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Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award

An Expert Collaboration of Smart Home Technology and Smart Design Barrett’s Technology Solutions has always believed in form and function. As a smart home company in the Chicago area since 1966, we’ve seen a lot of forms and an equal amount of function come and go. But one thing remains constant: We believe great technology and design go together, and we strive to achieve the balance of each with every project. This year, we’re very proud to have been chosen by ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Illinois chapter for a 2020 Design Excellence award. The home theater project was a collaboration between our company, CinemaTech (home theater design, seating, and acoustics), the client, the contractor, and some skilled local craftsmen. Often in any successful endeavor, the devil is in the details. Keep reading to learn more about this award-winning project; we hope it inspires you to embark on yours! SEE ALSO: 3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades The Award ASID is a national organization that represents and advances the interests of interior design professionals across the country. In Illinois, membership includes over 1100 design firms, students, and industry partner members. The award is part of ASID Illinois’ Celebration of Design, where projects are submitted for consideration across 25 categories. The Project                                     The client wanted a custom home theater that evoked some of the design characters of classic movie houses, but also one that was clean and not “over the top.” The client had specific ideas about what they wanted, like a... read more
Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Recently, Regal Cinemas, one of the largest commercial movie theater companies in America, announced that they were temporarily closing over 500 theaters, including 9 in Illinois. This unprecedented move resulted from a decrease in business due to the ongoing concerns of the pandemic. Additionally, the health crisis also slowed down the production of new movies, resulting in fewer theatrical releases over the past several months.

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Meet Crestron HomeTime, the Home Video Teleconferencing Solution

Meet Crestron HomeTime, the Home Video Teleconferencing Solution

Stay Connected with Family and Friends with Pro-level Videoconferencing at Home The Coronavirus pandemic has yet to run its course, and right now, many of us are still doing the majority of our work and education from home. Chicago public schools reopened in September virtually, employing platforms like Google Classroom to facilitate remote learning. Major technology companies like Google, Facebook, and many others have announced plans to continue remote work for professionals well into 2021. In this environment, connectivity, communication, and collaboration from home have become essential. But communication is not merely for work and school; it’s important to keep up with family and friends and continue participating – however remotely – with your social groups. Crestron has long been a worldwide leader in home automation, as well as a staple in Fortune 500 conference rooms with commercial automation and audio-video solutions. They have brought their considerable expertise to bear on a new home video teleconferencing solution, one that can turn your Chicago living room into a comfortable boardroom for keeping touch with anyone and everyone without hunching over a laptop. Ready to learn more? Keep reading! SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology   Taking Home Conferencing to the Next Level Crestron’s unique capabilities with automation and AV make it the perfect company to take video teleconferencing into the living room. The company partnered with Logitech, which also has broad experience with both consumer and professional products, to use the Logitech MeetUp 4K camera for wide-angle videoconferencing. The MeetUp’s 120-degree field of view lets the whole family sit on the sofa and hold a conversation... read more
How Circadian Lighting Helps You Stay Healthy

How Circadian Lighting Helps You Stay Healthy

Natural light makes you feel better. Why do you think people like going outside to enjoy the sun? It’s not just to get a tan. There’s something biological that’s happening. Natural light helps to regulate our wake and sleep cycles, as well as provide energy for the synthesis of vitamin D. When you get the right amount and hue of light throughout the day, you’ll discover that your mood, sleep, and overall wellness improve.

Technologically based wellness companies, such as Delos, integrate “healthy” lighting that promotes a healthy home indoors. Circadian lighting, as it’s called, is accomplished through tunable fixtures from Ketra that change in color temperature and intensity throughout the day to mimic the sun’s natural progression across the sky. The result? You’ll wake refreshed, enjoy more energy throughout the day, and go to bed peacefully. Read more to learn how installing circadian lighting in your Chicago, IL, home can help improve your overall wellbeing.

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4 Ways to Get Ready for Fall with Home Automation

4 Ways to Get Ready for Fall with Home Automation

Needless to say, 2020 has been a challenging year. In so many ways, our lifestyles have been upended. But as always, Americans are resourceful and keep pressing forward.

Part of the challenge has been managing so much of our activities from home. Work, school, and entertainment are all happening at the same time from home, which tends to blur the lines between those activities. At this writing, Naperville and Chicago area schools are preparing to start the school year with remote learning – so more family time at home is a given.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t adjust! We have some useful and fun ways to make the most of family time at home, using smart automation to get back into a routine, have fun, and stay safe. Check out the ideas below, and call your local home automation installer – Barrett’s Technology Solutions – for more ways to make your home comfortable and safe not only for this fall but for years to come.

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation

5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation

You may think home automation is all about convenience and luxury. While that is undeniably true, automation also has real benefits in energy efficiency and security. Perhaps the one area of home automation that delivers on every one of these benefits is smart lighting control.

It may come as no surprise that smart lighting is the catalyst that gets homeowners to invest in other smart home features. Once people experience the added convenience and comfort, they want more! And more smart control brings increased benefits, as features like climate control, motorized shades, and automated AV management bring added convenience, luxury, and efficiency when it all works together.

Let’s explore some ways you can use lighting automation to simplify and enhance your Chicago, IL lifestyle.

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