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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home

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"5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home" Crestron; Accessed July 27th 2021

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home

If you haven’t heard about the new residential platform from Crestron, then now is the time.

With Crestron Home™ software, we’ve taken a new approach to residential system design, configuration, deployment, and user experience. Even if you’ve actively followed the progression of the platform, it’s easy to miss or forget some of the many new features. Since the inception of the platform in the fall of 2019, there’ve been three major updates. We expect to release another update around the time of this blog post. Hopefully, you can take away at least one useful thing from this post and use it to provide value to your upcoming job.

 

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Take Control of Your Home Lighting For a Smarter, Safer Property

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Whether you’re stepping out of the house on an errand, packing the car up for summer vacation or simply locking up before bedtime, the security of your home is always on the top of your mind. Home lighting control, coupled with a robust security and surveillance system, can enhance the safety of your property while allowing you to keep an eye on every corner of your spaces. Read on to find out how you can utilize smart lighting to keep your home and property protected throughout the day and night.

Keep Track of Movement With Motion Sensors

There’s no better way to keep track of your property than motion sensors. As movement is detected, the area is flooded with light to give you a crystal clear view of your yard or porch. By integrating your home lighting system with your surveillance cameras, you can have fully-lit, real-time footage streamed directly to your television, computer, tablet or smart phone. Expecting a late-night pizza delivery? Know the second it arrives, and answer the door without getting off your couch via your HD intercom. Motion sensors are the perfect solution for the nighttime snacker who wants to stay safe and aware.

Stay Home Even When You Step Out

As you make your way out of the house, the simple touch of a button on your tablet or smartphone can set your home to “Away” mode. More than just a way to conserve energy by powering down the smart devices not in use, the “Away” mode can be programmed to make it seem as though someone is at home at all times. Lights alternate at intervals throughout the rooms of your house, turning on and off regularly – and based on your actual usage habits – to give the impression the house is in use. By integrating smart shading with your lighting control system, you can create an even more realistic facsimile. At home or away, keep your smart home occupied.

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Illuminate your path with Human-Centric Lighting!

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"Human-Centric Lighting - The Next Big Thing In Home Design" HTA Certified; Accessed June 29th 2021

Human-Centric Lighting - The Next Big Thing in Home Design

"Of all the amenities in a home, lighting can have the most impact on design, ambiance and even your sense of well-being. Set at the appropriate brightness and color temperature, lighting can accentuate the architectural features of your home while affecting your mood and well-being. Smart lighting has the ability to touch every part of our lives in some very positive ways, and the continual evolution of LED lighting technology is largely responsible. LED lighting has also introduced a new approach to lighting design, called Human-Centric Lighting, or HCL*. Able to simulate daylight and dusk and develop a deeper connection with the outdoors, Human-Centric Lighting offers an exciting new approach to home lighting. "

 

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5 Tips for Implementing Home Technology Systems – Without the Pain!

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"5 Tips for implementing Home Technology Systems - Without the Pain!" HTA Certified; Accessed July 26th 2021

5 Tips for Implementing Home Technology Systems – Without the Pain!

In a recent conversation with a very experienced builder, it was clear that he and many builders are looking for direction on the best way to have a home’s technology systems installed. He admitted it is difficult for builders to wrap their heads around the myriad technologies and brands available today. He said something that resonated deeply, “We don’t know what we don’t know” about home technology. Yet, technology has undeniably become an integral part of our lives. It is no longer a question of if the home will have technology systems in it, it is a matter of how much technology it will have. Yet, having technology installed in a home has historically been a frustrating experience for many home builders and homeowners alike.

 

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The Smart Home: What You Need to Know

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"The Smart Home: What You Need to Know" HTA Certified; Accessed July 6th 2021

The Smart Home: What You Need to Know

"So, what’s holding you back from adding a smart home system to your home? Maybe it’s the cost that is intimidating you. Perhaps you’re skeptical of the reliability of the technology. Or in the back of your mind, you may be thinking that it’s going to be a hassle to have it installed. These are all valid concerns, and years ago when smart home technology was in its infancy, this logic was legitimate. But as with any budding technology, smart home systems have grown increasingly smarter, dependable, and economical. Yes, economical. Over the past several years, big names in the smart home industry have taken huge steps in making their professionally-installed system more affordable. Today, you can have a very capable smart home system installed and configured by a professional integrator for less than you would spend on a family vacation."

 

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Let Home Lighting Control Transform Your Entertainment Spaces

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Whether you are building a dedicated theater or you’re looking for the ultimate party space, customized home lighting control can transform the experience in your home. Automated lighting does more than simply make a room more beautiful, it can totally change the way you live in your house. And while a system that can keep you safe and illuminated is the barest of essentials, it’s a whole lot more fun to integrate the system with your smart entertainment to get a real scope of what it can do. Read on to find out more about how smart lighting can enhance your home.   

 

 

Enhance your Home Theater

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Change the Way You Experience Your Atlanta Media Room with Lighting Control

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If you’ve been following our blog, you know we’ve told you about how home lighting control can enhance your home security and make your home entertainment more functional. Now it’s time to break down how smart lighting can give your media and game room more personality. Automated lighting does more than simply make it easier to see in your spaces – it defines the tone and sets the scene for any situation. That goes for everything from October’s Halloween horror-movie marathons to Sunday afternoon football, to late-night gaming between your kids and their friends. Read on to find out how smart lighting can make your media room more fun and exciting.

Choose a Color

Over the past few years, LED lighting has begun to dominate the market. It’s a brilliant way to save energy and gain directionalcontrol over your lighting fixtures. But one feature has gotten us pretty excited: the ability to change the color of your lighting with the touch of a button.

In 2012, Philips launched a new line of light bulbs under the name Hue, giving homeowners the ability to change the colors of their lighting in any room was a hit, and it ended up spawning a whole new market for smart bulbs. But there’s one ability Hue bulbs have over the competition – they can be controlled by a Control4 home automation system.

That means simple, intuitive and integrated controls of your entire media room’s lighting with a single interface. When it’s time to begin the scary movie festivities, dim the lights around the screen and turn the ones in the back of the room blood red or ghoulish green. On game day, pick the lights that best represent team colors. With thousands of color options to choose from, there’s no limit to how you can customize your spaces.

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Craft an Elegant Outdoor Space With Home Lighting Control

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If you're an outdoor-type, you probably know that you can set up a beautiful entertainment system and enjoy excellent audio in your backyard and pool area. But a huge part of turning your Atlanta property's exterior space into a functional and fun environment is integrating home lighting control. It's important to remember that outdoor lighting is different from interior setups. In this blog, we'll give you some smart tips on enjoying the outdoors with elegant and long-lasting lights.

See Also: Take Control of Your Home Lighting For a Smarter, Safer Property

Longer Lasting Lights

When crafting an outdoor lighting solution, it's important to consider how long the lights will last. Inside, it's easy enough to change a bulb – even when you have to grab the step ladder and screwdriver – but what do you do when you have to drain the pool or fix other hard-to-reach areas?

The fact is, you don't want to burden yourself with bulbs that should be changed often. That's why LED lights are the perfect solution. Not only are they beautiful, dimmable and customizable, but they last a very long time. How long? If you left them on all day and all night, they could last up to 11 years without replacement.

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