Find out how a fully automated home can be a lot easier and more affordable than you might think.
The new generation of home automation technology allows you to control most of your home appliances from anywhere.
Whether you just want to turn the lights on, switch on the power to electrical appliances or keep a close eye on your property, you’ll find a whole host of innovative products that can put you in complete control of your home, at the touch of a button.
Let there be more light
Starting with the lights, there are plenty of clever ways to introduce automated lighting to your home. There are lighting systems available from iDual that let you adjust the intensity and white colour temperature of your lights with a simple remote control. You can also install special globes that let you change the colour of your light to suit your mood.
Lights, camera, sound
From security cameras to streaming music, you can install lights that do so much more than just illuminate your home. The Snap LED Camera from Sengled plugs directly into an existing floodlight fixture and can stream live camera footage to your smart phone or tablet. There are also lights to boost your Wi-Fi coverage by up to 30m, and lights for your outdoor entertaining space that stream music through a built-in speaker.
Wirelessly control your home
Imagine being able to check the iron is turned off after you leave the house or switching the heater on before you get home. The Belkin WeMo range can put you in control all kinds of home appliances and electronic devices, directly from your smart phone or tablet. This system allows you to turn on anything, from kitchen lights to air conditioning, anywhere you have an internet connection on your mobile device. The system also allows you to set rules to automatically switch certain appliances on and off whenever you want.
Keep an eye on everything
Security cameras can be a great addition to your home or workplace, and the latest range of CCTV cameras from Swann has made this technology even more accessible. You can install cameras to keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world, you can even activate a microphone to talk to your pets. There is a security camera to suit any budget, from state-of-the-art HD with 3 megapixel sensors, optical zoom and pan and tilt functions, through to the great value advanced series range. All of these cameras can be accessed remotely from your smartphone, tablet or desktop and many can be set to be motion activated, recording footage whenever motion triggers them.