Home Automation Solutions

  • Home automation has come a long way since its early days of only being used for controlling lights. Today, it has expanded to cover almost every aspect of a modern home, making it easier to automate and manage different tasks with just a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. So you may be wondering – what can I automate in my home? Let us explore some of the best home automation ideas.

    Smart Lighting

    By approaching home automation room by room, you can see the many ways it can simplify your life. From smart thermostats that can control the temperature in each room to smart locks that let you remotely secure your front door, the possibilities are endless. This approach also makes it easier to understand where to start your automation journey, as you can focus on the areas that matter most to you and your family. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, improve your home security, or create a more comfortable and convenient living space, home automation can help you get there. Here are some examples of home automation devices that you can use in different rooms in your house.

    What can I automate in my Master Bedroom?

    The master bedroom is an ideal starting point for ways to automate your home and begin your automation setup, as it provides a high degree of flexibility to make it your own. One of the simplest ways to get started is by installing a touch switch that controls your lights and fan. This switch is a convenient upgrade from traditional switch panels, transforming your lights and fan into smart devices that can be easily managed.

    In addition to lighting control, you can enhance your master bedroom’s ambiance by incorporating smart lighting products like the Philips Hue bulb. Installed in your bed lamp, it can create a warm, relaxing atmosphere that’s perfect for winding down after a long day.

    To take your home automation setup to the next level, consider installing an IR blaster in the master bedroom. This device allows you to control your AC and TV using voice commands through Alexa and Google Assistant. There are far more Alexa home automation ideas but for now you can comfortably begin here. With the ability to control both the lighting and temperature of your room, you can create a comfortable and inviting environment with just a few taps on the Toyama WizHom app or a voice command.

    What can I automate in my Bathroom?

    The bathroom is an essential space in your home, and one of the simplest upgrades is to install a motion sensor that automatically turns on the light and exhaust fan when you enter the bathroom. This eliminates the need to fiddle with switches and provides a more hands-free experience.

    Another upgrade you can consider is replacing your geyser switch with a Toyama high load smart switch. With this device, you can control your geyser from anywhere, allowing you to schedule it to turn on before you wake up or even turn it on remotely as you’re on your way back from the gym. By being able to control your geyser with voice commands through Google Assistant, you can enjoy a safe and convenient way to have hot water ready for your shower when you need it.

    These upgrades to your bathroom are the devices recommended because they are an easy and cost-effective way to improve the functionality and convenience of this essential space in your home. With these simple enhancements, you can enjoy a more convenient, comfortable, and connected bathroom experience.

    What can I automate in my Living Room?

    The living room is a central gathering space in your home, and incorporating smart technology can elevate the overall experience. To start, consider installing a Toyama control panel that integrates a hum-free fan circuit, such as the Toyama T18 113HF, T18 116HF, or T18 127HF. This allows you to control your existing lights and fans with a single panel, making it easy to manage the ambiance of your living room.

    In addition, adding smart lighting fixtures such as Philips Hue bulbs can allow you to customize the mood of your living room with ease. You can control these lights through the WizHom app or with voice commands through Alexa or Google Assistant. This enables you to create the perfect lighting environment for any occasion with just a few taps or voice commands.

    Another way to enhance your living room experience is by installing a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Nest. This device allows you to play your favorite tunes, as well as control other smart devices in your home with voice commands.

    Finally, incorporating a smart TV or streaming device such as Amazon Fire TV or Google Chromecast will give you access to all your favourite content, including movies, TV shows, and music. With these upgrades, you can transform your living room into a connected and convenient space that is perfect for relaxation, entertainment, and spending time with family and friends.

    What can I automate in my Entrance?

    The entrance of a house sets the tone for the rest of the home and incorporating smart technology can make it a more convenient and welcoming space. Consider installing a smart lock such as August or Nest that allows you to unlock your front door from anywhere with your Toyama WizHom app. This not only adds an extra layer of security to your home, but also makes it easier to grant access to friends, family, or guests.

    In addition, you can also add a smart video doorbell, such as Ring or OneTouch, which allows you to see and talk to visitors even if you’re not at home. This can be a great way to keep an eye on your front door and ensure the safety of your home.

    Another way to enhance your entrance is by adding a smart lighting system, such as Philips Hue or Toyama WizHom, that can be controlled through the Toyama WizHom app or voice, allowing you to easily turn on lights when you arrive home and also set schedules to turn lights on and off when you’re away.

    Why Toyama

    As a pioneer in home automation, Toyama has been at the forefront of the industry since its inception in the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore. With over a decade of experience and innovation, Toyama has established itself as a leader in the field of home automation. With end-to-end in-house manufacturing, the company prioritizes design, customization, and customer service, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience. From setup to upgrades and queries, Toyama provides a single platform, company, and app for a unified and convenient home automation experience.


    Home automation is an exciting and innovative way to upgrade your home and make it a more convenient and comfortable place to live. By incorporating smart technology into different rooms of your home, such as the master bedroom, bathroom, living room, and entrance, you can enhance your daily routine and elevate your living experience. Whether it’s through controlling lighting, fans, AC, TV, or geyser, or accessing entertainment and music, home automation provides endless possibilities to make your home a smart home. With the growing availability and affordability of smart devices, it’s never been easier to start your home automation journey and transform your home into a connected and convenient space.

  • An introduction to smart plugs for home automation setups and their advantages

    Have you ever woken up on a workday, pulled off the charging cable from your phone, only to realize that it is dead because you never really flipped on the switch in your sleepy stupor the previous night? You’re not alone – it has happened to the best of us.

    Imagine instead that when you went to sleep, your smart home system ensures that the wall socket your charger plugs into is turned on as part of your routine. Sounds like a nifty little convenience doesn’t it? That would be a smart plug for you. 

    What are smart plugs?

    Smart plugs could be one of two things. 

    • A regular wall socket that is controlled by a smart switch
    • Stand-alone smart plugs that connect to a regular wall socket

    Both these devices would effectively behave in the same way. While the former setup can convert any regular wall socket into a smart plug and is also a great way to retrofit, a smart plug can be bought in retail but becomes expensive for large-scale applications.

    The Smart Plug Advantage

    Smart plugs, like all things smart in a home automation setup, offer invaluable conveniences. Starting from the most desired ability to control them via voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant to the convenience of adding the plugged-in devices to your scenes and schedules, smart plugs have it all. These combined with the life-saving feature of controlling smart plugs remotely make them the perfect companion to the meticulously organized and scatterbrain alike.

    Use Cases

    Look around your home and you will find at least 5 appliances that are a part of your daily routine. From your coffee maker to your lawn sprinkler, it only makes sense to automate certain tasks that shouldn’t need your supervision per se. By tagging the smart plug against the plugged-in appliance it becomes easy to make it a part of your daily routines using smart home automation applications. Once done you can group such devices like your geyser, coffee maker etc that should ideally turn on 15 minutes before your morning alarm goes off. 

    Now a word of caution. It may be tempting to go overboard with the use of smart plugs, after all it does offer the convenience of almost making everything smart. However, a consultation with your home automation experts could help you truly understand ideal use and help match the right kind of network infrastructure that your house needs to meet these requirements. A simple WiFi based network may not be sufficient if you have multiple smart devices, appliances and plugs working in tandem. 

    Energy Savings

    With your smart home automation setup and geared to make your life a walk in the park, it’s now time to be mindful of your energy consumption. With every modern day household having uninterrupted power supply the electricity bills are bound to go up with an increase in the number of devices being used. Smart home systems allow homeowners to rein in utility bills by ensuring that all unused appliances and devices are turned off and the house is put into energy saving modes when you are away at work or out on vacation. Smart plugs are one more tool in your tool box towards achieving these goals. 

    The Right Plug-ins

    Every homeowner’s dream is to build that perfect home that warmly welcomes him/her back after facing the taxing realities of the outside world on a daily basis. But it’s important to start off on the right foot and for that you need the right experts to guide you at outset. Toyama’s well trained and experienced experts can provide the perfect solutions helping you strike a right balance between costs and convenience. Get in touch with us here and we can get you started off on your smart home automation journey. 

  • A guide and introduction to smart smart digital locks in home automation setups and advantages over traditional locks.

    When it comes to the safety of our families and property we never compromise. Although we have come to terms with the fact that we live in an increasingly insecure world, we still find it hard to grapple with the thought of having to look over our shoulders constantly. However our lives are out there and we must go out and live it. 

    Traditional Locks and their Shortcomings

    As always, technology offers ways to allay our fears and take control of our lives with a new age security solution – Smart Locks. But before we hail this technological marvel, let’s understand why and how traditional locks fail. For starters they are only a deterrent and not failsafe. Brute force and lock picking can easily bypass them and once done, property owners hardly even realise that they are being burgled. There is nothing that can be done proactively or reactively. Also, most padlocks and door locks are prone to mechanical failure, rust, loss of keys and dependence on ancient locking systems, whose mechanisms are common knowledge and easy to bypass. 

    So if we as homeowners are to adopt the new, the solution must address these shortcomings and overcome them. That’s precisely what Smart Locks do and much more. 

    Smart Lock Advantages

    Like all things “smart”, digital smart locks are in the league of IoTs. They integrate into your smart home setup and form the base of your security system. Most importantly they provide keyless access. It’s important to understand why this is crucial. Since these systems are independent of physical keys, multiple users can have access to them without having to carry a copy of a key all the time. Even in the case of a key card, authorized users can create duplicates right at their home unlike in the case of physical keys where one has to run to the locksmith. Also remember that almost all smart locks, like the ones from Yale Locks for example, almost always have more than one mode of access – key card, biometrics, PIN code, app access and a physical key(in case all other systems fail). With that many options the odds of you ever getting locked out are slim to none.

    The biggest advantage of a smart lock in a security system is however not the passive security but the active security that they offer. Intrusion alerts – when smart locks detect unauthorized access, suspicious activity(too many failed attempts) or physical damage they can immediately deploy protocols to alert homeowners, neighbors and local law enforcement. This is alongside engaging alarms, enabling security cameras and any other protocol that you deem necessary like turning on all the smart lights in the house. 

    Another very handy feature is knowing the status of the lock and being able to lock and unlock remotely. Almost every vacation is punctuated by that unnerving question of whether you actually did lock the front door. The irony is that you almost always have this question spring up half way through the ride to the airport. Imagine instead, if all you had to do was take a peek at an app on your phone and know the status of your lock?Sounds God sent isn’t it? It’s this same feature that also allows you to grant/override access remotely in case you want to allow someone to enter your home when you are away or revoke access to someone specifically who otherwise could enter by punching in the PIN. 

    Another Security Concern

    It’s important to address the security concerns with cloud IoT devices. Aren’t they prone to cyber threats? While it’s a valid concern it is also unlikely. The encryption technology used by smart lock manufacturers like Yale and their installation by reputed solution providers can secure your home against intrusions, cyber or otherwise. Also most smart locks are in-built with protocols to recognize incoming threats and fall into secure modes by engaging the physical lock by default and therefore allowing access only through use of a physical key. This effectively means that either the homeowner or a technician from the manufacturer needs to be present to open the lock then. 

    Well Rounded Solutions

    Smart home technology offers veritable solutions that come as a blessing to every homeowner. The advantages that smart lightsfansplugs etc offer over traditional counterparts make lives easier and convenient by a stretch. Smart locks are one more such offering and an investment worth exploring for even retrofits as a stand alone solution or part of your larger smart home setup. To get the right solutions for your home, reach out to us at Toyama Solutions.

  • A guide and introduction to smart fan controllers in home automation setups and the advantage of humfree speed controls

    Smart Fan Controllers: An Essential Part of your Home Automation Setup

    Remember that time when after a long day’s work you got back home, pulled off your socks and slumped into your sofa only to realize that you now need to get up just to turn the fan on? Or that time when you were snugly rolled up in your quilt, with your partner already blissfully snoring away next to you, but it’s a tad too warm and needed to turn the fan up just a notch?

    Now imagine having a smart home do this for you with a touch of a button or a simple voice command? We bet you’d like that, wouldn’t you? 

    Same Old, Same Old

    If you live in the tropics you probably are no strangers to the humble ceiling fan that toils away(although not quietly) all day to help you beat the heat on a budget. Considering the average fan you buy in the market hasn’t seen a revolutionary change in design or functionality in the last three decades, how do you give this essential contraption modern-day upgrades? 

    Enter Smart Fan Controllers

    If you are on the path to discovering the wonders of smart home automation we’d recommend you start off here. But for the initiated, we needn’t preach the bevy of features that smart home setups bring to your home. A smart fan controller is one more arrow in that feature-loaded quiver.

    Apart from offering the convenience of turning on/off your ceiling fans using a sleek touch panel, smart fan controllers bring the priceless convenience of app and voice control.

    Using smart apps such as Wizhom and smart voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, you can now control your fans with a touch of a button and voice commands. What’s more, you even have control over the speed of the fan using these interfaces thereby making your lounging all the more convenient. 

    Humfree Fan Technology

    Remember in the beginning we alluded to how fans were not exactly easy on the ears. A common issue with ceiling fans, whose speeds are controlled through conventional regulators, is that they produce a droning hum that can get to the best of us. These can be especially annoying at night when everything else is quiet and it tends to ruin the ambiance for a good night’s sleep.

    Modern-day smart fan controllers come inbuilt with a solution to cut the noise, like Toyama’s humfree smart fan controllers

    Smart Ideas that Work

    If you are an automation aficionado then you already appreciate the power of routines and scenes in smart home setups. Being able to control appliances and devices remotely is one thing, imagine being able to turn off the lights and fans across your home with a single touch or command! Now that’s a smart nugget! And exactly what scenes are for. You can set up a series of commands and schedule them to be executed at a go while making any smart device a part of the routine. This also allows for some fine-tuned settings. For example, you can set up two separate scenes, one with the fan speed at 100% for summers and another for a cozy 60% during winters/monsoons. 

    Smart fan controllers also tie nicely into your energy savings and help curb unnecessary power consumption. With scenes, routines and remote access you can ensure that fans are never running in rooms that are unoccupied or when you are away at work. 

    Making Life a Breeze

    Right next to smart lights, smart fan controls are a must-have for every smart home automation setup, unquestionably. While the evident advantages may seem like excess in the beginning you must remember that every smart switch/controller/appliance is a part of a whole. Working together they offer a host of conveniences and efficiencies that make life easier and rather exciting.

    If you are looking at smart control solutions for your home automation projects in part or whole reach out to us and we promise to make it worth your while. With Toyama’s 30 years of experience and trusted technology, we are your best bet for a smart home that works for you.

  • An introduction to smart switches, their advantage over regular switches, technology behind the switches and how you can install them into your smart home

    You’ve probably come across the word “smart” attached to a host of things that you use on a daily basis. The most familiar being (smart) phones and TVs, but also watches and washing machines. What this indicates is that these gadgets or appliances are beyond ordinary,  usually connected to the internet, and offer conveniences that you wouldn’t find in their regular, not so smart, alternatives. So then what is a smart switch though? A switch is just a switch, isn’t it?  It was, till the turn of the millennium, since then your modern-day smart switch has become central to home automation adding unbelievable functionality to your homes, offices, and hotel rooms in ways that would have once been considered wizardry!

    In this guide, we’ll talk about smart switches in detail covering

    1. What smart switches are and what they can do
    2. How they fit into home automation setups
    3. How they work and how to install them
    4. When they can add value to your home/office

    1. What are smart switches and what they can do 

    Think of a smart switch as an enhanced, connected, multi-access portal to your lights, fans, and other appliances, while also performing the basic on/off function of your regular switch.

    Physically, it is a replacement for the regular plastic/ceramic switch in your gang box and usually does not require a complete rewire of your electrical lines. Technology-wise, it is an intelligent, programmable, and user-friendly way to control your appliances while offering a great degree of convenience. 

    As for what they can do, the list is long yet awesome so buckle up

    • For starters, they connect to the internet via your home/office network
    • By virtue of being on an online grid, they can be accessed from anywhere
    • This includes reading the state of the switch(on/off) from wherever you are
    • You can control the functionality of the switch via an app(remote access)
    • Most switches are compatible with your voice-activated assistants like AlexaGoogle Assistant, etc
    • Because they are controlled and accessed digitally you can automate tasks based on time, occupancy of the home/office or set up a recurring schedule
    • If you have more than one smart switch in your setup, they can be controlled together say, to turn off the lights and draw the curtains when you are ready for bed
    • Most modern-day smart switches from reliable brands come with surge protection  that safeguards your appliances from voltage spikes
    • Bonus: there is the general wow factor that doubles up as a great conversation starter with guests

    2. Smart Switches in Home Automation

    Before we go on to explain what role smart switches play in home automation, let us understand what home automation is. 

    Home automation is a collective of smart devices, switches, sensors and appliances that can work together based on preset or realtime instructions to reduce the amount of time and energy spent by users on a day to day basis.

    A Day in the Life of a Smart Home Owner

    Let us give you a great example. Imagine you have set your alarm for 6:00 AM. You have an important day ahead and you need your edge. The alarm sounds and as you wake up the curtains draw open to flood your bedroom with early morning sunlight – great start already! Your coffee maker comes alive and starts brewing you a steaming cup of your select blend. Alexa/Google starts listing off your to-dos for the day over a smart speaker and bringing you up to speed with the latest news and weather updates. Meanwhile your geyser turned on in the background to save you from that spine chilling drench of cold water when you hit the shower. Noticed how you just needed to walk into your bathroom and the lights came on automatically? You are dressed and looking sharp and walk to your car and the garage door and front gate automatically open as you pull off your driveway. 

    As you hit the end of the street a notification one your phone screen says that your home has gone into power saver mode with the lights, fans and air conditioning all turned off. The geyser switch you barely knew existed has been turned off alongside an earmarked set of appliances like your TV, sound system etc that you may have missed. The security system has locked your front and back doors and the garage and main gates are secure.You weren’t focussing on all these tasks, your focus this morning has been elsewhere and rightly so. You smile to yourself, just as the lights turn green,and you set off to conquer the day.

    That is what home automation is all about. Convenience, unparalleled convenience that just works on so many levels while making your life easier, stress free and productive. 

    Smart Switches Behind the Scenes

    Now let’s come back to smart switches. Remember that curtain that opened as you woke up, the coffee maker and geyser that turned on in tandem with your morning routine? There is a smart switch behind each of those tasks and perhaps others. What’s more important and awesome is that you didn’t have to lift a finger(literally) for any of that to happen. That is the convenience that smart switches bring to the mix. 

    Think of a smart switch as a fundamental unit of a home automation setup that enables automation of various tasks without having to physically walk up to it and turn it on(or off). 

    3. Smart Switches workings in your Home Setup

    Smart switches come in a wide variety offering different functionality and designs. Home automation experts and solution providers can help you identify your needs and customize your solutions based on your specific requirement, even decor. 

    However, the real classification of smart switches is based on the technology that they use to communicate and integrate with your home grid. Broadly speaking these switches rely on

    • Bluetooth
    • Hardwired Cables
    • Wifi
    • Proprietary Tech – Zigbee


    These switches are a bit out of date and not really the best solution. The major drawback comes from not being able to be a part of a reliable and fast network or mesh. Most Bluetooth switches communicate on a one-to-one basis with another device. So basically you need to reach for your Bluetooth-enabled phone/tablet to access these switches handsfree. Not really an elegant solution in the grand scheme of things. 

    Hardwired Cables

    These are a more hardy alternative to wireless means but require a whole lot of cabling and re-cabling. Moreover, they need to connect to a hub, a separate device that is a conduit for instructions. While these switches don’t directly connect to the internet themselves. The hub acts as the middleman. While they are prone to less failure, they tend to cost more and are used in cases where wireless means can’t be deployed. Or when the sheer number of installations can’t accommodate the cost of wireless-enabled smart switches.


    These versions are easier to install and set up. Without the need for additional cabling, they are best suited for small homes, villas, and offices. However, as the number of individual switches and independent devices in a space increase, your wi-fi router could take a toll and become sluggish. Compare it to a waiter at a restaurant having to take a three-course meal order from an excited and enthused family of eight while also having to upsell the day’s specials. That pumpkin soup is going to come medium-rare, that’s for sure.


    Zigbee technology offers the convenience of wireless communication and the robustness of hardwired cabling while doing away with the shortcomings of both. Zigbee enabled smart switches to form a “mesh” , a grid of sorts where they communicate with one another and also with a hub(when necessary). This allows for a large number of smart switches to exist on the same network while allowing add-ons and expansion in the future as the need arises. They offer advanced self-healing properties thereby ensuring that instructions are relayed one way or the other to the target switch even if one of the Wi-fi routers in the path is malfunctioning. 

    If you are going to bet on home automation, state-of-the-art tech like Zigbee etc are your best options. 

    4. Smart Switch Installation

    For a lot of the off the shelf smart switches, installation can be easy. Most of the time they won’t require experts to install them for you and it can be a weekend DIY project. After all most of these switches just need to be swapped in for your regular switches with some attention to wiring. But that’s not to say that these come with limitations. Cross compatibility of different brands and manufacturers is still in the works. What that can mean is that you will probably need a separate app to control different switches from different brands if they aren’t compatible with a common application. 

    With these retail solutions, more often than not, you can’t build an “ecosystem” that functions seamlessly. It might come off looking like you used adhesive and duct tape to put together an entertainment cabinet – unsightly. 

    Go with the Experts

    If you are looking to build a smart home, ground up, or upgrade your existing home to a smart one, seek expert advice. It helps in the long run and you can be more specific with your goals. They can also help you save costs by providing the most cost-effective solutions. A good smart home solution partner can also guide you in making the right choices and not go overboard. 

    Smart switches and by extension smart home solution providers are easy to find in India and around the world. A select few come with thousands of installations to their credit and finding them can be easy if you know what to look for. The technology that they depend on and the width of the solutions they provide are good indicators. 

    The Smart Advantage

    We have covered the convenience that comes from functionality that smart switches can bring to your life but there is more to these nifty little devices than meets the eye. 

    Energy Savings

    When you opt for smart home setups, savings on utility bills is a given. You are almost never consuming energy unnecessarily and can always set up devices to switch off when not in use. This can be based on sensors that detect occupancy in a room or based on the geo-location of your personal devices like your smartphone or smartwatch. 


    You are covered for the future. Increasing capacity or adding functionality is a breeze. With great solution providers, your systems and technology are constantly getting upgrades allowing you to add more and more devices to your arsenal. 

    Voice Control

    The advantage of voice control can’t be stressed enough. It adds a whole new layer of control and convenience considering you almost always have access to your phone and all you need to do is say “Turn on the lights”


    From helping set the scene at a party to scheduling your bedtime routines smart switches can offer them a unique opportunity to make life easier for you while getting the best out of your day. 

    Get Smart

    Like we explained at the outset, smart switches are the gateway to home automation. By installing a smart switch you have already set off an incredible journey of tech discovery. We at Toyama Control Solutions can make this journey an incredible one for you. Reach out to us for a demo and we can introduce you to the limitless wonders in the world of home automation.