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INFRASTRUCTURE & controls

What goes on behind the scenes in a smart home – and what are the are the options for operating your chosen system?
A project by Link It Solutions, featuring a handheld remote that can access features such as the TV, audio and CCTV

Your smart home can have all the amazing functions in the world, but if the controls are too complicated, or not intuitive, you will quickly find yourself longing for the days when a light switch was just a light switch. From grandparents to ‘digital native’ children, the whole family needs to understand how their abode functions, and manufacturers and installers work hard to make sure that’s the case.

But firstly, what goes on behind the scenes? Traditional electrical wiring and smart wiring are configured differently, as Steve Itoje of Link It Solutions explains: “To use lighting as an example, traditionally you would wire power to the switch, which would then be connected to the light. With smart lighting, you centralise everything, so each light and switch goes back to one location. That gives flexibility for any control to operate any light, in any part of the house.”

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Make a success of your self build home project with inspiring design ideas and practical advice from Build It magazine. Our October 2019 issue includes: - Smart Home Technology Special Guide - 10 Projects to Add Value to Your Build - Planning your Renovation Project - Learn from the Most Common Self Build Mistakes - Inspiring Reader Homes ... and more!