Home Automation - Save Money & Enhance Your Lifestyle - Some Exciting ApplicationsWritten by Steve Faber
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your home take care of things for you, automatically, without you having to lift a finger? You bet it would. That is promise of home automation. There are many different systems, especially in larger homes, that can benefit from being integrated. Some of these systems include security alarm, HVAC, audio / video, and lighting. Home automation integrates these systems together, enabling them to function more efficiently, improve functionality, conserve resources and enhance your lifestyle.
That’s name of game; an enhanced lifestyle. Everyone can benefit from a better life and modern electronic systems can help provide it. In addition, as cost of resources continues to rise and price of electronics continues to fall, home automation systems will prove to be even more cost effective. The combination of modern consumer’s thirst for convenience and increasing economic advantages will propel home automation more into mainstream.
So, what are some of fun things a home automation system can do for you? Here are some common applications:
1) As you pull up driveway you press a button on your key-fob remote. The security system disarms and a path is lit from garage to kitchen. Your favorite music comes on in kitchen and family room. Five minutes after you arrive home lights in your mudroom and garage hall turn off.
2) As you leave, you arm security system into away mode using your key-fob remote. Your lights turn off throughout house, saving you from going around turning off different lights throughout home. Your blinds close. Your music turns off. If you have forced-air heat, it is set back. All from one button press.
3) Set whole house scenes for different events to include lighting, music, HVAC, and security. Example: A) An entertainment scene would have lights set to “entertain” preset, security system off, music to appropriate party play list, and HVAC set-back a few degrees to compensate for added body heat from additional people in house. B) The “Holiday” scene could run concurrently with other scenes and turn Christmas lights on and play Holiday music play list through outside speakers.
Plasma TV vs LCD TVWritten by ian tham
For those seeking to buy their first flat panel TV display device, it is easy to be confused with conflicting and counter claims by different interest parties. So what is truth in competition between LCD and Plasma TV? Here's are some pointers before you rush out and buy your flat panel TV on impulse . Just consider and keep them in mind when choosing.
Actually, both types of technologies have their pros and cons. Let's start with various factors.
Plasma TVs have better contrast ratios and show better blacks than an LCD TV. That means in a dark scene, you are able to see images more clearly defined. This is because in LCD technology, liquid crystals are unable to shut off all light completely due to presence of backlight resulting in light leakage and therefore it is impossible to get absolute black.
I understand plasma TVs are able to produce better color saturation than LCD TVs. Generally, native resolution of LCD TVs are higher than that of plasma TVs so you may get greater details when watching your programs especially in high definition video sources.
If you looking for a really big screen, then you have to go for plasma TV as they are available in sizes up to 60 inches. LCD TV on hand come in maximum sizes of up to 40 inches. If you compare prices on both technologies for same screen size, you will also realise LCD TVs are more expensive.