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Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature?

Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature?

Learn The Benefits Of Motorized Blinds For Your Hinsdale Home At our Technology & Design Expo in July, representatives from the smart lighting company Lutron explained to visitors about motorized blinds and shades that are taking the smart home industry by storm, rapidly growing in popularity in residential markets after becoming a fixture of commercial spaces. Offices, stores, and restaurants have been taking advantage of motorized window treatments for years, and Barrett’s is proud to partner with Lutron to bring smooth, whisper-quiet blinds and shades to homeowners in Hinsdale and the greater Chicagoland area. Why has this smart home device seen such a popularity boost in recent years? Because it hits three critical aspects of automated technology: beauty, comfort, and convenience. Keep reading to learn why motorized blinds and shades are a must-have technology for your Hinsdale smart home. SEE ALSO: Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades Enhance Your Home’s Design Much of your home’s atmosphere comes from the lighting, and motorized blinds and shades give you more control of your home’s appearance by regulating how much natural light enters your space. Program your window treatments to automatically adjust throughout the day to match the sun’s movement, or set specific scenes that reposition your shades and change your smart lighting configuration at the same time. The treatments themselves are elegant and fully customizable to match the décor of your home, and there’s a wow factor when you pull out your smartphone and push a button to have all of your blinds change their position simultaneously. Because you have such precise control, you can get creative with how... read more
Discover The Wonders Of A Smart Home Theater

Discover The Wonders Of A Smart Home Theater

Incorporate Smart Technology In Your Home Theater Installation When planning for a dedicated home theater, most homeowners think about the most obvious components first: audio, video, and seating. This makes a lot of sense because these components play the most significant parts in your viewing experience, but there’s much more to consider for a home theater installation. Smart home technology has made it easier than ever to replicate the theater experience by eliminating the hassles of setting up your space, and in many instances, it makes your home theater superior to your local multiplex. Keep reading to learn about three different smart technologies that help you make the most of your Chicago home theater installation. SEE ALSO: Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know Smart Lighting A key moment in the theater experience is when the lights go down and the audience sits in anticipation for the movie begin. It’s when everyone’s attention shifts away from their phones or the person sitting next to them and they focus on the screen. It’s hard to capture this moment by flipping a light switch, but with smart lighting control, you can program your lights to dim at the specific time the movie begins. If you need to make any lighting adjustments, all you have to do is open your smart home control app to gain instant access to your fixtures, and you have a variety of options to create the exact lighting configuration you need. Media Distribution You’ve outfitted your dedicated home theater with 4K video and Dolby Atmos surround sound, but how are you playing your media? With... read more
Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?

Builders: Are You Prepared for Your Smart Home Projects?

Enhance Your Hinsdale Projects With Smart Home Automation You’re building a new home in Hinsdale, and your client wants a comprehensive smart home automation system. They want to include high-performance multi-room audio video, smart lighting, climate control, motorized shades, and a security system with cameras, sensors, and automated locks. These devices demand particular skills to operate without hiccups or headaches for the end user, and can complicate residential project for trade professionals that don’t specialize in technology integration. A smart home company like Barrett’s Technology Solutions offers a variety of options for builders, so that we can handle all of the technology components while you focus on detail of the project. An improper installation can make a negative impression on your client, so we go above and beyond to ensure that every aspect of a smart home system is meticulously designed, installed, and programmed. Keep reading to learn how working with a smart home company makes it easier to bring smart home automation to your residential projects in Hinsdale, Naperville, and the greater Chicagoland area. SEE MORE: Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions Communication and Collaboration Automated technology adds value to a home, and starting a new construction with smart technology in mind prevents homeowners from having to worry about a challenging retrofit installation down the line. Smart homes integrate electronic systems into the overall design, which means that plans need to account for the structured wiring and equipment areas needed to make these systems function correctly. Playing this by ear is how costly mistakes are made, and preparation is how you guarantee success. Builders don’t... read more
What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

Enrich Your Lincoln Park Home with High-End Audio from Meridian When it comes to high-end audio, Meridian has an exceptional reputation as the manufacturer of sophisticated, impeccably designed loudspeakers that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the ear. At our recent Technology & Design Expo, we used Meridian loudspeakers to fill the Pella showroom in the Merchandise Mart with sound, and it was remarkable how much power and clarity two loudspeakers could deliver. That showroom is probably much larger than any room in your Lincoln Park home or condominium, so imagine how much more full your music, TV shows, and movies would sound with Meridian loudspeakers enveloping you in an exceptional auditory experience. Keep reading to find out why Meridian is one of our trusted brand partners for high-end audio systems. SEE ALSO: Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo Advanced Technology Creates Lifelike Sound Digital Signal Processing is at the core of Meridian’s technology, allowing for precise reproduction of audio signals that eliminates the inevitable noise and degradation of analog circuitry. Amplifiers and DACs are traditionally separate components connected to the speakers through cables, but Meridian brings all of these elements together to keep sound in its pure digital form for as long as possible. Enhanced Bass Alignment digitally realigns the bass to remove sound blur, and turns the usual left/right stereo setup into an immersive 3D soundstage that will have you hearing new details in your favorite tracks. You’ll feel like you’re sitting right in the studio with the musicians, and the best way to truly understand the difference is to experience... read more
How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill?

How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill?

Lutron Helps Minimize Your Hinsdale Home’s Carbon Footprint. Your energy bill is only getting bigger as your Hinsdale home gains new devices that are consistently using electricity, so if there’s a piece of smart technology that can help you save on your power usage each month, you want it for your house. Lights are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to energy usage, but with Lutron lighting control, you can make home-wide adjustments that conserve electricity. Read on to learn how Lutron smart lighting can help you lower your utility spending and improve the functionality of your home.

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What Is the Right Media Room Design for Your Home?

What Is the Right Media Room Design for Your Home?

The end of the Chicago summer means you’re about to spend much more time indoors, and a media room helps you get the most out of your indoor entertainment. Whether you’re excited about the return of professional football, the latest Netflix show, or a new video game, you should have a space that is customized to meet the viewing needs of everyone in your household. Barrett’s Technology Solutions specializes in media room design that provides maximum functionality without losing any visual appeal, and your vision for your home guides how we work. We aim to create a space so inviting that you’ll want to spend hours at a time in it, and you’ll thank us for it when the temperature drops. Keep reading to learn about the media room designs we recommend for different types of viewers.

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What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

We live in a musical world. The rise of streaming services makes it easier than ever to access nearly any song at any time, and music is now an essential part of how we move through the day and engage with our environment. Given how important music is in your daily routine, you want a sound system for your home that delivers high-performance audio in any room with the push of a button.

A multi-room music system from Barrett’s Technology Solutions brings all of your audio sources together in a single control interface. Want to play classic rock in the kitchen, jazz in the living room, and top 40 hits on the back porch? Set the music for each zone by accessing streaming services and your home’s own media server from the same app. It takes seconds to change the volume, and you can adjust each speaker if you want to enhance your soundscape.

Read on to learn how Barrett’s creates multi-room music systems customized to bring the best audio to Chicago homes.

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Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

In a stunning showroom overlooking the Chicago River, the CEO of Leon Speakers paints a portrait of Chicago jazz legend Buddy Guy. Smart home installers, interior designers, and technology professionals sip margaritas while chatting over Big Star tacos, sharing details about their industries and learning how they can all benefit from recent advances in their respective fields.

A raffle is being held benefiting Almost Home Kids, a transition home for kids with traumatic medical experiences, and two guests will walk away with the one-of-a-kind Buddy Guy painting and an iPad dock from TRUFIG. The atmosphere inside Merchandise Mart’s Pella Crafted Luxury showroom is relaxed, friendly, and interactive, with different smart technology manufacturers setting up their products in the rooms surrounding a communal space for food, drink, and presentations later in the afternoon.

Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ Technology & Design Expo was a first in our 52-year history, and the success of our their event on July 25th has highlighted the need for an annual showcase of how technology and design should work together. Wish you were there? Read on for a recap of the event to whet your appetite for the next expo.

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Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

A successful home theater is about far more than having the latest 4K Ultra HD projector or the right seats to fit the theater theme. In order to create a theater that immerses the viewer in each film, it all starts with the architect.

Size, shape, layout…the initial plans of a home theater lay the groundwork for the final product. So if you’re an architect in the Chicago, Illinois area, we invite you to read over these tricks of the trade to make your next home theater installation a success.

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Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

If you’re looking for that next upgrade for your home to make it look more stunning and luxurious, look no further than your windows – or rather, what’s hanging in front of them. Window treatments can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. Changing up that one element can go a long way toward making your home feel fresh and new.

It’s also the perfect time to explore the possibilities of leveraging smart technology with your window treatments. Motorized blinds and shades offer many advantages, from convenience to energy savings, but their biggest value lies in their ability to make your Gold Coast home more beautiful. Keep reading to learn how.

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