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Underfloor Heating

So I’m sitting in the lounge and feeling the toasty warmth of that underfloor heating.

I lost a little of that warm feeling when I checked the SMART meter, 71 pence per hour!

Figured we now might look into Solar Panels..

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Harmony Elite Remote with Smart Hub

On Friday morning I started to wonder if there was a way to control all my devices with one remote.

  • PS4 Pro
  • Oppo 203 – 4k Player
  • Anthem MRX-1120 – AVR Receiver
  • JVC X9500 – Projector
  • Projector Screen
  • Philips Hue Lighting

It also just so happened the solution was available on Amazon, a black Friday daily deal for just £139. (It’s back up to £213 now).

It arrived tonight, Sunday evening, and I’ve just been configuring it, here’s a few things that happened during setup – most of which can be done from your phone.

All IR transmissions are made from the hub, which is controlled by RF from the controller, so I don’t need to turn around and point the controller at the relevant device as the hub is stationed where it can reach them.

I’ve been able to teach it using the IR remote for the projector screen. I then configured the Harmony Remote to control that directly as it’s out of sight of the hub.

The X9500 projector was in the database as DLA-X950R, now that I have that sussed it will turn on. To turn it off however it requires the power off sent twice, so I got the MyHarmony desktop software and configured it to do so!

I have setup two activities Movie and Play PS4. Unfortunately Sony made it so that only the controllers can turn the PS4 on, but it is able to turn it off when you are done. So each activity turns on the Receiver and switched to appropriate channel, the projector and the Oppo 4k player for movies. I have configured it through the software to leave the projector on which switching between activities, but it will turn off the PS4/Oppo as appropriate.

I could tie in the lights to the activities, but it’s not convenient to place a disc in the player in the dark. So lights have been assigned to the buttons at the bottom of the harmony remote, currently on/off and dimmer functions.

I’d be interested to hear what other cool stuff I can do with it.

One controller to rule them all!

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AV Shelving Unit

It finally arrived!

I have some tidying up to do, probably want to change out some of yellow and white cables for darker colours too. Oh and may it’s time to build my Ghostbuster car, hope it fits on the shelf!

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Art – non geek update

So Louise has stripped down a sideboard and stained and varnished it, it started pretty orange but it’s a nice dark colour now. She’s also been planning her art for the walls and I hung them this evening.

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Daytime Projection Levels

So it’s finally setup, these photos were taken during the day – there is no light leak from the blind behind – if the blind is open you cannot see light through screen, even when the PJ is off.

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Lights + Sideboard

Today a few things did get wired up, but still no mains electricity for the lounge until tomorrow. The outdoor lights got installed, so that’s nice! Also our sideboard arrived, and Louise has been stripping it down so that it can be stained and varnished in a darker colour.

The sideboard will go behind the sofa, not block the centre speaker!

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Sofa, screen and speakers..

So the sofa arrived today, had a little issue with getting it past the scaffolding due to health and safety but we got there in the end.

At the weekend I mentioned the projector screen was installed, you can see it in the photos below, just needs to be wired up before we can use it – tomorrow!

We had a new rug, got a sideboard coming tomorrow and my new desk and AV shelving unit later in the week, perhaps early next. There’ll be art to go up on the walls too.

edit. Just installed the projector!