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In the world of shades, a lot has been happening in the last ten years as well. Throughout history, the change in use and technology of shades seemed to be quite drastic (from animal skins, that were used as window covers in ancient times, to shutters, venetian blinds, and now motorized shades). However, with the smart shades, the looks of the shades are not changing, but the use and in particular usability of shades change significantly.


We collected the answers from the Qubino webinar in this blog post to make it available also for everyone else who might be interested in more information about Qubino wireless Z-Wave smart home modules for light, shades, pool, irrigation, door, etc. automation.


The case study is about a DIY project; a step-by-step description of how a broken opening mechanism of a 24-year-old motorized skylight was repaired by using smart home technology and upgraded to smart windows.


What if this summer you wouldn’t have to worry about watering your lawn, cleaning your pool, keeping your home cool, etc. Sounds too good to be true? Well, the good news is – it isn’t. All you need to do is to make your home smart or, in case you already live in a smart home, just smarten it up a bit…

House with a pool

Making lights smart is usually the first step that beginners in the home automation take since it is quite a simple thing to do and it brings many benefits that make your home cozier, safer, and more energy-efficient. To do that, you need a smart dimmer and a dimmable light bulb

Smartphone with five bulbs around it

The times when the lights were used only to illuminate the space are far gone. With dimmers and new lighting solutions coming to the market and with the different options that it brings, adjusting lighting to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, is becoming a must in every modern home.

dimming light

Before setting up a home automation system, the user has to make two main decisions, which are: what kind of end devices (slaves) will they be using and what gateway (master) will be used to control and receive various measurements and reports from them. For a user, who is new to the field of home automation, the world of Z-Wave technology might at first seem intimidating. And it all starts with picking the right…


Man thinking about Z-Wave gateways

Since computers first became publicly available, there was a risk of getting a virus or being a victim of a cyber attack. Even now, every unprotected computer is prone to being hacked, making online security an important topic. The same thing applies to your smart home system – if it’s unprotected, it’s prone to being accessed by villains and scoundrels. Because of the importance of this topic, many smart home networks already come with a security system. In this article, we will talk about S2 Security, Z-wave’s way of keeping your smart devices secure…


Household appliances are an essential part of our lives. Though we could go through our day without them, they make everything easier and more convenient. Sure, we wouldn’t die without fridges and washing machines, but it would impact our lifestyle immensely. Although these appliances are almost essential to us, they could use an update. A lot of them were invented over a hundred years ago and haven’t received a thorough upgrade ever since – until now. Smart technology offers that long-awaited upgrade by turning your regular household appliances into smart appliances…

Young woman opening the oven

Smart houses are a prime example of how technology can directly improve our lives. The basic principle of any smart home is having all the devices and appliances do the work instead of you. Lights can now be operated remotely, your heaters can work on their own and the door does not only keep the elements outside, but also warns you when someone is trying to break into your home….


Do you ever wonder how much does keeping water hot actually costs you?

We have a solution to all of these problems, and it’s called smart water heaters. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about them and how to turn your regular water heater into a smart one…

Woman in bath with a glas of mineral water watching the rock outside.

Imagine a typical winter day. Everything is cold, it’s raining or even snowing, the traffic isn’t moving anywhere. All you wish for is to sit comfortably in your warm living room, but when you finally come home, you realize, it’s actually freezing. We’ve all been there, but we don’t have to settle for that anymore.Smart heatingwill make sure your rooms are at just the right temperature, and keep the air always fresh. In this article, we will give you 5 reasons why smart heating is the right choice for you.


We live in an era where time is more precious than ever, but we are still stuck doing errands that demand that precious time we’re never getting back. Even a simple one-minute chore, like shutting windows or opening window blinds, adds up to over 20 days in an average person’s life. But fortunately, we also live in an era where smart appliances can take over these time-consuming tasks. In this article, we will explain how smart windows and shades can give you that one extra minute each day along with convenience, comfort, and utility.

Smart Shades

A pool or a home spa is not something that everyone has. It’s a luxury that brings comfort to the ones that care about convenience and have the money to afford. And you guys, yes, you, reading this article, you like the convenience and you probably already have a pool or a spa, or you’re thinking of getting one. You know how to enjoy life and make it convenient.

So if you’ve gone so far and bought a pool or a home spa, why not spend the extra few dollars on making your pool smart? Why not truly have control over your home spa?

smart pool

Smart irrigation is not only convenient and cost-effective, but it’s also simply the right thing to do.

With the world’s population approaching 8 billion, water is becoming more and more scarce. Up to 70% of world’s water consumption is used for irrigation. It is not surprising that this is also where most of the water withdrawals are wasted. Up to half of the water we spend on irrigation is wasted due to inefficient irrigation methods.

Smart irrigation

Z-Wave or ZigBee? If you’ve been reading about smart homes online, you’ve definitely read these names before. Z-Wave and ZigBee are wireless standards used by smart devices to communicate with each other. They are both very good alternatives to some more “standard” communication channels, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Man looking at start button

Here are 4 simple reasons why you will love smart lighting. Have you ever forgot to switch off the lights before going to bed? With a tap on your smartphone you can simply turn you lights on of off without having to get out of bed. In this article, we will give you four simple reason why smart lighting solutions are useful and practical.

Smart lighting home

Building or starting a renovation of your house? Don’t you think it makes sense to plan home automation in advance”?

Like with most things, it’s much easier to think at least a bit in advance. If you plan the smart solutions in advance, you will save yourself a lot of hassle in the future. It’s much more practical and cheaper to plan what you want to do and how you want to do it in advance. Moving and adding smart devices right after you’re done renovating will make you regret you didn’t stumble upon this article earlier!

In this article, we will explain how to plan home automation and why it’s important.

Smart home automation project

In this article, we will explain all the basics of how to start a smart home automation project and what devices you need to start. Whatever your goal is, there are some basic things you need to consider before you start your DIY home automation project.

Smart House front