C-Bus is Australia’s number one home automation and lighting control system but what is it all about?
With a conventional electrical system in a home or building, each light switch can only operate the light that it is physically connected to. While this may seem like a practical solution, it is actually very limiting, because once it is wired, it can never be changed to do anything other than controlling that or those particular light/lights.
With C-Bus everything is wired back to a central point, where they are connected to either "dimmers” (for lights) or "relays” (for blinds, curtains, irrigation, ceiling fans, air conditioning etc).
These dimmers and relays are then connected around the home or building to all of the wall switches, as well as any touch screens, or even sensors that detect light levels and/or movement if so desired.
Here's the really good part: Any button, on any switch, can control anything that you want it to! That's right, you can have the system configured however you would like. That means you can decide to operate lights, from anywhere that you wish.
Better still, you can set up "scenes" that turn a group of lights on, off, or to a particular level to create instant ambience. And remembering that C-Bus controls more than just lights, this could include opening or closing of blinds or windows, adjusting temperature levels, operating pool or spa pumps, arming an alarm system, or even turning on music in up to 8 different zones with a C-Bus Multi Room Audio System. Imagine an "all off" scene that closes all of the blinds and windows, fades down music, turns on the alarm system, then gently dims down all of the lights – all with the press of a single button.
Installation of a Smart Lighting allows you to monitor and control your whole home from any smart device. When you install an Energy Management systems along side a smart lighitng system you can also monitor energy consumption of the air con, the lights, electronics, and some large appliances giving you a detailed history as well as an accurate real time analysis so you know exactly what to expect the next time you get the bill in the mail. Not only is it nice to see exactly how much energy you are consuming, but it gives you the power to lower your utility bills by actively programming your home to behave according to your preferred budget.