Home Automation with Mac OS X, Part 1
Subject:   More on X10 and Plug'n Play
Date:   2004-02-13 21:11:15
From:   mrghemp
Many of the X10 modules are available at RadioShack, but are re-branded as Plug'n Power. They also have a alarm clock you can use to time events (if you don't want to use a computer).

RadioShack also has an alarm system compatible with Plug'n Power (X10). It has remote controled window, door, motion and etc. sensors... the nice part is that it's wireless.

It is worth noting that there is a difference between lamp modules and appliance modules. Lamp modules are nice because they are silent and offer dim capabilities. However they lack the wattage to handle florsecent lights, and other high wattage devices.

If you have an aquarium with live plants, you will find having timed lighting a real convience.

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  • Higher Wattage?
    2004-02-14 21:49:14  jb- [View]

    Most of the florescent lights I have are lower wattage than similar standard bulbs. I think the difference is that very few florescent bulbs can handle the variable wattage (and it's bad for motors such as those in appliances too). This page at GE Lighting says florescent lights can be on a dimmer if they have a dimmable ballast.