At Instinct, we pride ourselves on helping you create the home of your dreams with our extensive knowledge and experience in smart home automation. We work with a range of home automation systems, and design your system from scratch, using the products and platforms that will deliver the result you want. We take the difficulty and stress out of smart home technology, by starting with the end result and the end user in mind. Simplicity of use and sophisticated results are what we aim to achieve with both our residential and commercial automation projects in Sydney. Rather than a one product or system fits all approach, we create unique smart homes across Sydney using the systems and products that meet your needs.
Here are 4 of latest home automation systems that we regularly use in smart homes across Sydney.
Control4 (www.control4.com) is a platform that acts like an operating system of your smart home, much like Windows is the operating system for your PC computer. Control4 connects with, and manages lighting, entertainment, energy, security and all your other connected devices. Control4 has it’s own products and services but can also connect with other third party products like Sonos, Bose, Panasonic and Sony just to name a few. With Control4, you could easily control music in several rooms, all your lights, your television, the thermostat, ventilation in the garage and a DVD player in your guest house all from your smart phone. Control4 is easy to use which makes it a very popular home automation system and it can be fully customised depending on what you need. It can be controlled by any device that uses Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, KNX (see more below), Z-Wave and ZigBee.
As long as you have an internet connection, you can control your smart home system with a Control4 touchpad, your desktop computer, iPad or smartphone. You can program single events to happen at set times, such as your house lights to turn off at 10pm or set up a more complex series ofevents such as turning off your lights, locking the doors, turning the temperature down and setting the security system. These features are fairly common in smart home systems and Control4’s total system integration makes it extremely easy to use.
Control4 does allow you to control devices while you’re at home using a mobile device and also offers remote access that allows you to control your smart home system from any internet connection anywhere in the world through it’s 4Sight subscription. Control4 can be set up as a wired or wireless system within your home, making it easy to update your existing home without the need to remodel or install new wiring.
Dynalite is a lighting and automation control system developed in Australia by a company of the same name. In 2009 the company was
bought by Phillips to become Phillips-Dynalite. Dynalite offes more than just off and on lighting control, it allows you to create different lighting “scenes” which you can change depending on your mood and the occasion.
In a home automation system, Dynalite can be configured, co
ntrolled andmonitored from any point in the network. It will also create reports on the status of the system. Without reliance on a single controller, it means that Dynalite is quick to bounce back if there is a failure in one area. Philips Dynalite allows for scalability, it’s features can be used for a single room or larger units consisting of thousands of units.
Energy saving is possible, as Dynalite builds on existing natural light and adds supplementary light as necessary. Philips Dynalite has a range of integration devices and network gateways, that allow it’s DyNet communication system to be configured to work in conjunction with other systems such as blinds, audio-visual, temperature control and building management systems.
It features ’soft start’ and surge limiting voltage regulation technologies which protect lamps from high inrush currents and power surges, which increases the life span of lamps.
Philips Dynalite has been used in many large scale installations such as Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and Crown Casino in Melbourne. At Instinct we have successfully used Dynalite in our Award Winning Home Cinema pictured here.
KNX is a communications protocol for home automation systems and is designed to be independent of any hardware platform and can be controlled from a range of devices according to what you need for your smart home system. KNX ensures that all your separate devices and systems speak the same language. All the devices for a KNX installation are connected together by a two wire “bus” (the most common form of installation), thus allowing them to exchange data. KNX is an internationally recognised standard for home and building control.
These devices include sensors which gather information about wind, temperature or movement and then send it on the bus as a data telegram. Sensors can also manually input instructions through push buttons. The type of sensors you select will depend on the required application. Actuators then receive these data telegrams and turn them into actions. Actions might include controlling blinds or heating, dimming lights or and controlling air conditioning systems
One of the strengths of the KNX system is that we can combine KNX certified devices from different manufacturers in your smart home system installation. This allows for the integration of lighting, heating, ventilation air-conditioning, shutter/blind and shading control, alarm monitoring, energy management and electricity, gas and water metering, plus audio and visual distribution. All these functions can be controlled, monitored and signalled via a uniform system without the need for extra control centres. User control can happen via your PC, smartphone or touchscreen and the system can be accessed via LAN or mobile phone networks.
In addition to the usual smart home system benefits of saving energy and money, the interlinking of communicating devices with a single bus in KNX considerably reduces design and installation time. Also a KNX installation can be easily adapted to new applications and is flexible for future modifications. New components can be easily connected to the existing bus installation.
C-Bus is a communications protocol for home and building automation created by Clipsal Australia. C-Bus is used in the control of home automation systems, and commercial building lighting control systems. C-Bus uses a dedicated low-voltage cable or two-way wireless network to carry command and control signals. This improves the reliability of command transmission and makes C-Bus far more suitable for large, commercial applications. C-Bus can be used to control lighting and electrical devices automatically or through remote control, and will interface with your home security, audio-visual and other electrical items.The C-Bus system is available in a wired version and a wireless version, with a gateway available to allow messages to be sent between wired and wireless networks.
In a conventional home electrical system, your light switches can only operate the light that they are physically connected to, which means that it can never be changed to do anything other than controlling that light.
With C-Bus everything is wired back to a central point, where they are connected to either “dimmers” for lights or “relays” for blinds, curtains, irrigation, ceiling fans, air conditioning etc. These dimmers and relays are then connected around the home or building to all of the wall switches, as well as any touch screens, or even sensors that detect light levels and/or movement if so desired. What this means is that any button on any switch can control anything that you want it to.
As with other smart home systems, with C-Bus, lights and other devices can be set up to operate automatically according to scheduled dates and times, or even according to what is happening within the environment around them. This may include dimming up or down as the ambient light levels change throughout the day as well as sensors that detect whether the room is occupied or vacant, and turn off the area accordingly. These features are great to save energy and time.
At Instinct we pride ourselves on being an expert in home automation systems on the Northern Beaches and across Sydney. You don’t need to have the in-depth knowledge of every available system because we do the research for you. We do an in-depth consultation regarding your needs, aesthetic and lifestyle in order to create a design that delivers the results you want. We work with your existing architect and builder as well as your preferred tradespeople or we can suggest tradespeople that you may need along the way. Find out how an home automation system can improve your lifestyle, energy usage and budget and contact our office today.