Step Up to High Resolution and High-Fidelity Whole-Home Audio

Step Up to High Resolution and High-Fidelity Whole-Home Audio

Level Up Your Sound with Meridian Audio What do you think of when you hear whole-home audio? First, you probably think about synchronized sound all over your house. Any whole-house audio solution worth its tweeters should do that. Does it also scream to you…background music? As in, I enjoy listening to my favorites everywhere in the house, but I’m not getting my ears pinned back by the sound. If you’re an audiophile – or just someone who likes emotion in their sound – you don’t have to settle for good but not blow-me-away sound in your whole-home music system. Meridian Audio is a company that’s well-known in hi-fi circles yet also tends to march to the beat of its own drum. Started in 1977, before the dawn of the digital music era, Meridian Audio has been a pioneer in digital audio, having had a heavy hand in moving the quality of digital formats forward. In both the pioneering DVD-Audio surround music format and the current Dolby TrueHD lossless surround standard, Meridian played a leading role in contributing key technology and developing those standards. All this is to say that Meridian is all about high-fidelity in everything they do, and with their latest products, they’re making whole-home hi-fi a reality, too. Keep reading to learn more about how Meridian high-resolution, high-fidelity audio will pin your ears back in every corner of your Chicago home.   SEE ALSO: What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest? MQA High-Resolution Music One of the latest and most exciting advances in home audio in the past few years is MQA (Master Quality Audio). Another innovation...
Draw Out the Beauty from the Darkness with Automated Landscape Lighting

Draw Out the Beauty from the Darkness with Automated Landscape Lighting

Make Your Home Shine with Custom Landscape Lighting  What does your home look like after the sun goes down? Do the beautiful architecture and noteworthy details get lost in the dark? Can anyone appreciate your beautiful mature trees? Does your property look foreboding or inviting?   You put significant effort and expense into both the inside and outside of your home. Last month we talked about how lighting automation and LED technology could transform the look and feel of your home. This month, we want to talk about how you can do the same with the outside of your property. As we’ve said before, never underestimate the power of light’s ability to change the way you view, use, and appreciate your Chicago, IL home. Keep reading to learn more about landscape lighting and automation to make your home as beautiful on the outside as it is inside.   SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation  Highlight Details  Want to bring the beauty out of the darkness? Bullet lights are perfect for drawing attention to detail. You can use them to uplight a tree, an entry gate, an outdoor sculpture, or other noteworthy detail. Bullet lights can be focused or spread a wider circle of light depending on the need.   Wash Lights  Need to illuminate a unique outside wall or a portion of a landscape? A wash light is a compact solution that is easy to fit in many areas. Wash lights are excellent for adding a layer of light with other lighting to create an overall effect.    Path Lights  Path lights serve dual purposes, adding both aesthetic beauty and safety. Make your home more...
How LED Lighting and Smart Control Can Transform Your Home

How LED Lighting and Smart Control Can Transform Your Home

A Look at the Latest in Lighting Control and Design  LED technology may not change everything, but it is changing many things you interact with every day – and practically every minute. For example, the screen you are reading this on is likely lit by LED technology, whether it’s your smartphone, tablet, desktop monitor, or laptop. While we don’t think you are reading this on your flat-screen TV, one form of LED technology or another has revolutionized those screens, too.   When it comes to home lighting, LED is a sea change there, too. LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than Edison’s incandescent invention. Compared to still popular but rapidly declining compact fluorescent technology, LED still wins in flexibility, environmental friendliness, and energy efficiency.   Combine the remarkable flexibility and efficiency of LED technology and smart lighting control systems, and you can transform the way you illuminate your Lake Geneva, WI home. Keep reading to see how.   SEE ALSO: How to Accentuate Your Interior Design with Lighting Control  LED Lighting  We mentioned the efficiency benefits of LED lighting and alluded to its flexibility. No previous type of lighting in the past was flexible with regard to white color temperature or displaying color. LED technology has the singular ability to display different forms of light throughout the day. No lighting best exemplifies that ability more than Lutron’s Ketra tunable lighting. One of the pioneers in adaptable lighting, Ketra refines some of the unique capabilities of LED technology to produce lighting systems that can fine-tune white light color temperature and display a rainbow of colors for dramatic and aesthetic effects.  Ketra is more than just a color-adjustable LED light. Features like vibrancy tune the light to reflect...
How a Smart Home Can Change Your Life

How a Smart Home Can Change Your Life

You Can Have It All – Efficiently, Too!  Do luxury, economy, and efficiency mix? Can you have your luxury and enjoy it guilt-free, too? When it comes to smart home technology, we say yes. Rarely can you claim that something that provides more comfort and luxury is also a choice that offers economies and efficiencies. As a smart home company serving the Lake Geneva, WI area for many years, we’re going to stake that claim. Keep reading below to see how we make the case!  SEE ALSO: 5 Smart Home Systems that Make Your Life Simpler  Lighting Control  Lighting control is one of the most popular smart home systems. It has a surprising number of ways that it can enhance your life. The first enhancement is laziness. We mean that in the best possible sense. Most people turn on lights at home and often leave the room without turning them off. Lighting control lets you be lazy about lighting, guilt-free. If your bathroom lights are always on after long after someone left, a lighting control sensor can turn them off after a set period. You can be lazy and environmentally conscious at the same time without doing anything. The same comforts and efficiencies can be applied to other areas like outside lighting. Let an automated schedule turn on your lights at dusk and off at dawn or any other program that fits you. You can enjoy the aesthetic and safety benefits of your landscape lighting and not waste undue energy.   Comfort and Wellness  Lighting control has other benefits beyond giving you time to do your thing while the lights are under control. Lighting that can be precisely controlled is more comforting and aesthetically pleasing....
How to Elevate Interior Design with Smart Lighting Control

How to Elevate Interior Design with Smart Lighting Control

Showcase Décor and Design in the Perfect Light  As a design or build professional, you know how to create specific design flourishes and features that set your projects apart. Whether it’s unique fireplaces, finishes, furnishings, layouts, or materials, you know how to create unique on-trend designs that exceed client expectations.   As a residential design pro, you also know about the importance of light in a project and the overall feeling it conveys in a home. Does a house have “good light?” Does the light bring out the best of the interiors? One of the best ways to showcase your Hinsdale, IL home projects is with smart lighting control. Keep reading to see how you can use lighting control to enable your designs to be viewed in the perfect light.   SEE ALSO: Why Lighting Control Is the Best Interior Design Technology  Create Ambiance with LED Lighting  You may already know about the advantages of LED lighting. If you have integrated lights in a soaring 30-foot ceiling, your client will appreciate that those bulbs may never need replacement due to LED’s extraordinarily long life. But LED technology also lends itself well to different light designs. It can be shaped and molded into bulbs and fixtures that would be impossible to make with older incandescent or compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting.  From a design standpoint, one of the best features of LED technology is its ability to control lighting hue and color in a fixture or bulb. Called tunable lighting, this feature enables LED lighting to change from cooler to warmer tones or to display a rainbow of colors. With tunable lighting, you can promote natural interior lighting that matches the day, with energizing, brighter, more intense...