Last week, I placed my first order from https://shopusa.shelly.cloud/ and today, I did a fun “quarantine project,” setting up independent receptacles on an electrical outlet in my den. The best part? I finished the project in less than 20 minutes!
Whenever I automate a circuit, my two favorite modules are the Shelly 1 UL and the Shelly 2.5 UL. They’re my go-to for 90% of the circuits I work with, because they’re so quick and versatile, but offer great functionality. Here’s a quick install of a Shelly 1 with a Decora style switch in a standard single gang box.
Under cabinet lighting with the Shelly RGBW2 is a fantastic smart home project for nearly anyone. The RGBW2 is low voltage, requiring a 12v or 24v power source, can support up to four channels (Red, Green, Blue, and White or four White channels), and offers the same ability to enjoy local and cloud control of the device as other Shelly relays. What’s more, if you don’t want a permanent installation, you don’t even need to use a single screw to mount the project.
Our friend Jason Churchward from The Smarter Home Club has shared a FANTASTIC write up on how to use a Shelly 1 module to control an inexpensive siren/strobe light he ordered from AliExpress.
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This weekend’s project is a 4 outlet switched Smart power strip using a Shelly 4 Pro module! The Shelly 4 Pro is designed for din rail mounting, which you’re not going to find often in the US. However, the ability to independently control four circuits with one module combined with the LCD display is a gauntlet thrown at the feet of any DIY smart home enthusiast. Using this module in a portable power strip opens up all kinds of possibilities for the workshop, holiday lights, or off-site use (with consideration for Wi-Fi on location).
When you get started on your home automation journey, it is REALLY easy to go down a rabbit-hole. If you’re not careful and disciplined, you can end up making a lot of extra work for yourself that could be avoided with good planning. That’s in addition to the extra work you can cause by changing technologies in the middle of your project!
See if this sounds familiar – I had a lot of stuff planned today and only a little of it got done! It happens to all of us, where things don’t go as planned. The key to turning days like this into a mark in the win column is to learn from the experience (or relearn what you’ve forgotten).
This past weekend, I gave the Z-Ben ZB-PL01 IP Camera Bulb a try. Experimenting with an IP Camera bulb has been a priority to me for some time now. I would like to have video coverage of different areas around my home without the expense or bother of running wiring. Having a camera hidden inside an LED light bulb seems to good to be true!
Another recent “mini project” that I’ve done recently was to add a 220v dryer outlet in the garage by my circuit breaker. I’ve included an explanation for why I did the install in between the pictures!