As I work in the electronics industry in my day job, yes that’s right this is only my night job, I have tried to include a lot of future proofing into Bimbadeen (our new name) This includes
- Every room has access to a category 5 data network.
- There is a pretty serious computer server cabinet in the entrance foyer.
- The phone system is based on VoIp.
- Every living area has ceiling speakers installed so we can have music everywhere without the associated wires.
- The front and back gardens have a lighting and watering network installed.
- There is provision to hook up a satellite TV feed.
- There are power points everywhere, including on the exterior decks.
Here are some photos of the path we have taken to get Bimbadeen to be on the bleeding edge of connectivity.
In terms of lighting control we have worked with Dynalite who are one of Australia’s leading home automation companies. The objective was to have a system where you could have a high degree of control of all of the household lighting from either the switch on the wall or with a remote control. This will mean that you do not have to walk to the light controls to turn on and off any of the lights. It can be easily done from a wheelchair for example.
You can achieve this either using infra red or radio frequency control. For budget reasons we elected to use I.R. What this did mean however was that I needed to plan the rooms so that there was a line of site to an I.R receiver in all parts of the house. Dynalite have a switch where you can install an infra red receiver window on each plate.
The first phase of installing a home automation lighting system is to work out the specification. Dynalite provided me with a checklist to help with this process. You can download this checklist here.
Dynalite Functionality Checklist
I used this as a guide to work out what I wanted all of the switching to do room by room. Here is the listing for what each switch will do in each room. I have also included a key to where each switch is located.
Dynalite Switching Specification
Switch plan Ground
Switch Plan Upper
What happens now is that the team from Dynalite program the control units prior to them being installed by the electrician on site. Lets hope that it all works out OK.