10 things you need to know before smart wiring your home
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.
- 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.
- Work out what your budget will be. Smart wiring starts from around $2000.
- 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.
- The climate of your home can be controlled through your smart wiring system. This can be set at home or remotely.
- Lights can be programmed to come on at predetermined times, although this can be a expensive component of smart wiring.
- Home security can be hooked up to your smart wiring, and allows for you to monitor your home from a remote location.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.