I’ve been writing some code to drive the INSTEON PowerLinc Modem. It’s not the newest generation of INSTEON interfaces, but it’s the one I have in my system.
It’s been kind of a miserable experience. This thing could serve as a textbook example of how not to design a serial protocol.
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Today I tried out two new LED lights. The first was a Philips AmbientLED in the MR16 form-factor, to work in my low-voltage tracklights. The second was a Cree EcoSmart CR6 pot-light.
I’ve been experimenting with different low-power light options around the house. CFLs, dimmable CFLs, and most recently some Philips LED bulbs.
Since so many of my switches have been replaced with X-10 or Insteon dimmer switches, I need bulbs that can support dimming, or at least not be damaged by it. The dream bulb would be something with the same colour-rendering and dimming behaviour as an incandescent, but still low-power.
No low-power bulb has knocked my socks off yet, but the weird-looking one pictured to the right has come the closest.
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For the KeypadLinc with clear buttons, SmartHome provides an MS Word template for creating your labels. I found it lacking in many ways. So, I made my own.
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