4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

Impress your clients with lighting control in these 4 home spaces Smart home technology is going to be increasingly in demand if you build homes or work in interior design. Prospective homeowners want these devices in their homes because of the convenience they offer and how they contribute to a superior lifestyle. And one of the most common home automation systems your clients will be asking for is lighting control. To show you’re in touch with their needs, here are four spaces you can install or plan for smart home lighting in your Lincoln Park, IL building projects. Read on to see what they are. SEE ALSO: Builder’s Guide to Blending Design and Smart Lighting LIVING ROOM The living room will be one of the busiest spots in your clients’ homes. The number of people and the time they spend there make the living room the perfect place for smart home lighting. From a strictly visual perspective, you can install discreet spotlights and recessed fixtures to emphasize pieces of art or other important elements in the room. With smart home lighting and compatible fixtures, your clients can also change the brightness and color temperature of any fixture at any point in the day. This can all happen automatically if they want; they can also create preset scenes for certain moods or activities. Scenes can include multiple smart systems, including motorized shades and multi-room A/V setups. BEDROOM Bedrooms are another area where lighting control can greatly benefit your clients. They can ease into their day and sleep better at night by setting up schedules and scenes using their home control...
Barrett’s Is Moving, But Our Commitment to Care Is the Same

Barrett’s Is Moving, But Our Commitment to Care Is the Same

Explore the Technology That Will Be on Display at Our New Location Big news from the team at Barrett’s Technology Solutions: We’re moving! We’ll be transitioning to our new office in Lombard over the coming months. What does this mean for you, our customers and trade partners? A more centralized location closer to downtown Chicago, the surrounding suburbs and lake home communities means quicker, more personalized service for all our clients. With brand-new technology systems on display, this new location also offers us the ideal environment to educate you on the best solutions for your space. By getting to experience the top technology on the market firsthand, you’ll be able to gauge which is the best fit. This move offers opportunities for longtime clients as well as those who may not be as familiar with us as a smart home company. Today’s blog showcases some of the things you’ll be able to explore at this experience center, whether you’re interested in home theater design, conference room technology for your business, or sprucing up your kitchen with the latest smart home technologies. SEE ALSO: 3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT Our existing and prospective customers, as well as our trade partners, will get to experience the best in smart technology at our new Lombard facility. Along with the features mentioned below, the new location will have a dedicated design office where we can best craft your next project. It will also have a rack building and testing space to ensure greater performance, reliability and quality control for all our installations. There will also be a lot of...
Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Barrett’s Technology Solutions shares which safety gear makes the biggest impact during this vulnerable season! As the heat rises, so does the prevalence of crime. In fact, studies have shown that most varieties of criminal activity peak during the summer — seeing an increase of more than 10 percent. Research cites many reasons that this could occur. Homeowners are away longer for vacations, or they’re opening windows to invite the fresh lake breezes. Some psychologists have mentioned that warmer weather and increased alcohol consumption result in increased crime compared to temperate climates. No matter the root cause, it’s our job at Barrett’s Technology Solutions to prepare your home in Lincoln Park and throughout Chicago for anything. That’s why today, we’re giving you a comprehensive home safety and surveillance system checklist that not only compensates for summer mishaps but also pays off all year. SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Smart Locks Smart locks help protect your property at multiple entry points, such as doorways and gates. Smart locks let familiar people in by using a door code, unique PIN or even biometric (thumbprint) access.. Many residents choose to connect this feature to video doorbells so that they can video chat with the person at the door before unlocking it. This feature protects you by eliminating the real possibility that someone could find that key you’ve hidden under your mat and break in. Do you often find yourself forgetting to lock the door behind you as you leave? Integrated locks help with that: Just one click from a smartphone app secures the door behind you. Sensors...
3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

Get faster, more reliable performance from your devices while also improving your network security with help from Barrett’s Technology Solutions trusted integrators We know our tech savvy clients probably know the basics of setting up a home network: You plug a modem into the wall, then plug a wireless router into the modem, and you’re up and running. However, if this is still the setup, you’re using for the devices in your home in 2019, you’re in dire need of an upgrade. There are so many devices in our homes with wireless internet connectivity compared to years past. This puts a tremendous amount of strain on your network, which could cause all sorts of problems. Security and logistical concerns that didn’t exist before the proliferation of Wi-Fi devices are now big issues for homeowners. Here are a few reasons why your existing home network installation isn’t enough in 2019, and what homeowners in Illinois’ Gold Coast gain from a network upgrade. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System MORE INTERNET-ENABLED DEVICES Think about all the devices you and your family have that connect to the internet: desktop and laptop computers, phones, gaming consoles, speakers, TVs, thermostats, security devices, light fixtures and even some appliances. Your network is clearly overloaded and with all these devices fighting for bandwidth and your overall connectivity is likely to drop. If you’re still relying on a single wireless router to cover your entire home and you haven’t looked at the cabling you’re using, you’re going to see long load times and the occasional network crash. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff will...
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...