Troubleshooting Three-Way and Four-Way Switch Circuits

Which One Should I Use, Part VIII (Preamble) Are we up to Part 8 already? Time sure flies, doesn’t it. Those of you who know me or have read other articles of mine, know that I travel a lot for ACT (Advanced Control Technologies, Inc.). I enjoy traveling, as long as it isn’t every week. Back in …

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Digital X-10: Which One Should I Use?

Have you ever wondered how much you can find out about yourself on the internet? (However, if you haven’t and would rather not read about my wondering, then you can skip directly to the history of X-10.) I went to http://www.dejanews.com the other day and did a search on the words “Uncle Phil”. I guess …

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Which One Should I Use – Part IV

First, to everyone who attended one of my classes at the Habitech Convention in Dallas, June 23-28, it was a pleasure meeting you. Thanks to all of you, I was given the “top instructor” award at the convention. Knowing the caliber of many of the other speakers, it was indeed a great honor. On top …

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Which One Should I Use – Part III

Well, actually, before we get to “which one should I use (“part trey”), we have some unfinished business to discuss. First, in the April HTI issue, I gave you information on the use of X-10 receivers with non-linear loads (Which One Should I Use, Part II). For those of you who yearned for more I …

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Which One Should I Use – Part II

To all of you who enjoyed and benefited from my other articles, thank you for your nice emails. This one is a continuation of my first “Which One Should I Use?” If you have not read the first one, it is a good prerequisite to this installment: Use the index at the left to go …

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Lucky Lindy meets my Grandmother

In all truth, Charles Lindbergh never met my grandmother, but both have played a role, albeit small, in my perception of Home Automation. My Grandmother Florence was born in Flat Rock, Indiana in 1910 and was a young woman of 16 when Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic. She has seen a …

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Which One Should I Use? – Part I

As easy as they are to use, the many plug-in and hard-wired X-10 compatible devices have caused more than one of us to ask the question, “Which one should I use?”. Before we can choose the right X-10 device, however, we need to know a little more about the load we are wanting to control …

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