Over on Twitter @appmyhome spotted a plant moisture sensor in their local Lowe’s store, but there’s no news on when these will be available. Has anyone else seen them?
I was given the opportunity to beta test the tilt sensor.
I received four of them. All four paired within seconds of initiating the add device procedure. The following are my observations of this product.
I was amazed of the compact size of the product. It measures 1 1/8 H x 1 1/4 W x 3/8 depth. It is white in color and is almost unnoticeable mounted on my garage doors.
It comes both with the adhesive tape and mounting screws. The base plate is pre drilled with 2 holes for using the screws. The package comes with 4 screws which is a good thing because even though I pre drilled the holes one of the screws twisted off during the installation. They are very small in diameter but more than adequate to hold the sensor in place.
It is powered by a CR 2032 3 volt battery.
It can be configured as follows
Horizontal = open (for example when fitted to a garage door)
Vertical = open (for example when fitted to the lid of a box)
Play a chime when this tilt sensor is opened
Lowes has announced an asset protector and I’m not sure what the difference between this in the Vertical mode and the asset protector would be.
I tested it with the devices I have which include the smart plug, dimmer switch, wall switch and wall outlet. It controlled all as expected. It sent the text and email message notifications as defined. It appears and works as an alarm sensor just like any other sensor.
The sensor is zigbee and although mounted about 90 feet from the hub is reporting 100 signal strength. I have a magic rule to turn on my garage lights and they are on within 5 seconds of the door movement.
Overall I’m impressed with the product. I’ve been using contact sensors for the last 1.5 years to accomplish the same thing but I’ve always had problems with the alignment between the sensor and magnet and inconsistent results. This device is rock solid and performs the task for which it was intended 100% of the time.
If you need this type of sensor rest assured you can purchase it with confidence. It just works and works very well.
Just like to thank scunnyngham for letting me post this here.
Thanks to James Isenberg who informed me if I use the “Test Drive” option I can then view the Irrigation interface before getting our hands on the Orbit Iris Hose Faucet Water Timer which is now shipping.
Besides reviewing how the irrigation function will work, you can also see how simple the pet door interface is, and a few new control options.
The most interesting part about this test drive is the “Service Status” page.
Thanks to reader fmollenkopf who had found you can see the part number when they flipped over the Garage Door sensor on the youtube video. From there anybody can track it down to a company in Vancouver Canada called NYCE Control.
If you like to know more about the two devices that’s should be coming to Lowe’s Iris one day. Then you can check out the links because they provide a lot of specs regarding both products.
This past weekend I needed some contractors to fix my doors while I needed to be away from home. This didn’t sit well with me, so I disable the door sensors where they need to do work on. However the rest of the house still had active motion sensors triggering the alarm if they walk in to range.
I had ran some test before I left them alone and it seems to have worked out well. They had access to what they needed and also the restroom and shelter if it rained, while knowing some parts of the house will cause the siren to trigger.
If you also need to do some thing like this, then you can disable some devices by going to the following. Continue reading
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:
- Move the sensor to an area of the house not traveled by pets.
- Place the motion sensor higher to reduce detection of low-traveling pets.
- Place the sensor on a table or above a surface which restricts its viewing angle of the floor.
- Modify your Alarm Configuration on the Iris website so that two sensors are required to trigger the alarm.
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.
Trying to have a little fun today by setting up a contact sensor to send me a email when the mail man opens my mail box to drop off my letters. This is what it looks like inside when it’s completed.
To start off I couldn’t just attach a sensor in the mail box because when there is a large envelope or magazine my mail box is left wide open. If it rains, then half my mail sometimes gets wet and so would the sensor.
Setting chimes for a door sensors can be useful when your home alone, and like to be aware of your surroundings.
I’ve set this up so our keypads will chime when any of any of our doors open. I’ve notice the usefulness of this when my in-law came over and open our garage door when I wasn’t aware they were coming to our house. Apparently they told my wife and at least I wasn’t too surprised when I meet them out side.
To do this you need to configure two things.
1) On the Device section you need to click on the “manage” button on the contact sensor which you like to enable to make a chime.
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I’ve recently replied to a comment that what helped me decided to use Lowe’s Iris system was the future scalability. I believe Lowe’s has the leverage to bring more vendors to integrate with Iris and set a price point where is accessible to the average consumer. Below is a list of what I’ve found that’s is coming in the future.
Smoke detector (Youtube Video at 1:05)
Irrigation timer -Landscape Light Controller – Hose Tap Timer
These three components are from Orbit and this is what I had found.
1) Irrigation timer – It has to be one of the following on Orbit’s product page.
2) Landscape Light Controller – I can’t find this, but it looks like their irrigation timer refitted to be used for light control.
3) Hose-Tap Timer – This seems to be similar to the part Orbit calls “1 Dial Hose Faucet Timer“.