This installation offers high level automation, taking advantage of the many possibilities available with Loxone.
About the Project
|Location:||St. Oswald b. FR, Austria|
|Project Partner:||Hometec Walter Kreisel|
The owners moved into their new family home in December 2011. Whilst the clean lines and large windows let the property appear plain from the outside, the interior is all but plain and the attention to detail is remarkable. It is not only the natural light that streams through the large windows that gave this house its name, but also the coloured LEDs.
Control Everything - That's Inside
‘Let there be Light’; and there was Coloured Light
The indirect lighting in the house is done with LED strips. We've used a whole 55 metres of them in our house to help create the perfect atmosphere.
Of course, the coloured lighting is controlled with the Miniserver - fully automatically with predefined scenes. With the app I can take over control and change the colours in whatever way I want. Even better: thanks to the 'learn mode' I can easily save colours and scenes via the app!
The iPhone as Front Door Key
Our main entrance and both side doors can be opened with Loxone. That's how we use the iPhone as our front door key. It also means we can remotely open the door for the delivery man or the neighbours. And if someone forgets their keys, they just need to get their iPhone out.
Doors and Windows Closed?
Do you know the feeling - when you're going away on holiday, but aren't 100% sure if all the doors and windows are closed? That feeling of uncertainty stays in your head all holiday. With the App or web interface we can now check if the windows are really all closed, giving us peace of mind and allowing us completely to relax.
Our House Stays Dry
Our Miniserver makes sure everything stays dry, even if it starts raining when the windows are open. We have a rain sensor on the roof and contact switches on every window and door. As soon as it starts to rain and a window or door is left open for more than 5 minutes, I get an email warning me to shut them.
Automatic 'Shock Ventilation'
Our blinds are opened fully automatically in the morning - except at weekends, when we like to have a lie in and do so manually with a switch. At the same time, the central ventialtion system is turned on to its highest level for 15 minutes, which is equivalent to having the windows wide open.
We can also trigger this ventilation from a switch, although only during the day, as when the ventilation system is on full power it is quite noisy, so not ideal if people are asleep. The exception is when the house is in 'party mode', in which case the 'ventilation' can be activated at any time.
The House in Standby-Mode
Each room has a motion sensor installed. These are sometimes used to control the lights, sometimes also as an automatic presence detection system. If there's no movement in the entire house for 15 minutes, then the house goes into 'standby-mode': all lights are turned off, and if there's still a window or door open, then I get an email straight away.
The exception: if the TV's on. In this case the house doesn't go into standby mode - because it's easily possible to watch TV for 15 minutes without really moving!
In our house we've got three Sonos boxes which provide music for our living spaces. They can not only be controlled with the Sonos app, but also with switches via the Miniserver. Commands like “Play/Pause” and “Next” which we use all the time can be sent with these switches. It is great to be able to turn the lights and music off from the same switch when leaving a room.
Multimedia Control with Child Lock
The home cinema, consisting of a Dreambox, a network connected Denon amplifier and an LG television, is turned on and off by a switch on the wall. By using network commands, the Miniserver can control the volume of the amplifier and change the channel on the TV. In addition, we've added a child lock, which means that as soon as it's activated, then TV can no longer be turned on with the switch.
Blind Control with Safety Function
Our external blinds are, naturally, all perfectly controlled by the Miniserver. In addition, we've set up a safety function: if the wind speed goes above 30 km/h, the slats are all set to be horizontal. If the wind speed goes above 80 km/h, the blinds are opened fully. This prevents our expensive external blinds from being damaged in a storm.
See Who's at Your Door
By the entrance we've installed a Mobotix camera, which works with the Loxone app. If someone rings the doorbell, the picture from the camera pops up in the app - this also works remotely. I can then choose whether or not to open the door. It's great being able to see what's going on outside our door from wherever I am.
If the house is in standby mode, then the sound and image from the camera is forwarded to the iPhone.
Simple Central Functions at the Push of a Button
For our lights and blinds we've set up central functions. With a switch next to the door we can turn off all the lights and close all the blinds.
At room level you can also control multiple lights with a double press on the light switch. It couldn't be simpler: my five year old soon worked it out and it now in charge of saving energy when we leave the house!
For all the Techies
- 1 Miniserver
- 10 Extensions
- 1 DMX Extension
- 7 PWM Dimmer
- 55m RGB-LED-Streifen
The whole installation is kept out of view in a small plant room.
- Heating via Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)
- Central ventilation with heat recovery
- 8 button switch plates in most rooms (Jung FD-Design)
- Loxone sensors for measuring temperature, humidity and CO2 concentration
- Reed switches on all windows and doors
- Ambient light sensor
- All lights and switches are connected to the Loxone Miniserver for total control
- Multiroom Audio system with 3 Sonos players
- Dreambox satellite receiver
- Denon AV amplifier