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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5 of the Top Smart Home Technology Trends Emerging In 2018

5 of the Top Smart Home Technology Trends Emerging In 2018

The new year is well underway, and that means smart technology manufacturers already are revealing their plans for 2018.

January is one of my favorite months of the year. Why? Because that’s when CES happens! CES is a huge convention where all the technology manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest devices.  

Now that CES 2018 is over, I’d love to talk about the smart home technology trends I’ve noticed already emerging this year – trends you might want to take advantage of in your Bellevue, WA residence!

Continued Growth of Voice-Control Technology

Voice control technology already has been a quickly growing asset to smart homes over the past couple years.

Here’s some proof to back up my point: A blog I wrote a year ago: The Biggest 2016 Smart Home Trend: Voice Control.

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Enhance Your Interior Design with Hidden Audio/Video

Enhance Your Interior Design with Hidden Audio/Video

I’ve worked with many interior designers throughout the Seattle, Washington area, and over the years I’ve noticed they all have a common complaint: the audio/video is an eyesore; it’s ugly! I would even agree that yes, your standard audio/video components can be unsightly and take away from the beauty of a home. But if I could get one thing across to designers, it’s that it doesn’t have to be that way!

It’s possible to leverage the latest smart home automation technology without the clutter. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that smart technology can actually solve common design issues! Below, I go into some of the common complaints and show how the right hidden technology can help.

Complaint #1: Too much wall acne

In our line of work, the term “wall acne” refers to when there are too many switches, dimmers and controls on the wall. Too many buttons not only leads to confusion, but it also looks terrible.

How do we solve this? Smart home automation fixes the problem with wireless controls and custom in-wall keypads. An app downloaded onto your mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet, puts the controls in your pocket, and custom keypads simplifies the buttons on the wall.

For example, include simple commands like “all on,” “all off,” “welcome home” and “away” for quick access to your favorite scenes and settings. Add a “movie” button in the home theater, or a “cooking” button in the kitchen. You get to decide which buttons are the most important to you. You could even get rid of all the switches and go wireless 100 percent. Smart home automation gives you more options and flexibility when it comes to control.

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Can Smart Technology Help Realtors Stage Homes?

Can Smart Technology Help Realtors Stage Homes?

Just last week, I was speaking with a prominent realtor in Bellevue (we serve as their primary Control4 dealer for the Washington area). The conversation turned toward technology, as it so often does when you’re as enthusiastic about smart homes as I am, and she said something that I found interesting:

“Every time I show a smart home, it’s a done deal. Homeowners WANT this technology, and that means realtors should too.”

It got me thinking about the value of Control4 for realtors beyond just providing an extra feature for potential home buyers. I read a study recently that said that 81% of buyers would be more likely to buy a home if smart home products were already installed – that’s a no-brainer reason to adopt the technology in my mind. But could the smart technology also help realtors stage the homes more effectively?

Short answer is yes, but let’s dig deeper into some of the specific ways.

SEE ALSO: How Builders and Architects Can Succeed with Smart Homes

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How Builders and Architects can Succeed with Smart Homes


We’ve talked previously on our blog about the advantages of integrating smart technology during new construction, but the question that often comes up when we speak with builders and architects is less about the “why” and more about the “how.”

It’s a far simpler process than you might think. The short answer to that question is to partner with a Control4 installer in the local Seattle area. The slightly longer answer is to partner with a Control4 installer with a proven process for collaborating with Washington construction firms.

Here’s the way we approach it:

1. You Handle the Construction; We Handle the Technology

The client may want the latest smart home technology in every room, but that doesn’t mean you have to become an expert in designing and installing those systems. Instead, leave the technology to your Control4 installer. We start by communicating directly with the home buyer to get a clear understanding of what smart home features they want, and then we design a system that meets those goals.


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