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2.6. Wrapping Up

Armed with only an X10 switch, an X10 controller, a computer, and a Perl script, I have turned a conventional porch light into an intelligent porch light (Figure 2-7). I can still turn it on and off from the switch, but I rarely need to because my Perl script meets my needs perfectly.

You probably have a bunch of ideas about how you want your new light to behave, but before you go too crazy, just live with the intelligent light for a week or so. You'll then have a better sense of how you want to tweak the script or rearrange the setup to better suit the needs of your home. Some specific things to think about are:


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