Hardware Retailing

SEP 2016

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84 HARDWARE RETAILING | September 2016 Smart home products cover a variety of categories, including lighting, safety, entertainment, appliances, security and heating and cooling. Here are some of the more common items on the market today and some of their distinguishing features. Door Locks Door Bells Window Coverings Sprinkler Systems What's in a Smart Home? Sprinkler Systems These solve the problem of lawn sprinkler systems that turn on during a rainstorm, wasting water. They adjust your watering schedule according to the weather forecast. You can also program them to customize a watering schedule based on zones in the yard, sun exposure, soil and plant types. If there are watering restrictions in your area, they adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Lighting Systems Using your smartphone to control the LED lighting in your home, you can dim, brighten, change the color or even synchronize the lights to music. No need for timers; you can set the schedule for your home's lighting from your smartphone or device. Some lighting systems change their brightness based on the time of day or whether or not the room is occupied. Window Coverings Automated window coverings allow you to set when you would like your blinds to open and close, then adjust that schedule as the seasons and sunrise/sunset schedules shift. You can also control them remotely. Door Bells These door bells alert your smartphone when a visitor rings. Via a built-in camera, the bell allows you to see who's at the front door and talk with them via a smartphone, even if you're not home. Door Locks Manage the exterior lock to your home with a smartphone. These locks have keyless entry or a keypad. Besides making it easier to open your door, the locks enhance security because they can track who comes in and out of your house, since each user has a customized code. You can also unlock the door from a remote location if you need to let someone in when you're not home. Lighting Lighting Systems Systems Lighting Systems

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