FAQ's

How much is a home automation system?

This is one of the most frequently asked questio ns. A home automation system consists of many elements that make up the final solution. The best analogy to use is : “A smart home system is like LEGO ”. Its made up with a lot of bits and pieces until you get to your final Lego creation. The bigger the Lego project th e more time it takes, the more pieces you will use and the more it will cost.

Home automation systems can start at R30 000 to R6 million and more! Depending on the size of the home, the scope of the project, the sub systems you wish to connect and control.

The quality, type and level of system you require.

The bigger the system, the more time and equipment will be required to complete the project.

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What can I control with smart home automation system?

A home automation system consists of many elements we call Sub-systems. There is usually a system controller “the brain” which links over a wired and/or wireless network to each sub system.

The subsystems are:

Media:

  • Multiroom Distributed Audio
  • Home Theatre surround sound systems
  • High Definition Video distribution

Security CCTV Cameras

Irrigation

Lighting control

Motorised Curtains and Blinds

Communications & Messaging

Climate control: HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning)

Pool, Jacuzzi & Water features

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Can I Save energy using a home automation system?

If a smart home system is designed, configured and programmed effectively you can definitely save energy. The system can be programmed to turn on and off lighting when a room is not in use or you are away from the home. By dimming lights and using motion sensors for occupancy control of a rooms lighting and HVAC (climate control heating and cooling) system you can bring down your energy usage considerably. Installing motorised curtains or blinds and light level sensors to control natural daylighting in a room, you can control the amount of natural light from the sun in a room which can further reduce energy usage.

Can I install my own home theater or home automation system?

Many mass-market retailers provide do-it-yourself home automation and control kits or theater-in-a-box products. While consumers can often install these products, a home technology professional also known as a Systems Integrator (SI) typically has a deep level of product knowledge and experience that allows them to select the best components to suit a client's unique home design and usage patterns.

They have the skill to optimize room acoustics and seating and calibrate video settings. They can work with the homeowner to develop a system design- much like an architect develops house plans - to ensure the best integrated home experience.
Home integration - which may also be referred to as home automation, residential electronic systems, or smart home technology - refers to the integration of multiple electronic systems and devices through a centrally controlled network. These systems and devices may include media rooms, home theaters, lighting control, multi-room audio, HVAC control, security, or appliances. Integrated systems are custom-designed to allow the homeowner the convenience and cost savings of controlling electronics through a central control, or even remotely.

Another related term is "home networking." Many think of a home network as simply a network of connected PCs, and while this is certainly part of the connected home, it's only the tip of the iceberg. More and more electronic devices are designed to connect to the home network, which results in added functionality and convenience. But this increased demand on your home network can also lead to problems with continuity of service if it's not properly designed and integrated. A home technology professional who is skilled in designing and implementing robust home networks will be able to alleviate these potential network problems.

What is home automation/integration?

Home integration - which may also be referred to as home automation, residential electronic systems, or smart home technology - refers to the integration of multiple electronic systems and devices through a centrally controlled network. These systems and devices may include media rooms, home theaters, lighting control, multi-room audio, HVAC control, security, or appliances. Integrated systems are custom-designed to allow the homeowner the convenience and cost savings of controlling electronics through a central control, or even remotely.

Another related term is "home networking." Many think of a home network as simply a network of connected PCs, and while this is certainly part of the connected home, it's only the tip of the iceberg. More and more electronic devices are designed to connect to the home network, which results in added functionality and convenience. But this increased demand on your home network can also lead to problems with continuity of service if it's not properly designed and integrated. A home technology professional who is skilled in designing and implementing robust home networks will be able to alleviate these potential network problems.

Will my home technology become obsolete quickly? How can I ensure my systems stay up-to-date?

A qualified Systems Integrator (SI) will be able to develop a system that is practical for today's homeowners but also ready to take advantage of new innovations as they come to market. Home technology professionals stay current on emerging trends through continuing education as well as open lines of communication with leading manufacturers. Their up-to-date knowledge allows them to deliver technology that will not only merge seamlessly with the client's lifestyle but will also provide convenience, security, and entertainment for years to come.

What are the most popular systems that consumers install in their homes?

Statistically, alarm systems top the list, but that’s no fun. Home theaters and whole house music systems generally come in second, followed by lighting controls, energy management and home automation. Home automation is basically the integration of two or more of these “subsystems,” as they’re known.

Does this work just when I'm in my house?

The amount of control you want over your home automation--and where you want to access it--can also dictate the type of system you need. If you just want control over lighting and appliances in other rooms while you are physically in your home, a closed home automation system with controller specific to that system will be fine.

But if you want to access your home automation system remotely from your office or vacation destination, you'll want a system that can be accessed using a Web browser a home control APP or even your smartphone.

What is home automation?

Generally home automation refers to the technology integrated into a home which makes living in your home more convenient, more efficient and enhances your lifestyle. This is best achieved by using a reliable home control system.

Generally home automation refers to the technology integrated into a home which makes living in your home more convenient, more efficient and enhances your lifestyle. This is best achieved by using a reliable home control system. Generally home automation refers to the technology integrated into a home which makes living in your home more convenient, more efficient and enhances your lifestyle. This is best achieved by using a reliable home control system.

What can be achieved with a home control system?

The options are virtually unlimited.

Below are some examples of the main systems you may wish to control:

Lighting – set the mood with contemporary lighting design

Multi room audio and video distribution - enjoy sound and vision throughout the home

High Definintion (HDTV) distributed to all your TV's around the home - enjoy the amazing picture quality in digital HD resolution.

CCTV - feel secure in your home, and monitor it remotely when you are abroad

Climate control – keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter

Central archive storage of movies, music, pictures and games – all your media at your finger tips

Computer networks - share files and printers and access the internet in every room

Wifi coverage- Use smart Phones, Tablets -PC's and Wifi enables devices wirelessly around your home

Blinds and curtains - enjoy natural light from sunrise, and peace of mind at sunset

Touch screen controls - total home control at your finger tips

UPS Power Backup and Surge protection- Piece of mind knowing that your system is protected.

How can smart home automation integrate this into my home?

Any or all of the features above can be installed in your home and integrated so that you have a single easy to use touch screen panel in each room. This allows you to alter any aspect of the environment and entertainment throughout your entire home.

How can a home automation system help me save money?

Saving energy with your lighting saves you money and prolongs the life of your light bulbs. You can reduce your energy costs by using low voltage LED lighting, and automatic lighting controls.

Low voltage halogen bulbs, which require a small amount of energy to power but produce a very bright light means the brightness of these bulbs can be reduced, by running them at a less than maximum brightness, with no loss of light to the naked eye whilst achieving considerable energy savings.

Timers can be set to turn off lights at particular times or after a certain period of time. Light sensors for daylight harvesting can turn lights on or off to preset levels depending on the amount of natural light in the room. Motion sensors can be deployed to turn lights off when no movement has been detected in a room for a set period of time. Many other electrical devices can also be programmed to turn off after a certain period of inactivity.

What is home lighting control?

Control of a light or group of lights within your home by use of a keypad or remote control.

Lighting automation can save preset lighting scenes or moods for a particular occasion or time of day.

A single button can dim the lights to a preset level or turn off all the lights in the home when going to bed.

What can a home lighting control system control?

A lighting control system allows you to set your ideal lighting scene for any activity, whether it be watching your favorite film, relaxing with a good book or preparing a meal. Home lighting control provides added security to your property and therefore your peace of mind. Increased energy efficiency will cut the cost of your electricity bills and you will need to replace your bulbs less often.

What are the security advantages of home lighting control?

Lighting control enables your entire home, garden and driveway to light up with a single press of a button. Have a soft path of light appear automatically between the bedroom and the bathroom in the middle of the night or a glow on the treads of the stairs for a safer descent. Your lighting control system can be linked to motion detectors enabling your lights to flash on and off as a deterrent when activated or simply light to full for your peace of mind. Lighting control can also be linked to many other devices such as fire and burglar alarms and CCTV.

Can home lighting control integrate with other devices?

Yes. Your home lighting control system can be seamlessly integrated with many other home automation devices such as home cinema, audio systems, blind and curtain control, alarm systems and air conditioning.

What is multi room audio and video?

Multi room audio and video is a system which allows the whole family the freedom to enjoy home entertainment independently in any number of rooms throughout your home. Music or video is transported from centrally located equipment to discreet speakers and screens in other rooms.

How is multi room audio and video controlled?

By using a remote control or a keypad on the wall the source and volume can be altered and the system can be switched on or off. With the push of one or two buttons multiroom audio enables you to select your choice of music instantly from anywhere in your home. LCD touch screens and Apple iPads or Android tablets can also be used to provide graphical controls.

What do multi room audio and video systems look like?

Multi room audio and video systems can be discreetly concealed or tastefully presented in your central audio and video area. Your home control keypads located throughout your home serve as convenient control stations which forward requests for volume, radio station, music track, etc., to the central control system.

Can I control my house with an iPad?

Most certainly! The majority of automation and control systems would allow for wireless control via iOS and Android devices.

In wall and wireless control options?

In wall touch screens are not only elegant but have the added benefit that the system is hard wired and should there be an issue with Wi-Fi you still have control over the system.

Wireless options include very stylish iPad and Android device wall mounting options, a selection of in wall options are available as is an on wall option. Some on wall options are magnetic and will even charge the device via an induction charger, so you can still use the tablet on the go!

See our CMoDe & Launchport products for more information