Why Businesses and Builders Need to Focus on Network Upgrades

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As more people work from home and families isolate themselves, strong networks are more important than ever

There’s no getting around it: We are living through an unprecedented event with the COVID-19 outbreak. Unprecedented, however, does not mean insurmountable or apocalyptic. People are still working, and families are adapting to these changes as best they can. There are certainly still roles for businesses and homebuilders to play even as we all adjust to the massive disruptions caused by this epidemic.

For businesses, you need to find new ways for your workforce to do their jobs while taking appropriate safety precautions. For builders, the reality is people will be spending more time than ever at home with children attending classes online and families needing a stress outlet through media and home entertainment. In both cases, a strong network is crucial to helping your customers adapt and thrive in this new environment. This blog will go through several reasons why you need to focus on providing network solutions for your clients in the New Orleans region.

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Your Guide to All the New, Exciting Updates with Control4 OS 3


Free software update offers simpler controls, more customization options, easier access to favorite rooms or activities, and much more

 
With any home automation system, the most important piece is the control system. It’s what you use to manage everything in your house, so the system needs to be intuitive, responsive and powerful.

These attributes are precisely what you get with Control4’s OS 3 software update. OS 3 is a free update for users with an EA-category system, and it delivers “over a thousand new features and interaction enhancements,” according to the Control4 website. These improvements range from tweaks to the interface to higher-quality music streaming, and much more. As a smart home company in New Orleans that installs Control4 systems, we’re here to show you some of the changes OS 3 will bring to your automation system.

SEE ALSO: How to Make Your Daily Tasks Simple with Smart Home Control
GREATER CUSTOMIZATION
Every home automation system is different because every home is different. With OS 3, Control4 has made it easy to customize your interface exactly how you want it to be.

As just one example, you can now pick a photo from a selection of preloaded wallpapers for every room in your house. For a more personal touch, you can also upload your own images. These wallpapers make it easier to see which room you’re interacting with. If you have wall panels in your home, you can take a picture of the area around the panel and set it as the home screen to help the panel better blend in with your décor.

The most substantial change in terms of customization, though, is OS 3’s new Favorites system. You can now select favorite rooms or favorite activities and access them in seconds by pinning them to your home screen. OS 3 also lets you customize your interface further by adding, removing and rearranging icons. This eliminates clutter and gives you faster access to your most-used apps. Favorites are also synched to individual devices so that you can have certain selections on your phone and different ones on a remote, wall panel, etc.

SIMPLIFIED CONTROLS
Letting you select favorites is just one way OS 3 has made controlling your devices simpler. Anything you’ve chosen as a favorite can be accessed from the main Rooms Screen, from lighting control and motorized shades to your smart security system and speakers. OS 3 has also added gesture control for activities like your cable or satellite TV guide, as well as sliders for volume control.

Speaking of volume control, OS 3 has made managing media throughout your home a breeze. An Active Media bar instantly shows you what’s playing when you select a room and lets you adjust the volume, change tracks or see the quality of the music being played.

For media control at a broader level, the new Sessions system lets you see and control media anywhere in the house. You can raise or lower the volume in individual rooms or systemwide, add or remove rooms from different media Sessions, or turn various devices on or off. Now if you want to turn off your outdoor speakers but leave music playing everywhere else, you can use Sessions to simplify the process.

MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS
Here are a few other highlights from the OS 3 update. Systems with OS 3 can now support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) music streaming from services like Tidal, the highest quality audio available for discerning listeners. The icons within the app have also been tweaked by making them larger and the text easier to read. New filtering options also make it easier to monitor the status of individual systems across the home.

OS 3 represents a significant change to your Control4 system, with a multitude of improvements we haven’t even mentioned yet. To learn more, call us today at (225) 442-9849, click our contact page or type a message in the chat box at the bottom of your browser.
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3 Stylish Spring Updates That Actually Save You Money

Everything you need to know about motorized shades and automated lighting

 It’s getting warmer in Louisiana and it might be time for some smart home spring cleaning. Though smart home technology is a significant upfront investment, it can truly pay off in the long run: You’ll see excellent returns via economic and energy savings to justify the cost. Not to mention you’ll enjoy these features as soon as we install them. Today, we’ll specifically discuss motorized shades, automated lighting and outdoor updates.

 Are you ready to freshen up your Baton Rouge, LA, home for spring? Keep reading to see our suggestions that enhance your home’s aesthetic while saving you money.

SEE ALSO: 3 Smart Lighting Control Benefits That Might Surprise You 

Motorized Shades

We can’t think of a more stylish, customizable example of conserving resources than motorized shades. You conserve resources just by changing your drapery -- and we’ll help you find the color, texture and fabric that matches your home. Read this blog for a comprehensive list of QMotion designs that Acadian Custom installs!

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3 Smart Lighting Control Benefits That Will Surprise You

The Secret Reasons Why Lighting Control Is a Bright Idea

Our customers have enjoyed lighting control benefits that have enhanced their comfort and sense of convenience within their Baton Rouge, LA, homes. Sure, we love hitting one button and turning off the lights downstairs when we’re cozy in our bedroom, but what about the hidden advantages a smart lighting user has?

We want to highlight those less-discussed benefits of lighting control in this blog. Keep reading to see which perks should make you look more closely at installing an automated lighting system.

SEE ALSO: How Can Smart Lighting Control Benefit Your Health? 

You’re Can Conserve More Energy

You can change the world one light bulb at a time, in more ways than one. Just by using the LED bulbs necessary in a lighting control installation, you’re cutting energy costs by up to an impressive 90 percent.

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A Beginner’s Easy Guide to Enjoying Whole Home Audio

Everything you need to get the most from your Baton Rouge home’s new whole home audio installation

It’s hard to think of some aspect of your life that isn’t made better with music. Chores, work, parties, holidays, birthdays and other family celebrations all get a little easier and more fun if you have some tunes playing in the background. So why not make it as easy as possible to enjoy your favorite audio content?

The best way to expand and simplify your listening experience is to install a whole home audio system. That way you can enjoy almost any type of audio in any room of your house, no matter the source.

These systems may seem complicated at first glance, but with a few tips up your sleeve you will have no problem navigating the world of whole home audio. That’s why we put together this guide for Baton Rouge homeowners so you can make better decisions for your home. Read on to learn more.

SEE ALSO: HOW TO ENJOY THE ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE IN YOUR LOUISIANA HOME

THE FUNDAMENTALS

If you want to make it easier to listen to music in your home, the baseline components of a whole-home audio system are easy to acquire. You can link several wireless speakers together and create a DIY audio system that stretches across your home.

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The Top Control4 Updates For 2019

Discover How A Control4 Dealer Can Enhance Your Baton Rouge Home In 2019

Whether you already have a Control4 system in your smart home or you are looking to work with a dealer to give your Baton Rouge property a smart technology upgrade, Acadian Home Theater & Technology is here to help you understand how you can get the most from your home automation system. Acadian is the only Diamond Control4 dealer in Louisiana, gaining recognition for our commitment to high-performance custom installations. We’re dedicated to keeping our clients informed about the most exciting smart technology. In this blog, we look at the latest Control4 updates that will increase the functionality of your Baton Rouge home in the new year.

SEE ALSO: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH A CONTROL4 DEALER? 

Stay Connected With Intercom Anywhere

Intercom Anywhere is Control4’s new product for helping homeowners monitor their property and communicate with different rooms. Your mobile device becomes part of your intercom system, so if someone arrives at your front door, you get an alert directly to your smartphone. From there, you’ll be able to see who is at the entrance through your video doorbell and communicate with them directly. If it’s a delivery person with a package, you can unlock the door remotely so they can make a secure drop-off. Intercom Anywhere also allows you to interact with people inside your home. If your kids leave their phones in their bedrooms while they’re in the living room, you can call them through your Intercom Anywhere system to get in touch quickly.

Expand Your Music Services

With a Control4-enabled multi-room music system, you’re able to access a wide variety of streaming music services and play them anywhere in your home. The latest Control4 OS 2.10.4 features an Add Music driver that allows you to add supported native streaming services to your Control4 system from your touchscreen remote or app without needing to schedule an appointment. These native streaming services now include Amazon Music, which is compatible with both Amazing Music Prime and Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, and Deezer HiFi, which delivers high-fidelity music in a lossless FLAC format.

Upgrade Your Home Network

Your smart home automation system needs a robust network to function properly. Every connected device adds more strain to your network, and consumer-grade networks aren’t designed to meet the needs of a comprehensive Control4 system. That’s why Control4 dealers are trained and tested on essential networking standards with the Pakedge Certified Network Administrator curriculum, which is designed to give professionals the tools and knowledge to provide you with the strongest, most secure network. You don't want to have a support team coming to your home for every small networking issue you might have, and Pakedge's BakPak Remote Management allows Control4 professionals to monitor your network and fix common problems without having to send a truck out.

Want to learn more about what a Control4 dealer like Acadian can do for Baton Rouge home? Reach out to one of our experts by calling 225-650-7840, filling out our online form, or by sending a message in the live chat window at the bottom of your screen.

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Use Smart Lighting To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Smart Lighting Helps You Feel Energized And Save Money

With a brand new year comes the promise of self-improvement as we make resolutions to improve our lifestyles, but keeping those promises to ourselves can be a challenge. Smart home technology can play an active part in making your new year’s resolution stick well into 2019. As manufacturers find new ways that smart devices add convenience and comfort to your daily routine, they create new opportunities to make yourself feel better. At the forefront of these developments is smart lighting control.

In our latest blog, we look at how smart lighting control can help you accomplish three common new year’s resolutions. Keep reading to find out how you can achieve personal goals while making your New Orleans home more beautiful.

SEE ALSO: LOWER YOUR ENERGY USAGE WITH SMART LIGHTING CONTROL 

Be More Productive

Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Do you work from home and struggle to be productive throughout the day? Tunable circadian rhythm lighting is a smart home solution that helps you feel more motivated by automatically adjusting lighting to stimulate the development of the hormones that energize you. Your body’s circadian rhythm is what regulates natural processes throughout the day, and that rhythm is synchronized to the movement of the sun because throughout most of history, the sun has dictated much of human behavior.

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Experience The Convenience Of Multi-Room Audio

Hear Music Anywhere In Your Mandeville Home

Modern technology is built on the idea of creating maximum convenience for the end user. We can access entire libraries of information by pushing a few buttons on the tiny computers in our pockets. We carry music around with us at all times, listening to it on wireless headphones and speakers that can fit inside of a small bag. Homes have refrigerators that monitor the amounts of regularly used items and let you replenish your stock from a touchscreen in the door.

The convenience factor of smart home technology is a big reason why it’s grown in popularity so much over the past decade, and multi-room audio is consistently one of the most in-demand services from our Mandeville clients. Keep reading to learn how a whole home sound system expands the range of your media, provides simple control, and blends in seamlessly with your décor.

 SEE ALSO: DO YOU NEED SUBWOOFERS FOR YOUR MULTI-ROOM AUDIO SYSTEM? 

Hear High-Performance Audio Anywhere In Your Home

The main convenience of multi-room audio is right there in the name: you’ll be able to listen to your music anywhere in your home, inside or outside, thanks to a network of speakers united by a smart home control system. The holidays are right around the corner, and a multi-room audio system makes entertaining easier by giving you control of the music all around your house from your smart device.

Our brand partner, Control4, offers an exceptional multi-room audio system. It runs a variety of streaming platforms, including Deezer, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Napster, Spotify, TIDAL, and Tunein.

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Enhance Your Holidays With Smart Home Automation

Smart Technology Helps Diminish Holiday Stress

The holidays are supposed to be a time of relaxation and celebration, but they can also create a lot of stress, especially if you’re the person hosting the festivities. Decorating, cooking, and entertaining are all demanding, so anything that helps to simplify your routine is an especially valuable holiday gift.

You can make the most wonderful time of the year even more magical with smart home automation, which unifies all the smart technology in your home so you have streamlined, simple control of your devices from one central interface. It changes the way you interact with your home, taking advantage of your smart home network to add convenience and comfort to your lifestyle. Keep reading to learn about how you can optimize your Lafayette home for the holidays with these different home technologies.

 SEE ALSO: RAISING A FAMILY WITH HOME AUTOMATION IN BATON ROUGE 

Control4 Automation

Our brand partner, Control4, is an industry leader when it comes to customized, easy-to-use control systems, allowing homeowners and their families to access and adjust their technology from a touchscreen remote, smartphone, or tablet. You don’t have to stop what you’re doing to answer the front door or lower the window blinds, and working with a smart home automation company like Acadian Home Theater & Automation ensures that all of your devices are brought together on a strong, reliable network.

 

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How Can Smart Lighting Control Benefit Your Health?

Tie Your Baton Rouge Home’s Technology to Your Internal Clock

 We spend most of our days indoors. It’s a fact. Studies have shown that the average American is spending more and more time inside, and this affects our minds and bodies. Have you ever spent the day indoors and then felt shiftless and uncomfortable all night? If you ever worked in an office with no windows and harsh fluorescent lighting, you probably recognize that feeling of being drained by your surroundings.

That feeling is a result of your body’s circadian rhythm being interrupted by a lack of exposure to natural light that energizes and soothes you during the day and into the night. Keep reading to learn more about circadian rhythm and how a smart lighting control system for your Baton Rouge home can boost your body’s natural processes.

 SEE ALSO: LOWER YOUR ENERGY USAGE WITH SMART LIGHTING CONTROL 

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What Are the Benefits of Working with A Control4 Dealer?


Give Your New Orleans Home A Strong, Reliable Smart Home System

 Since 2003, Control4 has been bringing customized automation and control solutions to residences and businesses across the globe. They’ve developed a reputation for comprehensive, dependable control systems that integrate a home or office’s technology in a streamlined central interface, and as smart devices evolve, Control4 evolves with them.

If you want to create a highly functional smart home that is personalized for your family’s habits and activities, you want to work with a Control4 dealer like Acadian Home Theater & Automation. We understand how to work with all of your devices and bring them together in a shared system. Keep reading to find out how we can upgrade your New Orleans home with a robust smart home control system.



 
SEE ALSO: MAXIMIZE YOUR SMART HOME SECURITY WITH CONTROL4 AUTOMATION [VIDEO]
 

One Company for All Your Technology

When you’re working with an expansive smart home control system, you have to deal with many different devices that all have their own specific installation and operating needs. The experts at Acadian have the knowledge and expertise to design, install, program, and maintain all the individual components of an extensive smart home system, saving you from having to reach out to different companies for your smart lighting, motorized shades, and media distribution.

We know which technologies will integrate best with the Control4 system, and we'll design a smart home system that delivers the optimal performance of both individual components and the larger network. This means installing an audio system that works with the unique acoustics of each space to provide maximum sound coverage. Installing lights and motorized shades and programming specific scenes that adjust both technologies to change the ambiance of a room with the push of a button is easy. Want to add a security system to your home? We can set up surveillance cameras, electronic locks, and sensors that protect your family and property.

 

Strengthen and Secure Your Home Network

A key element of your Control4 system is your home network, and without a powerful Internet connection, your automated technology isn't going to operate as smoothly as it should. We evaluate the power of your network and show you just how much stress it is under. With all of your home's smart technology, plus all of the information transmitted to and from your family's personal devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets you may not know your system’s capabilities.

If your network can't handle the pressure, we'll give it a performance boost as well as offer wireless solutions so that you get Wi-Fi everywhere you need it in your home. Perhaps most importantly, we'll improve the security of your network so that all of those device connections don't leave your information vulnerable to cyber-criminals.

 
Want to learn more about how a Control4 dealer like Acadian can enrich your New Orleans home? Reach out to one of our experts at 225-650-7840 or by sending a message in the live chat window at the bottom of your screen.

 
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Lower Your Energy Usage with Smart Lighting Control

Smart Lighting Makes Your Mandeville Home More Energy Efficient

When it comes to smart lighting control, most homeowners are excited about the ease and convenience. You can adjust any light in your home from your smartphone, which opens up new interior design possibilities as you discover new ways to light your space. But there’s another valuable aspect of smart lighting control, and when we say valuable, we mean literal value for your wallet. Smart lighting control helps you lower your energy bill by making it simple to monitor and adjust the energy usage of your lighting fixtures, which is both good for your bank account and the environment.

Read on to learn about the different ways smart lighting control can help reduce the carbon footprint of your Mandeville home.

Set Energy-Saving Scenes

Smart lighting control allows you to program specific scenes that adjust the brightness, temperature, and even color of your light sources. You can create a scene that dims the lights for occasions that don’t demand full brightness, which cuts down on the electricity used by your bulbs. Used in conjunction with ambient light sensors, your fixtures automatically adjust to the amount of sunlight in a room, so you don’t even need to take action to see regular decreases in power usage.

Check If Lights Are Left On

How many times have you come home to an empty house with lights on everywhere? Your kids don’t understand how much you end up paying when they leave the lights on in their bedrooms while they’re at school, but with smart lighting control, you can turn off any unnecessary lights in your home from anywhere with an Internet connection. When you get into the office, open your control app on your smartphone to see which lights were left off and switch them off with a simple push of a button.

No People, No Lights

You can turn off lights through your app, but if you want to eliminate a step, there are multipurpose sensors that can recognize when a room is empty and shut off or dim bulbs automatically. Those can be the same sensors that detect ambient light, providing two different ways for you to save on your energy spending. You can program your scenes to react to occupancy sensors in various ways. For your morning scene, occupancy sensors can turn off any lights in empty spaces. In the evening, those same sensors can dim the bulbs so that rooms are still illuminated but conserving energy.

 Want to learn more about how smart lighting control can help you save on your energy bill? Reach out to one of our experts at 225-650-7840 or by filling out our online form.

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Discover the Latest Trends in Home Security Systems

Protect Your Baton Rouge Home with Smart Security Solutions

 Security is the driving force of the smart home industry. It’s the most in-demand feature for smart home systems, and more than anything else, homeowners want to know that their families are in a safe environment. Manufacturers are always looking for new ways to satisfy that need, and in the past decade, there have been massive strides in high-definition video surveillance, voice control, facial recognition, motion sensing, and automated functionality.

Are you considering a home security system for your Baton Rouge home? Read on to learn about the latest industry trends that are setting the bar for smart security technology.

 SEE MORE: FORTIFY YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM WITH CONTROL4 HOME AUTOMATION 

AI Learns Your Habits

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are at the core of the smart home, and new devices are taking the information they gather throughout the day to make intelligent adjustments that best suit your living patterns. Multipurpose sensors play a significant part in machine learning, monitoring motion, ambient lighting, sound, air quality and more to give your system the data it needs to make automatic changes and detect anomalies that are outside of the norm.

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The Best Christmas Gift for the Techie: Amazon’s Alexa


Enjoy Voice Control Technology with Alexa
In search of the best Christmas Gift for the Techie? The holidays can be quite hectic, especially if you’re hosting a lot of family and friends at your house. Aside from the festive parties, you have a lot of shopping to do. So what is the best gift for the techie? If your family member or friend loves smart home automation, Amazon’s Alexa is the perfect choice. Not only would it be great for your modern family, but you can also benefit from the technology yourself right now. In this blog, we’ll explain the newest trend – voice control – and how you can add it to your home in the Lafayette, LA area.

What is Alexa?
Developed by Amazon, Alexa is the smart home automation software that allows you to perform all kinds of tasks through voice commands. It runs on the Echo, Dot, and Tap – smart speakers that connect to your smart home and listen to your voice commands to start or stop tasks. Previously seen as a standalone product for DIY-type home automation products, now Alexa can be integrated into your Control4 smart home. You can simply ask Alexa to turn the heat on or give you the weather report, and it will perform your request instantly. It even gives you a confirmation response of “OK” to re-affirm it heard your command.

Hands-free Automation
If you’re planning on getting a lot of shopping done on Black Friday, you may come home with your hands full. Imagine walking into your house and saying, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and instantly your living room is illuminated. Voice control technology can be used in a variety of situations like this when you want to quickly change your environment. Not only can you ask the device to perform standalone tasks, but you can also activate saved scenes as well, like “Good Morning,” “Welcome Home,” or “Dinner.” All you have to do is say, “Alexa, turn on Welcome” and right when you step through the front door, your house lights will turn on, the shades will rise, your favorite album will start to play, and the HVAC system will turn on the air conditioning or heat.

Here are a few other examples of what Alexa can do:
• You need to start preparing the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. You say, “Alexa, turn on ‘cooking’ and the kitchen dimmers make the room brighter, the TV turns on the Food Network, and the in-ceiling speakers turn up the volume so you can follow The Pioneer Woman’s recipe.
• After a long day of wrapping gifts, from the comfort of your own bed, say, “Alexa, turn off the house” and the lights will turn off, the shades will close, the doors will lock, and the security system will arm.
To control individual devices say commands like this:
• Alexa, turn on the dining room chandelier
• Alexa, dim the bedside lamp to 40%
• Alexa, adjust the temperature to 75 degrees

These are just a few examples of the ways you can use Alexa in your smart home. Whether you decide to add voice control now to help you out around the holidays, or wrap it as a gift for someone else at Christmas, Alexa is the perfect addition to any connected home.

To add Alexa to your house, fill out this online form.
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Enhance Your Interior Design with Hidden Technology

Enjoy Whole House Audio/Video Without the Clutter

Investing in a whole house audio/video system for your Baton Rouge, LA residence doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your clean interior design for the sake of high-quality sound. With the minimalist A/V products from Stealth Acoustics, Acadian Home Theater & Automation can design and install a whole house audio/video system that seamlessly integrates into your Louisiana home. Read on to learn about the options available for hidden technology.

SEE ALSO: How to Enjoy the Ultimate Entertainment Experience in Your Louisiana Home 

Hidden Speakers

The issue with trying to hide speakers in bookcases, or behind other more appealing décor is that you end up muffling the sound. By using in-wall speakers, you can enjoy hi-fi audio and eliminate unsightly clutter. These in-ceiling speakers are small and can match the shape and size of your recessed lighting so you don’t even notice them. We can even paint the speaker grill to match the walls, or even completely conceal them with dry wall. You and your guests will be able to focus on the beautiful sound and how beautiful your home looks, instead of all the A/V equipment.

 

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How to Incorporate Lighting into Your Interior Design

Professional Lighting for New Orleans Homeowners

Lighting is a necessity, and you may not think twice about how and where it functions in your New Orleans, Louisiana home. However, lighting is a big part of the aesthetic in your home. Interior designers often plan and design the lighting first before adding in colors and furnishings. The reason is that the right lighting sets the stage for a beautiful home. You may think that smart home automation is all about control and convenience, but it’s about style too. In this blog, we’ll cover the finer points on how to incorporate lighting control into your interior design.

SEE ALSO: How to Customize Your Home Lighting in Baton Rouge 

Interior Lighting Tips

When you hire Acadian Home Theater & Automation to install your lighting, we go above and beyond to make your home look as beautiful as possible. Our team can strategically place your lights in the right spots to not only illuminate your spaces but also highlight and complement décor.

For example, a chandelier or detailed lighting fixture hanging above your dining room table is not only a piece of art in your home, but it also provides a romantic ambiance for a meal. Dimmers help establish the right ambiance, or mood, by brightening the room for a party, or lowering it for a relaxing night in.

We can also install accent lighting around your art pieces, like sculptures and paintings, to highlight the detail in the artist's work. With our lighting control systems, you can even hit a button on your mobile device to enact specific scenes when the time is right. Having cocktails with work friends? Hit "Entertain" and the accent lighting turns on to highlight your beautiful art collection, the overhead lights dim down to mid-level for a cozy ambiance, and your front porch light stays lit as visitors approach your home. The best benefit of all is that we'll work with you every step of the process to create the right lighting scheme that works best for every room, from home theaters, kitchens, bedrooms, and more.

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Raising a Family with Home Automation in Baton Rouge

How to Use Your Smart Home to Create a Family Environment

There are many reasons you may want to invest in smart home automation, such as saving time and energy. Or perhaps you have a proclivity for technology and enjoy using the latest smart home gadgets. However, did you know that a smart home can help you raise a family and manage a hectic schedule? Whether you have a house full of teens or are nursing a newborn, our automation services can create the right environment for your family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Continue reading to learn more.

SEE ALSO: Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Smart Home Installer 

Create the Right Environment for Newborns

You’ve finally put the baby to sleep and want to remember exactly what calmed them down. Use your smart home system to save the settings for the next evening. Pick the lighting levels, shade selection, music, and temperature using the touch interface on an iPad or in-wall touch screen. You can even label the scene, like “Goodnight Sweetheart,” so you can easily recall it at a moment’s notice. Hit one button and the nursery will instantly transform into a cozy and comforting environment – perfect for putting your baby to sleep and allowing you to get some much-needed sleep.

Wake up the Whole Family Automatically

Fast-forward 10 years and it’s time to wake your kids up and get them ready for school. You can create a ‘Wake up’ setting that helps everyone get out of bed in the morning. Each room in the house can be customized to the person’s preferences.  For example, in your bedroom, the in-ceiling speakers will play your favorite song exactly at 6 a.m. and the volume will slowly get louder as the shades open and let in the morning sun. At the same time, your mirror TV turns on the news so you can catch the traffic and weather report as you brush your teeth. Meanwhile, your daughter’s room lights gently rise to a bright level and her morning cartoon show turns on in the living room downstairs to get her moving. In your teenage son’s room, the shades open to lift his sleepy eyes and his favorite music playlist turns on as well. Your smart coffee pot wakes up too so that there’s a hot cup of joe for everyone downstairs. If you want to check in on any family member, you can use an HD intercom and talk to them through the audio system.

Keep an Eye on Every Family Member

How many times have your kids promised to call you as soon as they got home then left you in suspense for hours? With our security and surveillance solutions, integrated into your smart home, you can get alerts sent to your phone as soon as your kids walk into the house. Watch live video feeds if your boys and girls are home alone so you know they are safe no matter where you are. With whole house audio and video, you can also track what is being watched in every room from a mobile device, making it hard for your kids to view inappropriate movies, shows or games and change parental settings. Smart home controls are also very useful if your children have disabilities or if you are watching over the elderly.  You’ll have all the controls in the palm of your hands at all times for every need.

Smart home automation can make your daily life simple, and we know for parents there’s nothing more important than keeping your kids safe and having family fun too. Contact us and we’ll customize your smart home to meet the needs of your growing family.

 

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The Best Benefits of Lighting Control

Enjoy These Features in Your Lafayette HomeLighting control is one of the most sought-after features in a smart home – mainly because it is so convenient. There are actually many benefits you may not even know about. Installing smart lighting will not only make your home look bright and beautiful, but it can also help your family save energy, money, and increase safety in your Lafayette, LA home. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Save EnergyAccording to Lutron, installing dimmers in your home can you up to 20% on energy. The reason for this is that dimmers allow you to lower your lighting levels so they don’t turn on to full capacity every time to lift a switch. Dimming lights down to at least 30% can dramatically increase your energy savings and affect your electric bill. Lighting uses up the most energy, followed by the heating and cooling system, and then electronics, so this is the biggest area for savings. Another way to save energy with lighting is by adding occupancy sensors. Timers were quite popular at one point, but occupancy sensors work even better by detecting when a person is in the room. As soon as you leave, the lights shut off. Electricity will never be wasted and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

2. Save TimeTime is precious; most of us have busy schedules. We’re always running in and out of the house. You probably spend a fair amount of time running around the house turning off all the lights before you leave, and if you’re in a hurry, the lights stay on and you waste energy. You can save time and energy by using lighting controls that tie all of your lights together. Imagine hitting one button at the front door before you leave in the morning and all of the lights turn off. Not to mention, it’s extremely convenient to be able to hit one button on your phone or wall to light up your home, or get ready for bed.

3. Save Your HomeBelieve it or not, lights can play a part in protecting your home from intruders. Place lights with sensors around the perimeter of your home so they turn on when a person approaches. If a stranger walks up in the middle of the night, you’ll be alerted with the light immediately, and it will likely deter them from continuing. We can also integrate lights with your security system so lights turn on with the alarm if it’s ever triggered in the evening. As a precautionary measure, our team can also create a “mockupancy” setting that turns lights on and off at varying times to make it seem as if a person is home while you are away. Robbers will think twice about entering you home if they think someone is there.

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3 Reasons Motorized Shades Are Worth Your Investment

Enjoy These Smart Features in Your Baton Rouge HomeWe all love staying connected today and using our phones for many different activities. Today you can brew a cup of coffee, start the laundry, and roast a turkey with your iPhone. And while these smart items may look and sound cool, there are some other more pragmatic connected systems you should consider investing in for your Baton Rouge, LA home. Motorized shades, for one, are not only convenient to control with a mobile device, but they can also help you save energy, protect your home, and simplify your lifestyle. Here are our top three reasons why we recommend you invest in our smart shading solutions.

SEE ALSO: QMotion Motorized Shades Bring Big Benefits to Your Louisiana Home#1: Save EnergySure caring about the environment seems super trendy right now, but you’ll be surprised by how easy it can be to save energy. Making your home “green” may seem overwhelming and complicated, but in reality, all you need is a plan on how to make the most of your home electronics. Since you can control your shades with your phone, you can easily raise and lower them at any time of day to take pressure off your HVAC system. Lower solar shades, which block UV rays, during the day and keep the house cool without even turning the AC on. We can put your shades on a schedule so they raise and lower at specific times of day, or put sensors in place that detect the sun and trigger them to work when they detect sunlight. Our motorized shades can be integrated with smart lighting and your thermostat to save even more energy. We’ll help you create an energy-saving plan that will not only save our planet’s precious resources, but also lower costs on monthly utilities.

#2: Save TimeWhether you have a lot of windows or not, opening and closing shades can be quite time consuming. Not to mention, it can be frustrating if those windows are hard to reach. Many homes have skylights or high windows to create a more open and airy feel. Connecting your shades to a wireless remote or mobile device allows you to quickly open and close them at any time – even if you’re not in the house! You can group rooms together so all you have to do is hit one button an activate them, or control each and every one. For example, help wake up your kids in the morning by opening all the shades in the bedrooms and letting in the morning sun. Close them all as you leave the house for work. We can also install double roller applications, which include two different types of shades for one window. Lower the solar shade during the day, and the blackout shades at night. Switch them quickly and easily just by hitting a button. You won’t have to wrestle with those blinds anymore, or reach over far to close the drapes.

#3 Protect Your HomeYou probably wouldn’t naturally think that shades could help protect your home, but you can use them in coordination with a security system. First, shades add privacy keeping onlookers from peering into your home, and they also make you feel safer. Second, shades can be coordinated with audio, video, and lights to make it seem as if someone is home while you are away. The shades will go up and down at varying times to simulate your normal habits. Potential invaders will stay away thinking you are there.

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How to Enjoy the Ultimate Entertainment Experience in Your Louisiana Home

Use These 3 Whole House Audio/Video SolutionsWhether you are a tech geek, or are just starting to learn more about what the term smart home means, the phrase “whole house audio/video” can still be a foreign term to people. What exactly does that mean? We’re here to share that it doesn’t simply mean that you have audio and video products in every room. It means that your audio and video systems are interconnected, giving you sophisticated controls to enact sophisticated sequences. Continue reading to discover what a whole house audio/video system would look like in your Covington, Louisiana home.

SEE ALSO: Top 3 Benefits of a Whole House Audio/Video SystemWhole House AudioSure you could put a wireless speaker in every room and call it “whole house audio” but the system is more complex than that. You could easily put speakers in every room, but that doesn’t mean they will be interconnected. By working with a professional like us, you can install speakers in every room and they play the same song on all of them. So as you move from room to room you can hear the tune everywhere. The sound will also be evenly distributed. We know exactly where the speakers should go to give you a uniform sound. With whole house audio, you can also group certain speakers together. For example, dad can listen to sports radio outside on the patio while mom listens to pop hits inside while making lunch. Each person has control over what they want to listen to and where. One added benefit of using our systems is that you can expand music options with streaming services like Pandora, Tidal, and Sirius XM Radio.

Whole House VideoWhole house video works in a similar fashion to the audio system, but the application is different. Typically you’ll sit in one room to watch something whereas the location isn’t as important with audio; you can move around and still enjoy it. One unique thing you can do however, is easily change rooms mid-program. So for example if you start watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens in your media room downstairs, but then halfway through you decide you want to finish it in bed, you can pause the movie, turn the TV off, walk upstairs, and start it up again in your room without having to take the Blu-ray disc with you.

The reason this is unique is because all of your cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and other video components are stored inside a closet or other area. Matrix switches direct the content from room to room without having to move discs between players. Not only will this save you time setting up the movie, but it will also take away all that extra clutter. All the wires and boxes are hidden out of sight. If you want to play the same program on all your TVs in the house, you can do that too. It would be a perfect solutions for when you have friends over to watch a baseball or football game. Some guests can watch outside, while others hang out in the kitchen or living room.

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