Go Green With Lighting And Shading Control For Your Carmel, IN Home

Go Green With Lighting And Shading Control For Your Carmel, IN Home

Help the planet (and your wallet) by integrating lighting and shading control into your home or business. With Earth Day having just past, the reminder of the delicacy of our planet and our abundance of options to moving forward a more green and eco-friendly life is more present now than any other time of the year. Turning your Carmel, IN residence into a more eco-friendly home has become easier than ever with large manufacturers like Control4 and Lutron offering lighting and shading control. Today, we’ll touch upon a few ways that you can give back to the planet while keeping life comfortable and convenient simply through smart home automation. Keep reading for more!   SEE ALSO: 3 Benefits of Adding Lighting and Shading Control to Your Indiana Home   When it comes to lighting and shading control, Lutron’s primary goal is to promote energy efficiency into each smart automated home or commercial business. As a lighting manufacturer that has been around for over 50 years, Lutron provides different options such as automated shade systems, dimmers, and wireless occupancy sensors along with whole home and whole building light management systems. When you unite a power house like Lutron and control genius like Conrol4, you’ll get to use a reliable and beneficial smart home for years to come.   How can I keep my home safe while saving energy? We have many options to keep your home safe. Use the “Away” feature to make your house look lived-in; the lights will turn on and off at varying times to make it appear occupied. Instead of keeping all your lights on as a...
Lighting Controls Unplugged

Lighting Controls Unplugged

Dimmed lights save money and create ambiance The Benefits and Beauty of Lighting Controls There is a variety of lighting control solutions to choose from that can easily be customized to fit your needs, lifestyle and budget. Thanks to today’s technology, lighting control can start with basic dimming and switching and eventually be integrated into a full home automation solution to work in conjunction with automated shades, security and a home entertainment system. Whichever type of lighting control solution you choose, it will save you money by reducing energy usage.  Here are a few reasons why now is the perfect time to explore the benefits of lighting controls. Beautify Your Home With A Painless Facelift Most walls in your home probably have more than one lighting switch. With today’s lighting controls, such as the line from a leading company like Lutron, you can replace all of those with one keypad.  These keypads include several buttons to control lighting not only in that room, but others as well.   Today’s keypads and dimmers come in a variety of options –  including size, color and styles – that are designed to complement the décor of any room. Control every light with an easy-to-use app Convenient Control For the ultimate in convenience and security, many of today’s lighting systems can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet, via a clean and intuitive interface. You can also control outdoor and landscape lighting from the comfort and safety of your home. Remote lighting controls are especially handy for second homes. Whatever house you’re going to, arrive to one that has the right lighting at the...
Sonance’s New Discreet Opening Architectural Speakers Are Deceptively Awesome

Sonance’s New Discreet Opening Architectural Speakers Are Deceptively Awesome

Compactness almost always comes with compromises. I love theSmart Car, for example, especially for its ability to park perpendicularly in a parallel parking spot, but let’s face it: the Smart isn’t exactly a luxury automobile, nor a high-performance one at that. The reason I mention this is because when I walked into Dana Innovations’ booth at this year’s CEDIA Expo and saw the new Sonance “Discreet Opening System” Architectural Series speakers, I dug the concept: a tiny four-inch flush-mount round or square grille designed to match the look of trim-less downlights, housing surprisingly powerful little speakers meant to be seen and never heard. What’s not to love about that? What I didn’t expect, though, was for them to sound absolutely incredible. After all, there’s only so much sound you can squeeze through a four-inch hole, right? Or so I thought. That was before I stepped around the corner and heard Sonance’s demo of the system, which even on the noisy CEDIA show floor sounded spectacular.   Some of that is certainly attributable to the design of the speakers themselves, which feature ceramic dome tweeters and high-excursion carbon-fiber and Rohacell laminated woofers. Some of it also comes from the fact that Sonance has managed to pack a subwoofer into the exact same four-inch opening, by way of a beefy box that hides away in the attic and ports out to the ceiling via a flexible tube, not entirely unlike the exhaust hose for your clothes dryer (although certainly made of much sturdier stuff). The combined effect of the BPS6 Bandpass Subwoofer plus four of the AS38RS two-way satellitesspeakers is kinda magical—so much so...
How to Choose the Best Home Automation System

How to Choose the Best Home Automation System

Today’s Home Automation Systems Fit A Range of Needs and Budgets A properly installed home system blends in seamlessly. Home automation is the next frontier for many homeowners. A few years ago, most of the systems on the market were difficult to use, expensive and designed mainly for very large homes. But today’s systems are much easier to operate, cost effective and can be designed to control a home entertainment system or the electronic components of an entire home. Through a smartphone, you can remotely control your home from anywhere and decrease home energy costs while doing so. Flexibility The main feature you’ll want in a home automation system is flexibility. Higher-end systems are designed to work seamlessly with most of the major electronics you own – home theater, surveillance cameras, security, climate control systems, appliances and more – and are constantly updated to work with new components. Robust automation systems, from companies such as Savant, produce apps with elegant interfaces that can be accessed over a smartphone or tablet. Home automation solutions from Lutron, for example, work well with security systems from a variety of manufacturers to tightly integrate automation features with systems you might already own.   Control Homeowners install automation systems for a variety of reasons, but most of them are based on convenience and cost savings. Homeowners can save money by adjusting the temperature of their homes, remotely control lights, activate home security, and other uses. It pays to install a high-end system. Those on the low end tend to cut corners by leaving out the more granular control needed to optimize the most important...

Digitech Attends CEDIA EXPO 2011 in Indianapolis

Digitech Custom just returned from CEDIA EXPO 2011, an annual tradeshow for the residential electronic systems industry, held this year in nearby Indianapolis. And we’re happy to report we saw some very compelling products while there! The conference featured many of the brands and products we use everyday in our home theater installations and audio/visual solutions. We stopped by several of their booths including Sony, Crestron, Control4, Lutron and JVC to see the latest and greatest products they’ll be offering in the near future—and we were pretty impressed. One of the new products that really caught our eye is Lutron’s Battery-Powered Shades. While Lutron is generally regarded as an expensive provider of motorized shades, these new battery-powered shades are moderately priced, beginning at just $299. We think these shades will be the perfect finishing touch for any home theater. Other new home theater products and topics from CEDIA EXPO 2011 –    New CinemaScape update from Kaleidescape –    Sony and JVC unveil new 4K resolution Home Theater Projectors –    Control4 revealed a host of new products –    Creston’s digital media trade program –    APC’s network controlled surge Digitech Custom also mingled with some new companies as we walked the tradeshow floor and we can’t wait to introduce some of their products and technologies soon—it will be worth the wait, we promise! But the conference wasn’t all work and no play. At the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Banquet on the final evening of the event, attendees were treated to a special performance by Alizma, a group featured on the hit reality competition show, “America’s Got Talent.” Overall, we’re very excited about...