Electricity: Home-automation systems



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Introduction

Technology is advancing at the speed of light, and wireless technology is being used to make our homes very “smart.” We are constantly striving to enhance the safety, comfort and convenience of our homes and to help save time as we scurry about in our daily activities.

Home-automation systems can integrate personal computers, hand- held computers, communication systems, home network systems, audio and video systems, home entertainment systems, lighting controls, security systems, heating and cooling controls, appliance controls, garage-door openers and scores of other features and products that enter the marketplace on a continuous basis.

The X10 system is one communication language that allows compatible products, devices, controllers and components to talk to each other using the existing electrical wiring in a home.

Transmitter devices that are plugged into receptacle outlets or otherwise connected to the home’s existing wiring send signals to receivers in other locations in the home that are also connected to the existing wiring. A lighting controller on the nightstand in the bedroom can turn on all the exterior lighting around the home’s perimeter in case of emergency, simply by sending signals over the existing 120-volt wiring.

Home-automation System Options

Smoke detector, Contact switch, Motion sensor, AC adapter, Battery backup, Slim-line motion detector, Glass-break detector, Smoke/Heat detector, Wireless receiver, Telephone jack, Keypad at front door, Keypad in hallway, Other keypads, Telephone control board , Voice dialer, 2-way module, Weatherproof siren, Security strobe light, Magnetic controls, Glass-break sensor, Garage door contacts

Options of a home-automation system:

Smoke detector, Contact switch, Motion sensor, AC adapter, Battery backup, Slim-line motion detector, Glass-break detector, Smoke/Heat detector, Wireless receiver, Telephone jack, Keypad at front door, Keypad in hallway, Other keypads, Telephone control board , Voice dialer, 2-way module, Weatherproof siren, Security strobe light, Magnetic controls, Glass-break sensor, Garage door contacts

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Home-automation Components

Place control panels in inconspicuous, secure locations. Carefully connect all components according to the manufacturers instructions. (2x4 , Stud, To sensor, To control pad, 120-volt line, 120-V x 12V transformer).
Wall-mounted keypads and remote mini-controllers allow you to control lighting, drapery, thermostats, alarm systems, communications equipment and other automation devices around the home.

Wireless wall switches allow you to operate lamps and other items via special transmitters plugged into receptacle outlets.

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