Home Automation is something that is being added to many newly built homes and there is an increasing trend to retrofit existing homes with smart lighting. Zigbee by Havit is possibly the simplest and most flexible way to set up smart lighting because there is no data cabling required and it operates in a mesh network (more about mesh networks below) which means that it has fewer limitations of distance for the wireless communication.
There are three main ways that you can create a network for smart lighting.
The first way is to run a physical data cable from a network hub to each light and/or light switch that needs to be controlled. For a long time this was the most reliable option, but, there are major limitations when it comes to retrofitting existing light fittings where there is no access to run data cables. It can also be a substantial extra cost in new construction to run all this extra data cabling.
The next way to set up smart lighting is with a point to point wireless network. This means there is one main point to a wireless (wifi) that connects to each device. This has limitations due to the power and reliability of the main unit that sends the signal.
The better way! Use a system like Zigbee by Havit.
The Zigbee system does not need any data cabling which makes it perfect for retrofit jobs and new builds. What is even better is the range of Zigbee units, because they are configured in what is known as a mesh network.
This means that the Zigbee controllers speak to each other as well as the main transmitter. Even if the controller connection is outside of the range of the main transmitter then the Zigbee device will connect via a closer unit, a little bit like a daisy chain. In reality, when these units are used across a home it creates a network that looks a little bit like a spider’s web where each unit connects to any other Zigbee controller that is close by, creating a network that does not have limited limitations of distance to the main unit.
There is one other massive benefit to the Zigbee by Havit system which is that it is not specific to any one automation supplier. It can work with Phillips, Google, Apple or any other automation system in the future. In fact the Zigbee by Havit system can actually be simultaneously connected to multiple automation systems.
Now that you know a little bit about home lighting automation and the benefits and limitations of different systems let’s discuss Zigbee by Havit a little deeper.
This Zigbee by Havit range contains switching units and dimming units which are installed easily into existing wiring and then configured to work with a whole-home automation bridge such as the Philips system. They can be added easily to retrofit home lighting systems that has traditional wiring and switching or they can be added to a new build construction giving a huge amount of flexibility for the homeowner if they decide to change home automation systems at any time in the future.
You probably have been asked the question:
What is home lighting automation? and “How does Lighting Automation work and what are the benefits?”
Let’s start with what is home automation?
Technology is at our fingertips with mobile devices and more people using voice-activated devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Home automation is becoming a serious consideration for more homeowners and lighting is leading the way! In it’s simplest terms home automation means that someone using either their mobile phone or another smart home device can be wirelessly connected to electrical devices in the home and can be controlled without the need of a traditional switch or control unit.
Specifically, with home lighting automation this means that lights can be turned on/off or control the dimming with a simple voice command or from a mobile phone. You can even control these items from outside the home. Not only can you control without having to get up to the light switch but you can program the lights to function in different configurations to automatically come on at specific times or to turn everything off at once with one simple control or command. The same can be done with other electrical devices such as a coffee machine and other smart electrical devices have even more controls.
By adding a Zigbee by Havit controller to any light and configuring it with a home automation bridge such as the Phillips bridge you can:
• Configure lights to switch on and off in groups EG
“Turn off all bedroom lights”
• Set up mood lighting and dimming to your favourite. EG
“Set mood lighting”
• Turn all the lights off when you leave the house EG
“Turn off all lights”
• Program lights to come on and off at a specific time EG
“Turn on garden lights at 7pm and turn off at 9pm”
• Set lights to adjust based on exterior lighting EG
“Turn on hallway lights at dusk”
• and so much more.