Electronic Home Improvement & Home Automation Month

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May is Electronic Home Improvement & Home Automation month and Smarthome is celebrating with a variety of events and specials throughout the month.
Improving your home involves more than installing a granite countertop or updating your landscaping. Electronic home improvement is far simpler and more cost-effective than construction or appliance replacement, but it can add substantial value to your home. Automate your lighting with simple, affordable, and easy-to-install products. Take advantage of existing wiring to install whole-house audio, surveillance systems, or security. Not sure what you want to do or how to do it? This month, you'll have access to a variety of ideas to help make your home a "smart home".

You may live in a smart home but just how intelligent is your dwelling? Enter the Smarthome's "Home Control Contest" to show the coolest and most original solutions to make your home and life more convenient, safe and fun. Whether it’s home automation, security, lighting, surveillance or a whole home entertainment system, show us what you got!

Include a list of products used to automate your home; at least 1 INSTEON-Compatible product must be included. We will accept both Video & Written Solution Entries. Winners will be chosen from the pool of applicants by a panel of Smarthome judges.


Enter The Contest:
First Name*
Last Name*
Email Address*
Confirm Email Address*
Phone (optional)
Products Used*
Link to Video**

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** You must fill in a written solution or the URL for your video solution

How To Enter

There are two ways to submit your solution: shoot a short video or send us a written solution. You may submit both a video and a write up, but it is not required. Enter any time between May 1 and June 15, 2007. Winners will be announced July 15th.

1. Video Submission:

Your video should be uploaded to a preferred video hosting service. We recommend either YouTube or Google Video. Please use the tag 'Smarthome.com' when uploading.

After your video is uploaded, complete the entry form above. Make sure to include the URL address from the video hosting service to your video.

Video Guidelines:

  • Make sure the video is no longer than 3 minutes long
  • Recommended frame size is 320x240
  • Video must contain the following
    • Short introduction (verbal or visual) of the solution
    • Introduce the products (at least one INSTEON-Compatible product) you used for the solution
    • Show the how and the what of your solution
  • Click here for an example of what we are looking for.
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2. Written Submission

Your written solution should include an introduction of your solution along with a list of products (at least one INSTEON-Compatible product) needed to make it all happen. Finally describe either the step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the solution or the details on what the solution actually does. The solution cannot exceed 500 words. Click here to see an example of what we are looking for.

Terms and Conditions:

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Only U.S. submissions accepted. Void where prohibited.

  • Limit one entry per household. All entries must be received by Smarthome between May 1, 2007 and June 15, 2007. All entries must be received no later then 5:00 p.m. PST on June 15, 2007. Winners will be announced on July 15, 2007, and will be contacted via email. All entries will be judged based upon originality as well as the degree to which you've made your home convenient, safe and fun.
  • The winners will receive a gift certificate for the amounts listed above. Smarthome reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value subject to product available. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use winner's name, photographs, and video, and permission to release any statements or remarks made about winning the prize for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation. The winners will be featured on the Smarthome website as well as other promotional materials such as e-mail campaigns and PR.
  • The contest is open to legal residents of the USA, ages 18 and over. Smarthome employees are not eligible to win. Smarthome is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected or illegible Entry Forms, computer or software failures, or unsuccessful attempts to notify the winners. All federal, state and local taxes will be the sole responsibility of the prizewinners.

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