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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 2017-12-09, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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getting back into home automation

I need a power timer for some Christmas light and though I would buy the latest home automation brain and get started with a plug n play power line device. I have some old school experience with x10. researched "smart things and google home" etc. It seems I have to buy from many brands to get light dimmers, power timers, contact closers etc. Where do I start?
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Have you looked at Insteon Hub? It is similar to X10, and very reliable. It has light switches, wall plugs, etc. and not too expensive.

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I need a power timer for some Christmas light and though I would buy the latest home automation brain and get started with a plug n play power line device. I have some old school experience with x10. researched "smart things and google home" etc. It seems I have to buy from many brands to get light dimmers, power timers, contact closers etc. Where do I start?
Are you talking inside or outside Christmas lights? And if outside are they controlled from a switch inside the house (i.e. the "Christmas light plugs" outside in my house have an inside control light switch)?

I would start with the Wemo devices. A smart plug ($25 on sale right now) and/or the smart dimmer wall switch (kind of expensive right now - watch for a Boxing week sale). Wemo integrates with the Google Assistant.

If you want a home controller and you have access to Best Buy US, the SmartThings Hub is on sale for $50 there.
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