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SmartLabs Marks May Electronic Home Improvement MonthKicks off Month of Events with "Smartest Home in America" ContestIrvine, Calif. - May 4, 2006 - SmartLabs, Inc., the world's leading provider of home automation and electronic home improvement products, will celebrate electronic home improvement month during May. It will host events throughout the month and kick off the celebration today with its "Smartest Home inAmerica" contest.While many think of home improvement as remodeling bathrooms and upgrading kitchen countertops, there is a much simpler and more cost effective way to add value to your home called electronic home improvement. SmartLabs, Inc. and its subsidiary Smarthome.com are championing this new concept in home improvement and want homeowners to know that there are simple, affordable and easy to install products available that add convenience, safety and fun to the home.Electronic home improvement means upgrading your home's electrical switches that control lights, ceiling and ventilation fans and other devices is a simple way to add value to your home. It's simple to do and it does not have to cost a lot of money. SmartLabs products have a "smart" technology built-in called INSTEON, which enables their switches to "talk" to each other, making installation simple and creating the foundation for a home control network.The "Smartest Home in America" contest is designed to find out the best new ideas of how homeowners are improving everyday life in the home through automation. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree at Smarthome.com. The second prize will receive a $500 gift certificate and the third prize winner $250. To enter, contestants simply visit www.smarthome.com/ehihacontest.html complete the entry from and describe how they have electronically improved their home."We are a do-it-yourself generation," says Rajeev Kapur, president of SmartLabs. "Whether it's simply replacing one or two electrical switches or installing a full-blown home automation system, we want to know the most interesting ways people are using home automation to upgrade, personalize and interact with their homes."SmartLabs' month long electronic home improvement celebration includes:
  • Inaugural INSTEON Development & Technology Conference
  • Parks Associates CONNECTIONS: The Digital Home Conference
  • "Smartest Home in America" Contest
  • TBX TecHome Builder Conference
  • Smarthome Partner Affiliate Conference
  • Smarthome At Home Party
  • INSTEON Birthday Party and Dealer SpecialsPromotions for dealers and installers will run throughout the month of May. Additionally, the SmarthomeFactory Store will have extended hours. It will be open on Thursdays until 7 p.m. and open on Saturdaysfrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; except over Memorial Day weekend when it will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All entries for the "Smartest Home in America" contest will be judged based upon originality and imagination and the contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older with no more than one entry per household. Each entrant must use at least one INSTEON-enabled product. Entries will be accepted May 1-June 15, 2006 with winners announced before July 31, 2006.For more information on how to add value to your home through electronic home improvement, please visit www.smarthome.com/ehiha.html.About INSTEONSmartLabs' INSTEON, the new technology standard in electronic home control networking, uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications to link core home systems such as lighting, security comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors, allowing them to be controlled or monitored from anywhere in the world. INSTEON-enabled products can also bridge to other networks, such as Wi-Fi LANs, the Internet and telephony and entertainment distribution systems, allowing products to serve as the foundation for a very robust integrated home control environment.About SmartLabs, Inc.Founded in 1992, SmartLabs, Inc., is the world's leading authority on home automation and home control. SmartLabs is organized into three divisions: SmartLabs Technology, the pioneering architects of INSTEON wireless home control technology; SmartLabs Design, creators of best-in-class home control products, and Smarthome Direct, which includes Smarthome.com, "the Amazon of home automation" (Newsweek, 2004). SmartLabs products are sold to an international customer base through retail outlets and distributors. The company's online catalog can be found at www.smarthome.com; information regarding INSTEON can be found at www.insteon.net. SmartLabs is headquartered in Irvine, Calif.




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