Posted on: 19 February 2016Share
If you're a homeowner who is looking for ways to automate your home in order to save money or have more convenience, your home's lighting is a big target. Even if you use LED bulbs, which typically use very little energy, lighting remains one of the biggest drains of energy in your house. By programming when the lights come on and go off and how bright a dimmable light may be, you can reduce your energy usage. But there are three things you need to think about before automating lights in your house.
Think Carefully about Involving Your Phone
Many home automation devices have apps that allow you to control the devices using your smartphone. However, be sure that you want to involve your phone in this. The apps can use up battery life and chew data, and if someone takes your phone, they now have access to your home's lighting system. While you can disconnect the automation devices when you get home, you can have a few minutes of alarm if the person who took your phone starts to play around.
If you do decide to use your phone, be sure you have good passcodes on both the phone itself and the automation app. If you have to log into the app, log out when you're done using it for the time being.
Watch Added Electrical Use from Hubs
Automation systems generally use devices that have to be plugged in or wired into the home's electrical system. Each device can be a fairly low-drain one, but they add up. If you are automating in order to reduce your electrical bill, for example, ensure that you don't negate any savings by using so many automation devices that your home's overall energy usage remains the same.
Add Unconnected Emergency Lights in Each Room
Either use a system that allows you to easily turn on lights manually in an emergency or have emergency lights that aren't connected to the automation devices. If something happens like a quake or fire, the last thing you need is to deal with a light that won't turn on when you need it to because of the automation. You shouldn't have to disable the automation first in order to use the lights during an emergency.
If you want more information about light automation and how to achieve it, contact lighting companies and manufacturers of automation hubs and apps. Let them know why you're planning to automate so they can help you choose the best system for your needs. A representative from a company like Audio Visual Experts LLC is a good source to start with.