Christmas Showed Up EarlyI was reminded by Macy’s and Lowes that Christmas is right around the corner.  And by around the corner, I mean down the street two blocks and then around the corner.  I plan on using Open-Zwave to control my Christmas lights and Christmas tree again this year.  In a few weeks, when it is more time appropriate, I will release another image for the Raspberry Pi with a better Holiday Lighting interface.  The code itself doesn’t have to run on a Raspberry Pi but will be tailored to the Aeon Lab Z-Stick Series 2 once again.

A note for people planning to automate their Christmas lights for the first time this year – last year the controllers and the outdoor Z-wave switches sold out quickly.  You would still see them pop up on eBay but they were almost double the price.

If you want to get started playing with Open-Zwave early, here are the things I recommend (and in some cases my affiliate links):


Last Year’s Blog on Setting up Z-wave Christmas Lights

If you are looking to do a magical Christmas Light show themed to your favorite Christmas song, Z-Wave is probably not the right controller for you.  The protocol is not really built for reliable to the microsecond on, off, and fading.  If you are looking for something that will have your lights on when you get home from work and keep you from crawling under the Christmas tree; you have come to the right place.


  1. Gilles -

    Hi, good to see you working on this again; i also rebooted my rpi (last ran @ jan 7 2013) and updated it. Why do i need to install open-zwave; is that a requirement for your github project? Basically i would like to;
    – have the rpi run 24/7
    – at boot the socket server should start, right?
    – when the sun sets; fire up my lights (i have only 1 dimmer) using a PHP/cron combo

    Will that be a scenario that you will be covering?

    • Thomas -

      My Github project relies on the Open-Zwave project.

      The scenario you described is exactly what it does.


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