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Live and Work Smarter with Home Automation
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siren alarm padlockAt Rockler, we’ve always put our best efforts toward offering tools, equipment and supplies that make the woodworking experience as efficient and rewarding as possible. Now, to increase the supply and to expand its reach, we’ve added a new Home Automation category. It's populated with a range of “smart” products that can not only make your life and work more convenient, but can also help you save time, money and energy in and out of the shop. There are about a dozen different categories dividing these products – from Security to Cables & Structured Wiring to Thermostats and HVAC Controls.

You’ll find everything from sophisticated electrical control systems to simple, clever solutions, like the Heavy Duty Siren Alarm Padlock  (a current customer favorite). This affordable security booster is great on tool sheds, lockers or anything that takes a padlock and holds things that you really don’t want to lose. It works in both armed and unarmed modes, and is sensitivity-adjustable based on your needs.  Whether it’s on your most important tool chest or a garden shed full of workshop overflow, the Alarm Padlock affords big peace of mind in an unassuming package.

insteon trermostatIf you work in a garage shop with its own separate heating system, a remote control thermostat could revolutionize your woodworking comfort. With an INSTEON Programmable Thermostat running your workshop heating/cooling plant, you’ll be able to dial in the perfect in-the-shop and out-of-the-shop heating/cooling schedule for every time of year. On top of that, you’ll have the luxury of being able to bump up the temperature a notch on a frosty winter morning (or cooling down, on a blistering summer afternoon) in advance from the comfort of your kitchen.

Of course, with the range of thermostatic control systems available, you’re likely to find one that’s perfect for your home, too. Add a remote control lighting/electrical system or any of a host of other time, trouble and energy saving devices and you’ll be well on the road to making the place you live uncommonly user and environmentally friendly. As an added bonus, the money you save by using energy exactly when and how you need it will soon start piling up, waiting to be applied to a favorite hobby.

The list of ingenious devices really does go on and on. There's a little something for everyone:

eye vac electric dust panNeed a little extra blast of light in a dark recess of your basement shop? Pick up an extra-efficient, battery operated, Motion-Activated LED Anywhere Light. It’ll turn on right when you need it, off when you’re done, and best of all, requires absolutely no wiring.

Own cats? How about a Self-Cleaning Litter Box? Really, wouldn’t you rather be woodworking?

Share your garage shop with a car? A Laser Guided Parking System will let you maximize your work space with pinpoint accuracy.

Tired of stooping down to sweep up those last few remaining chips...

(And that's just a glimpse. For more, check out our entire Home Automation category.)

posted on July 26, 2008 by Rockler
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2 thoughts on “Live and Work Smarter with Home Automation”

  • The video on that padlock is really good. I'm going to buy a couple of these so the kids don't get in the habit of touching my tools. Good idea Rockler!

  • Blog Editor

    Thanks, Jefferson. The video really does bring home the point. We're excited about the entire range of "smart" products.

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