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SmartLabs, Inc. the world’s leading authority in home automation control and parent company to the Smarthome catalog and website, has joined Energy Star to meet consumer demand for more environmentally friendly choices

November 29, 2008

Smarthome, Inc. Irvine, Calif. – October 10th, 2008 – SmartLabs, Inc. the world’s leading authority in home automation control and parent company to the Smarthome catalog and website, has joined Energy Star to meet consumer demand for more environmentally friendly choices. Recognized by more than 60% of US consumers nationwide, ENERGY STAR works with over 12,000 public and private sector organizations that ensure energy efficient products and practices help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment.

Saving consumers money on their electricity and protecting the environment has created the need for Energy Star product recognition, and Smarthome is adding more and more Energy Star products to their home automation lineup everyday. Since the beginning, Smarthome has been dedicated to offering consumers energy conscience items such as solar products, LED lighting solutions and power monitoring devices. SmartLabs also developed INSTEON home automation technology which provides customized control of lighting and appliances by creating a network of controlled devices and scenes that make life convenient, fun and energy efficient.

“Smarthome recognizes the need for all consumers to save money during these tough economic times and we have a deep company commitment to producing and selling products that save money, energy and our environment”, says Laurie Maroni, VP of Marketing for Smarthome. That commitment will continue to grow through the distribution of products labeled with a globally recognizable Energy Star tag, giving consumers greater control of their expenses and environmental impact through the use of energy efficient products.

Since the first catalog was mailed out in 1992, Smarthome’s goal has been to offer homeowners and contractors the widest selection of affordable electronic home improvement and automation products that are safe, easy, fun and energy efficient. Over the years, Smarthome has grown from a distributor of technical products to one of the world’s largest home automation retailers, becoming a single, easy-to-use source for thousands of affordable lighting, security, and home entertainment products that the average do-it-yourselfer can safely install.

For more information:

SmartLabs, Inc.
Meredith Pleasant, 949-252-6962

Basic Ways To Automate Your Christmas Lighting Displays

November 28, 2008

The holiday season gives you a chance to show off your creative spirit with custom lighting displays inside and outside your home. By using INSTEON lighting and appliance automation devices, you can easily control your lights and animated decorations. There are three basic ways to automate your lighting displays: from a timer, via remote control or from any web enabled device.

TimerLinc From a Timer
Using a simple timer such as TimerLinc, you can set on and off times for each day of the week, to control a single or group INSTEON controlled lights or devices. Once programmed, you won’t have to lift a finger; your lights and decorations will turn on and off at the time you have specified, and by doing this you can limit the amount of energy your using, which will save you money on the holiday electric bill.





RemoteLinc Via Remote Control
Most lighting enthusiasts have more than one or two strands of lights and powered decorations operating throughout the holiday season. If you are one of these people, you know what a pain it can be to run around the house every night and turn everything on, only to run around again before you go to sleep to turn everything off. Not only is this tedious but who’s to say you won’t accidentally leave something on. You can eliminate all of this by connecting everything via INSTEON, and using a RemoteLinc to turn up to six individual or groups of lights and powered decorations on or off, from anywhere inside you home. Turn everything on at the start of the night, leave only a couple things on later in the night, or simply use the ‘All Off ‘ button to shut everything down, all from the comfort of your couch or bed.


SmartLinc From Any Web-Enabled Device
Managing your holiday lighting displays doesn’t have to be limited to using timers or remotes. You can use a SmartLinc – INSTEON Central Controller to operate your entire INSTEON network and holiday lighting from anywhere in the world. It works with any web-enabled iPhone, cell phone or PDA to give you remote access of all your INSTEON devices. So whether you are working late, celebrating the holidays with family or friends, or halfway around the world on vacation, you can still turn lights on and off to illuminate your home with holiday spirit or to give it that “lived-in” look while you are away.



What You Need
To build your INSTEON network, the most important thing you need is a pair of Access Points, these allow for communication between devices throughout you home. For most holiday lighting you’ll simply need on and off control; the ICON Remote Control Appliance Module (3-Pin) will handle up to 400 Watts. If you want to dim lamps or other dimmable holiday lighting, the ICON Lamp Dimmer (2-Pin) can handle loads up to 150 Watts. If you are looking for a clean installation that won’t compromise your decor, simply replace any existing wall receptacle with an OutletLinc – INSTEON Remote Control Outlet. All you have to do is plug your lights or decorations into one of these modules and you can control them in one of the aforementioned ways or via any INSTEON Controller. Numerous other INSTEON products are also available.

Light Show Master 2.0 For the Advanced User
If you are looking for the ultimate in holiday lighting control, Light Show Master 2.0 Holiday Lighting Control Software will give you the ability to orchestrate a custom lighting display set to music. Using an INSTEON PowerLinc Modem, sold separately, you can create animated lighting displays, via control of INSTEON modules, and synch it with your favorite holiday sounds. The software allows for programming of custom lighting sequences that will turn your lights on and off and fade them up and down for an unlimited number of show “events” that can span minutes, hours, days, or even years.


Do you need to add a receptacle outside to power up your Christmas lighting? If so, then check out my article How To Install an Outside GFCI Receptacle – Step by Step Instructions with Pictures.

Belden Introduces New HomeChoice Catalog With Complete Line of Innovative Home Cabling Solutions

January 20, 2007

Belden, a world leader in the development of signal transmission products for the residential, industrial, enterprise, broadcast and security markets, announces the publication of an all-new catalog of HomeChoice cables, featuring the most comprehensive line of home cabling solutions in the industry.

Richmond, IN (PRWEB) January 17, 2007 — Belden, a world leader in the development of signal transmission products for the residential, industrial, enterprise, broadcast and security markets, announces the publication of an all-new catalog of HomeChoice cables, featuring the most comprehensive line of home cabling solutions in the industry.

The new full-color catalog, available in print or online (in PDF format), details Belden’s high performance cable solutions for data, voice, video, audio and security applications. It features innovative dual component and composite cable products designed to handle an array of multimedia and home network applications. All Belden HomeChoice cables are easy to install and manufactured to the most stringent quality standards to ensure their superior performance and reliability in residential, light commercial and institutional installations.

Within the new 16-page Belden HomeChoice catalog, contractors, installers and integrators of residential, light commercial and institutional applications will find everything they need to fulfill their customers’ cabling needs and expectations. Featured products range from cables designed for basic voice/data/video applications, to more sophisticated structured cabling solutions required for today’s “Intelligent Home” — with on-demand delivery of distributed audio, multimedia entertainment and home theaters, high performance voice and data, whole-house security and access control networks, and control of indoor/outdoor lighting and environmental control systems.

Belden’s selection of HomeChoice products includes:

• Banana Peel® Composite cables, Jacketed and Siamese cables for data, A/V, security and control applications

• Audio cables, including high-performance, oxygen-free, direct burial and UL rated Speaker cables, Multi-conductor High-Strand cables, and Audio and Control Interconnect cables

• Video/RF cables, including Series 6/RG-6 DBS and Broadband CATV Coaxial cables

• Precision Video cables for analog and digital applications, SDI/HDTV

• RGB Component Video cables, Banana Peel 75 Ohm Miniature Coax

• Data and Voice cables, including Category 6, Enhanced Cat 5e and Cat 5e UTP cables, many featuring Belden’s exclusive Bonded-Pair Installable Performance®

• Alarm, Security and Audio cables, including Multi-Conductor, Coaxial and Composite cables for surveillance and CCTV applications, and Multi-Conductor cables for residential, light commercial and institutional applications

• Banana Peel Composite Access Control cables (both plenum and non-plenum rated)

• BNC and RCA connectors, including cable preparation tools

To request a copy of the new Belden HomeChoice Cables catalog, contact Belden, P.O. Box 1980, Richmond, Indiana 47375, or call 1.800.BELDEN.1. FAX: 765.983.5294. Or visit the Web site: www.belden.com.

About Belden
Belden is a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of signal transmission products for data networking and a wide range of specialty electronics markets including entertainment, industrial, security and aerospace applications. Belden has manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe as well as distribution centers in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia and The Netherlands. A majority of Belden’s manufacturing, engineering and support functions are registered to the International Organization for Standardization.

Z-Wave Takes Command of the Lighting Category for Wireless Home Control

November 18, 2006

Z-Wave Takes Command of the Lighting Category for Wireless Home Control

ACT, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Wiring Devices, Intermatic, Leviton and Monster Committed to Z-Wave

LONG BEACH, CA–(MARKET WIRE)–Nov 16, 2006 — EHX Fall 2006 — With the interest in wireless home control and automation growing by the day, the Z-Wave Alliance continues to attract the industry’s leading players. No where is this more apparent than in the lighting control space, where the Z-Wave Alliance now claims six of the industry’s leaders — ACT, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Wiring Devices, Intermatic, Leviton and Monster.

“We have a significant leg up on the competition given the commitment we have from the lighting vendors and the number of products we have on the market,” said Mark Walters, vice president of the Z-Wave Alliance. “ACT, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Wiring Devices, Leviton, Intermatic and Monster are the preeminent players in the lighting industry and all of them view Z-Wave as the preferred technology to bring wireless home control to the everyday consumer.”

Following is an overview of some of the lighting control solutions available to consumers throughout a variety of sales channels including home builders, electrical distributors, consumer electronics retailers, home improvement retailers, custom installers and integrators. Entire story

Insteon Poised to Dominate Wireless Home Application Market

September 15, 2006

Insteon Poised to Dominate Wireless Home Application Market of 160 Million Units Despite Growing Competition

Insteon continues its leading position in the Wireless Home Application market, principally because of out-of-the-box interoperability potentially from various vendors. New West Technology Research Solutions (WTRS) Report focuses on Insteon and includes business case studies of ZigBee, Z-Wave, X-10 and UPB, while comparing forecast growth.

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) July 13, 2006 — Insteon, a two way wireless standard with a powerline control enhancement that enables environmental monitoring as well as control using one remote device, offers interoperability of products from many vendors without the aid of an industry alliance, according to WTRS. Zone control within the home of both the lighting and HVAC systems lowers energy costs and hence enables vendors to more easily meet Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star guidelines for energy efficiency. “At this point Insteon is competing for market share with legacy X10, Infrared, proprietary RF (Lutron, Zensys), ZigBee, and IEEE 802.15.4 products,” says Kirsten West, PhD, founder and Principal Analyst with the high-tech market research firm WTRS. “We have found many of the end product companies are increasingly focused on choosing an option which enables out-of-the-box interoperability of products from various vendors. However, today Insteon is the best positioned product to enable lighting and HVAC zone control in the home. Given that temperature control and lighting represent 67% of the average household utility bill, zone control will become increasing significant over the next few years.”

WTRS has also found that:

1. The total available market for sensor-controllers in home applications is roughly 160 million units in the US. The market is dominated by audio & video equipment, followed by electric housewares & fans and
residential electric lighting fixtures. This TAM, however, stands to significantly increase over the next 5 years as manufacturing and construction companies increasingly incorporate “smart” capabilities into their design and everyday items.

2. Lighting control applications alone represent a total addressable market of more than 60 million nodes this year. Lighting is one particular application in which various technical and business reasons come together to form a barrier to entry that Insteon alone can easily cross.

3. Legacy X10 represents a significant market opportunity for Insteon as it is compatible with legacy X10 products and offers consumers a gradual upgrade path rather than a complete replacement.

4. Of the competitive wireless IEEE 802.15.4 implementations available today, that may eventually reach pricing of $1 (including the microcontroller), it is only Insteon which will drop below that. A conservative
forecast of the average chipset selling price indicates the potential to reach $0.53 in 2010.

5. Insteon is well suited to appliance management applications where the Powerline is readily available and the amount of metal and presence of motors in the appliances makes wireless by itself not an attractive option. Recent WTRS research, Insteon Technology Market Intelligence Report (#WT061007INMIR), examines the newest developments in the Insteon market and the overall addressable market for home sensor-controller applications.

This report evaluates potential Insteon chipset penetration and profitability in varying market segments. A business case study compares total addressable market for Insteon, as well as those of ZigBee, Z-Wave, X-10, and UPB. Five-year chipset shipment forecasts for Insteon are presented by worldwide geographic region, as well as by major geographic region. Five-year revenue forecasts for Insteon by specific home control application are also included, as well as a comparison with the forecast for competing wireless and wired technologies. The report includes analysis of Insteon technology, customer development, and an evaluation of application requirements and market drivers.

About WTRS
West Technology Research Solutions, LLC (WTRS) is an independent market research and consulting company with 8 years in wireless research specializing in Insteon, ZigBee, UWB, Bluetooth, WiMAX, IEEE
802.15.4, Wi-Fi, and other emerging wireless technologies and protocols. WTRS reports are not funded by, or in any other way influenced by, companies which we study. WTRS helps companies track the market potential & viability of wireless emerging technologies. WTRS market research and consulting services provides customers with the information they need to assess market opportunities, evaluate investments, monitor competition, form relationships, and make crucial business decisions in following cutting-edge technologies. WTRS customers range from start-ups, some still in development, to the largest and most prominent players in technology. All have an interest in market intelligence that aids them in making crucial business decisions.

Contact Information
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INSTEON – The New, Powerful, Reliable, Wireless Home-Control Networking Technology

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