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Written by Walt Meyer

Planning Your Smart Home’s Structured Wiring – Part 1

The technology for home automation has grown vastly more sophisticated the past few years, making their installation more complex. Homeowners may not know that some electricians can provide this service. A 2016 study of the industry found that electrical contractors are the primary installers of home technology, doing 72% of the work. Prior to a project, homeowners should consult with a licensed electrician who is knowledgeable about home automation and structured cabling. 


The most up-to-date smart homes have integrated lighting, audio & video, entry, security, and climate control systems so that they are automated and can be remotely controlled. As costs have decreased, smart home technologies have become much more accessible to homeowners. It is only recently that many remote devices have become more affordable due to competition. Nowadays the installation of smart home devices can be accomplished without drastically raising the overall cost of wiring.


The smart home automation standard features an interface that controls audio & video, climate settings, data, lighting, and telephony, along with landline phones and cable wiring.

Complex smart systems are equipped with smart switches, which include a user interface with a central control processor. Utilizing one keypad located at the front entrance or within the master bedroom or via a tablet or smartphone, residents can control the entire home’s air conditioning, lights, entertainment system, and other systems.

Smart home automation can also feature wireless control systems. However, they may be affected by noise interference from audio and visual equipment and other electronic devices.

Most experts recommend a plan that considers future expansion during construction or remodeling. This will provide more options and cost savings to homeowners as smart home device and broadband usage rapidly grows.

A conduit wire chase running from the basement all the way to the attic along with extra conduits that are accessible via drilling a few holes are suggested to cover additional needs. This will eliminate having to tear down walls to install equipment years later.

Part 2 will cover Planning with an Electrician and Three Differences from Traditional Wiring.

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