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Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis

Project Manager/VP New Product Development, Z-Wave Products

Matthew’s history as a freelance photographer and writer helps him cut through the technical aspect of the Z-Wave protocol, and write blogs as an everyday man and homeowner. His background in DIY and electric installations also allows him to translate complex ideas to the layman and professional electrician.

Matthew also is one of the agents who fields our Live Chat/Ticketing system (leave a message at the bottom right corner to get a quick answer). While he answers every question, he is not a licensed electrician and anything he writes should be verified by professionals in your region. As of 2016, Ask An Expert has become a source for answers to more technical questions, answered by leading minds in Z-Wave.

In January 2017, Matthew became our VP of New Product Development, starting with the Z-Wave ToolBox -with many new devices in the works for the future.

Follow Matthew on Twitter @zwavematthew

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New To Z-Wave Home Automation?

The Z-Wave Buyers Guide

New To Z-Wave Home Automation?
Defining a “Smart Home" "Smart Home" is a phrase that is often used in our marketing, but it may mean different things to different people. Answering the question “what is a smart home?” will help a beginner get the most out of his or her investment, and allow Zwaveproducts.com to better answer any questions that come up. I answer hundreds of questions; from elderly homeowners to professional installers. Most people that I chat with want to dabble in technology, make their lives a little easier, add some level of security, and be able to impress friends and fa...
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More on How To Use a Z-Wave LED Bulb in your smart home

More on How To Use a Z-Wave LED Bulb in your smart home
Adding Z-Wave to your smart house or apartment can be as simple as changing a light bulb. What could be easier? No wiring, no mess; unscrew a dumb bulb and install a Z-Wave LED. Nothing more, right? Not so fast. Z-Wave LED Bulbs are a simple and inexpensive way to add Z-Wave to your home, but there are a few things you should know: 1. Z-Wave bulbs, like all Z-Wave devices*, need to be powered all the time. Z-Wave devices have a network of neighboring devices that help distribute commands throughout your smart home. This network is called the ‘mesh,’ and it’s one of ...
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Perfection in Every Detail?

Perfection in Every Detail?
FIBARO describes their new plug-in smart wall switch as "Perfection in every detail” That’s a gutsy claim to make, as the Z-Wave product catalog isn’t lacking in its share of plug-ins. Is it worth the hype? The FIBARO Wall Plug (FGWPB-121 ZW5) shares the look and feel of the rest of the FIBARO line; starting with the packaging. This reviewer was impressed by the heft of the Wall Plug right away. Whether I was swayed by the marketing claim or not; the device felt solid; the plastic felt ‘luxurious’ to the touch (if that’s possible with plastic)...
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Tame Old Man Winter with this Simple Z-Wave "Hack"

Tame Old Man Winter with this Simple Z-Wave "Hack"
Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, most of the US focuses on some type of cold(er) weather that puts us in a good holiday mood. But what about your furnace? Does it keep running even with the doors open? As guests, children, and deliverymen conspire to keep your doors ajar, there's an easy automation setup that will help tame those energy bills. And this setup will also allow programming of your thermostat to account for changing holiday schedules; work, vacation. You can even manually monitor the temperature from work or while on vacation. This setup will run under $220 and allows...
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ZWP Dimmers and Switches now available in 3-Way Kits!

ZWP WD-100, WS-100, and WA-100

ZWP Dimmers and Switches now available in 3-Way Kits!
The majority of our users have purchased and successfully installed our ZWP line of switches and dimmers. They appreciated the quality and cost. However, we are getting some of repeat questions when it comes to 3-Way switches. We have added kits that help simplify your 3-Way WA-100 switch purchase. Below is some information that should help. Definitions   Single pole: Your ‘average’ switch- the light is controlled from one location. 3-way: When the light is controlled from two locations. Also called upstairs/downstairs switches in some regions. Primary switch: In a 3-...
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You bought a smart home- Now What?

You bought a smart home- Now What?
Congratulations! You have finally closed on your dream home. You have taken the final walk-through with your real estate agent, and you both have confirmed that all is on the up-and-up. Or is it . . . ? You may be in love with that new stainless steel fridge, and laundry is going to so much easier with the appliances on the second floor. Groceries are a cinch; no more 4 story walk-up! These are the things that get your attention. So what are you forgetting? Many homeowners have installed SOME type of home automation while upgrading. When it's time to move, the homeowner usually takes t...
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Automate utility lighting with this GE motion sensor and LED bulb

Enbrighten 35931 Z-Wave Smart LED and GE 34193 Z-Wave Tabletop Motion Sensor

Automate utility lighting with this GE motion sensor and LED bulb
Cost and time; About $70 and 30 minutes (assuming you already have a Z-Wave gateway) I have a closet where I stuff photography gear, blog ideas, reams of paper and Christmas gifts I’ve hidden yet forgot to give to my wife. It's lit by a single bulb operated by a pull chain. The closet door is in my line of sight, and every time I walk in to my office, the bulb is on. I’m not sure if I just leave it on, or if the pull chain is being pulled by ghosts determined to watch my electric bill climb. I'm not using the closet nearly enough to be burning the bulb 24/7.    ...
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Stop Air Conditioning the Great Outdoors

Save energy with WINK 2 and a simple Robot

Stop Air Conditioning the Great Outdoors
Are you having second thoughts about that tie you bought your dad or husband for Father's Day? Want to really give a thoughtful gift? We guarantee with this simple setup, never again will you hear him scream, "Close the door! I'm not cooling the whole neighborhood!!" For under $220 you can automatically turn the A/C off when the door is opened for more than a pre-set amount of time. Like everything with Z-Wave devices, you can modify this as needed to fit your lifestyle. The 3 pieces of this project are a WINK 2 hub, a GC-TBZ48 Z-Wave thermostat from Go Control, and a ZW120 Door/Window ...
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