Smart Home Setup
For those of you still waiting with baited breath for the Smart Home blog post I promised you I apologize! Working at a Smart Home focused company you would think I’d be more eager to write a post but time flies when you are having fun (see travel section). So let’s start from the ground up with the different systems installed in 1 bedroom 900 soft condo - yes it is very much overkill.
This is likely the big winner in my Smart Home experience & that is because it just works. That is a pretty low bar other smart home systems have set for reliability but legitimately the key differentiation for Lutron is that it works 100% of the time. Like all good things you get what you pay for & Lutron is far from cheap.
Caesta leverages a proprietary hub which communicates over the ~430MHz radio frequencies giving it long range & ability to pass through walls. While I wish the hub was POE it’s small form factor is an easy add to any networking closet.
- Living Room Dimmer Switch
- Entry Dimmer Switch
- Outdoor Plug (for patio lights)
I don’t even want to try & calculate how much I have spent on Hue bulbs & accessories. But they are the best lights I have found - 16m colors, 25k hour lifespan, & 800 lumen output.
The lights are fantastic but also require a proprietary bridge to communicate. Like the Lutron hub the Hue bridge is connected via ethernet (I wish POE) but communicates on the ZigBee standard. ZigBee is on the 2.4 GHz radio frequency which had me worried about WiFi RF collusions. So far happy to report no issues & lights are very responsive to cloud based communications.Devices Connected:
- Office Lights
- Bedroom, Living Room & Bathroom Bulbs
- Kitchen under cabinet light strip
A few items on my wishlist that I haven’t pulled the trigger for yet are the gradient light-strip & HDMI sync box. At a crazy $400 combined these will probably stay on my wishlist.
Probably my favorite device I own but sleep is constantly underrated. The Eight Sleep mattress is connected to the Home Pod which communicates over 802.11g. The pod can set the bed temperature on autopilot throughout the night to optimize for the best night sleep across all 4 sleep phases (Bedtime, Deep, REM & Wakeup).
The glue that sticks it all together! I have my instance running on a Raspberry Pi but not Smart Home software can match the HA integration suite. Everything under the sun can be added (follow the youtube videos) & displayed in the mobile app.