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How They Did It: The Orthodox Calendar

Ed Wenck | Nov 21, 2018

The client here is a follower of Orthodox Judaism — and a technology enthusiast. Observation of Shabbat and Jewish holidays disallow turning on any form of electronics, even with motion detection.

The team from All Digital  describes what the Control4 system in this home does:
 
“We integrated the cloud-based Hebrew calendar with a Control4 Hebcal driver from Chowmain Designs. This driver automatically detects Jewish holidays and the standard Shabbat — observed from a few minutes before sunset every Friday evening and ending with the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night (which is called Havdalah). The system sends a notification for a candle lighting ceremony — exactly 18 minutes before sundown, as biblically mandated — as well as Havdalah.”
 
The home’s systems include panelized lighting, 16-zones of audio, 8-zones of video, climate control, security, intercom, motorized window treatments, pool control, and irrigation system control. Lighting scenes specific to Shabbat are programmed for “no touch” operation (ALL OFF upstairs, ALL ON downstairs), and other systems (such as the home’s AV gear) are automatically shut down during Shabbat and holiday observations. The CEDIA judging panel is impressed with this project’s extensive documentation, as well as the terrific automation work here, and awarded All Digital , LLC, the trophy for Best Innovative Solution.

2645 Executive Park Drive
Suite 346
Weston, FL 33331
USA
954.406.9049
CEDIA Member Since 2013

Industry Partners

Larry Frankel
Frankel Homes
1030 Wallace Drive Suite A
Delray Beach, FL 33444
USA
561.994.6443
Role: Builder

Christine Sullivan
Creative Home Design Group, LLC
Boca Raton, FL
USA
561.719.9134
Role: Interior Designer

Equipment List

Apple
Araknis Networks
Control4
Episode
HSIM Houselogix
Iport
Leaf
Luma
Rachio
Roku
SnapAV
Sony ES
Tivo
Wattbox