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How to install a smart home system: everything you need to know


Smart home technology isn't just for sci-fi films and the super wealthy. In fact, it's never been more accessible for the average homeowner (and renter) to install products that make their home more useable, comfortable, and totally within their control.

Of course, as with most new technology, there are a few misconceptions out there. Many people get confused about how smart devices fit within a home, thinking they'll need to do expensive renovations and fit outs.

Although of course there are products out there that are complex in their design and use, there are many smart home devices that are easy to install and can be used by both homeowners and renters alike. To help you get your head around this hot topic, here's what you need to know about turning your home into a smart home.

Smart home connectivity: you decide how connected your home is

It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing when it comes to smart home technology. It's your choice how connected your home will be. In other words, you don't have to recreate the home from the Jetstons and have it so every device in your home is saying "good morning" to you every day.

Instead, it's important to really assess what's going to be most useful for you and your needs. If installing one or two products is going to save you time or money, or make you feel safer in your home, then that's all you probably need! There's no need to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to either go all out or not bother at all; you might be surprised by how big a difference some small changes can make.

Smart home devices for renters and tight budgets

Whether you're renting, aren't working with a huge budget, or simply don't want to do a complete overhaul of all the wires and infrastructure of your property, there are still plenty of ways you can create a connected home. Gadgets like virtual assistants and everyday household items with in-built smart technology (think vacuums that can clean your house while you're away and a bed designed to help you sleep better) are easily installed into your home, and can even be taken with you when you move.

Smart light bulbs are another great type of smart device that many people don't think of, perhaps because they assume they'll be too expensive or that their landlords won't approve. However, products like Sengled's Element Classic range allow you to replace all the lights in your home with smart lighting. That means up to 64 bulbs throughout your property can all be controlled through one central hub, allowing you to set schedules, get a better view of your energy usage (and potentially find ways to save money on those electricity bills), customise the colour temperature of each individual bulb, and lots more. The best part is, it's just like a regular bulb – so installation is super simple, and you can just unscrew them and take you with you if you ever move house.

Sengled's Snap is another great smart device that's simple to install for renters (and homeowners), and can add extra security to your property. This outdoor LED floodlight has an in-built HD security camera, plus motion alerts, night vision, a 2-way intercom and more. The best part is, it fits easily within an existing floodlight socket (although some units that have motion sensors attached are unsuitable), and is as simple as installing a regular light – but with way more features!

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You can always ask for help

It's understandable that smart home technology can seem a little daunting in the beginning. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you should remember that there's always help out there available from the professionals in the field – including electricians.

Often, the company or store that you bought your products from will be able to provide you with additional support and help if you need. Integration professionals can tailor your gadgets to perform the way you want them to, when you want them to; especially for more extensive smart home installations.   

At the end of the day, though, it might surprise you how simple it is to create your ideal connected home. Many smart home devices are designed to be easy to install, so that you can get the greatest benefit from minimal effort.

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Information is intended to be of a general nature only and any advice has been prepared without taking into account any person's particular objectives, financial situation or needs. You should make your own enquiries, consider whether advice is appropriate for you and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or Product Information Document before making any decisions about whether to acquire a product.

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