iPhone controlled power socket?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by NStocks, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. NStocks macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    So after many attempts of using a iPhone/remote controlled dimmer light bulb, I have not found any to be successful. I was thinking; would it be possible to use a dimmable lamp, plugged into an extension cord, controlled by an iPhone and timed?

    Basically, it will be: main power supple (extension cable), a device that can be controlled by an iPhone, a lamp with a dimmable bulb.

    Is this possible? Affordable? In the UK?

    It seems like a fairly basic idea, other than the dimmable option...

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I ha e several Schlage devices I can control with my iPhone. Thermostat, dimmer switch, outlets, lock, cameras. But I got sick of the monthly fee, so I stopped it. I've slowly been looking at a zwave controller so I can do it all without a monthly fee.

    But if someone made this stuff Bluetooth or something would be nicer, esp for lights you only need to control when your at home anyway.
     
  3. NStocks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    To be honest, I just don't think the technology is there yet, which is unfortunate as it's a really simple circuit in reality.

    For now, I think I'm going to leave it...
     
  4. NStocks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I saw this on engadget but forgot who made it! It's a little clunky for me, so I'm now looking at dimmable "daylight" bulbs for use with a normal wall dimmer...
     
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Everything can seem simple when you're blissfully unaware of the details required to make it work. As suggested above, Zwave's your best bet right now.
     

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