Smart Home

Control4 Award Winner
Best Whole House Under £60,000

Following a recommendation , the client contacted ourselves to discuss his requirements.He explained that he was keen to have the latest technology including AV , security and lighting control ,but wasn’t exactly sure how to achieve this.

An existing playroom was also to be converted to a dedicated family cinema room as the second phase of the project. The system design needed to allow for expansion in the future and the control system should be easy to use for any family member. As the client works abroad on a regular basis , remote access for security and lighting was also an important requirement.

From the visits to our showroom the client was set on the idea of a central rack area for all the av, lighting security and control equipment , so only the flat panel TVs and C4 touchscreens are on display , around the property .

Lighting design and control of lighting was of particular importance to the client , he had already looked at a few options . One requirement was to have the convenience of touchscreen, Ipad control combined with conventional light switches to complement the interior decor.

From our demonstration in our showroom it was obvious that this could easily be achieved using Control 4 as the control solution. The completed lighting installation consisted of approx. 50 lighting circuits , various relay controls for outside fountain and irrigation.

As an extra level of reliability a back up lighting processor was integrated with the Control 4 processor , so in the unlikely event of a control4 processor failure the lighting system would remain fully functional.To minimise electrical cable runs 3 rack areas were specified around the property for the lighting control system with control cables linking them back to the main rack area.

There are 90 metres of colour changing LEDs inside and outside the property to provide numerous stunning lighting scenes at a touch of a button from either a conventional light switch , dedicated C4 remote ,C4 touchscreen or Ipad.

The audio / video system consists of a Control 4 8 x 8 Video Matrix and Audio matrix system with Control4 Amplifiers located centrally in a rack .

Ceiling speakers are located in 6 individual zones inside the property and 2 sets of external speakers in 2 separate zones outside in the garden and patio area.

Music streaming services are provided via Sonos Connect and seamlessly integrated into the Control4 system using an Extra Vegetables Sonos driver. A media plate was installed in the Kitchen and Lounge area . This is cabled back to the main rack which is located in an adjoining area and allows for integration such as a Wi or Xbox where a sensor bar can be placed at the front of the screen.


CCTV with remote monitoring and gate access were installed and integrated into the Control 4 system.

The Control 4 system consists of 3 processors, 7” touchscreen located in the Kitchen area and gym with intercom facilities,site license for Ipad, iphone and android C4 app. Probably one of the most important considerations when designing a SmartHome installation is a robust ip network .

With this is mind we specified a Draytek Router , Draytek access points and a Netgear Gigabit managed switch. The installation and commissioning was carried out by our own CCNA qualified network engineer with a VPN remote access facility to enable minor tweaks such as lighting scene adjustments away from the property. Customer Comment: “All the family are thrilled with our newly automated home.

I was initially concerned with relying on technology for lighting and security control but needn’t have worried as the end result is absolutely fantastic. Everything is accessible at a touch of a button and makes it so easy for any family member to use , the remote access facility is especially useful when we are away from our home. The final phase was the recently completed Cinema Room which can only be described as stunning

Customer Comments

We cannot thank ET HomeCinema enough for delivering a fantastic fully automated house and family cinema room on time and on budget

– J Sprenger


Audio Video:
Wyrestorm HD Video Matrix
Sonos Multiroom Music System
Control4 Audio Matrix
Control4 Audio Amplifiers
Monitor Audio Speakers
Samsung Flatscreen Led TVs
Control4 Dimmer Modules
Control4 Touchscreens
Led RGB Tape lighting
5 Unifi Access Points
Draytek 2860 router
Netgear 24 port poe Gbit switch
Control4 HC800 processor