My home's First Alert ONELINK system for smoke and carbon monoxide detection includes voiced warnings, with optional smartphone alerts

Back in April of 2010, the time had come for me to assess the value of crawling into my attic and basement to replace my home's 1994 vintage fire detectors. Yes, that's well beyond the recommended every 10 year replacement interval. Because the detectors were hardwired to one-another, the prospect…

Jun 14 2013

Insteon Hub first impressions, easier home automation, configured right from your smartphone

Insteon Hub Item # 2242-222 [click to view on Amazon] Insteon Hub - Initial configuration, creating a Christmas lights scene for my living room, from my smartphone. It's a busy time of year. But my Insteon Hub 2242-222 arrived today, an early gift. I knew it was going to be at least December before …

Dec 22 2012

Finally found an efficient, attractive, and affordable ceiling fixture, with 3 LED bulbs, totaling just $88

Short version, if you're replacing a ceiling fixture, consider heading to Home Depot if you live near one, or head online, to try: Qty 1 of $46.97 Progress Lighting Renovations Collection Antique Nickel 3-light Flushmount Qty 3 of $13.97 EcoSmart 13-Watt (60W) Warm White (3000K) A19 LED Light Bulb…

May 28 2012