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....
Planning Summer Travel? Smart Home Surveillance Puts You at Ease

Planning Summer Travel? Smart Home Surveillance Puts You at Ease

Gain the Confidence that Your Home Is Safe and Sound  While the pandemic has curtailed much traveling over the past year, the situation has improved markedly, with optimism for returning to normal life. And part of normal life is travel, especially in the summer months. Whether your escape from Chicagoland is close by with a lakefront vacation in Michigan or Wisconsin or somewhere farther, you’ll want to make sure your home is safe while you’re gone. Fortunately, today’s technology supplies many options for keeping your home safe. Smart home surveillance is better than ever and lets you keep an eye on your home from wherever you are. Keep reading below to see how you can have peace of mind that your home will be safe, whether you’re gone for a week or the whole summer.   SEE ALSO: 3 Features to Look for in Home Surveillance Systems   Surveillance Cameras The latest home security cameras have advanced features that enable you to stay on top of any activity in and around your home. High-resolution capability – from 4K and beyond – can deliver clear, sharp images to your smartphone when movement is detected. High resolution is critical for two reasons. First, in cameras with a wide field of view, capturing more detail enables zooming in on the movement with enough accuracy to see a face, a vehicle, color, and more. What’s more, high detail allows advanced video analytics to automatically recognize things, such as an animal, a person, a type of vehicle, and more. Intelligent analytics make it easier not to get inundated with notifications of movement around your...
5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

5 Smart Home Systems That Make Your Life Simpler

Install these devices in your Naperville, IL home to improve your daily routine and ease stress It often seems as if advancements in technology change so rapidly it can be hard to keep up. Instant communication makes it easier to talk to loved ones across the country, but it also makes it easier for work to follow us home. High-definition audio and video allow us to enjoy a theater-quality viewing experience in our own homes, but controlling all your devices may involve half a dozen devices. The electronics in your home don’t need to be a source of stress, though. With the right home automation and control system, you regain control of your technology and can start having more fun around the house. At Barrett’s, we specialize in creating easy to use systems coupled with professional and dedicated support to help you and your family. Here are five systems a smart home company can install in your Naperville, IL home to simplify your life. SEE ALSO: Which Home Automation System is Right for Me? 1) MOTORIZED SHADES It’s likely that the only time you think about your shades is when you get up to lower them. Motorized shades are simply controlled remotely from your couch or your bed, so you don’t have to adjust them manually. Even better, you can set your shades to adjust themselves automatically based on a predetermined schedule or by following the path of the sun through the sky. 2) LIGHTING CONTROL Would you like to enjoy a more striking lighting design in your home while increasing your energy efficiency and making your fixtures simpler...