LightWaveRF – smart home devices for a dumb house
LightWaveRF produce a range of hardware that will turn your home into a smart house. This past weekend I tried to set up my devices to upgrade the homestead.
So LightWaveRF what is it? LightwaceRF is a British company located in Birmingham, UK. The company produces a range of hardware that will turn your house into a smart home for an acceptable investment. A Few weeks back I was sent a couple of items to try in order to write a review and being a geeky/tech interested dad I took them up on the offer. Due to life getting in the way and a missing 5 port switch I was forced into the review this past weekend. So how did I get on?
Firstly what did I get from LightwaveRF?
- Retrofit Dimmer switch – LW400 Dimmer (1 Gang)
- Internet Link Box – LW930 Lightwave Link
- 13A RetroFit Sockets – LW270 13A Socket (2 Gang)
- LW103 Socket Locker
So A decent little bundle I think we can all agree but what to do with it. As luck would have it on Saturday I had a busy day lined up which included,, taking Liam to his first ever football match and what a proud moment it was as he overcome years of struggling with Arthritis in order to take to the pitch and while it zapped every ounce of energy from his bones he gritted his teeth and got through it, amazing hour watching him play. Then Off to Blanchardstown for a spot of shopping for Mothers Day, quick hop into McDonalds for a well deserved little treat for the kids and then back home for some eats.
Kids on the PS4 for a hour or so allowed me to tackle the replacement of a dimmer switch in the front room with the Retrofit Dimmer from LightwaveRF. After I turned off the electrics decided to be brave and remove the light switch already in place. Being a complete DIY novice this was a big issue for me as I truly am stupid when it comes to this stuff. Still after the plate came away from the wall i paused and decided to take a photo and label up the wires as a reference was needed, you see the wires were all the same bloody colour!!
A quick hop onto the internet to find the fitting guide as per above I proceeded to remove the dimmer switch and replace it with the new one from LightwaveRF – the worst part of this was trying to get the wiring back into the wall so I could attach the dimmer plate back onto the wall. After a quick test of the lights and confirming nothing would blow up I was happy to attached the faceplate and secure everything in place.
A little orange light on the plate confirms power when the light is off but press the top button and the lights fire up in a instant and the light on the faceplate turns changes to blue. Giving the light turns on my dimmer full blast some fine tuning was needed. So by holding both buttons until the blue and orange light flash you press the top button a further two times. This takes you into the menu to set the initial on brightness of the lights. With this set I could pop them on and off at ease and turn up and down the brightness as needed and all was good.
Step two was installing the LightwaveRF Link box and then app on the phone. So I did get ahead of myself here and install the app a couple weeks back but could not action anything as the link box was needed. So with a spare port now to hand I plugged in the link box which is one of the most simple things you could ever do. In face my mum could even manage this and she is as bad with tech as I am with DIY!
Plug in the power, plug in the ethernet cable, open app, press link button and pair up link box to iPhone app. job done, ok a few minor registration details aside it was plain sailing. Now the good bit, controlling the light from the iPhone application, This was also very easy to set up and use. Once you set up your room you can link the switch to the app via some button pressing on the light switch. Once this pairing was confirmed I was able to turn the lights on and off and adjust the dimmer on the app itself. One of the really good features is called “Moods”, this is great for creating a mood for example in watching films. So you set the light level you want and then add this to the mood for “Movies” then when settling down to watch a film just hit the mood and zapp all lighting adjusts to the preset level, no more jumping up and down from the sofa when the film has begun.
So early days first thoughts, very happy and can see me buying a few more single dimmers for a couple more rooms namely the kids and my bedroom. Not only do they look way better than my in place light switches but with added control through the app I ca keep and eye on the kids leaving on lights and switch these off remotely when needed saving energy and money.
Onto the down side and nothing what so ever to do with LightwaveRF or its products but I had a major pain in the neck with my WiFi and internet set up on sat evening and Sunday and as such I was not able to get the 13A sockets added to the kids room. This will be done on the weekend as I spent bloody hours trying to get the internet working while resetting the modem and router. Now as a plus. Even when I reset everything in my internet armory and knowing I had both Belkin Wemo and LightWaveRF products attached the LightWaveRF fired right back up again and connected without the need for me to do anything. Amazing and really impressed as it was something less I had to re-connect. Belkin Wemo however… Holy Cow two hours and I still could not connect the lights and still have not a day later so will get back into it again tonight. massive plus points to LightwaveRF for this.
Part two of my reivew will be coming next week when I connect the socket and then a further review on money saving aspects. to conclude this I am now off to the LightwaveRF site http://lightwaverf.com/ to see what else I can get for the house.