Enhance Audio Visual The Benefits of Home Automation

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The ability to press a single button to configure a lighting scene, turn on the TV, and start the VCR is appealing to many.

Home lighting control dramatically enhances the beauty of your environment by creating a variety of moods that can change the appearance of the room or space it is used in. Home lighting control brings out the architectural features of your property and complements the nature of your activities. You can enjoy countless benefits of a home lighting control system, no matter what your lifestyle.

Architects are well aware of the dramatic effect of lighting on a room and spend much time planning lighting for main living areas. But when construction is complete, at best you are left with a row of dimmer switches to control the lights. Home automation can give you a single small clean panel, from which you can select one of several lighting scenes at the touch of a button.

Comfort and Convenience

We are all used to controlling our TV from our seat. But imagine dimming the lights and adjusting the temperature from your bed or controlling the volume of your music.

An automated home is about the convenience of saving your time and effort by having your home automatically do routine functions such as watering your grass (but only if it has not rained recently), or turning off all the lights, setting the thermostat to economy mode and arming the alarm system when you retire for the night.

It’s about enjoying home theater time by having the lights dim, curtains close, TV and DVD player turn on, phone mute and popcorn popper start all with the touch of just one button.

The remote control aspect alone makes a huge difference. It may simply mean turning off the light in your detached garage without getting dressed or not having to get out of bed to turn off the lights at night.

What may be a simple convenience to some translates into independence for those with disabilities. It may only be a minor inconvenience for you to get up and open the curtains, but to someone that is bedridden, it may be impossible. With home automation even quadraplegics can control virtually every light and appliance in their home, including the telephone.


How much safer do you think you will feel coming home to an illuminated home? Have your whole house light up when there is motion detected at any corner of your house. Imagine your house sending you an email if there is motion where there shouldn't be any motion. You can even have your security system call you, the police or the fire brigade if there is an alarm.

How many injuries occur from falling down stairs and tripping over furniture in a dark room? How many broken bones and stubbed toes could have been avoided with something as simple as a motion detector light switch?

Traditional alarm systems are primarily designed to protect property, not people. With Home automation you can press a button to turn on all the lights, you can press a panic button to trigger the alarm (and automatically call for help on the telephone).

In the event of a fire your home can wake you, shut down the gas and ventilation system and turn on a lighting path for your escape.


Home automation picks up where traditional alarm systems leave off. Remember, traditional alarm systems trigger only after someone has broken into your home.

Home automation augments the security of traditional alarms by adding another layer of protection that will illuminate the prowler, let you know that he is there, and make him think that you are up and about, even if you´re not at home.

Police departments unanimously agree that good lighting is a excellent deterrent to crime, and that motion detector lighting is even better.

If you're at home what do you do when the alarm sounds in the middle of the night? Stumble half naked through a dark house looking for the burglar? Home automation allows you to press a bedside button to turn on the lights or the alarm can flash the lights. The best thing would be to make your alarm system the last line of defense, not the first and only.

Home automation is also about the peace of mind you have knowing that you can look in on your home remotely from anywhere in the world, or that your home will phone you if anything is amiss.


An average household spends between five and ten percent of its energy budget on lighting, while commercial establishments consume twenty to thirty percent of their total energy on lighting alone. In a typical or commercial lighting installation, fifty percent or more of the energy is wasted by obsolete equipment, inadequate maintenance, or inefficient use.

Automatic lighting control systems make use of low voltage lighting, automatic timers to switch off lights when rooms are empty, automatic dimming controls to decrease the amount of energy consumed and increase the bulb lifespan and light sensors which detect the amount of natural light entering a room and reduce the light levels accordingly.

Low voltage lighting can produce two and a half times the amount of light produced by a standard incandescent light bulb using the same amount of electricity. For example, a 50 Watt low voltage lamp would be more than sufficient to generate the same amount of light produced by a 125 Watt standard, incandescent light bulb.

Low voltage light bulbs also have a much longer lifespan than normal light bulbs. They can provide up to 20,000 hours of lighting. This has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste and cutting maintenance costs.

Daylight harvesting allows your lighting control system to automatically adjust the level of lighting based on the time of day. This can reduce lighting costs for the home owner by as much as 60% and extend the lifetime of your bulbs considerably.

Assign your home the responsibility of regulating the operation of water heaters, air conditioning, entertainment components, appliances and irrigation system so these devices are on only when needed.


Motion Sensors

Automatic timers work with motion sensors to reduce the amount of time a light source stays on by keeping lights on when movement is detected and truning lights off after a short period of inactivity in a room.

Dimming control

Automatic dimming controls enable the light source to be dimmed to a preset level, reducing the amount of light emitted and therefore the amount of energy used by the source. An intelligent lighting control system can be pre-programmed to allow a light source to always turn on at less than its full 100% brightness thus reducing the amount of energy used and extending the lifespan of the bulb.

N.B. dimming the lights by just five percent will reduce energy consumption by ten percent and double the lifespan of the bulb, a five percent reduction in lighting levels makes little difference to the naked eye.

Light sensors

Light sensors measure the amount of natural light in a room and adjust the lighting levels accordingly, reducing the amount of energy used and extending the bulb lifespan.

The All-Off button

The All-Off button is a simply a button on a lighting control keypad which with a single press can turn off all, or selected lights throughout an entire home or apartment block. Providing home owners with All-Off buttons makes energy saving convenient and easy when leaving the house unattended or retiring at night. We recommend at least one ALL-Off button per residential unit and for common areas within a residential or commercial complex.

Increase the resale value of your home.

A good quality home control system, backed by a good manufacturers warranty, can increase the resale value of your home by considerably more than it costs to install it.

Benefits of multi room audio and video

Music and video when and where you want it.

Multi room audio & video gives you the power to hear your favourite music or watch a movie anywhere in the home while another family member listens to something else in a different room. Every room is able to select and control the multi room audio music and volume in any room just by the touch of a button. The system can be controlled from every room with the touch of a button.


Easy access to your entire CD and DVD collection allowing you to access them simultaneously in any room. Enjoy video throughout the home from DVD´s, Satellite TV, CCTV and other video sources in any room in your home.


Discrete systems, in-wall control keypads and in-ceiling speakers.


Great for entertaining and parties Create playlists of all your albums and listen to music throughout your home.

Benefits of Home Theatre

The Big screen in your living room

Widescreen pictures are simply superior. As widescreen is closest to the way the human eye views the world the eye can move more easily inside the picture frame to find detail and so the sense of realism is enhanced. Widescreen is particularly popular when watching sports.

You can see approximately 33% more when watching widescreen compared to conventional 4:3 televisions. Movies are also filmed in a widescreen format and are created to be viewed in widescreen. Additionally, most new TV shows are being produced in widescreen. The 16:9 widescreen format is being adopted by broadcasters worldwide, who regard it as the format of the future.

Sound Quality

Home Theater is all about surround sound and the way that your audio system interacts with your TV, DVD player and Home Entertainment Centre to create a realistic cinema environment.

A typical surround sound system has one speaker positioned directly above or below the screen, another two on either side of it, two more behind the viewer, and a separate subwoofer. This format is known as 5.1 surround sound. More advanced systems add additional speakers behind the viewer or to each side, literally engulfing the viewer in sound. The experience is equall if not superior to your local multiplex.

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With a Home Theatre system including a DVD player, not only do you benefit from high quality pictures thanks to DVD technology, you can also connect your VCR, satellite TV and your computer or Home Entertainment Centre to the system. Most models of DVD player also allow you to playback CDs and MP3s and to view JPEG Digital pictures.

Benefits of Whole House Internet

Eliminate messy wires, share music, video, printers and more. Enjoy the freedom of wireless Internet access even outdoors. Combine wireless with hard wired connections for ultimate flexibility.

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