Have you ever considered installing a system in your home for controlling all the mains appliances and lighting? If so then an X10 home automation system may be something that would definitely be of interest to you. The X10 can control certain appliances through using signals that are carried over the mains power cables. You are able to replace ordinary light switches and mains outlets from a single switch. You have the choice to control your appliances locally or remotely via the use of keypads, infra-red remote controls, timers, radio and computer interfaces.
The X10 home automation system can be used for numerous applications around the home, such as:
The majority of houses are specifically wired so that all the power and lighting circuits actually originate from the same point. Therefore by using an X10 home automation system you can control all these appliances from any part of the house. The X10 actually works by carrying control signals over the domestic mains power wiring. You can generate these control signals from many different sources such as plug-in controllers, infra-red receivers, radio and computer interfaces. The signal will then be detected by the specific appliance or light switch. The X10 also has the ability to determine the on/off status of any appliance.
There are various situations within which you may choose to use an X10 home automation system and some of these include:
There are various different X10 devices and these not only includes appliances and light switches, but also items such as motorized devices (the most popular is proving to be the curtain puller), sirens, locks and other security devices, remote control transmitters and receivers, telephone-based receivers and computerized controllers and transceivers.
There are also a number of issues that you need to take into consideration if you are planning to use an X10 home automation system. These include not being able to use embedded lighting controllers with fluorescent lights and the X10 home automation system is not specifically designed for unattended remote operation.
Although all controllers and appliances are connected to the same mains wiring system the X10 home automation system is able to determine which particular device control signal should be directed to. This is done through the use of a “house code” or “unit code”. Every single appliance or light switch will only respond to a specific code/unit code combination. At this moment in time you can independently control a total of 256 devices in your home.
The X10 home automation system is without doubt one of the most convenient additions you can have in your home. There is nothing worse than wandering around in total darkness searching for a light switch however this should no longer be a problem as with this specific system you have the ability to control your lighting from wherever you wish. You will also find that the X10 home automation system is fantastic for home security and should give you some much needed peace of mind.