Keeping It Simple For the Homeowner
Three 60 Electrical Services/Three 60 Smart Home
A 3,500-square-foot home in Calgary, Alberta
The Technical Director:
The client wanted to address property maintenance, automate A/V component control, and activate different lighting scenarios from one simple interface. “The client’s primary concern was complexity,” said Duckett. “Because the client was unfamiliar with any form of home automation system, simple designs and extreme ease of use across the board became our company’s top priorities for the project.
“We didn’t have a set budget per se, but the homeowners explained that they weren’t audiophiles or tech people, so they wanted us to provide solutions to make their life easier, and products that they would appreciate. They trusted us to make product and installation recommendations based on our experience with high-quality products and industry best practices.”
“We tied in iPhone and iPad control into the system, which had access to lighting, security, A/V, cameras, sprinklers and shades,” Duckett said. “We put all the gear in a single rack in the mechanical room, and distributed 13 zones of audio and seven of video.”
Duckett used an RTI RTiPanel user interface on an iPad and iPhone to graphically represent Lutron keypads with scene names and LED feedback, providing dynamic user updates based on selected zones. The system instantly enables diverse A/V components and lighting elements to accommodate activities such as watching TV or entertaining guests.
“We did a seven-inch RTI KX7 touchpanel in the master bed that had total home functionality,” Duckett recalled, “in addition to quick scenes for the main floor and bedroom that would incorporate lights and music, like a ‘spa’ scene that played soft spa music and brought the lights way down.”
A Sonos Connect wireless music player brings cover art, song selection and audio favorites to the KX7. User-selectable periodic events allow the homeowner to manage the home’s five sprinkler zones and other devices. The outdoor sprinklers activate zone-by-zone at sunrise on every second day of the week—except for rainy days, which the system is aware of from checking the weather. A “front door” button activates the porch light while flipping all system devices to the house’s front door camera feed. RTI’s AD4 and AD8 audio distribution systems bring 12 zones of audio throughout the home, garage and outdoor decks. A number of other RTI keypads and remote controls are located throughout the property.