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Turn On a Light

If you’re new to home automation, the best way to start is with a few lamp modules.

Lamp modules are the basic building block of home automation, and it’s not unusual for a smart home to have one connected to nearly every lamp in the house. Lamp modules can vary in appearance, but, essentially, all of them look like the one shown in Figure 1-1 [Hack #1].

Setting up a lamp module is very simple. Set the address you want this module to respond to by turning the house and unit code dials [Hack #1] on the front of the unit. Then plug a lamp into the front of the module and plug the module into a wall outlet. You’ll want to put it into the bottom plug so the module doesn’t block the rest of the outlet. If you need to use the top plug for some reason, plug the module into a short extension cord, instead of directly into the outlet, so the bottom outlet remains clear.


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