Government Affairs

Our mission is to influence public policy to protect CEDIA members, the electronics industry and consumers.

Workforce Development

The future of smart home technology depends not only on the technology, but on the people who are desigining and installing it. 

Standards & Best Practices

CEDIA is committed to producing ANSI accredited standards and best practices that ensure professionalism in the industry. 

Design & Build Outreach

The CEDIA Outreach Instructor (COI) program enables members to provide continuing education to their local industry partners. 

Market Intelligence

Improve your business through knowledge of the latest trends statistics in the smart home industry.

Events Calendar

Search the CEDIA Calendar to locate all the up and coming events, training, including boot camps, workshops and more. 

Tech + Business Summits

Introducing the new and improved CEDIA Tech + Business Summits—the latest in innovative new technology and world-class, business- and tech-centric education to help you achieve your goals.

CEDIA Expo

CEDIA Expo brings together home tech pros and exhibitors to the leading global event for smart home technology. 

Integrated Systems Europe

ISE showcases the world's leading technology innovators and solutions providers of four days of inspiring conferences. 

Smart Home Awards

CEDIA's Smart Home Awards programs recognises the top projects, products and individuals in the smart home technology industry. 

CEDIA Academy

The CEDIA Academy is the leading online learning portal for all your home technology integration learning.

In-Person Training

Elevate your expertise in smart home technology with our in-person training sessions. Gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge.

Certification

CEDIA Certification is a set of credentials that reflect defined areas of knowledge in the Smart Home Technology industry. Certifications are held by the individual; you earn the certification, and you carry it with you as you continue your career.

White Papers

CEDIA white papers dive deep into applications, recommendations, and advice on a wide range of topics: from software and hardware to best practices, standards, and formats.

Tech + Business Summits

The CEDIA Tech + Business Summits are one-day events showcasing upcoming technology and future trends in the smart home industry.

What is a Smart Home?

Smart lighting

Smart lighting extends to both lightbulbs and automated blinds. For example, you may program lights to switch on at certain times, such as in line with the rising and setting sun.

This also works with automatic blinds – these can be set to a schedule and encourage natural circadian (sleeping) rhythms.

Smart thermostats

Energy efficiency is a huge perk of home automation. Smart thermostats such as Google Nest can monitor your energy use and adjust temperatures based on your activity.

The same applies to smart plugs. These can be programmed to turn on appliances only when you need them, helping to keep bills down.

Smart security systems

Home security devices take many forms, from security cameras to front door webcams like Ring. Even automated lighting can make your home look like it’s occupied – ideal for trips away.

Those with high-profile security needs might consider motion sensors and smart door locks. These can activate when the homeowner is nearby, by connecting to your smartphone.

Smart appliances

Modern automation systems have revamped the kitchen. Dryers, washing machines and refrigerators can all be programmed from a smartphone app.

Use these to turn on washing during cheaper electricity hours, or monitor the sell-by date of food. You can even automate coffee machines to have a fresh brew ready in the morning.

FAQs

What is a smart home in the UK?

A smart home is any kind of home that uses internet-connected devices to power appliances. This could be something as simple as an Apple Homepod speaker controlled by a mobile phone via Bluetooth. On a grander scale, this may comprise alarm systems, CCTV, or automated heating and lighting. Each device is controlled remotely for speed and convenience.

What does having a smart home mean?

Having a smart home means getting the best out of modern technology to make your home as comfortable as possible. Products such as the Apple Homekit span security, entertainment, heating and lighting. These promote a better quality of life by scheduling device usage to suit your day-to-day routines.

Smart homes offer several benefits, including security, energy efficiency and higher home values.

What is the difference between a smart home and a normal home?

By definition, any home with smart home devices counts as a smart home. Of course, these can range from voice-controlled assistants to perimeter security systems. A ‘normal’ home will not use any devices connected to the internet, and as such won’t have the benefits of remote control.

What are the pros and cons of smart homes?

Smart homes offer myriad benefits, from motion-controlled lighting in your living room to complete peace of mind. They can keep your home secure with alarm systems and cameras, while they can also make your appliances work for you. All you need is a router and a setup with your chosen smart home system. Our qualified technicians can recommend the best products for you.

A smart home is a considerable financial investment, but this can vary hugely depending on your needs and the size of your home. Even starting with something small like a smart thermostat can make a huge difference. You may also need time to get used to new devices like smart locks. The team at CEDIA can get you started with your home suite, and install products based on your budgets.