Everything’s Included – including the Wi-Fi

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You buy your new home, maybe it’s your first home. You move in, switch the light switch and lights come on. You go to cook your first meal in your new home, put the oven on and it heats up. You sit down to surf the Internet and wait…. no Wi-Fi or Internet. You’ve forgotten…

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Ways to save energy and money

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We all want ways to save energy but how? As a “Smart Home” technology professional I meet homeowners all the time, perhaps when they are self-building their family home; renovating a room or whole house or simply interested in ways to save energy. During our time, we discuss Smart Home features such as lighting control,…

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Alexa, Siri, Home – H.A.L. 9000’s grandchildren

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Like any attempt to kill off the star of a show you always know they never really die. Take Bobby Ewing from Dallas, I still don’t understand how he turned up in the shower after so long “dead” and don’t get me started on the cast of EastEnders. But clearly Dave did not de-activate H.A.L….

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Control4 Dual Load Switch and Dimmers

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Control4 have today announced the Control4 Dual Load Switch and Dimmers.  Previously Control4 wireless dimmers were one keypad for one lighting circuit.  This meant if you were replacing your inefficient rotary dimmers for an intelligent lighting control system such as Control4 and you had a 2-gang rotary dimmer some re-decoration work would be needed. Now with the new Dual…

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Future proof, does it exist and is it possible?

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When renovating or building a home is it really possible to design and install a  future proof  home or building? Firstly, let’s try to establish what people mean when they ask us to future proof their home or building.  We believe they essentially want the best return on their financial investment which is understandable. So after…

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Certified KNX Partner – the Worldwide STANDARD for Home and Building Control

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We are officially a certified KNX Partner KNX is approved as an International Standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3) as well as an European Standard (CENELEC EN 50090 and CEN EN 13321-1) and Chinese Standard (GB/T 20965). KNX is therefore future proof. KNX products made by different manufacturers can be combined – the KNX trademark logo guarantees their…

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What cabling do you need to install in your Smart Home?

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If you have read our blog on wireless, hopefully you can appreciate there is a need for smart home cabling and our preference to install cabling but what cabling do you need to install in your smart home? When we discuss smart home cabling we mean placing cables used for lighting, heating, security, audio/visual, automation…

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Wireless Smart Home?

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When considering whether you should cable your smart home or can you use wireless smart home, the simple answer is… if you have the opportunity to install cables, we recommend you cable. That’s not to say wireless solutions do not work, because they do. Also just because you choose to use wireless solutions it shouldn’t…

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Which Smart Home systems should I use?

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When we discuss Smart Home systems we the term “Systems” or more precisely “Sub-Systems” which may sound technical but all we are referring to are functions commonly found in homes. Functions such as Lighting, Heating, Security, Audio/Visual, etc., functions we all have in our homes. Where a Smart Home differs is that the sub-systems can…

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