Lighting Your Way to a More Secure, More Beautiful Home

The features and advantages of modern lighting control systems are truly incredible. Technological advancements have given us comprehensive and affordable home lighting controls that can do things Thomas Edison would have never dreamed were possible. And more and more people are realizing-and taking advantage of-these benefits.

Lightning and Electronics Home Control Systems Specifically

The best way to protect the home, is to protect the main inputs to the wiring distribution center for each incoming feed, i.e. cable TV, satellite, each phone line, and the electrical system for the entire home, by tying them to a true ground and/or through a surge protection system.

Lights! Camera! Action! Install your very own camera system and make it available on the 'Net!

This article provides an overview of the design process in order to see how the elements fit together to form a system, and attempts to explain the role of each element in that system. We won't attempt to describe the detailed procedures for configuring the devices; that changes from one manufacturer to another, and the manufacturer's procedure is far more detailed, and far less confusing than anything we could provide here.

Listening to High-Resolution Audio: or, How Do We Get from "A" (your SACD or DVD-A disc) to "B" (you

Living Made Easy: Getting Remotes Under Control

Universal remotes combine the features of all your other remotes into one. You?ll likely use it 4-5 hours per day, so it?s important to find the right one.


The requirements for the loudspeaker in the digital age must meet the standards imposed on the rest of the chain. The first is for the speaker to provide accurate sound information under the same conditions as the electronics may be used.

Maintaining A Pool For Fun and Survival

Some cleaners require you install a special pump between the pool and the cleaning gizmo and that's an additional expense. I was looking for something I could install in ten minutes or so that need no constant adjustments and attention.

Make A Big Scene With Your Next Lighting System

Modern scene lighting affects what people see in your home. Carefully planned lighting can establish mood and color, control the focus of attention, and enhance the beauty and functionality of the home.


With all the digital great home toys going around, why is the household organizer still stuck with a day planner and wall calendar to coordinate everyone's schedules? Learn how you can bring family communication and coordination into the digital era.

Making a Case for Advanced AC Power Conditioning

The sensitivity and sophistication of today?s electronic circuits require serious AC power conditioning. Anything less is too costly to consider, and will limit the performance our client demands.

Managing Your Digital Media

There is little doubt that, in the long run, managing digital media in the home will become an ever more important part of our lives, and products to aid in that effort will become ever more common.

Market for Residential Lighting Control Brightens While Installation/Ownership Concerns Dim

Ease of installation and programming, excellent markup potential, and low service callbacks are enticing more custom electronics dealers, general contractors and electrical contractors into the market year after year, ensuring the market a bright future.

Mathews Light Paper - Part One

First in a series of "Light Papers" that address technical and aesthetic issues relating to the application of lighting in home theater environments.

Maximize the Performance of your In-wall Speakers

In this paper we will discuss how and where to mount your in-wall speakers for best performance. We will explain how the wall cavity can strong impact their performance, and what to do about it.

Million Dollar Home Theater Demonstration

Attendees were mesmerized and in disbelief of the presentation. Some were forced to leave the demonstration by their loved ones but on occasion would sneak back for more.

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ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, fire, energy management, lighting, and access control to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK's Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 offers a truly secure and reliable wireless solution with cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming. Advanced features ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.