I logged into the Lowe’s Iris portal today and notice the pop up message.
Even though I don’t have pets at home, I did look into this because it was an issue mention in a comment, and there’s a possibility that I may need to help install Iris for someone who has pets.
At this time there isn’t a pet friendly motion sensor and Lowe’s has the following in their FAQ regarding the current motion sensor.
The motion sensor will detect small movements from a pet walking by. There are a few methods to reduce false alarms caused by pets:
While reviewing community Q&A section for Lowe’s Iris, someone mention Lowe’s is working on one, so I decided to look further to see if this might be true.
If you didn’t know Lowe’s Iris platform is designed by alterme.com and Lowe’s is just one of their partners. I wanted to check out what the other partners had and found that British Gas display a list of their devices which they support and a pet friendly motion sensor is one of them.
This is the the product description from British Gas:
A pet friendly motion sensor will detect human activity in your home when you’re not there. It does this using a passive infrared receiver (PIR) which responds to heat movement.
The sensor’s designed to filter out movement of a single pet weighing up to 18kg (40lb). So, as long as your cat or dog doesn’t climb up close to the sensor, he can roam freely without triggering the alarm.
You can have as many pet friendly motion sensors as you like. We suggest you buy enough to cover entrance points and rooms containing items of value.
At this time all we can do is hope the pet friendly motions sensor will be out soon.
I’ve tried to install the electrical wire for the GE dimmer the same way as the older light switch by keeping the hook shape for the electrical wire and was having a difficult time fitting it in. The screw doesn’t come out all the way and it just seems awkward.
It just so odd that it’s difficult to do, so I then searched online to see if I was doing this incorrectly. I found out that the GE Z-wave light switches were made from Jasco and they were licensed it out to GE. From there I was able to find some videos regarding their GE-Zwave products which are different then the one’s provided from Lowe’s. http://www.jascoproducts.com/support/video/z-wave-videos.asp
The video titled “GE Z-Wave on/off Switch” was most useful about 57 seconds into the video. From there you can see that they install the wire not by bending it like a hook but keeping it straight.
Just to show you how the traditional light switch wiring looks like while it’s hooked around the screw and tighten.
While the GE Z-Wave light switch requires the wire to be straight and be placed through the hole in the back then tighten with the screw.