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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 8. Turn On the Lights When They’re Needed

Turn On the Lights When They’re Needed

Combining a computer-controlled home, motion detectors, and lamp modules can ensure that your lights come on only when you really need them.

The simple approach [Hack #7] of setting a motion detector to the same address as the light you want to control is often useful, but there’s a more flexible approach. Instead of having the motion detector control the lights directly, use your home automation software [Hack #16] to add some intelligence to the equation.

Here’s the situation:

  • An Eagle Eye motion detector [Hack #6] set to address B2

  • An X10 transceiver to receive the signal from the motion detector

  • A lamp module [Hack #2] set to address B4

  • A computer with home automation software, such as XTension, with units defined for both the motion detector and the lamp module


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