Getting Started

Getting started with your smart home is simple with Homesmart.sg.

A smart home is made up of smart technologies helping you control different parts of your home, and can be categorized into these four aspects.

  1. Smart Lighting
  2. Smart Appliances
  3. Home Security and Monitoring
  4. Automations and Remote Controls

Getting started with a smart home simply means starting with one of these. This Getting Started guide goes through each category, and the products and packages you’ll need to achieve them.

1. Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is the simplest and most impactful way to create a smart home. Lights are an essential part of our homes, and we use them everyday. Turning your lights smart is the natural first-step to your smart home.

At Homesmart.sg, we use Aqara Smart Switches to turn our lights smart. Smart switches replace your existing light switches. In the past, you’d flip the switch to turn the lights on and off. Now, smart switches can “flip the switch” electronically – turning the lights on and off – by themselves! They’re wirelessly connected to other smart devices and to your phone, and this allows you to use your phone to turn the lights on. Your phone would send a command to the smart switch, which then electronically turns the light on.

Achieving whole-home smart lighting is as simple as changing all your light switches to smart switches. Our Whole Home Smart Lighting pack includes 10 smart switches – enough for 80% of Singapore households, and includes installation and set up at an unprecedented price. Making your lights smart couldn’t be easier. And if you want not just smart – but automated – lighting, check out our Automated smart home pack.

2. Smart Appliances

Air-conditioners and fans are something else we use everyday in Sunny Singapore. Having smart AC and fan control means greater convenience, reduced energy usage, and better cost savings. With these appliances integrated into your smart home, you’ll be able to automate your appliances (e.g. turn off AC when it’s 26C), and remotely control them.

The Aqara M2 Hub has an infrared (IR) emitter which can be setup to send commands to your air-conditioners and fans. These are the same commands that are beamed by your remote controls. Being connected to your smart home system and your phone, you’ll be able to use smart technologies even with your existing appliances.

So, if your smart temperature sensor measures 26C in the room, it can turn the AC off. Or if the motion sensor detects your dog, it can turn your fan on for 10 minutes.

It also works other appliances, such as TVs and air purifiers.

3. Home Monitoring and Security

With a well-connected smart home, you’ll be able to know many things about your home, even when you’re away. Stream video footage from our Aqara G2H home monitoring camera to see what’s going on, or check recorded footage from the cloud. Sensors can notify you if windows are opened or if motion is detected in your garden. And the Aqara M2 Hub can be set up as a security system, which sounds a 80 dB alarm on a trigger of your choosing – such as if your door is opened when you’re not at home.

The Aqara N100 Smart Door Lock isn’t just a digital lock – it can be fully integrated into a smart home. Get logs of when your door was unlocked (and by whom), and notifications if your door was left ajar. Create automations – such as arming the M2’s security system when the door is locked from the outside. But the smartest thing about this lock is its biometric access – far more secure than a key, yet can be unlocked in as little as 0.8 seconds.

4. Automations and Remote Controls

At Homesmart.sg, having remote controls start with your phone. Once set up, your lights and appliances can be controlled by your phone – even when you’re not at home. Beyond that, the Aqara Wireless Mini Switch can be set up as a dedicated button for controlling certain lights, such as your bedroom light, to be placed on your bedside table. This gives you convenient, always-there control.

For more flexible, hands-free control, our Aqara products are also fully compatible with voice assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, or Alexa.

But why stop there? A smart home can also be set up so that it doesn’t have to be controlled at all – by using automations. You can equip your home with Aqara’s array of affordable sensors, which gives you the ability to add sensor-based automations. Motion sensors can turn your lights on. Temperature sensors + motion sensors can work together to turn your AC on only when it’s hot, AND you’re in the room.

Homesmart.sg is Here to Help

Smart homes can be a complicated topic, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help. With our years of experience helping Singapore homes get smarter, Homesmart.sg can help you on your smart home journey. You can fill out a form to get a customized quotation, alternatively, get in touch with us at info@homesmart.sg or 88768104!