If you were around in the 80’s you may remember the technology craze that was ‘the clapper.’ A then modern device that allowed you to turn your house lights on or off by clapping. The Clapper, whilst being relegated to novelty 80s regalia, represented to first in smart home automation… even though it wasn’t particularly automated.


With all the advances in modern technology there’s nearly no limit to what devices and aspects of your smart home can be automated.

Smart Lighting:

Technology may have moved on from ‘the Clapper’ but being able to turn the various lights off in your house without having to get up is still a major appeal. How many times have you gotten all the way upstairs and almost gotten into bed before realising you left a light on downstairs? How many of those times did you wish you could just tap a button rather than get out of your comfy bed? This is why smart home automation exists.

Go beyond simple remote light switches and use the latest technology to create automated lighting schemes for each room of your smart home. You can create different atmospheres for different rooms, different times of year and even different occasions. Set some romantic lighting for when it’s a quiet night in for two, or brighten up your entertaining space with colour LED lighting when you have your next party. The possibilities are limitless. Contact us for help, ideas or a quote.

Climate Control:

Thermostats, central air conditioning and water heaters have been automated for years, allowing you to have a comfortable home temperature and hot water only when you need it most. The added benefit being that you can save a significant amount on electricity bills by not cooling your home and heating water unnecessarily. However, the act of programming when the air conditioning comes on and when it goes off, what days of the week it comes on at the time and what time of the year it comes on at all (ie vacation mode vs regular mode) can be quite complicated.

Smart thermostats determine user patterns and control the climate accordingly and can produce savings of up to 30% on a home’s annual energy use. By configuring your system and analysing how long it takes your home to cool down and for your water to heat up, an automated climate control system prevents the system running any longer than necessary to keep your home perfectly cool.

Smart Surveillance:

As the basics of security, surveillance cameras can be positioned both inside and outside your smart home at a relatively low cost. They just need to be connected to power and wifi and simple cameras can provide a live feed of any area of your smart home accessible on a smartphone, tablet or web browser.

To take it a step further adding a motion sensor to specific areas will allow you to receive an alert when there is movement in that space and begin viewing it in real time on your computer or mobile device.

iHome Options:

These are just a few of the basic smart home automation options available through iHome. Read our next post  to find out about some smart home automation options you may not have considered or contact us directly to find out what we can provide for your smart home that’s a little bit more high-tech than ‘the Clapper.’