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10 things you need to know before smart wiring your home

 Posted on: 19 April, 2015
 Mario Figliomeni

 

As the following information will show, you can start with a data point in your home, right up to controlling everything from your lights, right through to your curtains.

  1. Home theaters and data points are the starting point for most smart wiring. However, it does encompass much more, as the following points will show.
  2. Work out what your budget will be. Smart wiring starts from around $2000.
  3. Distributed audio/video means that you have a central location for your media, which is then distributed to the selected rooms via speakers and TV screens.
  4. The climate of your home can be controlled through your smart wiring system. This can be set at home or remotely.
  5. Lights can be programmed to come on at predetermined times, although this can be a expensive component of smart wiring.
  6. Home security can be hooked up to your smart wiring, and allows for you to monitor your home from a remote location.
  7. If your budget doesn’t allow for a full smart wiring system, a simple solution would be to allow conduiting to select rooms, that way you can finish it later when you can afford it.
  8. Lighting is also something that can be confusing. Generally, unless otherwise noted, a builder will simply allow for a standard light point, which you will then need to fit for a light bulb or a light fitting.
  9. Apart from a light fitting installed to a standard light point, the main type light fitting is a low voltage or recessed light. They emit a yellow light which looks great. The downside is you require more of these lights, to emit the same amount of light as a regular light bulb.
  10. LED is a new type of low voltage light (recessed light) available. It looks the same as traditional low voltage, but uses a fraction of the power, and lasts a lot longer than standard lights.

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