The uptake of home automation and smart home devices is increasing month-on-month, let alone year-on-year. In fact, the smart home market is set to double over the next four years and very soon the smart home will be as common-place as the smart phone.

There are good reasons for that. Through home automation and connecting your devices, you can be more creative (mood lighting), more secure (monitor your front door, and close/open your blinds), more energy-efficient (only turn your heating on when you’re on your way home), and in control (set lighting to come on if your children go walkabout in the night).

Home automation isn’t just the latest fad – it’s about connecting devices together around your home to save time and energy. The more integrated you are, the more efficient you are. No one does this better and easier for the homeowner than Control4.

A Top-Down Approach

When it comes to home automation, some of the biggest brands that spring to mind include Sonos, Apple, Alexa (Amazon) and Nest (Google). The trouble with looking at these technologies in isolation is just that – they’re standalone. The last thing you want is to end up with an integrated sound system, an integrated heating system, an integrated lighting system, and an integrated security system, all controlled separately.

At Luxe Smart Homes, we like to approach smart home installation from a holistic point of view. It’s about having one integrated system that enables you to control all devices and utilities from one place – whether it’s dimming your lighting, streaming high-resolution music or film, viewing security camera footage, controlling your heating or locking your doors. You can also control all of this from your smartphone, meaning you don’t have to be at home to turn your heating on, or close your blinds.

Introducing Control4

For many of our clients we recommend the home automation platform from Control4. We’re an accredited dealer of Control4 and we think it’s one of the best on the market for reliability, ease-of-use, flexibility and price. Their system is scalable, so you can start small and then integrate your whole home over time. Or you can connect everything from the outset. The more integrated your system is, the bigger the benefits will be.

Whichever way you approach it, installing a solid control system in the first place means you have the flexibility to change your requirements, and move with technology over time. Control4 have been building ‘drivers’ (the code that converts a device’s language into the Control4 language), for over 14 years now and they have more drivers than any other technology company in its class. Control4 has over 11,000 whereas Alexa reportedly has around 3,000.

The best feature we find in installing and using the Control4 system is having everything pulled into one centralised controller which can either be navigated through on your television screens, in wall touch pads, smart phones & tablets. Even Alexa can trigger certain events such as “Movie Night” or “Relax.” Here are just some of the devices you can integrate through a Control4 system:

  •       Home cinema (projectors & televisions)
  •      Multi-room audio
  •      Lighting, blinds and shading
  •      Heating control
  •      Video intercom and home security cameras

Smart Home Planning & Design

Smart home installation can be done at any time, but many of our clients contact us during a major home renovation, or when they have just bought a new home. If you’re thinking about installing a smart home system, then it’s important to get it right since there are many options to choose from. Some may appear exciting now, but six months down the line they may not fulfill the original requirements you had in mind.

We’re one of the leading home automation experts in London and Surrey, and we offer a free consultation, and a bespoke installation service for your needs. For more information, or to book a free consultation, please contact us here or use the button below.