5 BEDROOM, THREE BATHROOMS, STEAM ROOM, CINEMA ROOM – NEW BUILD HOUSE IN WALTHAMSTOW, EAST LONDON
The brief; Complete control of Lighting , 16 Zones of UFH heating, Music in every room, Intercom, Access, Alarm, A home network with access points in every room.Virgin Tv and CCTV to be distributed to every tv in the house . 12 Lighting circuits in garden, electric gates. To be fully controlled though Loxone.
The underfloor heating zones were arranged over 3 floors with Loxone controlling manifold pumps on each floor plus using the Loxone actuator trees for control of flow temperatures.
The client wanted pendent lighting and 5 amp lighting circuits in each room with several socket positions to have maximum flexibility for the positioning of lamps. The bathrooms to have warm white led strips as a lighting feature as well as down lights.
The Loxone touch switch was used throughout the property enabling full control of lighting scenes, audio and blinds. Also the touch switches have built in temperature sensors for control of the UFH, so no need for thermostats in each room. The house also has a heat recovery system installed so the touch switches also enabled monitoring of humidity levels.
The Loxone ceiling speakers were used for most of the house and the Loxone music server with the 12 channel amp were used to distribute audio around the house. Each bedroom was wired for the flexibility of having a TV with a 2.1 surround system should it be required in the future. The home cinema room was wired to accommodate a 5.1 surround sound system, a projector on an electric lift so it could recess into the ceiling. All the audio hardware was placed out of sight in the plant room. An HD Anywhere 4K matrix was used for the distribution of the media sources to all the TVs.
The alarm system used internal key fobs for its operation, using the leds of the reader to display it’s status. These readers were placed by the front door, the back door and on the first floor so that the alarm could also be easily armed and disarmed from a convenient location. In the event of a break in the alarm will be sounded in every room in the house through the music server and notifications to their mobile phones.
The client also wanted to have a wired network with network points all around the house with a patch system and network switch. This was wired in Cat 6 but the cable for the automation was all wired in Cat 7. We employed a patch system so any rooms requiring the internet could be simply patched in.
The Loxone intercom was also installed so that the clients were able to see who is at the door, and speak to them wherever they are using their mobile phones, the door bell would then be played over the music server to each room in the house. The intercom provides a live picture of the front door at all times and also takes a snap shot of all the visitors, this is then available for view on the app. Electric blinds were installed in all the top floor bedrooms and also to the kitchen, utility room and the doors leading to the garden.
The project also is to extend to the workshop and a comprehensive garden lighting set up. Several runs of multicore cable were run in ducting to the front side and back garden and to the workshop from the plant room so we could extend the Loxone installation to the workshop which will automate the doors and electric gates and the garden watering system.
4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, SELF CONTAINED ANNEXE WITH ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM. SOUTH WOODFORD, EAST LONDON
The brief; complete control of lighting, 14 zones of underfloor heating, Access control, audio in every room, electric blinds and electric skylights, energy management and monitoring of the annexe. Home office network and the infrastructure for a distributed tv and multi room audio.
The clients major concern is to maintain a constant environment during the hot summer months and the cold winter months in the newly built annexe as it would be used for a family member who unfortunately is suffering from dementia. It is also important for the various carers to be able to let themselves into the property, this was achieved through the nfc touch, this enabled the clients to give different access codes to the carers and grant access at particular times of the day or night. They are also able to check that the carers have arrived. With the underfloor heating and secondary source of plinth heaters, in combination with electric skylights, electric blinds and an air conditioning unit, the Loxone system is able to maintain a constant temperature throughout the summer and winter months. We integrated electric window openers made by Fakro and Velux.
Hydronic plinth heaters and underfloor heating control was also a requirement for several of the other rooms as it would be very easy to quickly boost the temperature, where increasing the underfloor heating temperature would be relatively slow to achieve. The Loxone actuators were used for the manifolds and the actuator airs were used for the plinth heaters and towel radiators.
For the down-lighting throughout the house, the Loxone warm white spots were used as they provide a very nice bright feel, are directional and run on 24v dc, so very safe and economical to run. This was augmented by 5amp circuits in each room to give maximum flexibility for positioning of lamps, also all capable of being dimmed. There were also several other lighting types used from bookcase lighting to coloured Led strip lighting in the kitchen to give some really great lighting possibilities. In all there were in the region of 60 separate lighting circuits.
The clients opted for the Loxone touch switches for most of the rooms except where there was just the need for one switched circuit in the garage. This negates the need for thermostats in each room, but provided simple control of the blinds and of course the lighting scenes and control of the 8 zone music server which piped music to all the rooms in the house, we also used the Loxone ceiling speakers which not only sound great but can also be configured to be mono or stereo. This meant that even in small rooms you can still have great stereo sound through just one speaker.
The clients also wanted to maximise the energy produced by the solar panels and wanted to ensure that the house uses every watt produced, so any excess energy produced will be diverted to the mega flow in order to heat the water.
The smoke and heat detectors are also integrated into Loxone and are set up to send push notifications to all of the clients mobile phones in the event of any of the detectors being triggered.
GRADE 2 LISTED, TWO BEDROOM AND TWO BATHROOM PENTHOUSE BY SADLERS WELLS, CENTRAL LONDON
The Brief; To install a Loxone Smart Home to control 8 zones of electric under floor heating, full control of lighting, access control, audio in each room and electric blinds. Installation of a home cinema.
One of the main prerequisites from the client was that he is able to let people have access to the flat when he is away on business in the far east. He also wanted to be able to keep an eye on the flat during these periods also to be able to make sure the heating is on when he returns and off when he was away.
The client is a great music lover and keen to have music in every room. So a Loxone music server was installed and Loxone speakers in most rooms. Due to the restraints in terms of space, maximising the use of the available space was very important and an electric projector screen was built into the shelving cabinetry that also doubled when rotated as a double bed. A 5.1 surround sound system was also installed in the main living area using Kef directional ceiling speakers and the Kef Cube sub. An electric projector lift and electric screen by Pure theatre was also installed making it almost invisible when raised. All this of course integrated into the Loxone app and controlled through the RS232 extension.
Shading was an important consideration for the flat as it has large windows running down whole length of the flat so automatic shading can be used to maximise the solar gain and help reduce the heating bills. In the main living area venetian blinds were used, the Loxone system is able to detect if its sunny and adjust the slats to maximise the brightness but avoid direct sunlight if required.
The fan units in both the bathrooms are also controlled by Loxone and run at a low level constantly and boosted automatically when the humidity level is too high. But also with a manual boost in the Loxone app. if required.
The main cabinet housing the Loxone panel had to be fitted into to a small space and thus fitted horizontally, this is a the great advantage of a modular din rail mounted automation system, a great space saver.
GRADE 2 LISTED 2 BEDROOM FLAT DORSET SQUARE, MARYLEBONE, CENTRAL LONDON
The brief: To install a Loxone system to control 12 zones of Underfloor heating, Lighting control, access control, electric blinds, security and CCTV.
The client did not want to go down the road of having down-lights in the large living/dining, hallways and bedroom areas but wanted to have led stip lighting fitted to the coving. However, the coving had to be in keeping with the period of the property, this meant that some bespoke coving had to be made in order for the led strips to be sufficently hidden. 30 metres of RGBW strips were used all controlled through RGBW dimmer trees . Using the RGBW strips meant it would be possible to fine tune the warm white colour temperature of the strips depending on the time of day, this has been found to be a very important aspect of well being too.
In addition to the led strips, several 5 amp circuits have been installed for maximum flexibility of potential lighting positions, also wall lighting circuits were added to the main room, allowing several different lighting moods to be employed.
Lighting in the bathroom is a combination of warm white LED strips, plinth lights, nook lighting, and five spots Loxone 24v individually addressable spots, these are highlighting different areas of the bathroom. They are wired using the new Loxone tree cable.
The ceiling in the kitchen is very low and concrete so very limiting in terms of what can be installed there so we installed the new Loxone ceiling light, this lights an area of 25 square feet and also has a motion sensor built.
All the windows are fitted with electric blinds and are using Loxone’s shading actuator air’s for individual control, this saves considerably on wiring and also the number of extra relays required. The client also wanted to have two blinds on each window of the bedrooms, one black out, and sheer allowing the light in. These can all be operated by the Touch pure switches at either side of the beds, and lowered automatically as part of the cooling system on hot summer days. Also automatically raised on the event of a break-in.
ONE SHEER AND ONE BLACKOUT ON THE SAME WINDOW
Access control use is managed with the Loxone NFC Code touch this enables the client to allow access for cleaners etc. and other guests, the door will has a motorised multi-point lock system built into the door so will be very secure, in fact the frame would give way before the lock. Access can be gained by simply holding an encrypted tag to the reader or punching in a code.
Loxone will not not allow entry if the code is entered incorrectly several times. of course the app can notify you if this happens.
The client chose to use the elegant Loxone Touch Pure switches in white for control of the lighting scenes and blinds throughout.
UNUSUAL CONVERSION OF TERRACED COTTAGE IN ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON
The brief; Full lighting control using Loxone’s now almost mandatory RGBW spot tree, heating control of Underfloor and radiators, electric and water. Access control and future proofing for control of blinds and wiring for speakers in the main living areas and bedroom using the Loxone music server.
The client was very specific in wanting to use the individually addressable Loxone RGBW spots for all downlights (except in the bathroom). They were used extensively in the open planned living room, dining and kitchen area.
Also wanted to make use of the contemporary and stylish touch switches which have been installed throughout. This is to complement the unique eclectic architectural features using curves throughout culminating in a spiral staircase, made of stone in part and wood.
The client wanted to have access using the NFC code with an electric door mechanism.
EXTENSIVE GROUND FLOOR REFURBISHMENT IN TOOTING, SOUTH LONDON
The brief; full control of lighting and underfloor heating. Use of automated shading and electric curtains. Installation of Loxone Alarm and Loxone intercom.
Working in conjunction with a lighting designer, a whole load of different lighting fixtures were integrated and controlled through Loxone. The lighting designer came up with some great ideas using a combination of focused directional lighting over tables and more general downlighting, lighting the walls where appropriate and using Led strip to great effect around the roof lantern and to create a “wash” down the curtains. I have to say I’m not really a fan of a general blanket of evenly spaced downlights, I think it’s much better to think about how a room is to be used and what feature of a room the lighting needs to enhance.
Every lighting circuit is capable of being dimmed, in this room there are also several 5 amp circuits in the floor and in the walls so table lamps can be fitted around the seating positions to give maximum flexibility for creating different lighting moods. It was great to be able to use the, manufactured in Uk, Orluna downlights, these really enhanced the lighting moods and each light’s ‘engine’ incorporated dim to warm technology. This is to mimic the colour temperature and behaviour of a tungsten light as dimming many led lights doesn’t change the colour temperature but just emits less light perhaps making the light seem greyish?
This was the first project where we installed the new Miniserver, this has built in Tree capabilities, so no need for a separate tree extension now. It also ups the anti on security; as it now enables a secure (https) connection when controlling or monitoring the house remotely. The underfloor heating manifold uses the Loxone valve actuators, which we have used on lots of other projects without any issues now.
The Loxone intercom was also an important addition for the client so as not to miss important deliveries and of course particularly useful at the moment enabling one to answer the door without being face to face with someone.
Every room was also had motion sensors in this case the client opted for the Faradite motion sensors as they are pretty small and unobtrusive, of course this means that anyone coming to the house would not need to touch the switches in order to switch on the lights, particularly useful in rooms with no natural light!
FOUR BEDROOM TERRACED HOUSE IN WOODFORD, ESSEX
The brief: To install a Loxone system to integrate some existing lighting with Loxone spots and Led strips and integration of wet underfloor heating, radiators and air conditioning. Also integration of Velux windows and Shading.
A terraced house is perhaps not what one would expect when part of the brief is to integrate 6 indoor air conditioning units, however these were no ordinary clients with a strong conviction of how they wanted their home to be. The clients wanted to have full control of the AC through their mobile phones with full duplex manual control when required and have it controlled automatically by Loxone when not in manual mode. We integrated this is through the Loxone Modbus Extension and Intessis units.
We installed the Loxone RGBW spots in several of the rooms including the Kids rooms, so they can have fun playing around with different colour themes. They also opted for the elegant touch pure switches throughout. The Touch Pure switches incorporate a night light, great for the Kids bedrooms which switch on a soon as “night mode” is enabled by a triple tap of the switch, and switch off in the morning.
Motion and some of the new Presence Sensors were installed in every room, this would then enable the automatic bringing on of different lighting moods depending on the time of day or night. This was out first experience of using the Presence Sensors as these are brand new products from Loxone. Not only have they got brightness and motion sensors built in but also now audio detection, so if you lying still and watching the TV or reading while listening quietly to the radio, the sensor will still know you are using the room and keep on the lighting and heating!
Two manifolds are installed on the ground and top floor, one for controlling the underfloor heating and one for the radiators on the top two floors, the clients wanted to to have the control system “hard wired” where possible and therefore opted for all the radiators, towel radiators be controlled via a manifold rather than wireless actuators.
Since there were large glass doors to the garden and facing south, two roller blinds and motorised curtains are also be integrated, plus a motorised awning over the patio. Giving full control of shading on those hot summer days.
Nice visual effect with these “night and day”blinds
On top of this we integrated two sets of Velux windows, which had external shutters, internal blinds and motorised opening mechanisms.