An Introduction to Smart Home Integration

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Imagine you’re at home in the evening after a hard day’s work or a full day of adventures. You decide this evening is going to be a great night to catch up on that film you’ve been hearing all about, or perhaps getting a little further along in that box set you’re watching.

As you pop some popcorn, you speak up and tell your house ‘it’s movie night’. With that simple command, the lights dim, the curtains close and your TV and surround sound system come on. With another simple voice command, your TV starts playing your chosen entertainment. Hold on – you forgot you had a load of washing ready to go! Not to worry. With a quick tap of your smartphone, you’ve got it started and you’re back to your film (don’t worry, you’ll get a notification when the washing is done too)!

This may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie predicting the future but after decades of imagining it, that future is largely here now in the form of Smart Home integration. Now, if the previous example has you feeling overwhelmed and you’re thinking you don’t need that much control, not to worry – your Smart home can be as simple as turning on a light.

Philips E27 White starter kit

In fact, Smart lighting is where we find most people start their Smart home journey. Smart lighting systems offer a straightforward, customisable way of lighting up your space. These simple systems allow you to move to a more ‘hands-free’ lifestyle, meaning you can control your lights remotely wherever you are. Check if you have forgotten to switch your lights off before you left your home, and switch them on if you are working late. For true hands-free convenience, you can control the system when you’re at home using your voice when you add a voice-controlled Smart speaker. There are a huge range of these speakers on the market, with something to fit any budget and space.

Amazon Echo Dot


In addition to lighting, almost every other piece of home entertainment equipment can be made to be part of a Smart home system. TVs, AV receivers, Blu-ray and speakers are being made available with voice-control functionality, meaning your voice can do things like power them on, turn up the volume and change the channel.


For those wanting the ultimate in futuristic performance, that’s where our full custom Smart home systems come in. Our fully-trained technicians will consult with you to determine your needs, then order and install all of the equipment for you.

Using custom switches and controllers, you can control your entire house. Imagine being able to lock and unlock your doors, control your garage door and alarm system, as well as turn your lights on while you’re on vacation. Or maybe you want to have all of your entertainment equipment come on at once at the word ‘go’. With Smart home, the possibilities are really limitless. Why not give your local Richer Sounds store a call today and see just how easy it is to turn your home into a Smart home?