3 Mistakes Builders Make with Smart Technology

3 Mistakes Builders Make with Smart Technology

Ensure You’re Installing Value-Added Solutions in Your Projects Over the past decade, smart home technology has gone from a rare upgrade to an expected feature for luxury residences. Technology helps custom builders attract better clients while differentiating themselves from their competitors. However, approaching technology the wrong way will have an adverse effect. Generic or disjointed solutions could turn future buyers away since they’ll see you’re not prepared to handle that kind of project. Reach out to Barrett’s Technology Solutions, the top smart home company in Hinsdale, IL and the greater Chicago area, who can help you best integrate technology into your projects. Along with educating you on the latest trends, we’ll partner with you directly to install state-of-the-art home automation systems in your new construction projects. Not only will you be able to add value to your projects, but you’ll be able to avoid the following common mistakes. SEE MORE: Sharing a Glimpse of the Future of Home Automation Relying on Devices vs. Experience Naturally, there’s often an instinct to just add the most popular devices to projects: lights, thermostats, locks, surveillance cameras, and more. Devices are left to function separately, with homeowners having to deal with a handful of apps to get through the day. How can you give clients an integrated smart home experience instead? Design a home automation system with the help of Barrett’s Technology Solutions that puts all their devices under one umbrella. One of our premier control system partners, Savant, offers full control from mobile apps, dedicated touchpads, voice commands and more. Leaving Technology Considerations Until the End Extensive wiring is needed when building...
Do You Want to Improve Your Music Listening Experience?

Do You Want to Improve Your Music Listening Experience?

Enjoy the Perks of a Professional Whole Home Audio Installation How do you typically play music in your home when hosting a party, doing the dishes or relaxing after work? In most cases, people listen to streaming services or digital libraries using a smartphone, wireless or Bluetooth speakers. Sometimes these do the trick, but in the long run, they come with limited quality, reach, and scalability that will leave you wanting more. Often adding more speakers helps, but this means a lot of unsightly components not blending in well with your interior décor. You can get more out of your favorite music by upgrading to one of our professional audio installations.   Using speakers from Sonance and a control solution from Savant, we can deliver the ultimate listening experience in your Hinsdale, Il home. Our whole home audio systems give you instant access to your favorite music while providing high-end sound to every corner of your space. Intuitive control of your music makes it easy to set the right mood for any activity or environment. SEE MORE: What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System? Sound That Blends with Your Décor Upgrade to high-end loudspeakers that offer exceptional sound without leaving any imprint on your home. You’ll be able to listen to your favorite music anywhere without having to worry about where you’re going to fit your speakers. Through their architectural speaker line, our partners at Sonance offer models installed flush-mounted in ceilings and walls or even speakers that are entirely invisible. Enjoy high-performance sound while the speakers always stay hidden from view. Not only that, but Sonance also offers weatherproof...
Combine Lutron Fixtures and Lighting Control in Your Home

Combine Lutron Fixtures and Lighting Control in Your Home

With their Ivalo and Ketra lines, Lutron brings their lighting expertise to bear in a new way It’s no secret that we’re fans of Lutron here at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. With their technical expertise, attention to detail and focus on creating easy-to-use systems, Lutron is the go-to brand for smart lighting control and motorized shades. But did you know Lutron also makes lighting fixtures for your home? With their Ivalo and Ketra Lines, Lutron has crafted a range of home lighting solutions that seamlessly blend elegance with functionality. Here are all the ways a Lutron lighting control system integrates these high-end fixtures to improve your Hinsdale, IL, home. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? ANY COLOR YOU LIKE We’ve written before about all the ways LED tunable lighting can improve your lifestyle, but a quick recap is in order in case you need to refresh your memory. By using warm-dimming LEDs and tunable white lights, Lutron’s Ketra fixtures give you nearly endless hues to choose from when lighting your home. Light plays a key role in how our moods change throughout the day, and Lutron lighting control lets you use light to set whatever mood you want at any time of day. Our bodies naturally follow a circadian rhythm that helps determine and regulate our mood and energy level throughout the day. Warm, soft lighting makes us relax, while white cooler and brighter colors increase our energy and focus. With these facts in mind, your Lutron lighting system can automatically alter the lighting conditions throughout your home to suit whatever you have going on...
Barrett’s Is Moving, But Our Commitment to Care Is the Same

Barrett’s Is Moving, But Our Commitment to Care Is the Same

Explore the Technology That Will Be on Display at Our New Location Big news from the team at Barrett’s Technology Solutions: We’re moving! We’ll be transitioning to our new office in Lombard over the coming months. What does this mean for you, our customers and trade partners? A more centralized location closer to downtown Chicago, the surrounding suburbs and lake home communities means quicker, more personalized service for all our clients. With brand-new technology systems on display, this new location also offers us the ideal environment to educate you on the best solutions for your space. By getting to experience the top technology on the market firsthand, you’ll be able to gauge which is the best fit. This move offers opportunities for longtime clients as well as those who may not be as familiar with us as a smart home company. Today’s blog showcases some of the things you’ll be able to explore at this experience center, whether you’re interested in home theater design, conference room technology for your business, or sprucing up your kitchen with the latest smart home technologies. SEE ALSO: 3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT Our existing and prospective customers, as well as our trade partners, will get to experience the best in smart technology at our new Lombard facility. Along with the features mentioned below, the new location will have a dedicated design office where we can best craft your next project. It will also have a rack building and testing space to ensure greater performance, reliability and quality control for all our installations. There will also be a lot of...
3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle

3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle

A smart home audio system opens new and exciting ways to enjoy music throughout your Chicago home Whether you’re cleaning your kitchen, enjoying a glass of wine after a long day or entertaining your friends, music makes your home a livelier and more enjoyable place to be. Given all the ways audio can enhance both everyday activities and special occasions, why not make it as easy as possible to listen to your audio of choice anywhere in your home? This is where whole home audio systems come into play. Using a network of speakers connected by sophisticated software, your music can follow you around your home with ease. There are additional benefits as well. Want to know more about whole home audio for your Chicago home? Keep reading. SEE ALSO: 3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System CONTINUOUS ENTERTAINMENT Switching among multiple home audio sources is often inconvenient. Having multiple audio sources often means you’re also switching between different remotes. Whole home audio systems resolve these issues by streamlining your various audio sources under the control of one device. You’re no longer bound to one room when you use whole home audio. Your central control switch may be in your media room or home theater, but you can connect speakers to that switch from anywhere using a wireless or hard-wired connection. Now your music seamlessly follows you from room to room. For more variety in your audio offerings, we can design your whole home audio system to include multiple zones. With multiple audio zones, you can enjoy different audio in each of those areas. No more fighting among family...
Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

No need to leave your home to see the best blockbusters – bring the best experience to your Chicago home Summer movie season is here, and that means it’s time for the studios to show off their biggest, baddest, most awe-inspiring movies. In years past you had to trek to your local movie theater, wait in line, and sit through commercials just to enjoy the best possible visuals and sound, but no longer. With a professionally installed home theater system for your Chicago home, you can bring the best elements of the cinema to you instead of needing to brave the multiplex. It’s easier than you might think, and we can walk you through everything you need.  Here are 3 elements that make your at-home movie-going experience superior. SEE ALSO: 3 Trends to Enhance Your Home Theater Design and Technology   YOUR SCREEN If you’re going to build a home theater, the place to start is your display. And what puts the “theater” in home theater better than a projection screen? One advantage of using a projector is that you can get a much bigger screen for much cheaper than you would for a TV of the same size. This makes screen sizes of 100 inches or even larger reasonably affordable. For the best picture quality, you’ll want a screen with 4K resolution and High-Dynamic Range imaging, or HDR. HDR gives you a broader, more vibrant range of colors than regular 4K, creating greater color contrast and more lifelike images. The increased resolution helps with motion blur and gives you sharp, lifelike images on screen. One important thing to...