Cheap iPhone Wireless Lighting Solution

HVAC systems never come cheap and usually require an extensive installation process.  But if you’re anything like me – I just wanna control my lights with my iPhone – than there seems to be no cheaper answer than X10.

The setup is semi-simple (their site is a mess).  You buy a controller box which plugs into your computer.  Your computer runs their software and programs the controller to send a wireless signal to whatever X10 gear you decide to invest in.  In terms of wireless lighting options there are three:

  1. The SocketRocket, which screws into any standard lamps light bulbs socket.
  2. The Transceiver.  It’s a small wireless box that plugs into any two prong socket and can turn any device attached to it on and off.  There is a separate stand alone remote that works with it.
  3. The Decorator Dimmer Switch.  It replaces your standard switch and adds not only dimmer capabilities but can be controlled wirelessly.

From my understanding once all these pieces are in place you just need to download their $10 XCommander iPhoneapp (it really should be free) and control all of the connected lights directly from your iPhone.  It’s probably not the prettiest of solutions, but in total it shouldn’t cost you more than $150. In fact, they’ve got a package deal that include all of the aforementioned pieces minus the Dimmer Switches for $100.

It’s too bad no one has yet to develop a simple plug and play lighting device that works directly over Bluetooth.  Then again Bluetooth can’t connect to more than a few devices at a time and is painfully slow.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."