Solenoid valve control (update)

March 14, 2020DIY, Garden, Solutions, Wiring No Comments

This post is an update of an earlier article I did for garden irrigation. The main reason for this update is an additional section/solenoid valve added to the system which I want to control with Loxone. In the previous design I used three of the extension relays outputs (one relay per solenoid). With the newly … Read More

EnOcean push buttons and actuators

December 31, 2019Devices, Sensors No Comments

EnOcean is well known low power wireless standard and as a technology it is being integrated into wide range of home automation solutions, either as an integral part of the smart home ecosystem, or as an standalone wireless technology used for some sort of dedicated remote control (blinds, garage door, remote wall switch, …). It … Read More

Intergating 12V devices into 24V system

December 7, 2019Devices, Solutions, Wiring No Comments

Home automation systems like Loxone do require 24V DC power supply. In most cases the infrastructure is fed by one separate PSU unit, which has some kind of power outage protection (UPS, either on its primary side AC, or the DC side), and is separated from the other high-consumption components (like LED strips, valves, locks, … Read More

DoorBird Chime

May 11, 2019Devices 7 Comments

If you already have DoorBird intercom installed (like I do) there is an interesting peripheral device you can pair it with to either become your primary source of doorbell sound, or to just enlarge the area where you want to be notified about the doorbell press. And that all over your existing network. There are … Read More

Infrared remote for HiFiBerry

March 15, 2019Devices, DIY, Solutions 1 Comment

There are situations where it is not very convenient to use the phone or tablet to control the music. Sometimes you just need to quickly change the volume, pause the playback or skip a song on a playlist, and this can be done much easier using a IR remote. Adding an infrared remote to the Raspberry … Read More

DoorBird intercom with Loxone

February 16, 2019Configuration, Devices, Solutions 20 Comments

I have been constantly postponing most of the construction finalizations in front and around the house, in order to complete the interior and garden in the back first. That took longer than I expected and as a result some of my initial plans were a bit re-shaped and diverted from the original intent. This was … Read More

Norm 69 lamp from Normann Copenhagen

December 25, 2018Design, Devices, Interior No Comments

It is a Christmas time so why not talk about some of the nice gifts. Today I have special one to talk about, it is very nice pendant classics, a design icon that never gets old. The Norm 69 from Normann Copenhagen is a sculptural pendant light that consists of 69 parts. It can be … Read More

24V DMX Dimmers

December 4, 2018Devices 9 Comments

Some of you might already noticed that Loxone silently discontinued few  products and one of the areas impacted are DMX products. Just a simple query to their web-shop reveals that there are no 24V DMX Dimmers any longer. The focus has moved towards Tree and Air products, leaving open standards aside. Same happened to EnOcean … Read More

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