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Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

Barrett’s Technology Soltuions helps building professionals in the Chicago area design and install outdoor audio/video systems that will wow clients every time As you probably know by now, today’s discerning homeowners view smart home technology as a must-have feature instead of a nice addition. If you’re an architect, designer or interior decorator and you aren’t including home automation systems in your projects, you’re missing out on a substantial revenue source. With summer approaching, homeowners want to enhance their outdoor spaced with smart technology. It’s easy to see why; outdoor audio and video systems help people relax and have more fun in their yards. But setting up outdoor audio and video requires specialized training, knowledge and a set of skills most electricians or contractors don’t have. That’s why you want an expert technology integrator like Barrett’s by your side for your next project. Today we’ll walk you through all the reasons you should bring us on for any upcoming outdoor audio/video projects you have in Chicago. SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide SAVE TIME AND MONEY No matter how large or complex your outdoor A/V project is, you want to avoid costly last-minute changes. You don’t want to dig up speakers, rewire a TV or move some critical component because some minute detail was overlooked in the planning stages. You can avoid these potential pitfalls by working with us as soon as possible on a project. This way, we work with you to achieve your customers’ vision while minimizing the chance of errors from the get-go. We’re well versed in the technical hurdles involved in outdoor A/V projects,...
Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Design for Chicago Smart Home Installers   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.   SEE MORE: Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions   Retailers Spotlight Their Latest Innovations Representatives from CinemaTech, Leon, Lutron, Meridian, Millson, Salamander, Savant, Séura, Sonance, Sony, and TRUFIG showed off their most recent innovations, giving guests the opportunity to experience these sophisticated smart home and business solutions first-hand. Sink into a luxurious CinemaTech home theater recliner, try out...
What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

Smart Home Control Gives You Complete Command of Your Home   We’ve written some in-depth blogs in the past about various topics like specific manufacturers, home networking, and health benefits of lighting control. Just as important as these specific topics, though, is a high-level view of what exactly smart home control is capable of and what it means for your Chicago home. In this blog, we’ll look at some basic features and benefits of smart home control to give you an idea of the possibilities. Just keep reading to find out what those are.   See Also: Savant Home Automation: Power at Your Fingertips     Control  Smart home control is exactly as it sounds: complete control and management of your home and its technology. The defining feature of a smart home is the connectedness between technology and the living space. Your lights, motorized shades, and audio/video are all associated, so they can function either in sync or separately. This is where control comes in. To go from room to room manually adjusting each piece would be a great hassle. Imagine coming home from a long day at work and walking around your entire property to close the shades one room at a time, adjust the lights, and set the alarm. Then imagine doing it all over again in the morning. With smart home control, you manage all of this from one location. You can sync your devices to work with one another on a schedule, but you won’t be limited to it. Your home will also obey your commands from a single source, like your smart phone.  Say...
Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System

Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System

Set Up Your Smart System for Success   Smart technology is a brilliant addition to your home. It adds convenience to your life, allows you to adjust the mood of a room with just a few taps, and can make your home safer. In order to fully see all of these benefits, though, one piece of your system cannot be overlooked: proper home networking. It’s the key that allows your devices and systems to all perform at their best. In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of home networking to keep your system (and your house) running smoothly. See Also: Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?   To understand why a home network is so important, let’s dive further into its different elements.   Bandwidth Think of bandwidth as a highway. Nobody likes sitting in traffic, which is something that we’re reminded of every time we venture into Chicago from our Naperville office. The more lanes available on a road, the less likely that traffic will become congested. Just like a highway, your home network’s bandwidth should have enough “lanes” to handle all of the activity amongst your technology. So which devices and activities use bandwidth in your network? A few examples include: Surveillance cameras Streaming videos and music — on mobile devices, computers, or multiple TVs throughout the home Playing video games Accessing the internet to search the web Controlling your technology so that it all works in sync So, let’s say that in your family, one person is watching the big game in the media room. Someone else is streaming music while doing his or her...
The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

Enhance the Look and Feel of Homes with Luxury Smart Technology In our last blog on smart home design, we outlined some helpful tips for Illinois interior designers, custom home builders, and homeowners on how technology can enhance the look and feel of each room. But both high-end technology and interior design are constantly evolving, so we’re back again. This time, we’re focusing on three technology trends that have been hitting it big in the Naperville area of late. 1. Staged Lighting for All Occasions From setting the right mood to highlighting specific artwork or architectural features, there’s no denying that lighting plays a big role in staging homes. But there are a few key problems with the standard process of staged lighting: It takes time and effort to create the perfect lighting environment Turning on lamps, adjusting the positioning of light fixtures, and dimming certain bulbs is not a quick and simple process. Most rooms need different lighting for different activities The lighting setup in a living room that is ideal for a cocktail party with friends is completely different from the lighting needed for enjoying a movie. Here’s where smart home technology comes in. You can upgrade the property with smart lighting control that lets you set up “scenes” for certain occasions. Instead of having to walk throughout the room turning on lamps or adjusting dimmable bulbs, one button press creates the perfect environment for entertaining, relaxing, movie-watching, and more. 2. Motorized Shades Window treatments are an excellent way to add texture and pattern to a room, but they are often at odds with the beauty of...