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Remote Lighting Control

The most common home automation projects begin with wanting to control a light from across the room. At Smarthome there are so many ways to do this that we thought it might do us all some good to write out the most popular choices according to our customers.

  • Plug-In Light Control

    This kit will get you up and controlling 2 plug-in lights in less than 10 minutes. It consists of a handheld remote (INSTEON Mini Remote) and 2 lamp controllers (LampLinc Dual-Band dimmers)


    INSTEON Mini Remote sends RF commands (On, Off, Dim, Bright) to the LampLinc dual-band modules allowing you to control lamps up to 150' away. The remote is capable of controlling a total of eight devices or can be setup to control eight scenes of any large number of INSTEON devices (movie time, dinner party, goodnight, welcome home, away, vacation, etc).

    Parts List

    1. INSTEON Mini Remote, White
    2. LampLinc - INSTEON Plug-In Lamp Dimmer Module (Dual-Band), 2-Pin

  • Control Lights Using a TV Remote

    Use your universal remote control to turn lights on or off or to dim them when it's time to watch a movie. You can even setup scenes that control your lighting to preset levels just like they do in the movie theaters.


    Set the IRLinc's sensor eye somewhere in view of your remote (on a shelf next to your TV for example) and plug it into an available outlet. Set up your universal remote with the pre-programmed code (or use the included remote to teach the codes to your learning remote). Next, replace your existing wall switches with INSTEON remote control dimmers or for plug-in lamps, use an INSTEON remote control plug-in modules. Follow the steps to program each switch or plug-in module to respond to your remote commands and you're set.

    Parts List

    1. IRLinc Receiver - IR to INSTEON Converter
    2. SwitchLinc Dimmer

  • Control Lights With Your iPhone or iPod Touch

    Connect INSTEON Hub to your router and turn any iPhone or other web-enabled device into a home controller. Use it to control your lighting such as plug-in lamps & overhead lights.


    Access your home from anywhere you have internet access. Use any of the kits shown above OR make your own.

    Parts List

    1. INSTEON Hub
    2. SwitchLinc Dimmer Switch
    3. LampLinc Dimmer