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Posts in the Home Automation category

TiVo Remote Controlled Linear Actuator

This project shows you how to leverage a TiVo remote control and an Arduino board to operate a linear actuator to lift a painting that covers a TV. Watch the video at the end

 

Home Automation Linear Actuator

By Firgelli Automations Team | | automation, hidden TV, home automation, How To | Read more

Awarded best kitchen in the world, Kitchen island appliance garage using Column lift

Kitchen in Winnipeg home named best in the world, according to an international design contest.

 

 

New Drop Down TV Lift From Firgelli Automations

Check out this sneak peak of Firgelli Automations brand new drop down TV lift that will be selling in the near future.  This new drop down lift offers a smooth and quiet operation along with a simple installation process.  It comes with universal TV mounting brackets and can be operated by remote control.  Drop down TV lifts are the perfect solution when space is at a premium and you still want a TV in the room. 

drop down tv lift

By Firgelli Automations Team | | drop down, Drop Down TV, hidden TV, home automation, TV Lifts | Read more

Ikea Hack: Remote Control Slide Out TV Using an Actuator

Looking for an original way to hide your TV? This project modifies an existing TV cabinet where the TV is meant to be mounted on the front and instead has it slide out from the side using a track linear actuator.

slide out tv with actuator

By Firgelli Automations Team | | hidden TV, home automation, How To, Linear Actuator, remote control, track actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Automated Secret Library Door using Linear Actuators

This Secret door is an amazing project that uses a Firgelli linear actuator and an Arduino to open and close a secret door either by pulling on a book or using a secret knock! 

automatic secret door

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, hidden storage, home automation, Linear Actuator, linear actuators, secret door | Read more

Now You Can Hang Your TV Where You Want and Hide it at the Touch of a Button

Looking for a solution to the age-old argument about where to hang the TV?  Take a look at this creative solution that hides the TV inside the wall!   A track linear actuator lifts the painting up and down to reveal a flat screen TV.  Thank you to our customer André for sharing this great project.

age-old argument

By Firgelli Automations Team | | drop down, hidden TV, home automation, How To, Linear Actuator, track actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Build a Flip Down TV Lift You Can Be Proud Of

In this post we are going to show you how we built a flip down in ceiling TV lift using a linear actuator, some brackets, a remote control, and a power supply.  Many of our customers have used actuators to create inexpensive TV lifts in homes, offices, cars, and boats. 

 

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, drop down, flip down, hidden TV, home automation, How To, TV Lifts | Read more

Four Steps to Choosing the Right Linear Actuator

This blog post is for those who are new to linear actuators and are looking for some guidance in choosing an actuator for a project.

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, column lift, DIY, Home Automation, How To, Linear Actuator, rod actuator, track actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Landcruiser Roof lift using 4 Tubular Linear Actuators

One of our customers wanted to replace their air ram actuators with our Electric Linear Actuators to lift the roof up on their truck. In this application the Actuators are used slightly differently to how most other people use them

Motorized TV Lift with Home Automation Integration

TV Lift MechanismNew home buyers at some point or another need to make a hard decision: make the TV the focal point of the room, or keep the fireplace or mantel piece the main attraction. For Mike, an avid handyman and IT professional, compromise was not an option either way. 
By 3PL Services | | Actuators, DIY, Drop Down TV, Home Automation, How To, Linear Actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Linear Actuator Equipped Vessel Outperforms

Automated VesselTwo universities from Florida built an automated vessel which outperformed in a marine competition, where their autonomous dual hull boat was able to dock, navigate, and position itself with an intelligent actuator control system. Read more for how they did it and links to their team page.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Actuators, Boat Hatch, DIY, Home Automation, Linear Actuator, Marine Automation, Outdoors | Read more

Home Automation - Drop Down TV Lift over Fireplace

Drop Down TV Lift MechanismEvery so often, we get these great pictures from our customers, revealing the simplicity and elegance that our products can bring if combines with the right creativity and ideas. In this case, the idea came from necessity, as a man's dear wife couldn't stand to have the TV sitting on her beautiful stone lined fireplace. 'Happy wife, happy life' seems to hold true.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | DIY, Drop Down TV, Home Automation, How To, TV Lifts | Read more