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Is Lutron Caseta A TRIAC Dimmer?

Triac dimmer components and the Triac electrical diagram

A TRIAC lighting control might sound like something out of an old episode of Star Trek, but it’s actually one of the original ways for controlling dimmable lighting. As the world has moved towards the LED standard, TRIAC dimmers have fallen out of fashion. However, there are still plenty of situations where you can make … Read more

Ring Doorbell and Camera Night Vision (What You Need To Know) – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me in night vision mode with the text Rings night vision any good

Since most crime happens at night, a high quality night vision mode is really critical for your security system. As a result I wanted to shoot this video and talk through the pros and cons of Ring’s night vision mode, and also discuss how it works. I also explore Ring’s color night vision mode, and … Read more

Which Smart Lights Support Thread and CHIP/Matter?

Screenshot of the Thread Group homepage

Smart lighting is one of the most popular parts of the modern smart home. With more and more brands popping up, the industry continues to grow exponentially. Smart lighting is essentially lighting of various types that can be controlled wirelessly, using a wireless communication protocol such as Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, or LoRa – just to … Read more

Does Lutron Caseta Offer ELV Dimmers?

Lutron Caseta in wall dimmer switch

ELV dimmers are a great way to control your smart lighting. These dimmers are some of the few that are actually compatible with LED lights and even compatible with certain brands of smart lighting. There are several different types of dimmer technology when it comes to switches that can control your home’s lighting. Each different … Read more

Philips Hue Will Support “Matter” (But NOT Thread): Does This Matter? (… sorry)

YouTube thumbnail showing me a 3d render of Elon Musk and the text Hue Matter Thread and... Elon Musk

Philips Hue recently confirmed that the Hue ecosystem will soon have a software update to support “Matter”, the connectivity standard that aims to finally introduce a common smart home communication ‘platform’. However this update will be made to the Hue Bridge V2, meaning that individual Hue lights and components will NOT be Matter or Thread … Read more

Are Philips Hue Bulbs Bright Enough?

A table lamp with Philips Hue E14 candle bulb, dimmed to 1% brightness

Philips Hue has an extensive line of smart lighting products that provide varying degrees of lighting for the modern smart home. Their diverse range of lighting products includes a variety of bulbs for both the inside and outside of your home.   Their line also includes floor lights, light strips, pendant lights, and even their lighted … Read more