Home Automation has to be a wonderful thing! Who wouldn’t want to be able to use a remote control to dim the lights in the home theater (aka. the living room)? Or what about that antique lamp from grandma that has the switch way down on the cord behind the couch that you have to struggle with just to turn it on? Wouldn’t it be nice to push a button on the wall instead of taking the risk of breaking it just to turn it on?
I have a little lamp with one of those little switches down on the cord (mines not an antique though). My mom gave me the lamp when I started planning to get married. It’s a real pretty, light pink rose with a night light bulb buried in the middle of it. Very pretty! The rose goes great with the roses in my bedroom. The only problem with this lamp is that I can’t use it where I’d like to. Why not? That little switch. It’s impossible to turn on that little switch when the cord has to go down behind my dresser. So, what have I done with it? Set it where I want it and not even bothered to plug it in.
With the help of X10 home automation it would not be hard for me to put this lamp into use. From my understanding of the product, all I would need is a LM465 Lamp Module and a remote control or wall switch to control it.
The LM465 Lamp Module is simply a little box I would plug the lamp into and then plug the module into the normal wall electrical outlet. There is no rewiring or special electrical work required, it all works with what I already have. When I pull out the dresser to do this I’ll just turn on the lamp at the little switch and just leave it on because I’ll then be able to control it remotely.
Now, to control the lamp I have two different options. I can choose to use an X10 remote control or an X10 Automated Switch to control my lamp. Just as with the Lamp Module, I can get these so they work remotely and require no rewiring. (This is important to me, can you tell?) With a remote control it will be just like using the TV remote, only I’m using it on my light. A wall switch can be put where a current wall switch is or elsewhere. In my case, I do not want to make any changes to my current light switch so I think I would choose the SS13A Slimline Switch which can be put anywhere in the room and adhered to any surface. The nice thing with the switches and remotes is that they can often be used to control more than one item at a time like the lamp, the bathroom light and DVD player.