PROJECT FOCUS COMFORT IN CONTROL We all love our creature comforts, made evident by the ever growing popularity of intelligent homes. Claire Fletcher takes an in depth look at one family’s smart home project featuring Niko Home Control, that covers everything from home cinema to bedtime stories. I n 2015, self-builders looking to install an intelligent smart home solution in their new 3,000ft 2 + home, based in South Wales, approached Niko UK to implement Niko Home Control. The clients live a busy, family life and practicality and energy measurement were top priorities to ensure that the house was as efficient as possible. Following an initial meeting with the clients, Niko Home Control (NHC) was chosen as the control solution of choice due to its flexibility, reasonable installation cost and sleek, smart design. NHC would be installed to regulate the lighting, ventilation and heating system throughout the house and garage too. 26 | May 2017 The project included complete electrical design and installation. Niko’s smart home technology allows for a fantastic range of lighting configurations, which can enhance individual rooms and their purpose. The clients were keen to be able to create moods and Niko allowed for complete customisation, changing the feel and mood at the touch of a button. Heating control was a fundamental part of the clients’ brief. The Niko Home Control system allows for comprehensive temperature control throughout the house. Its intelligent system means that not all rooms within the home need to be set to the same temperature throughout the day. The project took six months to complete from start to finish.