What in the world is home automation? Almost everyone knows what a timer on an outside lamp post is for, you can program your outside lights to turn on when the sun goes down and back off in the morning. There are lots of ways to setup lighting to prevent waste and still maximize the benefit. So what if you whole house could be managed and from one place or even when you aren’t at home? The kids left some lights on when they left for school, and you can turn them off from your phone, with some systems.
A product known as X10 has been around for quite some time now, now there are other options. Home depot has their own products and even Google is making contributions these days. The whole idea is convince, for example there are products that work with the X10 system that allow you to change the lighting in your home from an iPhone or Android device, you can use this from anywhere you phone works.
Setting up a system like this can start to prove costly. The more devices you want to control, the more expensive the project ends up, naturally. You should also be aware some products require a moderate level of know-how in the electrical sense. One of the most useful products is a replacement switch; changing one should always be done with care and proper precautions of course.
Spend some time and figure out what your goals are with your project, it can be as simple as putting a few outdoor lights on timers to being able to control and monitor everything in your house no matter where you are. It’s a fun idea at the very least.