Smarthome Home Control Giveaway Winner - Steven Phillips

Steven PhillipsOctober Contest Winner:
Steven Phillips

Steven Phillips is a patent attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. More than just a lawyer, Steven received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and fancies himself a DIY weekend warrior type. He was turned onto Smarthome when setting up a whole-home video distribution system in his home.

How did you discover Smarthome?
When I was building my house in 2000, I had a structured wiring system put into my home. In 2006, I received a cable DVR, and I wanted to distribute the content saved on the box throughout my home. I found everything I needed at Smarthome, from the low-pass filters to the splitters and combiners.

Any interest in other aspects of home automation?
Actually, I've had a passing interest in home automation, especially in lighting control. I've done my fair share of research, and I plan on investing the sweepstake winnings on putting INSTEON in my home.
What products are you planning to start with in INSTEONizing your home?
I plan to start small with the INSTEON Keypad Dimmer Scene Lighting Starter Kit and then adding extra SwitchLinc or ToggleLinc Relays to control the outdoor lights on the outside of our house, so I can centrally control them. I also plan to get the new RemoteLinc to control them all.

Any other home automation plans after the INSTEON project?
With a fairly good-sized home at about 3600 square feet, I look forward to expanding beyond the basic INSTEON setup. I'm also interested in hooking up a whole-home audio system. However, with young kids at home, any future project will move at a snail's pace.


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Last Updated: November 19, 2007

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