The Internet of Things lets you automate your home and monitor it from afar.
What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smart phones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, doors, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.
Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command).
Some activities, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are simple and relatively inexpensive. Others, like advanced surveillance cameras, may require a more serious investment of time and money.
There are many smart home product categories, so you can control everything from lights and temperature to locks and security in your home. Here's a rundown of the best products we've tested for every room of the house.
Maybe you’d like to make the perfect ambiance possible in every room, or perhaps you’re just looking for a few easy ways to save energy. No matter what your intentions may be, intelligent lighting with Control4 is definitely the key!
Here are a few brilliant examples:
- Have the lights in the house turn on automatically to welcome you home.
- Program the lights to go on at sunset, off at daybreak or set them to replicate your normal usage pattern when you’re out of town, so it looks like you’re home even when you’re not
- Experience hands-free illumination when entering a dark hallway; motion sensors can make sure you never have to fumble around in the dark.
- Turn the whole house off in one touch with a “Good Night” scene – some lights can go completely off as the kids’ dim to 10%.
- Program your lights to turn off automatically when a room is unoccupied for a certain amount of time.
- Set your lights to a maximum level of 80%; your eyes won’t notice the difference but your utility bill will!
RSA Bardo Electrical Systems can install and maintain home automation in Cape Town, providing a sophisticated range of products designed to transform the smart home or office of your dreams into reality.
Our home automation products include:
• Audio and visual control/distribution
• CCTV installations
• Multizone audio distribution
• Office automation
• Home cinemas
• Wired and wireless lighting control
Whatever the scope of your project, we have the most advanced home automation solutions to meet your needs. Contact us today to discuss your specific smart home or office requirements, or view our home automation products now.
What is a smart home?
Once considered homes of the future, smart homes have become a reality around the world. Home automation turns regular houses into advanced, intelligent residences that help to reduce energy consumption, increase security and reduce electricity costs.
A smart home uses the latest home automation products to integrate the property’s various entertainment, lifestyle and security systems, such as lights, air-conditioners and heaters, large and small appliances, multi-media and alarm systems.
This home automation integration enables homes to ‘think’ for themselves, thanks to their advanced computer systems – hence the term ‘smart homes’. For example, lights may switch themselves on/off at the correct time of day; alarm systems may arm themselves when necessary; temperature systems may regulate their functioning according to the ambient temperature in specific rooms or the whole home.
All of these systems may be controlled remotely, and they may be set just once to perform a specific function each day (for example, you may programme your shower to reach the same temperature each time you turn it on).
How are home automation products used in offices?
Today, home automation in South Africa extends beyond private residences. More and more companies are turning to office automation to boost efficiency and reduce costs, by digitally creating, storing, editing, collating and sending information internally and externally.
Office automation enables companies to save time, increase productivity and reduce their carbon footprint.
Smart homes and offices for a smarter life
As specialists in home automation in South Africa,RSA Bardo Electrical Systems offers an extensive range of home automation products to simplify your life. From basic office and boardroom automation to fully automated homes, hotels and venues, we’ll transform your living and working areas into advanced smart spaces.
Contact us today to discuss your unique home automation requirements, or view a range of our home automation products now.
Cost figures in the above table and on the bar graph on the right are based on a home with 60 LED lights running for 1.5 hours per day
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In most cases, LED lights functioning at 100% brightness, are significantly more energy efficient than halogen lights. For example, let’s take a home with 60 lights that run for 1.5 hours each day. The table below shows you the savings: