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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

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

The Difference Between Amazon Alexa and Echo (The “API Mandate” Is Alive!) – New Video

Echo vs Alexa difference YouTube thumbnail with me wearing a cowboy hat

People sometimes use the terms “Amazon Alexa” and “Amazon Echo” interchangeably, as though they are the same thing. But they are actually different. Amazon Alexa is the smart cloud platform used by Amazon, and this can be accessed on our phones, through our smart watches, in our cars – and yes, through Amazon Echo. Amazon … Read more

Ring Camera or Doorbell Shows Pink, Purple or Green Video (How To Fix)

Ring Doorbell screenshot with a purple pink tinge due to an IR filter problem

Ring’s cameras and doorbells are some of the most common smart home devices out there. Whether you have your own home or you’re renting, it’s getting fairly common to find Ring doorbells as a standard feature. These cameras come packed with a few interesting features. One of the coolest capabilities of a Ring camera is … Read more