Nov 10, 2013 Home Automations
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Aug 26, 2013 ELV Systems
Normally priced about $20, Home Controls has been offering a huge savings on the PLM01 X10 Lamp Module. We started the sale a few weeks ago with several hundred of these very popular modules. And wow, have they been popular because we’re down just a few dozen. Now is the time to get yours before supplies are gone!
The X10 Lamp Module is the simplest and most effective way to control your household incandescent lights. Lighting control is simply a plug-in away. The X10 Lamp Module plugs into any standard 120V household outlet and gives you the ability to remotely control any incandescent light you plug into the Module (up to 300 watts). The Lamp Module is actually a Receiver that Responds to X10 Signals generated by X10 Controllers elsewhere on the electrical power lines. Simply dial in any House Code and Unit Code you choose for each Module and away you go! Don’t worry about losing manual control of the lamp… it will function normally even with the Module in place. The Lamp Module is the foundation of your home lighting system. The PLM01 features Automatic Gain Control (AGC).
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Sep 29, 2012 Home Automations
This prepackaged RF remote and transceiver kit is the perfect solution to wireless control of your X10 lighting and appliance control system. Issue X10 commands from your couch, kitchen, back yard or anywhere within 100-feet of a plug-in Base Transceiver with this 8-button RF Wireless Remote. The handheld remote is powered by 4 AAA Alkaline batteries and controls unit numbers 1-8 or 9-16 (switch selectable). Transceiver base receives all 16 unit codes. Plus, Base Transceiver has built-in Appliance Module.
Kit includes the Handheld Remote and the Base Transceiver. More info …
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Sep 18, 2012 ELV Systems
There comes a time when you may need need to troubleshoot an X10 system. You know the situation. Something doesn’t turn on, and you can’t figure out if you’ve got a bogus transmitter or a bum receiver. Hmmm, how do you isolate the problem to either device? Well, you could go all out and purchase the best X10 powerline signal analyzer known to mankind and get the MIPLSA. With its LCD display, this baby will show you the signal strength, noise level if any, the actual signal house and unit code, and it will even record powerline activity over a period of time. Too costly? Yeah, I thought so.
Dropping down in altitude, there’s the XPXPTR. Instead of an LCD display, you have LED indicators to show the signal and noise levels. Obviously, you won’t see house and unit code information, but that’s OK, right? Nor will you have the ability to record.
Now we get to the budget X10 test equipment. Actually, you’ll be creating your own test equipment. Get yourself the XPPHC02 Maxi-Controller transmitter AND the XPPHH02 Chime Module receiver. Use this as your reference transmitter/receiver pair, allowing you to send and receive all 256 X10 addresses. Set the Maxi-Controller and Chime Module to the same address code to verify proper operation. The chime will produce a pleasant “ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-ding” sound after receiving an ON signal. Once that’s been done, you’ll be ready to troubleshoot the problem with a known good X10 transmitter/receiver pair. You can easily plug these devices in any available receptacle to test different branch circuits.
Or if you want to raise the bar and have the ability to direct-connect the controller or chime module at the hard-wired location of a suspected faulty device, cut a lamp cord leaving about 18 inches of cord attached to the plug end, remove power from the circuit, wire-nut the cord in place of the device, re-apply power and then plug in the controller or chime module. Just be sure to use electrical common sense. Be safe. This blog assumes no responsibility if you let the sparks fly like a 4th of July firework.
Do note that you’re not limited to using the chime module. You can easily subtitute a lamp module instead, and have the ability to test the BRIGHT/DIM and OFF functions. I chose the chime module primarily for its audible feature, instead of having to move about to do a visual check as required with a lamp module.
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