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DIY Irrigation Controller

This project took a long time to put together. There were a lot more frustrations than I expected. At times I had concerns about being able to pull it off. But I am prouder of this accomplishment,...

Inovelli Z-Wave Dimmer Status LED in Home Assistant

Recently I ordered Inovelli (Red Series) Z-Wave Dimmer from Amazon. I primarily got it because for the ability to take actions based on up to 5 taps up (and down). I set it up to toggle one lamp w...

Home Assistant Template Macros: Date and Time

Over time I have created a large library of date and time manipulation code which are used in my automations and scripts. I plan to update this post with the snippets as I add to my library. Date ...

Voice Event Reminders with a User Interface

Some of my favorite “quality of life” automations are: 1.) an LED strip that turns on when anyone enters the kitchen, 2.) bedside lights that help us wake up in the morning, and 3.) Alexa voice ale...

Wife Approval Factor (WAF) Crisis

How to stop accepting flaky components, and start replacing them A few months ago I posted a message in the Home Assistant Community outlining the problems that were driving down the acceptance of...

Alexa Alarm Wake Up Light

Thanks to the wonderful Alexa Media Player custom component, Home Assistant can make announcements and I can perform actions with my voice. I even have setup custom routines that are context aware....

HOWTO Resolve Lutron Smart Bridge Pro Connection Issues

I have a Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro (L-BDGPRO2-WH). I was unable to connect to it with the app on my iPhone. I would get a “Cannot connect to your Lutron system.” error every time I tr...

Making a dumb light switch smart with ESPHome and Home Assistant

Project: Smart light switch with offline fail-over Goals Create a light switch that is decoupled from power delivery so the 9 Hue Bulbs in my Dining Room Chandelier can always be powered, whil...