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...
3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

Everything you as a homeowner needs to know about smart lighting solutions for your home They may not be something you think about a lot, but your home’s light fixtures play a major role in setting the mood for a room, as well as how you feel. Even if it’s just at a subconscious level, you know that darker lighting in a room puts you to sleep while bright lights wake you up. With this in mind, wouldn’t you like a system in your home to make your lights easier to manage? And wouldn’t it be great if that same system could boost your energy and help you live a healthier life? You can do all this and more with smart home lighting for your Hinsdale, IL residence. In this blog, we’ll walk you through three of the top benefits of smart lighting control. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? A HEALTHIER HOME Would you believe that lighting control systems can make a substantial health impact on homeowners? It’s true! Smart home lighting allows for more precise control of the intensity and color of your fixtures so they can be programmed to mimic the way natural light changes throughout the day. In turn, this helps you better synch up with your circadian rhythm, or your natural internal clock. The main way this works is by using tunable light fixtures. Smart lighting manufacturers like Ketra and USAI have designed lights that use “warm dimming” LEDs. This allows you to control both the intensity and color of the fixtures separately and with much greater precision. At...
3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

With lighting control, high-rise developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast can cut costs, attract potential buyers and make their buildings easier to manage From Alexa-enabled speakers to fully automated conference rooms, individuals and businesses alike are clamoring for automated devices to simplify everyday tasks and make life more comfortable. And yet, there’s one area where automation has yet to truly take off: Apartments and condominium developments. Whether it’s due to budgetary concerns, a lack of technical know-how or the fear of a complicated installation process, the reluctance to embrace automation is a missed opportunity for builders and property managers. Today we’ll be looking at one of the simplest but most effective automation technologies available for condo developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast: Lutron lighting control. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? MORE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS One of the biggest costs for any home, including condos, is utility bills. Between the costs of lighting the space, running appliances, and heating or cooling the unit, energy costs quickly become a major factor in any potential resident’s financial future. A Lutron lighting control system makes your individual units much more efficient. LED lighting is 70-80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they’re safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs. Lighting control also allows your residents to dim bulbs instead of simply having them on or off, and every percentage point of dimming results in an equivalent reduction in energy use for that light. By using sensors and automated schedules, residents will see even greater savings by ensuring lights aren’t on in areas that aren’t being used. HAPPIER, HEALTHIER...
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...
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...