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Add Music To Your Outdoor Christmas Decorations

November 23, 2013

Wanna really spruce up your outdoor Christmas lighting and decorations this year? How about adding the element of outdoor music to accompany the twinkling lights, inflatable snow globes and motorized reindeer? What You’ll Need Outdoor Speakers Audio Amp Waterproof Enclosures & Wire Putting It Together Home Controls offers several makes » Read More

Super Low Current Siren From United Security

August 24, 2012

Portable and compact, the Mini Siren from United Security is the perfect “screamer” for today’s wireless alarm systems that have minimal siren output. Drawing 120mA at 12VDC, you can actually have as many as 8 sirens connected to an HAI, Elk M1, GE or Napco alarm panel (assuming 1000 mA outputs from the alarm panel). The siren’s » Read More

WebMountain Remote Universal Controller Revisited

July 6, 2012

Ever since WebMountain  introduced the RUC-01 Remote Universal Controller, I’ve yet to see a comparable controller. I mean, where can you find a controller that can handle UPB, Z-Wave, X10 and ESI installations for less than $280? With its built-in web server, astronomical clock and scheduling capability, the device is a virtual workhorse. » Read More

Low Current Sirens from Interlogix

June 15, 2012

Every now and then, I’ve been asked how to install three or more sirens for an alarm panel. Since most security systems typically have a max output of 1000 mA, 3 or more sirens would overload the panel. A solution would be to use an external relay to power up the additional sirens.     A simpler solution is to use Interlogix Security’s » Read More

Get Email Alerts when Alarm Sounds

February 23, 2009

Sensaphone – manufacturer of various remote monitoring devices through the phones – is introducing an all new web-based remote monitoring at an affordable price. The Web600 can be used to connect any security alarm panel and make them web-enabled. Additionally, the Web600 can also read values from humidity and temperature sensors, » Read More

Power Surges and Spikes

September 16, 2008

About a couple of years ago, the transformer that supplied electricity to our block suffered a malfunction. It did not just fail but actually induced an overvoltage (>150VAC each phase) to surge throughout my home. During the event’s initial few minutes, all my lights that were lit including fluorescents grew brighter. The house » Read More

Thoughts on California Green Lighting Requirements

June 11, 2008

Just recently came across a site ( that’s chockful of wonderful information for navigating through California’s Title 24 (green lighting) requirements. One of our dealers was gracious enough to send me the link. CLTC (California Lighting Technology Center) which developed the Residential Lighting Design Guide » Read More