Written by Larry Cook

Wiring Your New Smart Home – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, the main advantage of living in a smart home is automation, and its foundation is structured wiring, which an experienced licensed electrical contractor can expertly install. Part 2 will discuss Doors & Windows, Lighting, Safety, and Security.

Doors & Windows

Wiring for openers that operate doors and windows can be integrated with the central control system of a smart home. Windows, along with their curtains and blinds, can be automated to open and close at certain temperatures or times. Should an unexpected storm strike, a smartphone can be used remotely to close an open window. Smart sensors can be installed at entryways, such as doors or garage doors, that sound an alarm if they are left open for an extended period of time. 


The majority of wiring for smart home lighting will be identical to that of standard lighting. The use of motion sensors and timers are what make smart lighting different.

Occasionally, light fixtures will be required to coordinate with smart home components. For example, motion sensors will activate lights as a car enters a driveway, then the interior lights of the garage will turn on when the door opens.

Smartphones can also be used to control the activation of lights when you are away from vacation to give your home the illusion someone is at home for added security.


For the physically disabled and elderly, personal alarms provide a lifeline when they are needed most – when they are alone during an emergency. If a physical condition prevents a victim from moving or calling for help, a wearable personal alarm can be activated with a push of a button, wirelessly alerting a hard-wired home security system then calling a predetermined contact person automatically.


Commonplace for many years, home alarm systems come in two types, audible or monitored. Typically, a smartphone is connected while a personal computer monitors the alarm system. Alarm systems that are hard wired are integrated with the electric grid of the home.

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