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Imagine walking into your living room, bowl of popcorn in hand, and telling Alexa to “dim the lights, turn up the sound, and play ESPN.” Just a decade ago this possibility was reserved only for superheroes and billionaires, but today, smart home technology makes it not only possible, but practical and affordable to upgrade your home’s IQ.
A smart home device uses WiFi to connect with other devices around the household. Together with smart hubs and virtual assistants, these devices make up a smart home ecosystem, in which you can automate a series of actions using voice commands.
The living room is an ideal space to start building a home theater, since most modern TVs, stereos, and entertainment devices are already WiFi-enabled. Whether you have a vision of hosting game days with friends, bonding over family movie nights, or simply enjoying Netflix from the comfort of your home, smart tech will take your home theater system to a new level. We’ll cover the main options for smart hubs, the latest audio/visual devices on the market, and explain how to sync them to work together seamlessly.
A Smart Home Installation Doesn’t Mean the Detriment of Your Property’s Style
TAGS: Control4 | Landscape Speakers | Motorized Shades | QMotion | Rockustics
It’s a common misconception that smart technology hinders a property’s interior and exterior design. Many homeowners and designers still think a beautiful home and a future-forward smart home are mutually exclusive.
So, we’re here to set the record straight: Not only are today’s smart home installations perfectly fitting for any type of home design, but certain solutions can even add to your property’s style. Read below for three smart home technologies you can be sure will boost the fengshui inside and outside your Buffalo, NY home.
Your Residential Lighting Control Upgrade Made Easy
TAGS: Control4 | Smart Lighting Control | Wireless Lighting Solutions
Smart lighting control is not just a utility. It’s an aesthetic used to create ideal experiences for family and guests at your home. With the unparalleled convenience of one-touch controls and integrated scenes, it’s no wonder smart lighting control is making its way into new-construction projects at a growing rate.
But what if you’re looking to make a smart lighting upgrade in your Orchard Park, NY home that’s already built and lived in? Such a task would require tearing into your walls, rewiring all your lighting, and spending loads of cash on an extensive retrofit project, right? Think again!
Control4’s wireless residential lighting control solutions make it easy to upgrade your lighting control system without the hassle of gutting your home in the process. Keep reading to learn about Control4’s cost-effective wireless lighting control solutions below.
Turn a So-So Media Room Design into a Jaw-Dropping Experience
TAGS: Ambient Light Rejecting | Home Media Room | Motorized Shades | Projector Screens | QMotion | Tunable LED Lighting
There’s a lot of good to be said about home media rooms. Compared to home theaters, media rooms provide more flexibility for social events, from chatting with friends during the big Sabres game to hosting a movie night with family. To put it simply, media rooms are more practical for those who want to do more than just sit in a quiet, dark environment and watch films.
But because of their more “general-purpose” design, media rooms can lack the proper essentials needed for that jaw-dropping movie experience. So, how can you have your cake and eat it, too? Keep reading to learn about three media room design essentials that will turn any so-so media room in the Amherst, New York area into one that’s movie-buff approved.