Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

EatonJanuary 12, 2018

Power management company Eaton has announced that the company will be educating builders and contractors about the booming smart home device market at the International Builders’ Show. Industry research shows that the global market for these devices – not including major appliances – is expected to be $9.4 billion by 2021. With multiple, practical connected home and lighting solutions on the market, Eaton will help builders cut through the clutter to determine the right solution for their customer.

“Adoption of smart home products and services continues to increase and has become a common upgrade, if not a standard package for many builders. Homeowners are realizing the benefits of security, energy efficiency and convenience smart home solutions provide,” said Brad Paine, vice president and general manager, Residential Solutions, Eaton’s Lighting Division. “Our market research found that as many as two-thirds of smart home purchases are made with security in mind – homeowners looking for the peace of mind that comes with controlling lights and many other smart home products anywhere, anytime, from their smart phones.”

Many professional contractors and builders have jumped in on the smart home opportunity and the research suggests there is even greater upside for the professional. Studies from Home Advisor and Houzz demonstrate that there is no go-to professional for smart device installation, yet a majority of homeowners rely on professional help to install smart home security, climate control and lighting solutions.

“The opportunity for builders and contractors to own a piece of the growing home automation market is huge,” added Rachael Elliot, director of marketing, Eaton’s Residential and Wiring Devices Division. “We’re at IBS this year to help these professionals understand what homeowners are looking for, how to parse the device options and how to fill the installation gap to grab their share of a thriving new market.”

http://www.eaton.com/Eaton/OurCompany/NewsEvents/NewsReleases/PCT_3282328

 

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This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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