What Makes a Smart Home?
The “smart home” concept might still be a decade or so away but that doesn’t mean the technology has not already found practical uses in the homes of today. Indeed, a home designed with specific network connectivity and wireless convenience seems like such a novel—and faraway—idea, but we do have many pieces of technology that can accomplish these things in a bit of an ala carte way.
For example, you could simply opt to use Smart home outlets at Primecables.ca to add wireless controls to so many of your existing technology. From light bulbs to kitchen appliances, smart home outlets can help you make the transition to a “smarter” home.
SMART LIGHT BULBS
For example, smart light bulbs use wi-fi radios and/or Bluetooth radios to communicate with your existing wireless device to offer you unprecedented control over not only the lighting in your home but also your energy consumption. Instead the simple on/off switch on the wall, a smart light bulb basically gives you a dimmer switch to adjust the intensity/brightness as your needs require. Obviously, this is quite a practical idea since you can just let in sunlight during the most saturated hours and keep your bulbs at a minimum, if you keep them on at all. Then, at night, you could adjust the intensity according to the activity: reading, watching a movie, cocktail party, having a meal, etc.
Similar to the smart light bulb, a smart switch is slightly more complicated because it involves replacing the circuit switches on the wall with a new one. Thus, you do need to have a little experience with electrical outlets. But if you are able to install one, you will quickly find that they are very effective the more strategically you use them. Now, they do cost more than a smart bulb (but smart bulbs cannot fit in every light fixture) but they certainly offer you a lot more control over traditional light bulbs and switches.
SMART PLUGS and SMART OUTLETS
Finally we have the smart plug/outlet. Smart outlets are similar to smart switches in that you also need to know how to install them, electrically. Once you do install this outlet, though, you can basically control anything you plug into it with an app on your smartphone. You can set timers, for example, so to not waste electricity when you are away from home.