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    • Primitive., Everything in my primitive living room came from family,friends,goodwill,yard sales and consignment stores.I live in the country in ranch style home and primitive is just perfect for it and the hubby even likes it !, Living Rooms Design

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    • Home Automation with Siri and Raspberry Pi, Many of us have played with Philips Hue, Nest, BelKin WeMo or made some DIY alternatives ourselves. These devices are great. But, in some ways they are not very natural. It is a lot easier to turn the wall switch on or off than to unlock your phone, flip through apps.

With Apple's Homekit, we can now control these devices with Siri. In short, HomeKit has two major components. One is the iOS framework, which sits on user?s phone and manages his devices. Another is the communication protocol that has to be encoded into the device. If we implement this protocol in our device, iOS will pick it up and we can do something similar to the video above.

In the following instructable, we built a HomeKit compatible light bulb with Raspberry Pi.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Automation-with-Siri-and-Raspberry-Pi/, Living Rooms Design

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    • Update on Kitchen makeover, We decided to complete the kitchen cabinets over the long weekend. I am so happy with how they turned out, and all for $150! All thats left for me to do is install the new hardware and get a few more decorations. Here are some before, mid, and after photos of the kitchen. Entire remodel before the appliances-$700. Not bad for an entire kitchen update, Kitchens Design

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    • HELP!! Suggestions Needed to fill space after intercom system removed., I removed an old 60's intercom system thinking I would just paint the inside and it would look okay. Well, it doesn't. Any idea's of making it look better? The space is in the dining room and to make things more difficult, my home is for sale, so I can't place pictures or furnishings over it. Thank you!!, Dining Rooms Design

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1-10 of 20 Lighting Videos

  1. Bath Lighting and Flooring

    Bath Lighting and Flooring (03:55)

    Learn how to select the best lighting and flooring for your bathroom.

  2. Install Recessed Lighting

    Install Recessed Lighting (05:32)

    Host Paul Ryan gives a tutorial in installing recessed lighting.

  3. Sweat Equity IQ: Lighting

    Sweat Equity IQ: Lighting (01:00)

    Consider replacing outdated light fixtures. Here's how to do it yourself.

  4. Motion-Activated Lights

    Motion-Activated Lights (02:45)

    Learn how to install motion-sensor lights to the exterior of your home.

  5. The Basics of Lighting Types

    The Basics of Lighting Types (01:00)

    Create the right mix of lighting with this basic design guide.

  6. Putting in a Dimmer Switch

    Putting in a Dimmer Switch (01:52)

    Create ambiance by installing a dimmer to any light switch.

  7. Rewiring a Lamp

    Rewiring a Lamp (01:44)

    Nathan Haun demonstrates how simple it is to rewire a table lamp.

  8. Wiring for Exterior Lighting

    Wiring for Exterior Lighting (01:00)

    Wire exterior lighting yourself following these guidelines and safety tips.

  9. Kitchen Chandelier

    Kitchen Chandelier (01:21)

    Paul Ryan and the homeowners install a kitchen chandelier.

  10. Under Cabinet Lighting

    Under Cabinet Lighting (01:52)

    Paul Ryan shows how to hard-wire lighting under kitchen cabinets.

1-10 of 15 Electrical Videos

  1. Best Electrical Wire Stripper

    Best Electrical Wire Stripper (00:55)

    Take a look at a great wire stripping tool that is a snap to use.

  2. Great Electric Circuit Tracer

    Great Electric Circuit Tracer (01:43)

    Try a cool multi-purpose tool that helps track down electrical problems.

  3. Alternating Current

    Alternating Current (02:14)

    Matt demonstrates the difference between alternating and direct current.

  4. Electrical Safety Devices

    Electrical Safety Devices (02:24)

    Matt tells how the industry is working to make electrical appliances safer.

  5. Electrical Safety

    Electrical Safety (01:06)

    Matt tells how electricity works and how to stay safe when working with it.

  6. Electrical Safety

    Electrical Safety (03:20)

    Too many tools plugged into an extension cord: dangerous or just hype?

  7. Removing an Outlet

    Removing an Outlet (01:25)

    Find out how to safely remove an unused outlet from your home.

  8. Overloaded Circuits

    Overloaded Circuits (00:48)

    Home electronics are better than ever...just don't overload your circuits!

  9. Fishing a Wire Through Walls

    Fishing a Wire Through Walls (00:00:23)

    It's tricky to do! Here's a helpful hint for feeding wires through walls.

  10. Breakers vs. Fuses

    Breakers vs. Fuses (01:06)

    Learn about the safety features of fuses and circuit breakers.