I have to admit that buying home automation products as a holiday gift can be difficult. You would have to know someone well — I mean, really well — to be able to buy them the right HAI accessory for their Omni automation control system, or the tool they need for their AirVac central vacuum system, or the appropriate sensor for their ELK M1 security system. Yes, finding stocking stuffers for these elaborate automation system can be a challenge.
So the Christmas elves at Home Controls have been busy compiling a list of products that can make your holiday shopping much easier. We’ve put together a Christmas Gift Guide that would make even Santa proud. Our collection of gifts are perfect for everyone, whether they save an integrated home automation system or not.
This post highlights gifts that make everyone’s life more convenient – products that solve a unique need in your home, or I admit products you didn’t know you need, but can’t live without:
Leviton Anywhere Switch ~ less than $30! Adds the convenience of an extra indoor wall switch wherever needed, without installing additional wiring. The LV6696 Anywhere Switch is ideal for use in stairwells, entrance ways, garages, children’s rooms and basements. It can be placed at a low height for convenient light control from bedside, chairside or wheelchair. Excellent for Universal Design applications! The control signal passes through walls and floors, operating receivers up to 50 feet away. Choose from Ivory or White.
Garage Laser Park ~ less than $20! Maxsa Innovations designed and built this infrared device to help prevent damage to your car and your garage from faulty parking. The MX37310 assists you in parking your car in the exact right spot every time. Very easy to install! Just attach to your garage ceiling with included hook-&-loop tape or screws. No wiring necessary. Automatically activates when your vehicle enters the garage. Also available for a two-car garage for less than $30!
16 in 1 Security Screwdriver ~ less than $25! The only screwdriver you’ll need for the security system installer’s tool box! Quality tool at a great price! The 16 in 1 Security Screwdriver is an industrial quality screwdriver which includes 16 hardened steel security bits. The bits store in the handle and are easily removed and replaced with the rotating spring loaded cap. Extra long nose piece for additional reach.
Internet Camera System ~ less than $185! This is an extremely cost-effective solution for video recording and remote monitoring — over the internet! The iCamDVR2 converts wired/wireless cameras into internet cameras, and turns your computer into a Digital Video Recorder. This all-in-one kit includes 2 cameras, the wireless receivers and the iCamDVR. It even includes the PC software for recording, playback and remote monitoring. A great Do-It-Yourself gift!
X10 Powermid IR Remote Set ~ less than $55! Use your remote to control DVD players, cable boxes, even stereo equipment in cabinets in another room with Powermid’s whole-house infrared remote control extender! Lets you control your audio/video products from anywhere in your home. Powermid Transmitter converts your IR signal to RF and transmits up to 100′ through walls to a Powermid Receiver, which converts RF back to IR to control your equipment. The transmitter and receiver (both included in this kit) are tiny at only 5″ high!
We have a lot more gift ideas online at HomeControls.com, or you can check out our blog throughout the holidays as I feature other great home automation, security and networking products. And, in case you do need some help finding the perfect gift for an Omni, AirVac, M1 or any other elaborate system, feel free to call our holiday helpers in our Tech Support at 800-266-8765 — they offer free technical service and product advice year ’round!