Smart wiring and installation
We live in our homes for years, sometimes even for generations, so it's really important that you wire your home with the future in mind. The functionality of your home should have the ability to evolve around you and your family over the years. The best way to achieve this is to use a star-shaped formation for your cabling.
A Futureproof Smart Home
Why should you choose a Loxone Partner to install your Smart Home project?
- The installation of electrical wires must only be undertaken by a qualified professional
- Our partners have been fully trained in how to use and install Loxone, and have all the home automation know-how to advise you on your project
- With a Loxone partner, you can be sure that your project is in safe hands!
The heart of your multi-room audio system, the Music Server and Amplifier, is usually located in your IT cabinet. It should be noted that in stereo mode, a single speaker still requires two speaker cables.
To ensure maximum flexibility in your choice of light fitting, we recommend using a cable conduit that allows the wiring that runs back to the main distribution board to be changed. The choice of light fitting then decides the type of cable.
Our recommendation: At least one wired network point in each room to connect your TV, BluRay Player, washing machine, and any other device you wish to control from a distance. One network cable is needed for each point.
Having a motion or presence sensor in every room is part of the Loxone Smart Home Standard. We recommend to wire a CAT 7 cable from each sensor back to the main distribution board.
Our recommendation: Install a temperature sensor in every room hidden as part of the light switch. The sensor is connected via a CAT 7 cable back to main distribution board. The remaining cores can be used for connection of the switch.
To control your blinds, we recommend to run a cable to each blind from the main distribution board. Usually a 1.5mm 3 core and earth cable can be used, but please check the specifications of your blinds.
To keep the amount of cables under control we recommend a conventional ring main for 13A sockets. Using the Smart Socket Air, you can always upgrade your socket to be switchable at a later stage.
When wiring a 5A socket to control lamps or other low loads, we recommend wiring each socket back in 1.5mm T+E to the main distribution board.
Our recommendation: Run one CAT 7 cable directly back to the main distribution board from each switch. You can use 6 out of the 8 cores for buttons, leaving 1 pair of the CAT 7 cable for the temperature sensor.
For more security in your home, install contacts on all external doors and easily accessible windows. We recommend wiring with a CAT 7 cable from each window or door directly back to the main distribution board.
We recommend that all external doors are fitted with contacts, so you know if a door has been left open. Wire the contacts with a CAT 7 cable back to the main distribution board. This cable can also be used to control your motorised lock.
To keep an eye on your garage door we recommend fitting a door contact. All you need for this is a CAT 7 cable, which is wired directly to the main distribution board.
With the Loxone Intercom, you can see who’s at your door, wherever you are, through your smartphone or tablet. The Intercom requires only one network cable, wired back to your IT Cabinet.
Again, this would be wired with a CAT 7 cable back to the main distribution board.To reduce cable runs and costs, we recommend that you use the spare cores of the CAT 7 cable that is used for the door contact.
You may not have an electric car at the moment, but we recommend you consider pulling a suitable power cable or installing a cable conduit for a wallbox, ready for the future.
To avoid wet surprises we recommend installing a rain sensor, especially if you have roof windows or skylights. The sensor should be placed on the roof with a CAT 7 cable wired back to the main distribution board.
To protect your external blinds, shutters or awnings, we recommend installing a wind sensor on your roof. All this requires is a CAT 7 cable wired back to the main distribution board. The cores of the cable can be shared with the rain sensor.
If you are not installing PV solar panels straight away, we recommend that you at least install a cable conduit for it. This way you are prepared in case you want to produce your own electricity in the future.
For roof windows or skylights we recommend installing a motorised option. Usually a 1.5mm 3 core and earth cable can be used to wire them back to the main distribution board, but please check the manufacturer's specifications.
For an intelligent rainwater harvesting option, consider an ultrasonic sensor, wired in the same way as all other sensors in a Loxone Smart Home: i.e. one CAT 7 cable back to the distribution board.
In your IT Cabinet, you'll need to leave enough space for future expansion - we recommend that you allocate an extra 20% of the space for this purpose.
The Miniserver sits alongside your circuit protection in the main distribution board. Leave enough space for extensions and install cable conduits to the IT Cabinet and the heating manifold. Sub-distribution boards are optional to reduce cable runs.
We recommend that you install cable conduit between the Main Distribution Board and the Heating Manifold. The number of CAT 7 cables or main cables required depends on the number and type of heating actuators.
Whether it is for your outside lights, to control of a pool, or monitoring the rainwater tank, we recommend that you plan ahead and install appropriately sized cable conduit back to the Main Distribution Board.
Our cabling recommendation for your Smart Home
One Cable, Multiple Benefits
Temperature sensor, presence detector, door and window contacts, wind sensor...sensor cables are used for all sensor points in your smart home. Our recommendation is to use a CAT 7 twisted pair network cable; this futureproof cable offers flexibility amongst its many advantages.
GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY
The average house requries around 700 metres of cable at a price of about 50p per metre. This is one of smallest investments in your build that really pays off.
GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY
The average house requries around 2000 ft for little money per ft. This is one of smallest investments in your build that really pays off.
PLAN TODAY FOR A FUTUREPROOF TOMORROW
By using a CAT 7 cable, you can create a flexible cabling system than can grow and evolve, meaning the expense of re-wiring for new features in the future is a thing of the past!
GREATER COPPER CROSS SECTION
The CAT 7 cable has a larger copper cross-section than the CAT 5. This means more power, less voltage drop and the individual cores are easier to work with.
The CAT 7 has an overall shield as well as individual shielding of every pair. This makes it much more resilient to interference compared to a CAT 5 cable.
Size Matters: Give Yourself Plenty of Space!
Give youself enough space and install an appropriately sized consumer unit. We recommend that you allow 20% of extra space for future expansion.