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Why Consider a Centralized Lighting System from ACS and Lutron?

If you are getting ready to construct a new home, putting in major renovations, or creating an addition, NOW is the time to partner with ACS to assist in the design of a centralized lighting control system from Lutron. Why? Besides having complete flexibility with switching, dimming, energy management and shade control in one system, consider this…

Aesthetics- ACS can work with you, your architect or interior designer to minimize clutter on your walls with a well-designed Lutron centralized lighting system. Instead of wiring local switches for each different zone of light in a room which results in an unsightly bank of switches and dimmers, you can have a single, elegant keypad that comes in a variety of finishes to match your décor.

Flexibility- You have the ability to control any one light, shade, and temperature zone from any single button on a keypad, touch screen or smart device. You maximize convenience and can accommodate a multitude of lifestyle applications for you and your family. When your needs or preferences change it’s easy to make adjustments to your settings.

Scalability – Centralized lighting systems offer maximum scalability. Everything from a Manhattan apartment to a sprawling Beverly Hills estate can be accommodated. Get ACS involved during the design phase of your large residence to collaborate with architects, designers and general contractors and ensure appropriate wiring infrastructures is implemented.

ReliabilityACS works with Lutron because their design, quality control and performance are unsurpassed in the industry. Wireless lighting control has proven to be effective, yet nothing can replace the tried and true results of a centralized system using dimming panels hard wired to local keypads via low voltage. In an emergency, multiple redundant systems further ensure uninterrupted operation.

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How Many Ways Can You Personalize YOUR Lighting?

When you stop to think about it, we all have a somewhat intimate relationship with our lights. One of the first things you do when you wake up is turn on the lights and usually the last thing you do before going to sleep is turn them off. When you enter your home or walk into a room, what do you usually reach for? Yep, controls for the lights. You might like a bright room while your spouse prefers a more dimly lit space. Lighting is more personal than we realize. 

If you get the annual “telephone book” stack of Restoration Hardware catalogs you’ll notice one was dedicated specifically to lighting. Fixtures and table lamps have personality and there’s tons of options to suit any individual taste. With lighting being a personal matter, ACS has noticed in working with thousands of homeowners and hundreds of designers and architects that personalized control of lighting is often overlooked. If you’ve never thought about expressing your individuality with controlled lighting options, a technology integrator can make that happen. The process is fun too! 

An expert lighting control system allows you to get creative in all sorts of ways (from which light sources react to your commands to the design of the controllers themselves, and much more) that will uniquely express your personality and style. Whether you’re in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester or just about anywhere from New York to Florida to California, your personalized lighting system will feel like a natural extension of your house when you partner with ACS; easily relatable and providing genuine value and enjoyment.

Customizable Interfaces

Controllers can be designed with a particular theme in mind; be it coastal, traditional, contemporary.. The many personalities of your household can be reflected in the lighting scenes you choose and the aesthetics of the device used to activate those scenes. Keypads can be color matched, architecturally finished, custom engraved, and the icons on smartphones, tablets and touchscreens can be labeled however you prefer, including different languages.

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What Benefits do Motorized Shades Provide (Besides Convenience)?

Is there any part of the home you can’t make “smart?” More and more homes (and apartments and resorts, etc.) are being constructed with advanced technologies built in. Viking ranges and Sub-Zero refrigerators are being delivered with WiFi, apps and touchscreens. Whether designing a new home, remodeling or a retrofit application ACS has solutions for introducing basic home integration. A great place to start is with something you interact with everyday… window shades!

Controlled window shades are convenient and cool to have, but are there any other benefits? Glad you asked! There are actually several reasons why programmed, responsive window treatments are both a great investment and a “smart” decision for your property and family.

Stop the Sun Damage

Many of the items in your home (such as art, photographs, upholstery, rugs, and more) contain dyes and inks that will fade when exposed to too much sunlight. One of our New York clients was shocked when redecorating and saw the discoloration on her living room wood floors and realized what kind of damage must have also been done to her Stark rug and heirloom Matisse. Controlled shades can be programmed to prevent the harshest direct light from damaging your valuables, and can even be scheduled to alter the operations due to Daylight Savings and seasonal changes. ACS shading system designer, Cody Derby, has found that since you’re putting some kind of treatments on your windows anyway it’s an easy next step to automate them. Otherwise they usually stay raised when you’re not home and UV damage occurs.

Enhance Your Privacy

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Hassle-free Upgrades to Your Lighting & Shades?

Would you like to take advantage of the latest lighting control conveniences, shade integration elegance, and energy management advancements without making holes in your walls and disrupting your life?

That’s where ACS and Lutron’s Wireless QS system comes in!  Lutron QS is a wireless, energy-saving lighting control, automated window treatment, and HVAC home control system that gives you the ability to tailor the environment throughout your entire home from simple intuitive devices.

Because QS utilizes Lutron’s patented Clear Connect® RF wireless technology, the system installs easily into existing homes without running any new wires removing the need to make “Swiss cheese” of your walls. It’s perfect for retrofit projects as well as new construction homes.

Standard switches and dimmers are replaced with “smart” lighting controls, old pull cord shades are replaced with battery powered shades, and all without running a single wire. Your new smart devices “talk” to each other to work in perfect combination. Lutron QS is also scalable, meaning you can start with a single room or a few rooms, and expand the system to cover your entire home when you’re ready.

With Wireless QS, you can:

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