Five of the Best Must-Have Brands For Your Luxury Smart Home
Like most things in life, when it comes to smart home technology, you get what you pay for. With new products regularly coming to market, price is increasingly becoming a factor, but there’s so much more to choosing the right solution than finding the cheapest and newest gadget on the block.
At Luxe Smart Homes, we have five guiding principles when it comes to choosing suppliers:
Great engineering and design
Ease of use
Ongoing customer support.
We think it’s important to work with companies that have been in the market for several years. With experience comes products that are easier to use, reliable, capable of connecting to most devices, and are designed to enhance your home, rather than take away from it. While we choose products that come with excellent reliability, the more experienced smart home companies also offer excellent ongoing customer support should there be a problem. Hopefully you won’t need to worry about that as we’ll always be there to deal with any issues, but good product support helps us deliver the best after-care service possible.
Here are five examples of our favourite smart home brands:
Lutron - Reliable Lighting Control
As inventors of the original dimmer switch, Lutron have been at the forefront of lighting innovation for over 50 years. They can create the most amazing ambience in your home, as well as control daylight with window shade technology.
Their remote solutions enable you to control your lights and blinds from anywhere in the world, or even set your lighting to come on automatically as you approach your home. Whatever your lighting requirements they have a solution that has design, practicality and energy efficiency at its heart.
Lilin - Smart Home Security
Lilin were established in Taiwan over 30 years ago and are now the world’s leading manufacturers in advanced video surveillance in residential homes. They’re dedicated to innovation, and their focus is on creating the best in design, development and manufacturing. They provide everything from the subtlest of cameras to recording software and mobile software to allow you to monitor security while you’re on the move.
Their cameras require a ‘hardwired’ network connection, meaning that you can rest assured knowing that the system is reliably recording any activity around your property and this is being backed up locally as well as available through a secure connection across the internet. Their system also integrates flawlessly with the Control4 platform meaning you can view the video footage from the comfort of your own living room.
Pakedge - Flawless Internet Experiences
The difference between a good smart home solution and a great one, is how your various internet-based devices are connected, and how well they perform. Pakedge has been in the market for over 14 years and are known for their networking solutions specifically for residential homes.
Their products look great, perform at speed, are reliable, and come with excellent ongoing support should any issues arise. Perfect for growing families, who consume on-demand media, across a broad range of mobile devices and TV displays.
Future Automation - Hiding The Technology When Not In Use
It’s rare these days to find a company with no real competition. Future Automation have cornered a very specific part of the luxury smart home market, and they fill it with prowess. They specialise in custom-built solutions that hide away hardware, such as light fixtures, televisions and speakers, while adding more than a wow factor in the process.
They’re also experts in bringing indoor technology outdoors, turning valuable outside space into another entertainment hub for the home.
Control4 - Whole Home Automation
For many of our clients we recommend the home automation platform from Control4. We think it’s one of the best on the luxury smart home 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.
They’ve been building ‘drivers’ (the code that converts a device’s language into the Control4 language), for over 14 years, and they have more drivers than any other technology company in its class. As an example, Control4 has over 11,000 whereas Alexa reportedly has around 3,000.
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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 fulfil the original requirements you had in mind.
We’re one of the leading smart home experts in London and Surrey, and we offer a free consultation, and a bespoke installation service for your home automation needs. For more information about our products, the smart home brands we trust, and to book a free consultation, click the button below.