DIY Smart Home Lighting Switch Solutions?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by rhyzome, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. rhyzome, Mar 16, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015

    rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012

    I have an old MBP and a spare Airport Express to work with, and I'd like to find a (not expensive) way to use my spare equipment to control a lamp or two around my house. I just want to be able to switch it off or on over the wifi network. (I already have a network set up running from a time capsule with an extending Airport Express)

    Might anyone know if there is some kind of on/off controller that I could plug the lamp into, that could be activated over the network (perhaps it plugs via USB into a spare mac or an airport express?)?

    Are there less expensive/alternative solutions from simply buying a smart bulb?

    Anyone done similar projects?

    (PS--anyone know if there are smart light-switches that could use the iphone to detect your proximity or as a remote?)
  2. chogue23 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2015
    Waco, TX, USA
    Look at products form Wink. ( They have outlet plugs and even bulbs that connect to a smart hub and can be controlled through a mobile app or over the network. Also look into products that support Zigbee. The standards are the same and should be compatible. If you are near a HomeDepot, you can get the GE Link LED bulbs that connect to a Wink for $15 each and can be remotely turned off or on and can be dimmed.


    The other alternative would be something based on Arduino, but that requires that you learn the programming language and have experience soldering and designing your own products.

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