The Application of 12v electric actuators in Home Automation
Linear actuators are intended to move things, and 12v electric actuators are able to deliver safe, clean, accurate, and smooth movements.
This concept of converting different forms of energy into linear motion is a fairly simple technology that has been widely implemented in home automation. For instance, smart homes use 12v electric actuators in mini tubes, high-speed actuators, and track linear actuators, among others to make common household tasks such as activating the security system, controlling lighting appliances, checking climate control devices, and controlling entertainment devices more convenient.
The option to automate your home can make life easier and more exciting. Actuators have played a key role in making this a possibility, as they are both efficient and economical, especially since you can use a central computer to control multiple tasks. However, the high cost of having a fully integrated smart home has been rather prohibitive.
This has led companies to come up with affordable automation options that address the common needs of homeowners, including:
Smart lighting – Uses smart light bulbs to help adjust the lighting ambiance of a room to match the mood.
Smart sensor – It uses a sensing mechanism of lighting, motion, temperature, and humidity, and communicates using the Z-wave protocol
Smart egg trays – Can identify the eggs that have been on the tray longest, and also alert you when the eggs are almost finished.
Smart gardener – They assess different plant parameters, including the amount of water required and health of the plant, which makes it unlikely for your plants to die due to neglect.
Smart plugs – These are extensions of the wall used to control devices and appliances connected to them
A smart security system could, for instance, have cameras fitted with actuators and placed at strategic positions to manage security; the doors integrated with motion actuators to detect movement; and other entry points fitted with facial recognition, all in an effort to conveniently deter unauthorized access. Automated climate control, on the other hand, would use a variety of sensors to control heating, schedule air conditioning, and enable free air circulation.
Choosing the right Automation Technology
Smart home technology varies widely in the pricing, so homeowners looking for convenience, time savings, and a little fun can find the automation they need at a fair price and upgrade with time. For instance, you can connect your home surveillance to your mobile device to keep an eye on your home on the go, from anywhere in the world provided you have an internet connection.
One thing you should be careful about, however, is the rapid change in technology today that may make new inventions obsolete before you even get to try them out. So, when looking for a 12v electric actuator, you should first ensure that it is compatible with the devices and/or platforms you plan on using it with.
One of the things to take into consideration is light duty versus heavy duty 12v electric actuators. The former, 12v light electric linear actuators, are intended to be used in applications that use lighter loads and have limited space. The application could draw its power from a battery, allowing for miniaturization of the actuator without compromising on load capacity, speed, and mechanical efficiency.
12v heavy duty linear actuators, on the other hand, are largely used in industrial automation, such as hood lifting, trailer tilting, and steering-wheel and seat adjustment in automobiles, and similar applications in construction and agricultural machinery and other equipment. To prevent motor burnout due to the load size, these actuators are fitted with a limit switch. Heavy duty actuators are powered by a small dc motor connected to a screw drive with gears.
All 12v electric actuators have high IP66 rating to ensure that they are protected from water and dust to allow for indoor and outdoor use. This has provided convenience and enhanced comfort in home automation systems, while promoting safety by enabling control of some devices when further away from any danger.