automating your home

Our Cost-Effective Guide To Automating Your Home

Why Go Smart?

Automating Your Home Makes Everything Simple

Home Automation has become more and more popular over the last century. With technology advancing, there are even more amazing features that you can incorporate into your home.

You may wish to schedule your devices to turn off and on at certain times or you may just like the idea of getting more diversity out of your products. Whatever the reason may be, there is a wide range of ways that you can make you home smarter.

Not only can smart devices make life a lot more convenient but it can save you money down the road whilst adding value to your home. It’s also worth mentioning that automating your home can improve accessibility and provide more independence for its residents.

Perhaps you’re trying something new and want guidance from your voice assistant, or you struggle with certain tasks and would benefit from automation. Whatever the need, there is a smart solution.


Automation Is For Any Budget

Many people think that going smart seems expensive, but this isn’t necessarily true. There are amazing products that deliver modern technology, that are reliable and affordable.

We’ve comprised a simple, cost-effective guide to automating your home with the best technology available, without breaking the bank.

1. Choose Your Smart Lighting System

Smart Lighting is often the first thing people opt for when deciding to try smart devices. Not only can you adjust your lighting from your favourite armchair without moving a muscle, but you can also create unique lighting scenes for your home.

A favourite amongst interior designers, you can bring your home to life by producing tailored lighting for any desired atmosphere.

Perhaps you’d like to set a romantic scene for date night, or you want to up the vibrancy for a party. By automating your lighting you can be creative and find the perfect ambience for any occasion.

As well as creativity, you can also save a fortune on your energy bill. LED lighting uses less energy and outlasts standards bulbs, so there’s no need to balance on a wobbly ladder to change your broken bulbs.

With Smart Features such as scheduling, you can also set lights to turn off at specific times and you can even control them when you’re away! You’ll never again worry about leaving the lights on.

Modern smart home

2. Make Your Appliances Smart

There are fantastic smart devices available from smart cookers to smart TV’s. However, as often found with the most popular brands, these options can be expensive.

Why spend a fortune on appliances, when you can make your existing ones smart?

Our recommendation for those who want smart appliances is to simply use a smart plug. With Smart Plugs you can control your appliances from your phone, remote, or your smart hub to make life more convenient.

Schedule your heaters to turn on at specific times in winter, or your fans in summer. Just got into bed after a long day but left Tv on? Just swipe your phone to turn it off, or ask Alexa to do it for you!

Save money by not leaving electrical appliances on overnight or while you’re away. These plugs are affordable and can be used on a wide range of appliances, so there really is no excuse for not automating your home.

3. Curtain & Blinds

When automating your home, why not include your curtains and blinds? Smart curtain tracks and blind motors enable you to use remotes, voice command and your smartphone to open and close your blinds or curtains.

They are also incredibly easy to install and sync with your smart hub or phone, so there’s no need to battle with your drapes.

Not only do these devices offer more convenience but they are ideal or those with restricted mobility. You can control your curtains and blinds from anywhere and with a control system that best suits you.

Scheduling features are also available here, so if you enjoy waking up to natural light, you’re in luck! Set your curtains or blinds to open and close at the time that suits you, and wake up feeling ready to start the day!

Blind Motors and Curtain tracks are incredibly popular. They are affordable, reliable and easy to use. They are also compatible with a range of curtain and blind types, so why not try them for yourself?

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garden lights

4. Take It Outside

If like us, you consider your land as part of your home, then why not take your smart system outside. Outdoor smart systems such as spotlights and floodlights are a fantastic addition to automating your home.

Schedule your lights to welcome you home when you get back after a long day. Light up your driveway to make parking easier or give your neighbours a show with amazing colour combinations.

The most obvious choice for adding security to your home is to add lighting to your gardens and driveways. With Smart functions, you can also add this security while your away.

Control from anywhere and put your mind at ease knowing that your home is safe. These lights can be synced with other smart devices or controlled with a remote.

Smart outdoor lighting systems produce an amazing amount of light, so even with minimal lights in place, you can achieve fantastic coverage over your home.

5. Enhance Your Interior

If you’re looking to get creative when automating your home, why not try strip lighting. LED strips are brilliant for highlighting your interior. Dress furniture, walls, ceiling and more with fantastic colours and shades of light.

LED strips offer an amazing array of colour combinations as well as dimming, tuning and more. Scheduling is possible as well as syncing to other smart devices such as smartphones or hubs.

Perfect for any occasion, LED strips are affordable and use minimal energy to light your home. Simple to install and available in a wide range of lengths, strip lighting brings the fun to automated lighting.

They can also be cut and extended to any size and controlled from anywhere, so the possibilities are endless!

LED strip kits make strip lighting even more affordable. You can get everything you need in one convenient package.

Zigbee LED Strip Kit
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LED Strip Light with box
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Automating Your Home Couldn’t Be Simpler

Automating your home is easy, simple and affordable when you choose the right products. There is so much more you can do but we hope this guide will help you get started.

You can learn more about our full range of products here.

If you’d like more advice or guidance for choosing your smart home devices, feel free to leave us questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to assist you.

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