May 03, 2010
by Lisa Montgomery
Certain lights and music zones activate depending on which button is pressed. Engaging the party 1 button, for example, switches on all of the first-floor lights and transmits music from a docked iPod to every first-floor speaker. party 2 adds the downstairs lights and speakers to the mix, while party 3 includes the outdoor entertainment area. “It’s a lot easier to get the house ready this way than by turning on several individual switches,” says the homeowner. After the guests have left, the owners can retire to their bedroom and turn off everything from a Control4 remote, iPhone or wall-mounted keypad.
With a robust cabling backbone, plentiful interfaces and a future-friendly control system, the house is primed to handle a lot more technology. The homeowners are taking it slow, for now. Since moving into the house in October, they’ve made a few minor adjustments to the programmed settings, added a good morning lighting scene and spoken at length with Procom about future possibilities.
“The system just keeps getting better and better,” say the homeowners. “And this is just Phase 1.”
What’s in store? The owners plan to swap the standard thermostats for smart units that can be managed by their existing Control4 system. Additional lights will join the system, too. More scenes, more automation and more hardware will ensure that the tech in this house never goes out of style.
Curious about how much cash was spent on this system? Here’s how it breaks down*:
Total spent $48,000
Plans for the future:
Thermostats: $350 each
Additional light switches: $150 each
Additional surveillance cameras:
Additional remote control: $129
Remote access: $129 annually
*prices include the cost of materials, installation and programming.
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.