Home Lighting Control Systems Create Happier Holidays

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the holidays are just getting started. Now that more festive dinners and family get-togethers are in your future, it’s time to start making that party prep list and checking it twice.

But before you get overwhelmed, take a look at how a home lighting control system can relieve some of the seasonal stress and create some of the best holiday parties you’ve ever hosted in your Clyde Hill, Washington home. Keep reading to learn four ways lighting control will make your holidays brighter.

SEE ALSO: What to Expect with Smart Lighting Control

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Product Review: LumaStream LED Lighting Design System

Product Review: LumaStream LED Lighting Design System

If you are a regular reader of our monthly blog posts, you’ll know that we often partner with interior designers to provide technology that improves the overall look and feel of each home. One of the most popular smart home design technologies is lighting control, where interior designers can create the perfect lighting for each room, then save those settings for easy use by homeowners on a regular basis.

We’ve talked high level about how lighting control can benefit interior designers throughout Bellevue and the greater Washington area, but today we’d like to get a little more specific and talk about our favorite product for bringing each room’s lighting to life: LumaStream. 

LumaStream is an LED lighting design system that provides a solid foundation for more energy-efficient, beautiful lighting in homes. 

Here’s why we love it:

Even More Energy Efficiency

Led light bulbs are far more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but LumaStream takes things one step further by addressing energy waste that occurs when converting line voltage AC power to low voltage DC power. The current conversion process has a lot of lost power, which results in excess heat.

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How to Get Started with Smart Home Technology

How to Get Started with Smart Home Technology

Many Washington residents dream of living in a smart home one day, but that dream is often of a Jetsons-style future where we’re all traveling via flying cars and robots are making our meals. The reality is that while robot cooks and flying cars aren’t available just yet, you can have a fully automated smart home today. If you’re just now dipping your toes into the possibilities for smart home technology, then keep reading to learn about the most popular starting points.

Most Popular Smart Upgrades

There are tons of things you can make smarter throughout your home, but some options are far more popular than others. Here are the smart upgrades that are taking Seattle by storm:

  • Lighting Control: Say goodbye to the standard light switch. With home lighting control, you can turn the lights on and off via phone, tablet, or voice. You can also use the smart technology to dim lights to just the right brightness for specific activities and connect the light fixtures to other devices throughout the home (like the window shades or security system).
  • Motorized Blinds and Shades: Cut down on solar heat gain with window shades that open and close automatically. You can set the shades to adjust at certain times each day or based on occupancy or the amount of sunlight in the room. And with a single push of a button, you can control whether the shades are opened or closed throughout your home.
  • Connected Audio and Video: From the same app that controls the lights, shades, etc., you can also reach all of your home entertainment. Control TVs, multi-room audio systems, home theater systems, and more. Using your smartphone, you could turn on a TV in a specific room (or multiple rooms at once), pick out a movie to watch, and start playing it. Or how about pushing a single button to start playing your “party” playlist throughout your entire home?
  • Smart Home Security: Ditch the standard lock and key setup for a smart security system that keeps your home protected at all times. You could get smart door locks that allow you to unlock or lock entryways remotely. Pull up real-time, high-definition surveillance footage on your phone whenever you’d like. And get notified whenever there’s an issue with your home, whether it be a fire in the kitchen or a garage door left open.
  • Climate Control: Get the perfect temperature in every room of your home with a smart thermostat. You can adjust the temperature remotely, set climate schedules, and include the thermostat in smart “scenes” that adjust all of your home’s smart technology settings at the push of a single button. It helps save a lot of energy while increasing comfort.


How to Control the System

One thing that sets full smart home automation apart from “a home with smart devices” is that the entire system is connected as one cohesive platform. You don’t have to open up 15 different apps if you want to adjust the technology throughout your home. Instead, preset scenes can create the perfect environment with a single voice command or press of a button.

In order to achieve that one-touch control, you need the right platform. Our recommendation goes to Control4. It’s a user-friendly, powerful system that can do just about anything you want. As Seattle’s top Control4 dealer, we can confidently say that you’ll be happy with the reliability and ease of use that you get through Control4.

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An Effortless Way to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

An Effortless Way to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Seattle, Washington is often considered to be one of the most eco-friendly cities in the country, with green initiatives to save energy and promote sustainability. If you’re seeking easy ways to lower your carbon footprint in your Seattle or Bellevue area home, then consider this simple solution: motorized blinds. Typically, technology is thought of as a contributor to the growing need for sustainability efforts, but when used correctly, it can be used for good. Keep reading to learn how.

Give Your HVAC Unit a Break

During the winter, windows are a primary leaching point for heat. Your HVAC unit is probably working overtime to try to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, but glass is notoriously bad at holding in heat, so it slowly leaks out through the windows. However, by adding window blinds or shades, you can significantly reduce the amount of heat that leaves your home, which will in turn give your heating system a break. Certain window solutions like honeycomb shades are designed to create warm air pockets and form a barrier between the room and the glass.

But what about summer? While Washington isn’t as sunny as California or Florida, it still gets enough warm days to make solar heat gain a concern. Basically, as the sun shines down on your home, large windows serve as conductors for the heat. The sun’s rays essentially bake your home, causing the temperature to rise in window-heavy areas. This is turn causes your air conditioning to kick in and constantly run to try to keep that room cool. Here, too, motorized blinds can be of use.

Smart sensors in the room keep track of lighting and temperature levels. When the sun’s warmth goes over a certain threshold, the motorized blinds will automatically lower to block out the heat. That way, your air conditioner doesn’t have to kick in.

Put Smart Sensors to Work

On the other hand, the sun’s rays aren’t necessarily a bad thing. You can take advantage of natural light throughout the day instead of relying on your home’s artificial lighting. Using the same smart sensors that are monitoring temperature, you can have your blinds automatically open to let in natural light. In response, the artificial light fixtures will automatically dim so that the room still has optimal lighting levels without wasting energy.

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