Chicago’s Lead Home Automation Company Opens Office in Wisconsin

Chicago’s Lead Home Automation Company Opens Office in Wisconsin

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Is Proud to Serve Lake Geneva In the home technology business, while most integrators are local, some will go well beyond their home geographies to serve their clients. Barrett’s Technology Solutions is no exception, as we have served clients outside of the greater Chicagoland area for many years as we have evolved to best meet their needs. As one of the Midwest’s leading AV technology and home automation companies, we’re thrilled to announce that we have opened a local office to serve customers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lake Geneva has always been a great vacation destination for Chicagoans over the years, and we’re proud to have developed deep relationships with homeowners and trade partners there. Read below to learn more about our new Lake Geneva outpost! SEE ALSO: Why Hire a Professional Home Automation Company A Local Base Our Lake Geneva office will allow our team to service our clients with more efficiency and speed. We will be able to keep supplies for service needs locally without requiring a long trip back to our Chicago-area offices. Should a piece of equipment need diagnosing or reprogramming, we can take that equipment back to our local office and minimize time at a client’s home. The office will also provide a base for meetings with clients and trade partners to discuss projects and plans. See Technology in Action Over the next few months, we intend to outfit this location with some select home technology solution demos. This will give Lake Geneva clients and trade partners the ability to see the technology in action, ask questions, and get a better...
How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

Three Ways a Professional Network Installation Boosts Your Home’s Connectivity If it hasn’t become all too clear in these times, we are all very dependent on our data links to the world at large. From online shopping to Zoom video conferences, our home networks have become vital links to staying connected with everything important in our lives. While the effects of the pandemic and Zoom calls will subside over time, there’s no question that reliable connectivity is and will continue to be a necessity. With all the strain current home networks are under, it might be a good time to review your system. Is it keeping up with all the high-resolution video streaming for video conferences and entertainment? Are your security cameras delivering you a quality feed when you want to see something? If not, you might be in need of some upgrades. Keep reading for three ways a professional home network installation can keep your Chicago, IL home connected in the fast lane. 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Wired vs. Wireless Connections It may be a wireless world, but wires provide the infrastructure for most wireless devices to work. Generally, a wired connection is more reliable than a wireless one, as wireless frequencies are subject to interference from other devices or can be affected by walls and other obstructions. Where might you want a wired versus a wireless connection? Wired connections are excellent for high throughput devices like desktop computers, networked drives for backup and media libraries, network video recorders and cameras for video surveillance, and some smart TVs and video streaming devices. What happens...
Chase Away the Winter Blues with Multiroom Audio

Chase Away the Winter Blues with Multiroom Audio

Set the Tone for the Season with Music Winter is fast approaching. The winter season likely means more time spent at home with family and friends. And while winter brings a lot of reason to celebrate, it can still be stressful, too, as the days get shorter and the temperatures dip. Our advice is to keepcalm and ease the stress with music. Nothing can set a mood like music, whether it’s a playlist for your next cooking session or one that inspires an impromptu dance party in the middle of the day. The best way to enjoy music all over the house is with an integrated multi-room audio system for your Chicago home. With whole-home audio, you can play the same music in perfect synchrony everywhere – or let the family create their own harmonies in different rooms. Keep reading to learn more about multi-room audio options sure to add a spark this winter season. SEE ALSO: What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?   Any Source, Any Room One of the beauties of a proper multi-room audio system is the ability to hear what you want in every room. The easiest way to accomplish that is with speakers in every area you want to hear music. While you can opt for freestanding speakers, architectural models nestle discreetly in walls and ceilings, taking up no space nor clashing with your design and décor. Even if you’re a stickler for audio quality, you’ll be pleased by the incredible array of architectural speaker choices available, everything from models designed for background music to ones that can thunder with your favorite tunes...
How to Accentuate Your Interior Design with Lighting Control

How to Accentuate Your Interior Design with Lighting Control

Everything Looks Better in the Right Light Photography is all about capturing an image that is a reflection of light. No matter the technology, from chemical film to today’s digital, the ideal shot is seizing the moment when the light frames the subject perfectly, whether it’s a colorful sunset or a Rembrandt-lit face. Your home tends to be a reflection of your personality and sense of aesthetics. Finishes, furnishings, color choices, and artwork all form a mosaic of your sense of style and what matters to you. The way your eyes see it every day can change with the way light reflects off of these objects. With tunable fixtures and lighting control, you can enhance the beauty of your carefully curated Chicago, IL home every day. Read on to see how! SEE ALSO: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology   Full Spectrum Lighting To understand tunable lighting and its effects, it’s important to understand full-spectrum lighting. Light can be referred to as “cool” and “warm” and is measured in Kelvin. At 4000K and above, light is cooler and brighter, with a large amount of blue light. At the other end of the range, 2000K and below, you will find candlelight. As you might guess, the bright bluish light is the light that energizes, like the sun at the height of the day, and the warmer redder glow of a sunset or candlelight is more relaxing. But the way light affects our biological rhythms is only one part of full-spectrum lighting. The other is how it makes things look. Lutron Ketra tunable lighting is a full-spectrum lighting...
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...