Introduction to Home Control: What is it, ideas to get started, what to choose and where to buy it?
In this article, discover how home control can add comfort, convenience and enhance your everyday lifestyle.
July 12, 2013 by EH Staff

From DIY solutions to professionally installed systems, find out what you need to know before you choose a solution to suit your home and budget. Learn from industry experts Richard Millson, CEO of Millson Technologies in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Rich Black, director of Residential Product Management at Lutron. In this article they explained key technologies, clear up misconceptions and answer questions about the many aspects of home control.

What is Home Control?

Lutron home

Though home control is emerging as the next must-have technology for homeowners, the term itself isn’t the only term used to identify it. You may hear it referred to as home monitoring, home automation, smart home, or connected home. Home control can be used in a limited capacity in single spaces, or throughout your entire home, including outdoors. Today, there are very few limitations as to what can be controlled or monitored using this technology.

Some of the most popular examples of home control include:

  • Devices that control lights, shades, thermostats, audio, video (one or more TV’s, a dedicated home theater, etc.), pools/hot tubs, security systems and more.
  • Smartphone or tablet-based apps that let you turn your lights off and on, control temperature, or monitor the security of your home remotely.
  • Complete whole-home integration that unifies nearly every electronic subsystem in your home all controlled by dedicated touch panels in the walls and offering remote monitoring and control from smartphone and tablet devices.

Lutron devices

Dedicated Remote Controls, In-Wall Switches and Interfaces, Smartphone and Tablet Apps

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