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

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

Create a Superior Cinema Experience at Home 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. It’s no surprise to anyone that we’ve had significant economic impacts from the pandemic, and much of that has meant spending much more time at home. While we hope commercial cinemas come back soon, you can still enjoy the cinematic experience at home – in many ways, better than at the cineplex. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into creating a private home theater system in your Naperville home, now is a perfect time. There is a plethora of options in equipment, seating, audio, and more to customize your cinema experience completely. What’s more, there’s a staggering array of content to enjoy in a home theater. Just recently, Disney announced a major reorganization to focus more on bringing its massive collection of content directly to consumers, meaning even more choices at home. Keep reading below to see how to take an underutilized space and turn it into your personal movie and media entertainment zone! SEE ALSO: Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know   Where to Put Your Theater? In some ways, you can create a home theater experience in almost any room in your home. If you have a little-used guestroom or extra storage...
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...
How Circadian Lighting Helps You Stay Healthy

How Circadian Lighting Helps You Stay Healthy

Improving Your Overall Wellness Starts with a Smart, Healthy Home 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. SEE ALSO: Combine Lutron Fixtures and Lighting Control in Your Home   What Is Circadian Lighting? For as long as humankind has lived, our lives have been intertwined with the earth’s cycles and seasons. In fact, we don’t just live on the earth – we are connected to it. It’s no wonder that lighting contributes to our mood and health. Many studies demonstrate that sunlight helps to regulate the serotonin and melatonin levels in our brains. These two important hormones are necessary for wakefulness and sleep. For instance, as your day begins, the morning sunlight stimulates serotonin in your body to energize you....
4 Ways to Get Ready for Fall with Home Automation

4 Ways to Get Ready for Fall with Home Automation

Let Automation Ease You into New Routines for Work, School, and Play 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. SEE ALSO: Why Hire a Professional Home Automation Company?   A New Way of Awakening Kids love summer for many reasons, not the least of which is the ability to sleep late. Does it seem like schools start even earlier than when we were kids? Whether that’s just a fuzzy memory or not, we can use smart automation to make waking up, dare we say, a bit more fun. A smart home system like Savant has the brains to manage your lights, AV, motorized shades, and temperature in many ways. How about...
5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation

5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation

Save Time, Energy, and Money with Lighting that Manages Itself 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. SEE ALSO: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology Using Sensors We work with Lutron for lighting control, as the company has been a pioneer and leader in lighting control and automation for decades in residential and commercial environments. Lutron makes a variety of occupancy sensors that detect if a room is occupied. Think of bathroom and kitchen lights – is your family diligent about turning them off when they leave? Sensors can do the job for you. And it’s not about one light. A sensor can trigger an automation sequence that turns off a set of lights of your choosing. So, if you always want a dimmed nightlight in the bathroom, that can stay on. Better yet, that one only stays on when it’s nighttime. Landscape Lighting Outside lighting can serve many...