Abstract—Smart homes provide comfortable, safety, sustainable, and health caring services for people live in. A smart home does not need to have everything be smart. For majority of people, making part of traditional appliances smart and adding some of services which were not exist in traditional home is enough. It is called hybrid smart home. In this paper, issues on constructing a hybrid smart home in which smart elements are coexist with traditional elements are discussed and special attention is on electrical wirings. On constructing a new smart home or renewing a traditional building to smart one, the wiring approach is different from traditional one. Several concepts for wiring about this issue are proposed and demonstrated in this paper. First concept introduces a lighting switch called bypass used upon malfunction of smart system to guarantee availability of lighting. Second concept discusses type and installation of lighting switch, so that it can coexist with traditional switch and would not cause ambiguity to inhabitants. The experience learnt from the pilot test which was conducted at an actual smart home was discussed.
Index Terms—Bypass switch, Distributed Control Module, Tibbo
Hsien-Tang Lin is with the Tahwa University of Science and Technology, #1 Tahwa Rd. Chulin Hsinchu 307 Taiwan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Hsien-Tang Lin, "Practical Issues on Constructing Hybrid Smart Homes," International Journal of Future Computer and Communication vol. 2, no. 1 pp. 44-48, 2013.