, it's … Continue reading Smart switches and the missing neutral!