The Amazing Smart Plug - Automating my Aquarium Lighting

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I honestly can't think of a reason I'd get a smart plug as I don't think I have any electronics that would justify having one. I'm also not very much of a scheduler, as I don't have many daily duties I must perform, other than getting up, having a shower, breakfast, etc.

Makes perfect sense for maintaining aquariums though!

I know a few people who have small fridges in their basement or rec room for beer nights. They don't leave it plugged in. However, it does take a few hours to cool down beer. It's not always possible to know when you should plug it in on a Friday morning as you may make that decision a little later. With a smart plug, you could turn it on at work, or at least check to make sure it is turned it on by someone else.

The same goes for any other appliance. It's great for people who are always forgetting to turn on or off this and that because they can check with the phone.

It can even be a safety feature in the case of more dangerous appliances like space heaters. Or those that just waste electricity when no one is around like a fan or lights.

Those are some good examples of their usefulness. I didn't think of those kinds of things where they actually would be useful. Thanks for providing more insight! :)

Smart plugs (and lights... ) are the best! I have a few around the house... but the best ones are the lights, which my kids can use to control the lighting via a Voice Assistant. It means that they can do it without trying to jump and hit the switch.... plus, they love making them change colours and go full disco with the music!

Glad I found another smart plug supporter. I'm just begining to think of the ways they can help me
All my lights already have centralized timer and switch control, but getting a few fun smart lights sounds like an idea! Especially with voice control and random colors. My fsh would hate this however.
I've got one e26 base lamp in a very central location that would be perfect.

My other lights have weird sockets and would require rare smartlights or are in bad locations.

Weird sockets? I thought that they were pretty much all standardised now... You could teach your fish to work the lights... Alexa, Blub blub...

I think teaching my frog to do it would be easier since he is really good at croaking.

The sockets are all normal, but they aren't always in the places I want them. Aquariums tend to have a lot of things to plug in. Fortunately most use very little electricity.

I've been slowly putting smart plugs around my house as well. Love them! They're one of the best things since electricity

They are great. My last apartment had that level of control for every socket. It also had a quick shut off by the door for anything I wanted to control by that. My current one can only shut off all ceiling lights and detect total electricity use.

I do like the control and can imagine they will be standard fairly soon.

I hope this "Smart Plug" can work on PC, as I am busy designing a "Cube" for mushroom growing and I need a timer to control the temperature and fogging inside the cube.

Here's a shot of the cube.
Blessings!

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That thing looks really neat. I hope to hear more about this.

I grew mushrooms before, but never as sophisticated. Good luck.

The smart plug I have can work with PC (you will need wifi at home and a wireless adapter for your pc) or even a tablet.

It seems like for temperature and humidity control you would need something else as well for that data (a wireless thermostat) unless you are just going to run them a few hours a day. The plug just monitors electricity consumption and controls time.

I am working on a big master box with an electric element inside.
The box (PVC) will have a water inlet system with a level float valve.
A dual suction and reverse fan will be mounted on the lid of the plastic box to perform the hot fogging, or the cool spraying functions inside the cube.
Oh! and a 50mill PVC pipe will lead from the master box to the top part of the cube.
The master box will also have a pump connected to an ac/dc converter and it is at this connection that I want to place a timer that is connected to two thermostat probes inside the cube.
Should the temperature drop or rise in the cube, the timer will activate the entire system to perform the corrective action.
I hope this makes sense my friend!
Blessings!

That seems like a very interesting project.

There is something called govee for around 15$ on amazon that monitors temp and humidity and sends alerts. You could then turn on a smart plug based on those. It may even be possible to automate. Or just get a temperature or humidity smart plug for around 30$

Thank you for the advice my friend.
I will have a look at all of the options.
Luckily still in the design stage and have to ensure that I stay withing budget, but I am not willing to compromise on quality.
Blessings!

I work for an energy management company and of course I definitely would want the whole house running smart. If only our products weren't so expensive lol.

I find the smart plug is a somewhat affordable option. It may be good on something really energy-hungry like an air conditioner.

However, there are much better things to upgrade first. All lights should be LEDs and all energy-intensive appliances should be efficient. Houses and hot water pipes should be properly insulated, etc. I'm sure you know all about this from your experience.

It seems like a great place you work at. I also work in the energy industry.

WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT OUR PHONE HAHAHAHall the apps we have for all the things we own , i love it

It really is great, but it is annoying when I get a system update and I see that I have 300 apps to update. I have apps I've completely forgotten I have or why I have them.
Actually, some of these types are recognized by google home, but they have less functionality. For example, I can check if my air filter is on and even turn it on and off, but it doesn't allow me to adjust it or tell me how dirty the air is or the temperature or humidity. A lot of these companies refuse to make APIs for google to use cause they want to advertise.

Cool post. I enjoyed reading it. 😊😊

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Right on awesome project my man!

For my aquariums, I have them on a timer but not really watching the energy consumption or the like. I am transitioning to LED lights for money and energy savings as well as some controllable hues for the stuff the plants like. HAve to make sure they are kept away from moisture which is a challenge with aquariums.

Great info there! Won't win too many wifepoints in my household being able to quantify things like kettle boiling though ;)

My plants are all simple, so a daylight bulb should do. They were $6 each and can easily be repurposed if I don't like what they turn the plants into.

Controlledwrs are really coming down in price. I find the moisture isn't so bad arpund my aquariums because I keep my tanks a little cooler than I should and 2 are just at room temperature.

I'm just imagining what I will do with my next smart plug. I'm thinking of maybing a fancy alarm clock.

Your aquariums are cool @abitcoinskeptic 💕

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Thank you, sir! 😎🤗

I've never even heard of these! Cool info about the aquarium. I could only manage to keep mammals and birds alive. You're funny too!

Thanks. Fish are easy to keep. But, unlike birds and mammals, they have very different atmosphere requirements from people. I just change their water once a week and avoid polluting it.

I can automate feeding, too, which I do when I take a trip.

Howdy sir abitcoinskeptic! That looks like a good investment in efficiency.
Well done. I'm assuming the internet service over there is very dependable?

The application I'm currently using it for doesn't really save energy. However, it can be used to save energy and make people aware of what uses a lot of energy.

The Internet in Korea is among the most reliable and fastest in the world. It is extremely fast and rarely interrupted. Mobile data is great, too. I pay around $26 a month for high-speed internet, a 5g (1gb/s) wireless router, and cable TV. If I just took the internet it would be like $22. It's rarely interrupted and I have unlimited mobile data anyway (it does get throttled to 1mb/s after 10GB or something).

Holy smokes! We have a long way to go before our service gets anywhere near as good as that. Especially here in the country.

Wow this is a great education, @abitcounskeptic! What a neat innovation. Let’s see, as for how I would use it, I will vote for reducing power consumption because that’s good for the planet.

I agree. Just being aware of how much energy something uses helps people make better choices. I learned it is not just large noisy things that use a lot of energy.

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