When it comes to outdoor entertainment, using home automation devices to control lighting and music distribution is a great way to easily set the perfect ambiance when entertaining guests in your outdoor living spaces.
Usually, when one thinks of having a smart home, the frontyard and backyard are areas typically relegated for outdoor security (lighting and surveillance) – which don’t get me wrong, is very important to have for home security and something you should definitely consider adding. But home automation can allow you to do a lot more in these areas. Just like you’re able to enjoy music, control lighting, or create scenes for the interior of your house, you can easily do the same for the exterior.
Leviton Hi-Fi 2 Amplifier (4 & 8 Zone Versions)
Leviton Hi-Fi 2 Amplifiers connect to in-wall and/or in-ceiling speakers, in-wall keypads, volume source controls, and Remote Input Modules to control the system and connect external audio sources in any zone you choose, indoors or outdoors. By pairing the Leviton Hi-Fi 2 Amplifier with quality outdoor speakers and using their free mobile app to control your connected music from a smartphone, your music options for outdoor entertaining are practically endless.
The Leviton Hi-Fi 2 Amplifier comes in two versions:
Nuvo Wireless Audio Distribution
You’ll gain high fidelity audio and the convenience of wireless connectivity by using Nuvo wireless stereo amplifiers and other Nuvo devices. To enjoy the best music and sound quality during your next pool party, you’ll need to connect Nuvo players to high-quality outdoor speakers and use any Wi-Fi Alliance certified router to allow Nuvo players to communicate with one another. Once Nuvo players are connected to your home network, you’ll have access to music from connected storage devices, personal music libraries, and be able to stream audio from numerous online options, including Pandora, Spotify, Sirius XM, and more.
Nuvo stereo amplifiers include:
- Nuvo P100 Wireless Music System Zone Player
- Nuvo P200 Wireless Music System Zone Player
- Nuvo P300 Player Preamplifier
- Nuvo P3100 Professional Grade 3 Zones Player
- Nuvo P3500 Professional-Grade 3 Zones Player
There’s also a Nuvo Player App for iOS and Android smartphones that allows you to select a zone or multiple zones (kitchen, dining room, backyard patio, etc.) where you’ll be able to play music from a variety of sources connected your home network.
Outdoor Rock Speakers
You don’t have to hang outdoor speakers on the side of your house anymore because there’s a way you can integrate them into your landscape design without them being noticed. Rock speakers can easily blend into any outdoor setting, allowing you to place them near patios, pools, and within gardens so that you can listen to music just about anywhere in your outdoor living space. They provide the same features and sound quality as other outdoor speakers, supporting left or right audio channels and multi-speaker installations without the need for complex wiring layouts. And unlike traditional-looking speakers, they won’t diminish the look of your yard.
Outdoor Lighting to Set the Mood
Just like you would control lighting for the interior of your smart home you can easily do the same for the exterior. There are numerous types of switches and modules you can use to control landscape lighting, lights for your pool and spa, and lights in your water fountains. You can also set up a scenes for various occasions. For example, say you want to host an evening meal outdoors. You can set up a scene that turns on your patio lights at predetermined levels, as well as lights along your walkway and within your garden.
Popular switches and plug-in modules to consider:
Fun Outdoor Lighting
If you really want to entertain your friends and family at night, you can also incorporate color-changing LED bulbs to your outdoor lights. You can literally create just about any color or hue you want with these bulbs by adjusting five color channels using a compatible home controller or remotely using your smartphone (mobile app not available for all LED bulbs). These LED bulbs are perfect for holidays and birthday celebrations where you can pretty much create any color scheme you want for your outdoor lighting.
Popular color-changing LED bulbs to consider:
- Aeotec Z-Wave LED Light Bulb, Gen5
- Zipato Z-Wave RGBW LED Light Bulb 2
- Zipato Zigbee RGBW LED Light Bulb 2
If you’re interested in adding lighting control and a music distribution system to your outdoor living space, Home Controls can help. Just call our toll free number at 858-693-8887 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific, Monday – Friday). We’ll be more than happy to offer you free support and product advice.