CrestCore provides complete Home/Building Automation, management and control solutions, used to create Homes/Buildings that are smarter, more efficient, safer, use less energy, have lower operating costs, contribute to a sustainable environment and deliver a substantial ROI.
Automation, Control, Tracking, Energy Saving & Management
Biometric Yale Lock
GPS Tracker Pro
Wireless Home Automation Gateway
Wireless motion sensor
Frequently asked questions
A lighting control system is an intelligent system which allows you to control the lighting in your home. A single room may contain “circuits” of lights which means they will dim and switch off on and off together – in a normal living room circuits might be as follows: Pendant in the centre of the ceiling, downlights round the outside of the ceiling, a picture light on the chimney breast and two table lamps. These lights could be split in to five circuits allowing each lamp to be independently controlled – dimmed up and down and switched on and off. The status of lamps can be saved and recalled by using a “lighting keypad”. Pressing button 1 on the lighting keypad can ensure the lights go to dimmed level the homeowner has preprogrammed. Pressing button 2 could be different levels again. The levels can be set to different levels to allow for different activities in the room – entertaining, tv watching, reading etc. There is no limit to the number of lighting channels which can be controlled by a keypad. A whole house lighting control system replicates the above in each room of the home and lighting keypads by the entrance doors can control many rooms – either switching lights on as you arrive or off when you leave.
We often get calls from clients who have a finished property and they would like to add a mood lighting system. We typically install the Creston wireless lighting range in this scenario. Traditional light switches are swapped for lighting keypads with in-built dimmers (either one dimmer or two) and table lamps etc have in-line dimmers added. This enables us to take complete control of the lighting in a room. The dimmers themselves form a mesh network so the more we install the more reliable the system and this allows us to convert a complete home without intrusive re-wiring.
Once installed clients can set up lighting scenes via our custom lighting application and also benefit from scheduling etc – the same benefits as a wired system.
Our Kensington Lighting case study benefitted from a full wireless lighting installation and would be good further reading
Home Automation is simply using a control system to control anything electrical in the home. We commonly control devices for home entertainment, bespoke security and mood lighting but have done things as diverse as irrigation systems, fire pits and car lifts! A Home Automation system can aid convenience and save energy – the larger the house the greater the justification for a bespoke system. A central processor sits over the top of electrical sub systems in the house and ensures they work in harmony (so underfloor heating and air conditioning don’t compete for instance) creating the perfect environment in the home.
A Home Automation (or Smart Home) system needs a few basic elements – a central processor (the brain), user interfaces (touch panels or remote controls) and control interfaces (infrared, serial or Ethernet). The brain communicates with devices in response to a press on a user interface, a timed event or some other external stimuli (night fall, temperature, motion etc). Sensors communicate with the central processor to provide feedback which can then trigger an action eg light levels falling during dusk can bring on lights externally or light levels climbing in a room which is hotter than the temperature setpoint can cause the blinds to close. Sensors can be remotely installed and communicate with the central processor either wirelessly or over a dedicated network. Our larger systems contain multiple processors which communicate between themselves – so audio video processors talk to lighting processors and heating processors ensuring redundancy, efficiency and scalability.
A basic Home Automation system will send a command out and hope it is actioned (like pressing a button on a TV remote control) whilst more complex systems will send a command and await a response, for example a serial command to a TV will be “TV on” and then a command back from the TV – “OK TV on”. Different actions can be performed if a response is not forthcoming – a warning on a user interface or power cycling the TV for example. Generally the more complex the Home Automation the higher the cost and the more specialist the installation.