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Written by iam Jamel Brown

Pain cave voice automation for light and fan control. It only took about three zwift sessions of forgetting to turn on my fan while in the middle of a race for me to work out that I wanted remote-control on both lighting and my fan. If I’m going out in the garage at 6.30am in winter, or 8.00pm in summer it’s pretty dark – so it’s really useful to be able to turn the lights as the sun rises and sets. Also, being that I’m using a green screen my area has to well lit.


For this project, I used the “GE Z-Wave Wireless Smart Lighting Control Duplex Receptacle Outlet” because it works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This plus is also compatible with the following Z-Wave certified Hubs: SmartThif you’re looking to automate your home, this is the best device I’ve seen for z-wave, Pulse, Trane, Wink, Nexia, Honeywell, HomeSeer, Smart Security, Harmony Home Hub Extender, Vera, Connect and Iris. This switch has an active relay that gets activated every time you mechanically press the switch in up or down mode. There is actually a micro switch that is pressed inside.

I am really getting into having a smart home powered by Google Home/Voice. Overall, the experience is simplistic, once installed it’s a simple as issuing the commands and the switching turning on and off.  Be aware: These Z-Wave light switches require integration with a smart hub which then interfaces with your voice system. I hardly never manually press the switch anymore more. Since my switches were for the garage gym/pain cave I gave a descriptive name to each switch.

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All in all, I couldn’t be happier with this entry into the world of smart pain cave automation.


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