Pocket Lint - If you're new to home automation and want to give it a go, you should probably start with smart lighting.
The easiest way to get started with simple home automation is to buy accessories or devices that are specialised for certain tasks. Smart lighting, for instance, gives you flexibility because you can control it with timers, plus you can set schedules and monitor bulb status remotely, etc. You can somtimes even hook smart lighting networks up to web-apps like IFTTT to achieve some really neat effects. It's a great way for beginners to start automating stuff.