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Light, Luxury, and You: How Technology Transforms Your Lifestyle copy

Crafting a Smarter Lighting Control Design


What’s the difference between a tool and a toy?

When you were young, you may have had a toy toolbox. A plastic hammer, a flimsy wrench, maybe even a screwdriver that fit into your tiny kid hand. These were fun to play with, and they may have even lead you down a specific career path later in life.

But when you got older, you probably started to realize there was a big difference between the toys and the real thing – where the toys were fun to play with, the tools were both fun and effective ways of changing the world around you.

Now, no one would ever accuse a smart lighting system of being a mere toy. But when you consider some of the advancements over the past few years in smart technology, today’s systems can do a lot to enhance your lighting control design.

In this blog, we’ll explore a big advancement in lighting control and how it can add a new layer of luxury to the living spaces in your Hinsdale, IL home or beyond. Keep reading for more.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Whole Home Audio

Where to Start With Streaming Music Throughout Your Decatur, IL Property

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that there are plenty of ways to enjoy whole home audio solutions in your Decatur, IL property. But when you’re just beginning to invest in a system, you probably have plenty of questions. This blog will help you understand what you should look for when investing in your first audio distribution system so you can get the most out of it, while leaving room to improve in the future. Read more after the jump.

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5 Hot Home Theater Design Trends for 2018

Enjoy Modern Style with Smart Function

Everyone wants a home theater. Whether you’re the world’s biggest sports fan or a dedicated movie buff, you’ve probably dreamed about it forever.

Now that it’s close to reality, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll do with the space. Will it be a themed room, based off your favorite movie? Will it be a versatile space, made for more than just watching content?

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the current home theater design trends and how you can get the most out of your entertainment. Just keep reading for more.

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A Smarter Way to Use Your Technology

How Smart Home Control Simplifies Your Lifestyle

If you’ve been following our blog, you know how your smart home can enhance just about every aspect of your technology experience.

From simplifying command of your audio video system to one-touch controls of your integrated comfort devices, smart technology helps ease many of the pain points you face and improves many of your day-to-day activities.

But how does it work? In this blog, we’ll give you an overview of the capabilities of your smart home control system. Want to learn more? Just keep reading.

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How to Choose a Home Surveillance System That Will Survive the Seasons

Selecting Cameras You Can Rely On

The basic concept of a home surveillance system is relatively simple. You install cameras in and around your North Shore, Chicago property and record events that happen throughout the day.

The purpose is obvious, too. You’re trying to ward off potential threats, or at least capture the action so you can sort it out later.

But what you might not have considered is that surveillance systems aren’t all created equal. If you want a system that will survive the harsh Illinois elements, there are some things you should look out for.

In this blog, we’ll give you some tips on choosing the right system for your property.

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How to Take Full Advantage of LED Lighting Design

Streamline the Process While Creating a Better Experience for Clients

How have you embraced the LED revolution in your projects? Everything changed with the transition from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs. LED allows for more eco-conscious homes and gives clients more elegant lighting solutions for their luxury residences.

Unfortunately, in the past embracing LED solutions was a bit cumbersome since it involved a mix of low voltage and line voltage that resulted in extended project timelines and bloated budgets. The good news: new technology lets all LED Lighting go through low-voltage wiring.

What does this mean for you when you’re designing your next home in Barrington, IL? Now you can integrate LED lighting without going over budget or schedule. LumaStream offers low-voltage solutions that make it easy to provide unique home lighting control options for your clients.

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4 Questions to Ask Before Contacting a Smart Home Company

How to Know You’re Working with the Right Technology Partner

The world of smart home automation is deceptively simple. The technology is fun to use and easy to learn, and it adds a lot of convenience to your daily life.

But the simplicity of smart technology can mislead users into thinking it’s easy to craft a fully functioning ecosystem throughout your entire Colorado Springs property.

That’s why you want to work with a smart home company you can trust. One with an established record of successful projects and ongoing success.

In this blog, we’ll show you how you can find a technology partner that will work for you for years to come.

See Also: Is This the Newest Contender in the Smart Home Automation Arena?

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Netflix Is Making a Play for Movie-Dominance. What Does it Mean for Your Home Theater?

Prepare Your Home Theater Installation for More Content Than Ever


Did you know that, back in the 1920s and 30s, there were no multiplexes? Instead, the latest films were screened in prestigious “movie palaces” – opulent destinations where moviegoers could spend entire days enjoying all the new pictures the studio had to offer.

These movie palaces were few and far between. If you lived in Central Illinois, you would likely have to travel two hours to visit a theater in Chicago or Indianapolis.

Today, that’s not the case. Mega movie theater chains appear in most cities and towns across the country, but they seem to be on the way out. Instead, people are streaming directly to their home theater installations.

And if streaming giant Netflix has anything to say about it, there’s a good chance you won’t be leaving your private cinema anytime soon. What’s Netflix doing to disrupt commercial theaters? Find out below.

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Starting Your Smart Home: Motorized Shades

Integrate Window Treatments into Your New System


If you’re new to the smart home world, you’re probably considering the devices that will offer the most benefit to your Decatur property.

But which smart automation feature is ideal for you?  Motorized shades are one of the best additions you can make to your system.

Of course, we understand you have questions. That’s why we’ve put together this blog. We want to make sure you know what you need before investing in smart shading.

Learn more after the jump.

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Can You Automate These Lighting Fixtures?

Home Lighting Control Is More Versatile Than You Think

By now you’re likely familiar with the idea of home lighting control. In fact, you can probably picture a smart home living room with integrated lighting right now.

Many modern homes feature fixtures built directly into the ceiling. Recessed lighting is popular because it minimizes clutter and offers full coverage.

But it’s not the only form of automated lighting control. In fact, smart lighting options can be as unique as your Denver home.

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the other kinds of fixtures you can enjoy with the convenience of integrated control.

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