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someguy is right -- you need two things to make X10 work -- at least one appliance (light, something that plugs into the wall) hooked up to an X10 module and some sort of controller. For the Homelink to work, you would need a controller or receiver that would receive the RF signal from your Homelink mirror.
There used to be kits for this -- the HomeLink Lighting Kit and the Black & Decker Freewire Kit. These were essentially simplified X10 kits with instructions for programming your car. X10 is standard, so the procedures should work for other units on the market. You can buy some components of the Freewire system on amazon, but not the remote, which you need for programming. There is a complete system on eBay right not going for $8.00 with $10.00 shipping.
So, assuming you had a porch light that has an incandescent bulb, you would need the following to be able to turn on your porch light from you car:
- Either a light switch (http://www.smarthome.com/2031I/X10-W...h-Ivory/p.aspx) or a screw-in module (http://www.smarthome.com/2005CM/X10-...-Module/p.aspx) that you would need to program with a unique code (you do this with little dials on the module).
- A wireless control kit like this one: http://www.smarthome.com/4000/X10-RC5000-o...iver-Kit/p.aspx
You would then set up the module/receiver/remote per manufacturer's instructions, but essentially you would set the house code (letter) on your X10 light switch or screw-in module to the same as the one on the receiver module and the unit code (the number) on the switch or screw-in to some number that corresponds to the button on the wireless transmitter that you want to use to control it. You would then take your wireless transmitter out to your car and use these instructions http://www.homelink.com/images/freewire.pdf, which essentially have you hold the transmitter from the X10 kit next to your homelink mirror while pushing buttons to learn the signal.
I would be 80% sure this would work.
I was pretty into X10 before we moved to CFL lights and you can do quite a bit with it.
For example, you could have a room where the light switch, two lamps and one of those wall-mounted water fountains are all hooked up to X10 modules. Each module would have a unique code that you set (A1, A2, A3, etc.). You then have some sort of controller plugged into an outlet and programmed so that button 1 controls module A1; button 2, A2, etc. You could then sit in your chair with the controller on the table next to you and turn lights off/on etc. If they're incandescent bulbs, you could dim them (this is the problem fluorescent bulbs have with X10). If you wanted to control them with a remote control that wasn't plugged into the wall, you'd need some sort of RF receiver that would be programmed to the appropriate house code (A in our example) and the remote control. You can set up different controllers for different things and even control all of the devices with your computer. Insteon, which you'll see on SmartHome, even has an iPhone App.
Unfortunately, it got to be too much hassle for me with the CFL bulbs and I now have a box of various things that I need to sell on eBay. But if you have a reason to want to turn a light on from your car other than your garage opener light, it may be worth the $30-40 to get the few things necessary and take the time to set it up.
Instructions should probably stop saying you can control lights with it since the kits aren't even sold anymore and almost no one would go through this much trouble (although I did).
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