Front of Lympstone Manor

Smart Automation for Businesses

Boutique Business and Connected Abodes

At Connected Abodes, we work closely with local business owners, like Michael Caines, proprietor of Mickeys Beach, Exmouth & Lympstone Manor Hotel and the Darts Family, proprietors of Darts Farm, Topsham bringing design and control to their hospitality, retail outlets and places of work.

We design and install:

  • Smart lighting control for both you, your employees and your guests, improving your guest experience whilst saving on lighting costs. With smart audio
  • Smart music systems that differentiate your brand, create the right atmosphere, encourage purchasing and increase staff morale and productivity
  • Smart motorised blinds and curtains for staff and hotel guests

What can Smart Control Offer Boutique Establishments?

Smart Lighting Control and Design for you and your employees

It is well recognised that well-designed lighting geared towards guests, diners and shoppers will bolster the client’s mood, and improve their experience. Lighting can affect the environment – lively, relaxing, intimate, highlight stunning decor or merchandise, merge seamlessly with the architectural design and improve staff productivity. Lighting control can make it easier for staff to change the mood, gradually adjusting the lighting with the changing light outside with easy to use controls, altering the feel of the environment from daytime fun to evening intimacy. Lighting control allows staff to change the scene for communal areas, conference rooms, banqueting halls from the front desk, adjusting light according to the time of day or occasion; lighting can be automatically adjusted with changing natural light. All of these features leave a memorable impression on guests, an invaluable charm that creates brand loyalty.

Smart Lighting Control and Design for your hotel guests

A smart, easy-to-use lighting control system enables your hotel guests to adjust lights and blinds to perfection from the comfort of their bed or whilst relaxing in the bath, combined with their favourite music streaming through the discreet speakers, the ultimate relaxing environment is created.

An emotionally captivating lighting atmosphere transforms a visit into an experience to be remembered, an experience that they will share with others and more importantly, return again.

Central Smart Lighting Control Saves Money

Staff are able to remotely operate building controls from the front desk, such as opening blinds/curtains, controlling the temperature, help guests to relax with preset lighting and music on entry to the room. All business owners understand the importance of saving money, especially if the comfort of the client is not compromised. Lighting accounts for 15-45% of electricity consumption in small hotels and restaurants. Intelligent lighting systems exploit the potential to save energy through pre-set reduced lighting levels and individual lighting scenes which are individually adapted to suit a particular task. Multi-functional, zoned lighting concepts, occupancy sensors, sophisticated LED solutions and the ability to control spaces remotely can boost efficiency still further.

Features of Smart control for businesses

  • Smart lighting – bolsters the client’s mood, and improves their experience.
  • Smart lighting – creates the right environment and enhances the decor, merchandise and architectural design
  • Smart lighting – is easy to use for both staff and guests
  • Smart lighting –  saves money
  • Music – creates and differentiates your brand
  • Music – builds the right atmosphere affecting mood and feelings
  • Music – creates a private space, masking sounds and voices
  • Music –  encourages people to shop
  • Music – increases employees and manager productivity
  • Smart blinds and curtains – particularly with smart lighting allows staff to effectively manage the natural light
  • Smart blinds and curtains – create a cosy feel and keep the warmth in.
  • Smart blinds and curtains – are easy to use for both staff and guests
  • Smart blinds and curtains – with performance blinds and curtains reduce heating and cooling energy costs.


Lympstone Manor sitting room lighting by Intelligent Abodes
Lympstone Manor chandeliers lighting by Intelligent Abodes
Smart lighting control panel at Lympstone Manor
Front door of Lympstone Manor with lighting from Intelligent Abodes
Discreet speaker within ceiling by Intelligent Abodes

Find out more about Smart Automation Control for Boutique Businesses

Smart music control for businesses

Have you ever been in a silent shop or hotel – with no music playing in the background? What was your impression? If you are like most people, you probably felt uncomfortable, and after looking around a bit, you quickly left, headed towards a friendlier, more welcoming place. On the other hand, have you ever left because the music was too loud or unpleasant, making you feel stressed and uncomfortable? Music is a key element to creating the perfect environment. The right music has the potential to put people in the right mood, create brand image, attract customers and increase sales opportunities and revenue.

5 excellent reasons why playing the right music will benefit your retail business

  1. Create and differentiate your brand
    The tempo, loudness, style of the music you play can help communicate your brand’s personality to customers, even before they enter your door. Music is such an effective cue to a brand’s image that it’s often enough to hear notes streaming out of a store to recognise the brand’s and products’ personality.
  2. Build the right atmosphere
    Music plays a big role in creating and enhancing the retail or hospitality experience, to the point that four out of five small retailers believe that they would damage their store’s atmosphere if they stopped playing music. Research shows that the music you play affects not only the environment but also the client’s moods and feelings.
  3. Create a private space
    By masking the sounds of voices and movements, background music helps create personal space for your clients, giving them privacy as they walk around, dine or relax.
  4. Encourage people to shop
    If you own a retail outlet, research shows that music can influence what shoppers choose and how much they buy. A 2005 study revealed that people tend to spend more on impulse buys when pleasant music is playing. The effect was present even when people did not notice the music playing in the store, showing that music has a subconscious (yet very real!) effect on shopping habits. More interestingly, the type of music played can act as a trigger for specific purchases. Classical music, for example, has been found to influence shoppers to buy more expensive items. Scientists believe that it may be because classical music evokes feelings of high quality and elegance, and thus influences shopping decisions in that direction. If you run a high-class store, you may want to consider playing classical tunes as a backdrop to your customers’ browsing. In often-quoted research published in Nature in 1997, researchers played various types of music in a wine store. They found that when French music was playing, people would buy more French wines; when German music was playing instead, people bought more German wines. Amazingly, the shoppers themselves were not aware that the music had had any influence on their wine choices.
  5. Increase productivity
    Music is not only for the clients, but employees and managers also benefit from it too. An effective music strategy can be a great tool to boost staff morale, concentration and productivity. Many scientific studies support that people tend to work faster and complete their tasks more accurately and creatively when listening to music.

Smart motorised blinds and curtains in hotels and restaurants

Smart motorised blind and curtain control integration, particularly with smart lighting allows staff to effectively manage the natural light, closing whisper-quiet blinds and curtains in the evening to create a cosy feel and keep the warmth in. Guests are able to easily open and close blinds from the comfort of their beds or bath.

Blinds with performance fabrics minimise glare and heat during the day, but won’t affect the natural light that streams into the room, perfect for the comfort and privacy of guests during the day whilst reducing your heating and cooling energy costs.

Why use Connected Abodes for your business?

We work with you to create the perfect design in line with the property style, budget, staff needs and the requirements of your target market, focusing on some essential items to include and pre-wiring for other services so that is truly future-proofed for current and emerging technologies.

All the products installed have comprehensive warranties and support upgrades through software updates. We provide complete maintenance packages to ensure the smooth running of all the systems installed.

Connected Abodes is a member of CEDIA (the Custom Design Recognised Industry Body) and NICEIC. Consequently, we offer the complete solution, installing the cabling, second fixing and commissioning or we can provide drawings and written instructions for the on-site electricians, with site visits to support correct cable placement.

Suspended light bulbs at Mickeys Beach Bar and Restaurant
Smart lighting at Mickeys Beach Bar and Restaurant
Smart lighting at Mickeys Beach Bar and Restaurant
Outside speaker system at Mickeys bar and restaurant
Neon sign lighting at Mickeys bar and restaurant

Boutique Businesses Smart Control Case Studies

Lympstone Manor

Exeter Penthouse

Home Automation

Smart Services

Tim Chugg smart automation

What is Smart Home Automation?

Smart home automation provides the ultimate in convenience and flexibility, bringing together your automated lighting control and design, automated blinds or curtains, multi-room audio systems, home cinema, smart gadgets and home security gate/door entrance devices into a single, simple-to-use interface to control it all.

Smart Lighting Control & Design

Well-designed lighting and automated control allow you to creatively enhance the decor, space and features in your home, exceptionally user-friendly, it is operated through wall switches, voice-control using Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa, or via an app on your smartphone or tablets, enabling access from anywhere in the world.

Smart Automated Blinds & Curtains

Whether you are building, renovating or just want to add a change to an existing room, we offer smart blind and curtain solutions controlled by a switch smart device or voice. They now incorporate light and heat managing fabrics for temperature control and protection from damaging UV rays.

Smart Multi-Room Audio System Installation

The ultimate connection of all your entertainment technology - TV, radio, laptop, cinema, record deck and speakers to create a seamless smart multi-audio experience. Listen to music in every room, with individual music and source choice controlled by switches or apps.


home cinema projector dropping from ceiling

Smart Home Cinema Solutions & Design

We cover all the options, from a TV with a soundbar to a projector in a cinema room with multiple speakers, our ultimate goal is to create a fully immersive viewing experience for your cinema, media room or multi-purpose room.

Smart Security Integration

We combine conventional security solutions such as alarms and CCTV with the latest in smart systems, which talk to each other. Consequently, you have a more sophisticated security system that is far greater than the individual component systems.

Man controlling smart devices from iPad

Smart Home & Business Networking Solutions

We specialise in designing high-end home and business networking and Wi-Fi installations using the latest technologies, ensuring the highest level of security, protecting your privacy and ensuring that vulnerable smart devices, can’t be used to access your network.

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Smart Solutions for Hotels and Restaurants

We bring smart design and control to boutique hospitality, retail outlets and places of work for local owners, such as Michael Caines, proprietor of Mickeys Beach, Exmouth & Lympstone Manor Hotel and the Darts Farm Family, with smart lighting control, music systems and motorised blinds and curtains.

How we work with you

The Process


We arrange to meet you

Tim and Karen, will listen and gain an understanding of your unique requirements, aspirations, and lifestyle.

We deliver a bespoke design plan

Tim will then give you estimated costs, for the design, products and specifications, delivered, within your agreed budget.

We coordinate & work as a team

Tim will work with your designers, electricians and project managers to ensure services are coordinated and everything is delivered in the correct order.

Then give you a full handover

On completion, Tim will demonstrate how your systems work together, ensuring that everything works as you requested, with a handover pack for future reference.

We then offer continued support

In the coming months we provide a full follow-up service for your new technology and then further over the years to keep you up to date with emerging innovations.