You may not be quite ready to spend $700 on a robot nanny, but you don’t have to get quite that extreme in order to join the growing smart home trend. Today’s home automation products are easily within reach for most Americans, thanks to simple and affordable home automation products from X10. In fact, you can purchase a starter kit for under $100! Many of our customers prefer to build their own system, though, starting with the following modules.
WS467 Wall Switch Module
The most popular home automation product from X10 is the WS467 Wall Switch Module. An easy replacement for any standard-sized toggle-style light switch, the WS467 will fit in perfectly with your existing wall plate. Installation is a cinch with the push-button design, allowing you to easily pair any switch-operated light or appliance with your favorite X10 controller. If you’re using your WS467 to control incandescent or dimmable lighting, you’ll especially appreciate the soft start feature that it includes, saving you money by extending the lifetime of your light bulbs. You can purchase the WS467 individually or in a 4-pack.
SS13A Slimline Switch Decorator White
The SS13A Slimline Switch Decorator White is even easier to install than the WS467: You don’t even need an existing light switch! Simply place the sticky-back module wherever you’ll find it most convenient. The switch plate looks just like other standard white plates, so no one will know you didn’t go through the trouble of re-wiring your home. You can program each of the SS13A’s four buttons to control a different appliance. Purchase a single SS13A or a money-saving 3-pack.
LM465 Lamp Module or AM466 Appliance Module
Despite its name, the LM465 Lamp Module can actually allow you to control any plug-in light fixture or appliance with the X10 controller of your choice. Simply plug your LM465 into a standard wall receptacle, and plug the appliance into the module. You can purchase a single LM465 or enjoy a buy-three-get-one-free deal when you purchase the 4-pack.
Since the LM465 supports dimming functionality, it runs a little more than the AM466 Appliance Module, which you may prefer for non-dimmable lighting or other appliances. Like the LM465, the AM466 can be purchased in 4-pack. Unlike the LM465, the AM466 can also be purchased in a 6-pack or a 2-pin version.
SR227 SuperSocket Receptacle
Another choice for controlling any given appliance or light fixture, the SR227 SuperSocket Receptacle looks almost identical to a standard wall receptacle. Since it cannot be easily unplugged, it is preferred by many customers. In addition to a single X10-controllable outlet, it includes a pass-through outlet on the bottom. Like the modules described above, the SR227 can be controlled with any X10 remote control.
In addition to the above-mentioned modules, any X10 home automation system must include a remote as well as a transmitter or transceiver. We’ll look at some popular choices for those in our next post.
X10 Home Automation & Security
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