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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

Latest Posts


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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Kit Suggestions for new WINK 2 owners

Kit Suggestions for new WINK 2 owners
A few visitors to Zwaveproducts.com have asked, 'What home automation hub do Z-Wave retailers use at home?' and 'What devices work with my WINK 2?' Here's the answer to both questions. Pictured above is my WINK 2, which has joined the army of other Z-Wave hubs in operation at home. The WINK 2 a good device (read my overview here), and there are many things you can do with it. In this blog entry are devices that you you consider when getting started with your own smart home network. Going back through my blogs, you'll see similar entries, but I tried to keep this one simple. Click on the de...
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"Making my home smart." How to get started.

The Summer 2017 guide to getting started with Z-Wave Products

"Making my home smart." How to get started.
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 family. Home &...
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The Z-Wave ToolBox in Las Vegas

The most popular ToolBox questions (and answers) from ISC-West 2017

The Z-Wave ToolBox in Las Vegas
Zwaveproducts, Inc had a lot of great items to bring to ISC West 2017. For those who are unfamiliar with the acronym, ISC-West is the International Security Conference & Exposition. It's the largest event in the United States for the physical security industry; covering access control, alarms, video surveillance / CCTV, networked security products and more. Our niche has always been strictly Z-Wave devices, but as Z-Wave gains traction in the security world, we have had much more to offer in the past few years. We could barely contain everything in the “pod” (display kiosk)...
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Flood Detection Basics

Get smart phone notifications of impending water damage

Flood Detection Basics
Home intruders get all the press, but one of the most destructive accidents in the home is caused by water. The cost of water damage to a home can range from $5000 to $70,000, according to State Farm Insurance. Fire damage is catastrophic in nature, but water damage should not be discounted for its ability to ruin memories, even days or weeks after the water is gone. Flood damage can be an act of God (storms, catastrophic regional infrastructure failure, etc) or it could be caused by a lack of maintenance, an older home, or just bad luck. We won’t touch upon acts of nature (the odds ...
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