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  • Water Valves, Energy Monitoring, Circuit Breakers, and Landscape lighting...

    New to Insteon, but after they announced the Hub Pro with Homekit support, I knew that it was the home automation solution for me. Just a few ideas I've seen or thought of.
    • Water valves with flow monitoring. This could be tied to the water leak sensor. If the sensor detects a leak behind the washing machine, it can kill the power and turn off the water. I just found this, so I guess it's the same concept...
    • Fully controllable outlets that support 20A circuits
    • GFCI support for kitchen, bath, garage, etc.
    • Each outlet with full energy monitoring and the ability to label the appliance attached. Just the Quirky Outlink:
    • Circuit breakers and/or load center with energy monitoring to monitor the entire load of a circuit, not just various appliance(s) like the outlets do. Would be great for installed light fixtures, furnance, HVAC, etc. Could send a push before a breaker trips to warn you. I know this isn't really an Insteon control feature, but would be nice if everything just worked together. I think energy monitoring could be a big thing if done right.
    • Philips Hue support / integration
    • Nest Protect support / integration
    • Standalone temperature / humidty sensor

    My big one is low voltage landscape lighting control. Currently, most landscape lighting transformers allow for 1 or 2 low voltage lines to spread out and be tapped into for the lights. I would like to see Insteon modules that allow for 4 - 8 individually controllable lines out. Power comes in from the transformer 12V, then each branch could go to a different area of the landscape you want to control. This would allow for basic landscape themes to group lighting together. If each section was dimmable, it could allow for more customization. There are really cool, but VERY expensive, landscape lighting systems that allow the user to control each LED bulb / color / etc, but I'm thinking a quick and inexpensive add on that would work with 99% landscape transformers.

    Example of crazy expensive system:
    The Luxor ZDC lighting controller from FX Luminaire provides the ability to create a spectrum of 30,000 colors using RGBW LED technology with all the same zoning and dimming features as the Luxor ZD. With the ZDC, custom colors can be created for special effects, including outdoor holiday displays, team spirit themes, company colors, and more.