If you like smart home technology, you may want to look into getting a smart irrigation controller. In this demonstration, we’re installing a Rain Bird sprinkler system in Chelsea’s mid-century home.

    This module connects to your home’s wireless network, so you can control it on an app via any compatible mobile device like a smartphone or tablet.

    And installation couldn’t be easier!

    How to Install the Rain Bird Sprinkler Controller

    Each of the unit’s multi-colored, low-voltage wires controls the valves in each zone of the sprinkler system. So it’s important to know where everything goes to ensure it works properly.

    But you don’t have to memorize these locations. Instead, try this trick: Before you remove your old sprinkler controller, take a picture of the wiring. You’ll use it in a few minutes!

    Next, remove the old control panel and mount the new one as directed. Start by reconnecting the wires, using the photo you took as a reference. Match each numbered lug with the right color.

    After you’ve connected the wires in accordance with the old connections, download the Rain Bird app and follow the prompts to connect the controller to your Wi-Fi.

    Making Your Sprinklers Smarter

    You can manage the sprinkler controller with your phone from anywhere at any time! This allows you to make adjustments to the irrigation schedule if the forecast calls for showers, or schedule irrigation while you’re out of state, on vacation.

    The Rain Bird sprinkler also has in-app features that let you create a schedule for your lawn based on its needs. So you have peace of mind whether you’re at home, away from the house or on vacation.

    Want to know what makes this system even smarter? It gives you suggestions to save water that you will actually use. This saves you money on your water bill!

    Whether you’re already fond of smart technology or are looking to incorporate it into your home, this sprinkler system is worth checking out.

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    Danny Lipford


    Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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