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Are there any Bluetooth LE light dimmers with open APIs?

In general Bluetooth equipment always comes with a proprietary app for your phone... I think that if you want to have the control over your Bluetooth switches, you might want to take a look at ...
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Is there a way to control my lights from my Linux desktop?

Belkin WeMo devices use uPnP and SOAP messages for control so can be easily controlled from any number of languages and options. Some details on the work I've done working out the protocol can be ...
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Data generated from smart bulbs?

The bulbs themselves do not generate data. You might see data being generated by a building management system, where sensors are used to determine where and how to light the rooms. It's conceivable ...
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A WiFi smart light switch with cloud API?

Your most future proof solutions will be those which fully separate the hardware from the protocol. Your example HS200 light switch joins many smart outlets in being based on an Embedded Linux system ...
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Are there any Bluetooth LE light dimmers with open APIs?

The closest to an answer that I can come to is this list of products supported by openhab. It doesn't identify which products use Bluetooth LE, but does identify products (indirectly) where the ...
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Smart fluorescent strip lights

To control fluorescent lights, you should look for a device called an "appliance switch". This will control any load by switching the power on or off; it does not "dim" the load. With it, your ...
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Do hue light bulbs remember your routines after a power outage?

The Hue lights automatically turn on following a power outage, this is regarded as a safety feature. Your routine ought to be stored and should resume at the next switching point.
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Z-Wave switches with 2-way switched lights?

You've explicitly rejected the factory recommended way to configure the circuit, which is to have only one switch controlling the load, and using remote-only signalling switches for the others. And ...
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What is the easiest to install smart switch that has a remote control?

A Z-wave scene-capable switch can be operated directly with a Z-wave remote (like the $19 Aeon Labs DSA03202 Minimote). No hub is needed for a simple setup, but you will have to have to go through a "...
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How to get OSRAM Lightity ClientID and secret?

As per OSRAM Lightify Public API In order to call the API endpoints you will need a set of valid client_id and secret_id. North America (NA) developers go to https://na-developers.lightify-api.com ...
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Fluorescent Tubes - Sonoff Switch?

Yes thats a viable solution. It vary between the different Sonoff devices. Note! Beware, working with mains voltage is lethal!
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Ambient lighting with IKEA Tradfri and Apple HomeKit

The first issue with your proposed setup is that your Mac can't communicate with any HomeKit devices. It's unclear why this is the case, and you would have thought that one Apple platform should be ...
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Is it possible to control a home appliance remotely as well as using the switch to which it is connected?

If the appliance itself is switched, this will not be possible. If it is a remote operated switch (generic mains switch), you can try to wire it like a cross circuit, with your remote control switch ...
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Is it possible to control a home appliance remotely as well as using the switch to which it is connected?

There are a couple of popular options for 'smart lighting': Smart bulbs, like the Philips Hue, where the electronics are embedded in the bulb itself. Smart bulbs often have various features like ...
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Smart fluorescent strip lights

Something like the Sonoff Basic WiFi Wireless Switch from Sonoff, of the order of $5 and has Alexa/Google Home support already should fit your requirements. It is a Wi-Fi switch that is connected to ...
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What's the Name for a load control switch that is hidden in the ceiling?

in the ceilling you need a relay with a controlling board of somekind. For the "remote" switches one microcontroller reading a momentary or latching switch. the remote MCU sends a message (MQTT for ...
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Is there a way to control my lights from my Linux desktop?

There are sooooo many ways to do what you ask for. There are proprietary solutions with API's and there are Open solutions with total openness. Your question is broad and hard to give a straight ...
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A WiFi smart light switch with cloud API?

I've been buying Sonoff smart plugs on eBay lately and flashed them with custom firmware. This is possible because they are based on the ESP8266. They are very affordable and pretty advanced. They ...
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A WiFi smart light switch with cloud API?

As Chris said, the key is to separate the protocol from the hardware. But that doesn't mean you have to implement your own firmware! You can choose a switch that supports a common and readily ...
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Can a dimmer switch be connected to the IoT?

Yes, there already are such devices. If you are not bound to the rotary dial there are dimmers out there (e.g. Insteon 2477d). Probably there some rotary versions too. The Insteon variant can be ...
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Are the Smart Lights saving turtles actually Smart?

Smart thing here is not swithing lights on or off nor trying to 'communicate' with the turtles in a smart way. The articles you linked reveal that the point is to hide the human generated light from ...
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Is it possible to control a home appliance remotely as well as using the switch to which it is connected?

Most Smart lighting systems require that there is power to the bulb at all time. This means that if you turn off the wall switch then they will no longer work. Companies like Philips with their Hue ...
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Controlling WiFi switches from physical switch

If you want to go the DIY route then using sonoff relays with the MQTT firmware update then it would be pretty easy to make a esp8266 based wall switch that published on/off messages to control the ...
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Z-Wave switches with 2-way switched lights?

In-line dimmers have to be dimmers rather than switches because they have no neutral return at the switch. This makes any multi-way arrangement nigh impossible. The 'obvious' homebrew solution is a z-...
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Ring Floodlight - Simple alternative by combining camera and floodlight?

The presence of a commercial product which has reviews of varying quality should be a good sign that building something like this from scratch is a non-trivial undertaking. Doing IoT well is hard. ...
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Are the Smart Lights saving turtles actually Smart?

As far as I can tell, there's no IoT-related 'smartness' despite the name. As mico points out, the lights work by producing frequencies of light that humans can see, but that will not affect the ...
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What is the easiest to install smart switch that has a remote control?

I created a project a while ago that some kids could/did put together. If there is Wi-Fi access, have a look at my project: http://davidtaylorgineer.blogspot.co.za/2017/07/wi-fi-enabled-bed-lamp-...
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How to get OSRAM Lightity ClientID and secret?

Your Lightify account username and password should be sufficient to get you into the developers API area. There you can create a new client which will generate your client ID and password. The new ...
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What is the working voltage range of a Sonoff Touch?

Inside the Sonoff, there will be an AC to DC converter like Hi-link HLK-PM03 220V to 3.3V Step-Down Buck Isolated Power Supply Module which is used to power the Wi-Fi module separately. As I have ...
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Fluorescent Tubes - Sonoff Switch?

Yes, the inside of the lighting fixture is a suitable place to add additional circuitry. You should bear in mind that the fluorescent tube load is more demanding on it's switching circuit than a ...
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