Baby Steps to Home Automation

Ever dream of living in a smart home? You know, a home where everything is automated and there’s little left for you to do but relax after coming home from a long day’s work. The ambient temperature is just right, your favorite CD is queued to play as soon as you walk in the door and home really does feel like sweet home.

The Future Has Arrived

Home automation may still sound foreign to some of our readers, but really it’s not some faraway future concept, but it’s here right now and completely accessible to you. Turning your home into a smart home is a lot easier than you may realize. In fact, a few baby steps that you can take today to raise your home’s IQ are as easy as lights, cameras, action.


Manually turning lights on and off is so 21st century. Also, there’s no need to rush home to turn your lights on in order to deter burglars any more than there are reasons why your home should be in the dark while you’re away (which is like a welcome sign to criminals). Instead, automate your home by installing X10 lighting, which allows you to automatically control which lights turn on and off in your home and when.

While this concept is not entirely new (my grandma had her lights on a timer in the 70s), devices like Skylink Home Deluxe Lighting Kit have brought this idea a long way from the early days when the technology was first used. We highly recommend this product, because not only does it come from a brand that you can trust, but it is affordable and involves a very simple installation so that you can begin using it right away.

In addition to being used for indoor and outdoor lighting, X10 lighting control can also be employed to power your media devices and other gadgets that rely on AC power. For those of you who’ve seriously considered what it would take to automate a home, this is your most logical and practical first step.


After automating lighting and other electronic devices, the next step toward complete home automation is to install cameras throughout and around a home. Not only do these devices provide top-notch security, as well as burglary deterrents, but they also allow you remote access to your home at any time from wherever you are on the entire planet. Imagine vacationing thousands of miles away from home on the other side of the globe, yet still being able to peek inside of your home at any time during the day or night. This is exactly what can be done with devices like the Lorex Vantage Stream Wireless Network Camera.

Not only will remote surveillance cameras allow you 24/7 remote access inside of your home, but similar devices also allow you to know what’s going on around your home at all times. You can even interact with people who approach your home without ever having to compromise your own security by actually coming face to face with these individuals. Specifically, we’re referring to video intercoms like the Comelit Hands Free Expandable Color Intercom Kit. This device is also expandable to include as many as four monitors and two separate door bell cameras, and can even be set to remotely unlock a door once an occupant inside has deemed it safe to do so.


With lights and cameras working to make your home more intelligent than you ever thought possible, consider taking another step into the future by controlling other actions, such as your home’s temperature. There’s nothing worse than having to wait for your home to heat up when it’s freezing outside except for possibly waiting for your air conditioning to cool it off when the weather reaches sweltering conditions. With the environmental control devices featured on our main site, however, there’s no need to wait for these ambient temperatures to reach the levels that you desire. Instead, while you’re en route to your home, a device like the Freeze Alarm Deluxe can allow you to adjust the temperature so that it is perfect by the time you arrive.

Simple, Affordable and Effective Approaches to Home Automation

So, as you can see, the future is here. Getting started with home automation only requires a few baby steps like the ones described above. These will serve as your smart home foundation while you continue to explore other options which will help your home achieve even greater automation. In fact, we have an entire section dedicated to home automation at our main store, so be sure to check it out before you go.

We Want to Hear From You

Have you begun automating your home? What devices have you installed, so far? Which ones would you like to install in the future? Your comments and thoughts play an important role on this blog and we hope that you’ll chime in below and share them with us now.

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