APP Update Available Today (APR 2017)

A new app update is available today!


What’s New:

New branding, dashboard, nav
Premium/Pro Monitoring-Alarm Tracker
Scroll features/favorites bar changes
Alarm Requirements setting includes motion only devices.
Safety/Security cards merged into 1 alarm experience
Alarm Req. setting unique On/Partial
Grace Period Countdown shown.
Bypassed open/close devices re-enroll.
Iris Garage Door controller participates
Pair Springs Window Fashions shades
Pair Bosch Pet Immune motion sensors.

Here’s the link to the APP at the Google Play Store

Recent Iris Can Videos


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Iris by Lowe’s recently released three short videos in the “Iris Can” play list under their youtube channel. All three videos have a theme about two couples in bed where Iris was there to assist in a comical way.

Even though the videos were a chuckle to watch they were however situations I couldn’t relate to as an owner of the system, or even share them with friends over social media. Let me know what you think?

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Iris by Lowe’s Status Page


Ever called a support number like an internet service provider just to be told there is a service disruption in your area after you were put on hold for thirty minutes to one hour?

Now when your Iris by Lowe’s system is acting up, you may want to check out the site first before deciding to making a phone call to support.

Hopefully we won’t be needing it anytime soon, but it’s nice to know Lowe’s is investing in more into the iris system and even keeping themselves accountable as the site also displays any past incidents.



Alexa voice to Wunderlist task


For those who are into personal productivity. You may know that one of the ways is to dump everything from your mind to a list so you can clear your head and concentrate on your most important task. This is done so you don’t have constantly worry about remembering your to-do list.

Amazon Alexa already has a shopping/to-do list with in its app however my wife and I already use a app called Wunderlist, and rather not to use two apps for our to-dos. We prefer to use the Wunderlist app because it allows us to comment, add pictures, and share specific to do lists with each other. For example, we can share specific task list called “Groceries & Errands” where we can assign specific task for each other, and exchange comments in near real time and it’s also in context for the specific task so there’s less confusion.

To do this I utilize the following which I believe is simple to do but let me know if you more specific steps.

1) Alexa Echo
2) IFTTT (
3) Gmail to
4) Wunderlist ( and their blog post on the mail to Wunderlist feature.

There is however a manual cleanup process I go through as the Alex app will not delete or check off the items which has been emailed out. This is why I would occasionally go to the Alexa app and check off all shopping & to-do list as they are never touched. I’m not sure if it will cause an issue if you allow this list to grow but I don’t find it too cumbersome to check each item off and delete them whenever I’m in the Alexa app which is not very often.

Wunderlist is the app we personally used but this can be done for any app which accepts emails to task or an application that can perform direct integration with IFTTT which I’ve found the following three can be done directly.



This feels so weird writing this as I haven’t done so since 2015. To get the ball rolling, I thought it would be good to start with a quick update of my current system.


  1. Iris by Lowe’s: 2 hubs and 61 devices
  2. Ring Doorbell: 1 Ring Pro
  3. Arlo: 4 cameras
  4. Alexa: Echo and Echo dot
  5. Hue: 4 color lightbulbs
  6. IFTTT/Stringify: Connect things
  7. Wink: 1 Hub with 2 sensors

As you can see Iris is still my primary system. However I’ve also expanded to other things outside of Iris and I plan on sharing what works in my home in future posts.

Looking forward to the rest of 2017 as I plan on being more active on this blog and at the forum.

Search for Fan Control on


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UpdateFanControlDuring the recent hub update. You may have see the above notification for the GE Ceiling Fan Control Switch part number #650035

Searching this number at currently doesn’t provide any results, where it seems this item number is still being hidden at the moment.  NoResult650035

However running an advance search on seems more successful.


Here is the link on for the  GE Ceiling Fan Control if your interested.




Here is the link to the PDF installation guide.

As of today there is none available for purchase, but if you happen to catch it when there is availability please put a comment or notify the forum. Thanks!

Hiring at Lowe’s for Iris Smart Home Position


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Looking for a job in home automation?

Lowe’s is looking for some people to work in the US within the Iris Smart Home division. This seems interesting to me as they are looking for software engineers which I thought the development was only by a UK base company called

If your interested in applying just go to and search “Smart Home” Good luck!

“Iris By Lowe’s” user on the Living with Iris forum



Iris by Lowe's userSorry for stale blog since my last post from 2014. I’m assuming you can only imagine what our family is going through with our advocacy work for safer streets in our daughter’s memory. However we’ve meet with some amazing people and learned a lot from our advocacy experience and I hope I’ll be able to bring some of what I’ve learned here.

Today we have some exciting news as a representative from the Iris team will be present in the forum under the username “IrisByLowes” to answer questions, listen to your feedback, and provide you with access to the Iris customer support team.

If you haven’t been by the forum for a while. It’s a good time to drop by just to say hello.

Justice for Allison


Sorry everyone for my lack of posting. I’ve been deep into the street safety issue and recently our world has been spinning.

For those who have been following this blog would know that my three year old daughter died last year when a driver ran over her. Recently we received shocking news that the driver who received two TRAFFIC TICKETS for “Failure to yield” and “Failure to use due care” was dropped by the DMV when they have video evidence that the driver is guilty of these charges.

I’m asking today if every can please sign the petition at and if you can share it with your friends and family, so we can find justice for my daughter and MAKE changes at the DMV.


For the full news and video of the crash: