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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 3. Master Your Appliances

Master Your Appliances

If you want to automate a fan, coffeepot, or radio, use an appliance module. Thanks to their versatility, appliance modules are an integral component of a smart home.

In many ways, the X10 appliance module fulfills the promise of a Jetsonian future. You can turn fans, radios, coffeepots, garden lights, and popcorn makers into your obedient servants with the addition of this little module. Although nearly identical in appearance to the lamp module [Hack #2], the appliance module is a lot more versatile. You can use it to control nearly anything that turns on or off.

Warning

Although you can use an appliance module to control a lamp, albeit without the ability to control the brightness, never ever use a lamp module to control an appliance. If the lamp module is dimmed accidentally, the appliance might overheat and cause a fire.


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