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Lighting Control Options by Lutron

Until about 10 years ago, lighting was simple. You screwed in a bulb and switched it on or off. Today, this experience is dramatically different.

Investing in smart lighting technology for your home is no longer a should-do, it’s a must-have. Why? Lighting is critical to everything you do inside of your home, from waking and sleeping to dining and entertaining.

With smart lighting you can:
– Program intuitive lighting scenes based on how and when you use a space
– Control energy costs with automated fixtures
– Highlight your home’s architecture, artwork and design
– Mimic the sun’s natural light patterns indoors
– Enjoy the mood and productivity-boosting effects of different light temperatures
– Increase security while you’re away

 

Why We Work With Lutron

There are a lot of choices on the market for smart lighting. At Residential Systems Inc., we have chosen to work with Lutron because of their robust platform of leading-edge products that fit into homes of any size and meet most budgets.

 

The Home Technology Revolution: Personalized Lighting

As pioneers of innovation, Lutron recently added personalized lighting options for residential applications, giving homeowners the ability to customize their lighting like never before.

This revolutionary technology makes it possible to wake up with bright, energizing cool light and end the day with warmer tones to reaffirm your body’s circadian rhythm for a better night’s sleep.

Personalized lighting can also create exciting scenes with color saturation— illuminate your home with the colors of your favorite sports team, or add a festive splash of color to your holiday decorations. The possibilities are virtually endless.

 

Don’t Forget Shades

You can’t control the light in the home without controlling the greatest light source of them all, the sun. Uncontrolled daylight causes glare, fades surfaces, and increases the temperature within the home. By adding automated shades into your lighting control strategy, you can create the exact desired look and feel inside your home, at any time during the day.

 

Complex Systems Made Simple With Expert Integration

Most of these new systems are centered around LED technology embedded in the fixture, which has changed the game not just for performance, but also for installation and integration.

These complex systems are made simple and user-friendly when you use a trusted integrator like Residential Systems Inc. We understand the intricate infrastructure needed to wire a home for emerging technologies, and provide the quickest and easiest way to bring these new technologies home. It’s also advisable to combine your integrator with an experienced lighting designer and a good electrician to maximize the benefits.

 

A Worthy Investment

Despite the increased complexity of the installation process, smart lighting solutions are less expensive than you think. And, the investment is well worth the upfront cost. You will be able to use it for the next 20+ years with periodic upgrades to the system.

Which features are on your must-have list? Use this chart to see which lighting solution will fit your needs.

Let’s Talk About Sonos DIY Installation vs. The Professionals

Music lovers listen up! We’re going to tell you a little bit about Sonos, one of the world’s leading smart speaker, sound, and music streaming systems.

You have probably heard about this incredible smart speaker system that can stream music in any room, or every room, and gives you control of all of the music in the world, with one app. Even more, the Sonos speaker system provides clear, immersive sound like you have never heard before.

What do we mean by all the music in the world? Enjoy your personal library, as well as all of your favorite services like Pandora, Spotify, siriusXM, Apple Music, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and more. Play digital music from up to 16 PC, Macs, phones, tablets, and even storage devices on your home network.

 

Sonos Lifestyle

Now, let’s talk about installation. There is a lot of content out there about DIY installation vs. having a professional come in and configure your system for you. The bottom line? You always want a professional. Not convinced? Keep reading.


Installation

Though Sonos DIY installation is possible, working with a professional installer is the best way to make sure you get the most out of your system. Professional installers can make sure your speakers are hidden from view so they don’t take up precious counter space. We will also set up your system for proper amplification, giving you the sound quality you have been dreaming of. This can’t be achieved through DIY installation unless you really know what you are doing.


Sonos Works With Other Devices

 

The beauty of home technology is the ability for different devices to talk to each other. Sonos can sync with different smart home systems such as Savant and Control4. A professional can add a Sonos Connect to an existing whole house sound or automated system. This can open up a wide range of streaming content with only one additional device. We’ll make sure everything is connected to the wireless network so you worry less about connectivity and more on which song you’re going to enjoy next.


Wired vs. Wireless Streaming

 

 

Wireless isn’t always the best option. Signals can cut in and out making your system not work properly. As professional integrators, we know how to design and wire sound systems while keeping the aesthetics of your home’s design.


We’ll Walk You Through It

Sonos LifestyleThe streaming content world is a crowded space with many options and services to navigate. Once your system is in place, we can can give you easy system training and support. Working with a professional will give you a better understanding of what is available plus the pros and cons of different services, such as free vs. paid music streaming.

Sonos does provide a good support department, but you’ll benefit from an integrator walking you through your new system. We want you to have a thorough understanding of your audio setup so you feel comfortable navigating through your music.

If you’re considering installing a Sonos whole home audio system. Give us a call for a free in-home consultation, 303-277-9983.