3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

Explore the Latest in Lighting Control, Video Distribution and Energy Management One reason we love working with our premier control system partners, Savant, is their constant innovation. Every year they release new technology to improve their existing solutions and accommodate the latest smart home trends. As Savant dealers, it’s our job to keep you up to date with their most recent innovations and help you upgrade your Savant home system. The newest releases this year include lighting fixtures that enhance your wellbeing, a whole new way to watch video, and a smarter way to manage energy in your Chicago, IL home. Here we highlight each of these new features and offer additional information on how each will affect your day-to-day lifestyle. SEE MORE: What is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of? Crafting a Better Lighting Experience In the past few years, no company has made more headway in lighting control than Savant Systems. For one, they’ve evolved to offer extensive lighting control platforms through keypads, switches, dimmers, apps, voice control and dedicated touchpads. Savant provides a particularly seamless control experience in their Savant app through TrueImage technology. With TrueImage, all you have to do is snap a picture of the room. Then, touch the lights in the room from within the app and select the color you want. As you find the perfect settings, save them as scenes you can pull up in the future at the press of a button. This year, Savant also partnered with USAI Lighting to incorporate their tunable white lighting fixtures. These fixtures mimic the brightness and color temperature of sunlight. Next, Savant added...
3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

3 Exciting Ways Tunable Lighting Improves Your Home

Everything you as a homeowner needs to know about smart lighting solutions for your home They may not be something you think about a lot, but your home’s light fixtures play a major role in setting the mood for a room, as well as how you feel. Even if it’s just at a subconscious level, you know that darker lighting in a room puts you to sleep while bright lights wake you up. With this in mind, wouldn’t you like a system in your home to make your lights easier to manage? And wouldn’t it be great if that same system could boost your energy and help you live a healthier life? You can do all this and more with smart home lighting for your Hinsdale, IL residence. In this blog, we’ll walk you through three of the top benefits of smart lighting control. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? A HEALTHIER HOME Would you believe that lighting control systems can make a substantial health impact on homeowners? It’s true! Smart home lighting allows for more precise control of the intensity and color of your fixtures so they can be programmed to mimic the way natural light changes throughout the day. In turn, this helps you better synch up with your circadian rhythm, or your natural internal clock. The main way this works is by using tunable light fixtures. Smart lighting manufacturers like Ketra and USAI have designed lights that use “warm dimming” LEDs. This allows you to control both the intensity and color of the fixtures separately and with much greater precision. At...
3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients. But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project. SEE ALSO: Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner with Barrett’s? OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONTROL Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long. With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic. These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree. HOME ENTRY SYSTEM If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business...
3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

With lighting control, high-rise developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast can cut costs, attract potential buyers and make their buildings easier to manage From Alexa-enabled speakers to fully automated conference rooms, individuals and businesses alike are clamoring for automated devices to simplify everyday tasks and make life more comfortable. And yet, there’s one area where automation has yet to truly take off: Apartments and condominium developments. Whether it’s due to budgetary concerns, a lack of technical know-how or the fear of a complicated installation process, the reluctance to embrace automation is a missed opportunity for builders and property managers. Today we’ll be looking at one of the simplest but most effective automation technologies available for condo developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast: Lutron lighting control. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? MORE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS One of the biggest costs for any home, including condos, is utility bills. Between the costs of lighting the space, running appliances, and heating or cooling the unit, energy costs quickly become a major factor in any potential resident’s financial future. A Lutron lighting control system makes your individual units much more efficient. LED lighting is 70-80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they’re safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs. Lighting control also allows your residents to dim bulbs instead of simply having them on or off, and every percentage point of dimming results in an equivalent reduction in energy use for that light. By using sensors and automated schedules, residents will see even greater savings by ensuring lights aren’t on in areas that aren’t being used. HAPPIER, HEALTHIER...
The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

Larger homes with a greater number of Wi-Fi enabled devices put strain on the network of your home, but Barrett’s can help More and more devices in our homes rely on your home network: Smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, gaming consoles and so on. When you add up all the necessary connected devices then factor in your home automation system on top of that, it’s no wonder you might be seeing some strain on your network. What’s the best solution? Simple: A network upgrade from our trusted staff at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Here are three key benefits of a home networking solution for your Hinsdale, IL home. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System FASTER SPEEDS When you’re trying to watch a movie, play games online or simply browse the Internet, you expect a quick response time. That may not be the case if you’re relying on a single wireless router to cover your home or you have an unreliable connection. This will cause all sorts of frustrating glitches and even device crashes. This is especially true when it comes to video streaming. To get the most from 4K video content, you need the right equipment as well as the sufficient network speed and bandwidth. You won’t get that with a subpar network. A professional network installation alleviates many of these issues. Our staff will take a look at the wiring in your home as well as your modem, router and other equipment to give you optimal speeds and full wireless coverage throughout your home. GET MORE FROM YOUR DEVICES The individual elements of...