Controlling Velux windows

October 20, 2018Devices, Interior, Solutions 11 Comments

No KUX, just Loxone Integration of Velux roof components into home automation systems has been often criticized in many smart home forums [1,2,3]. The usage of proprietary protocol is making this “black box” difficult to integrate and to interact with any other solutions. The overall architecture is a bit weird, utilizing a control unit KUX 100 … Read More

Water level measurement

October 10, 2018Garden, Sensors 21 Comments

The background I have been posting few updates in this forum where I listed the options I was considering for water level measurement in my rainwater tank. I somehow strongly accentuated the ultrasonic method of measuring but never actually implemented it as the price of these sensors kept this item low on the priority list. Until … Read More

DMX dashboard

September 8, 2018Configuration, Devices, DIY, Ideas, Solutions 2 Comments

What I missed since the very beginning was some kind of an overview of the basic status of the house. I know, tablet, I do have one wall mounted in the living room as well, but by dashboard I mean something simpler, giving me the exact info about the things I need to know before … Read More

Outdoor power outlet

September 5, 2018Devices, Garden No Comments

Let’s start today with a more lightweight topic here. I have been searching for some nice garden power outlets, that can be placed permanently outside the house,  regardless of the weather conditions. Typical usage would be anything from electric lawn mower to birthday garden party 🙂 I do not need any extra functions there, like movement … Read More

Connecting your water meter

August 5, 2018Sensors, Solutions 4 Comments

Finishing the story about the utility meters and its connection to Loxone. After articles about the electricity and gas meters I am focusing on the water meters here. Of course, there are water meters with pulse output already on the market, but in my case I wanted to read the data from the official meter I got from the … Read More

Connecting your electricity meter to Loxone

February 15, 2018Sensors, Solutions No Comments

Continuing the story about the utility meters and its connection to Loxone. Again, not talking about any Modbus meter integration here, I am about to get the data from official utility meters. I described the integration of a gas meter in my previous post, let’s focus on electricity meter here. Before we jump into it, let’s … Read More

Conversion to new light controller V2

January 10, 2018Configuration 1 Comment

You might have noticed that there is a new light controller block released together with the config version 9. It has some cool features that were not easily possible before (like continuous color sequence, easier control of RGBW LED strips or mixing moods) but also few drawbacks. See where you need to pay attention when … Read More

Connecting your gas meter to Loxone

December 27, 2017Sensors, Solutions 1 Comment

I always planned to integrate utility meters into the smart home system. In my case this would mean to connect the electricity, gas and water meters. For all these I did the cabling preparation while I was building the house, so I was literally ready to go. But as usual, there were things higher on … Read More

Starting new lawn from seed

December 10, 2017DIY, Garden No Comments

At some point of the house construction, or quickly after, there is a moment when the focus moves to the garden area all around the house. Usually this happens after the winter, when the snow melts and you’ll suddenly see all the work that needs to be done in order to get to a state … Read More