3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients. But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project. SEE ALSO: Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner with Barrett’s? OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONTROL Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long. With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic. These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree. HOME ENTRY SYSTEM If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business...
Does Your Lighting System Make Your Life More Luxurious?

Does Your Lighting System Make Your Life More Luxurious?

Experience the Benefits of Lutron Lighting Control   Do you ever feel like you are spending far too much time changing your environment to better fit your needs? Between sharing meals, enjoying movies and books, helping children with homework, and any number of hobbies, your family is always using your home in new ways. You deserve technology that not only understands your needs, but also responds to them. Specifically, your lighting system has the power to impact your whole home, and one particular feature allows you to truly utilize it to its best potential. Smart control — more precisely, Lutron lighting control — saves you time and sets up a more enjoyable environment for your day-to-day life in Burr Ridge.   See Also: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology     Create Lighting Scenes A Lutron lighting control system allows you to do more than just turn the lights on and off at various brightness levels or colors. Control takes it a step further. You can create customized “scenes,” which are predetermined settings tailored to your needs and preferences. For example, you might create a scene with the perfect environment for reading, so you don’t strain your eyes. You’ll then have access to that scene with the push of a button, so you won’t need to spend time adjusting the lights to enjoy your favorite book. The benefits aren’t limited to one space at a time, either. Rather than walking from room to room and manually adjusting every light throughout the day or evening, you can set your system to remember your preferences for each time...
Use Motorized Blinds and Shades to Improve Your Health

Use Motorized Blinds and Shades to Improve Your Health

Smart Technology Improves Your Wellbeing   You may already know that smart technology has many benefits: enhanced aesthetics, control, and luxury. But did you know that it can improve your health as well? Adding motorized blinds and shades to your Naperville home can help you get a better night’s sleep, provide valuable peace of mind, and support a healthy routine. See Also: 3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home   Lighting & Sleep Getting adequate sleep is essential to your health and your general productivity. It’s not just about getting enough hours, but also getting the right quality sleep. You should prepare your environment to ensure your night is uninterrupted and you can sleep comfortably. Get ready by dimming the lights in the evening and closing the shades early on to block out any outside light (and also to get some privacy).   Peace of Mind & Control One option for your motorized shades and blinds allows you to see outside without others seeing in. You’ll enjoy peace of mind in feeling safe and knowing that you have privacy in your home. Later, close the blackout shades for a completely dark room – essential for your body to recognize that it’s time for sleep. With motorized shades, control is in your hands. This means that if you’re already comfortable in bed, you don’t have to get up to manually close the shades. Instead, simply press a button on your smart device and watch them close as the room darkens. Any number of light sources can interfere with your sleep patterns, like street lights, other homes, and your...