Smart Living


Whether recent times have opened the opportunity to work from home, or you’re looking to spend more time in your sun-kissed villa abroad, Karen Chugg from Intelligent Abodes offers some useful pointers on how technology can enhance the new norm


Lighting impacts on how your home looks and feels, transforming a ‘less-than’ room into a fabulous living space where you want to spend time. By understanding the power of light and its ability to de ne, highlight and transform an environment, you can use lighting control to creatively enhance decor and accent features. Lighting control provides smooth controlled dimming, even of ultralow watt LED lighting, so no flicker. You can also avoid wall-clutter, as you only need one switch to control the lights, press the engraved button ‘cooking’ and bright lights over this work area will be triggered, while ambient lights glow in the surrounding space.


Lighting combined with automated blinds can enhance your security by mirroring your usual pattern of living for an authentic ‘someone’s at home’ look. By Integrating the lights with CCTV, if the system is triggered by an unwelcome visitor, the lighting will come on throughout the house and outside, to give the impression that the property is occupied.

Automated Blinds

Although it’s lovely to have motorised blinds and curtains, the overriding advantage is protection of our precious belongings from damaging UV light and making our homes more comfortable with heat and glare management. Smart blinds and curtains can be programmed to close with changing light and heat, or they can work on a sensor, so that your home is always protected - a great solution for South and West facing windows.

Creature Comforts

Most people want access to their favourite music and TV programmes and films, preferably via a well-planned system that’s discreetly hidden. Consequently, when you move home, it’s worth giving consideration to your wifi access, TV and music requirements across the property, so that your system can be carefully planned to avoid trailing leads.

Stay Connected

It’s great to get away, but it’s also good to have peace of mind when you do. Connectivity of devices with the outside world and the office has become increasingly important. We’re also streaming information, music, and video content to a level never previously imagined, so planning the network in your home for now and for future technologies has never been more important.

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