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Everything to Know About Delos’ DARWIN Wellness Technology

Improve Your Health and Well-Being with this Smart Home Control

There’s no doubt about it: smart home control makes everyday life a breeze, and every living space easier to go about your day in. But how can you make your New York City home better and healthier to live in?

Delos has found a way to combine smart technology with health and wellness research in order to bring you DARWIN, a home wellness intelligence designed to maintain a healthy lifestyle for you, both mentally and physically.

Want to find out more about this incredible smart feature for your property? Just keep reading on below.

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Embrace Green Smart Tech with Sonnen’s Energy Management!

Learn more about sonnen’s ecoLinks, micro-grid technology and more

German energy storage firm, sonnen, recently acquired by Shell, has introduced a fresh take on home integration technology with their focus on conserving energy through more efficient use and storage of resources. Today, we’ll explore some of sonnen’s energy management innovations and see how you can implement them into your New York City home, so keep reading.

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Heat Up Your Pool and Patio Entertainment with an Outdoor Theater!

Bring friends and family outside to enjoy warm-weather activities all summer long.  

When you picture a home theater for your space in New York City or the greater metropolitan area, you probably have imagined a quiet, dark room hidden within your home. However, now that the weather is starting to warm up to a pleasantly balmy range, your family and guests might prefer to enjoy your outdoor spaces. 

Whether you live in a high-rise condo with ample balcony or roof living spaces or a suburban home with an expansive patio and pool, ACS can help you custom-design a summer home for your favorite movies and music

As expert A/V installers, we understand that outdoor spaces come with different considerations. Will the screen be bright enough to accommodate the space? (You can see how much lighting surrounds the pictured area above.) Will you need different audio specs to account for larger spaces and natural elements like wind?

Yes: We have to think through countless variables to ensure your outdoor home theater’s success, but you don’t have to! Let us take care of the details, so you can kick back with family and friends and enjoy your outdoor home theater, even before summer’s in full swing. Keep reading to see how we can help you achieve that perfect pool or patio theater.

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Design Your Home Theater for First-Run Movie Services!

At ACS, we often discuss home theater designs that replicates a cinematic feel in New York City homes like yours. But what if we told you that your family could truly recreate the theater experience with one adjustment to your personal home theater design?

Our partnership with Bel Air Cinema ensures that you can work all the box-office hits into your busy schedule without having to leave the house. Even enjoy films on the same date the film is released to the public. Keep reading to learn more about this breakthrough program and why you should consider it for your theater installation or upgrade!

SEE MORE: How DSP Breathes New Life into Your Home Theater

What Is Bel Air?

Take a quick look at the movies showing in your local theater. Whether it’s due to privacy, security or convenience, you may not want to make the trip to the local cinema to watch the latest releases.

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Control Your Home Integration System with Style!

Take a look at some keypads you could add to your New York City home. 

When you’re creating the perfect home integration system for your New York City residence, don’t neglect one of the main design elements -- your control keypads. 

ACS focuses on every detail of your control system, including some that are too often ignored. We know you want a home integration program that functions well. But, let’s face it, looks play an important role, too. If your home style is modern and industrial, you don’t want to blight your wall with a conventional beige keypad.

Fortunately, we’ve found some exquisitely designed, integrated controls that we’re excited to show you, from a variety of manufacturers, including partners like Lutron and Crestron. Keep reading to learn more and enjoy a beautiful picture gallery!

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How to Create A Healthier, More Beautiful Home with LED Lighting

It may seem shocking that the light fixtures in your home can have a dramatic impact on both your health and interior design, but it’s true. That’s the power of LED lighting.

By promoting better sleep and helping your body better align with its internal clock, LEDs can transform the way you live. Plus, you get to add a unique sense of style to your home with the power of tunable lighting. Not convinced? Read on to learn more about how LED lighting fixtures can revolutionize the way New York City homeowners live.

SEE ALSO: Hassle-free Upgrades to Your Lighting & Shades?

AESTHETIC BENEFITS

Before getting into how LED lighting fixtures can impact your body, let’s look at how they can impact your home. The truth is there is no substitute for LEDs; they use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, they’re safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs, and tunable lighting gives you an unsurpassed range when it comes to the color and intensity of your light fixtures.

What is tunable lighting? Tunable lighting is a new concept in interior design made possible by warm-dimming LEDs. Whereas older dimmers only let you control the intensity of the light, tunable lighting lets you control the intensity and the color of your fixtures independently from one another.

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Upgrade Your Outdoor Space With ShadeCraft’s Sunflower

Winter may have just begun, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’re going to jazz up your outdoor space when warm weather returns to New York City. One of the most exciting new technologies we’ve seen is ShadeCraft’s Sunflower, an automated umbrella shade that also functions as a multipurpose technology hub.

The Sunflower gives you the opportunity to expand your smart home control to your outdoor environments with wireless, voice-controlled lighting and A/V components in addition to a shade that automatically moves with the sun. Keep reading to learn more about how the Sunflower can make your New York City home bloom when the temperature rises.

SEE ALSO: Smart Home Control by Savant Provides Great Features and a Polished Interface

Always Stay In The Shade

If you have a stationary umbrella shade, you’ve had to deal with inconsistent protection from sunlight. The sun is moving throughout the day, and if your shade doesn’t move with it, there are always going to be exposed areas. An adjustable umbrella shade can help, but manual models can be so hard to use that you end up not taking advantage of this extra feature.

The Sunflower solves this problem by moving automatically with the sun, opening up in the morning and tracking the sun until it sets. If there are high winds or other inclement weather, the shade will automatically close so you don't have to worry about the device being damaged. 

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Easily Access 4K Content with Kaleidescape

If you have a dedicated home theater, you’re looking to recreate the cinema experience without the headaches that come with a visit to the local multiplex. A big part of that experience comes from the quality of the video, and with the rise of 4K Ultra HD resolution, you can now view movies in crystal clear detail.

Kaleidescape is changing the game when it comes to easy access to 4K media. This home theater system features an expansive digital store filled with 4K films, but it also gives you the opportunity to import your DVDs and Blu-Rays so you can access them at any time without a disc.

Read on to learn about the benefits of adding a Kaleidescape server to your New York City home.

SEE ALSO: Are You Placing Price Ahead of Your Home Theater System Performance?

4K Video with the Touch of a Button

The most popular streaming services offer 4K Ultra HD resolution for certain films, but the selections on those services aren’t comprehensive and are constantly changing. Your favorite movie might be on Netflix one month but disappear the next, only to show up again a year later.

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New Media Room Design? Consider These State-of-the-Art Technologies.

Here in New York City, we know that it might be difficult to find the space to build a dedicated home theater.

But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the movie-viewing experience in your home. In fact, you can still enjoy a high-end home theater system featuring state-of-the-art technology – just in a more hybrid environment.

In this post, we share three of the best technologies you can showcase in a custom media room design that will enhance the movie-watching experience for you and your guests.

Just scroll down below to find out more.

SEE ALSO: 4 Must-Haves to Create the Ultimate Home Media Room

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Smart Solutions Fit for Your Home

Considering an upgrade to your home and not sure where to start? What about lighting control that enhances your home’s beauty and efficiency?

 

Maybe you’re not sure about what you’re even looking to upgrade or add when it comes to your lighting solution.

 

Enter Lutron programming.

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How Can Lights Provide You Safety, Luxury and Efficiency?

We’ve all been there: we leave a room only to realize we forgot to turn the lights off. Or maybe you often waste energy leaving lights on when natural sunlight is available to illuminate your room.

It can be a hassle keeping up with your home’s lighting. Fortunately, a Lutron lighting control system allows easy control of all the lights in your New York City home. In this blog, we will outline some of the features and benefits of a Lutron lighting control system. Keep reading to learn more.

See Also: 3 Ways Home Lighting and Shade Control Enhance Your Well-Being

Customization

Adjust your lighting system throughout the day according to your specific needs, or change the mood of any room or area to accommodate for a certain occasion.

Whether you are having people over for a large party, an intimate dinner, or getting ready to call it a night, a lighting control system allows you create scenes to set the lighting just right to fit any occasion.

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How Does Lutron Shading Control Transform Your Property?

Many homeowners have different reasons for investing in smart shades: the luxurious look and feel, the customized control, the desire to stay on top of the latest technology, or all of the above.

Lutron shading control solutions have many benefits that can apply to any New York City homeowner, which is why we partner with them. In this blog, we’ll outline some of those benefits and what they mean for your home.

See Also: Smart Home Integration for Every New York Property

Convenient Control

Shading control from Lutron means full control from the device most convenient to you.

We can set up a customized keypad so that you can adjust all shades with a single touch. The seeTouch Designer wallstation is one option available with HomeWorks and Sivoia QED wired shading systems. It’s available in multiple colors and allows complete control with just the tap of a button.

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What Motorized Shades Are Best for Me?

When it comes to shading solutions, the right fit can make or break a room. This is why we’ve partnered with Lutron to provide the best in motorized shades for your New York City home. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the motorized shading options that Lutron has to offer, with an emphasis on one of our favorites: the Palladiom Shading System.

See Also: Motorized Window Treatments Enhance Every Space in Your Manhattan Apartment

Palladiom Shading System

Its intentional and innovative design is distinctly Lutron. The system maintains the standards of whisper-quiet technology, flawless function, and elegant style. Let’s break down a few of Palladiom’s features:

  • Minimalist aesthetic: The system is sleek with a slender 3-inch total profile. This means that you avoid a clunky looking system that distracts from the rest of your room.
  • Matching products: Uniformity among your hardware provides a more consistent and purposeful design in your home. Select the same tone and finish for your keypads as your shading hardware for a polished look.
  • Exposed bracket: Rather than hiding the technology, Lutron has decided to show it off. The brackets hide the electronics that make the shades work but can be opened if needed. The exposed bracket is available in black, white or satin nickel, making it a strategic decorative move.
  • Quiet performance: Why install a noisy piece of a technology? Especially when it comes to home technology like your smart shading system, you shouldn’t — and don’t — have to compromise.

The Palladiom’s design allows it to fit anywhere. You can use a ceiling or wall mount depending on your needs, preference or home layout.

Regardless of your home’s architectural style, the shades and its brackets will fit seamlessly into any window frame or recess.

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The SMART Mirror: What You Need to Know

Imagine waking up for your day, walking into your bathroom or dressing room to get ready, and seeing all the updates that you care about displayed on the mirror in front of you.

Sound like a dream?

With Séura’s SMART Mirror, that vision has become a reality. Take the next step in customizing your New York City area home with this luxurious upgrade that will change the way you interact with your technology.

In this blog, we will take a look at the defining features of the Séura SMART Mirror and what those features might mean for your daily routine.

See Also: Is a Loud Ceiling Ruining Your Interior Décor?

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Is it Time to Ditch the 4K TV in Your Home Theater?

Chances are, you own a 4K Ultra HD TV.

Chances are, you love it.

And chances are, you don’t want to ditch it in favor of an old-fashioned movie projector.

But if you’re interested in a fully immersive video display in your New York City, NY property, you may just want to rethink that position.

In this blog, we’ll explore why projector and screen combinations are a cornerstone of home theater design.

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What Lutron Dimmer is Right for Your Home?

With so many lighting control options available through Lutron, it can be easy to get a bit overwhelmed. We believe that selecting the right Lutron dimmer is essential to making your New York City home as luxurious as possible. Luxury in your home means convenience, ease of use, style and functionality. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few Lutron dimmers and what you need to know about each of them.

See Also: Unsurpassed Beauty and Style from Lutron and ACS

Palladiom QS Wallstations

The Palladiom QS Wallstations have a sleek, minimalist design for a subtle addition to your home. They incorporate settings for specific moments or moods, like “Dine,” “Entertain,” “Evening” and more. This means that you can program your lighting system to dim to a certain level for any occasion with a single touch.

The faceplates and buttons are flush to each other and use consistent material. This creates a smooth and minimalist aesthetic.

The buttons are large with simple, backlit text. This ensures an easy to use (and easy to find) solution to operating your lighting system and motorized shades. Why fumble around in the dark to find a remote when you can just search for that simple go-to wall plate? Don’t worry about the backlighting being too bright in the middle of the night; it automatically adjusts to the room’s light levels.

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What You Should Know About High-End Audio

Now that the MP3 is officially dead and streaming services like Spotify and Tidal are offering lossless audio subscription tiers, it’s the perfect time to invest in a high-end audio upgrade for your New York City property. But if you think all you need to get optimized sound is a wireless speaker taking up space on your bookshelf, you’re in for a disappointment. Instead, top-quality audio is about choosing the right components and optimizing your space for the perfect listening experience. Interested in learning more? Keep reading.

See Also: What We Loved at CEDIA 2017

Understanding Speakers

While they’re not always the first place to start building your system, many homeowners believe speakers are the most important part of an audio chain. But instead of scouring online forums and blogs about which speaker sounds best, you have to consider how they’ll sound in your space.

No two speaker brands are the same, just like no two rooms are exactly the same. Taking an in-depth look at the cabinet crafting, the materials of the drivers and other details will help inform your decision on which speaker will sound best in your space. However, there’s never a substitute for actually listening to the units.

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What We Loved at CEDIA 2017

The Custom Electronics Design and Installation’s annual showcase of the coolest and newest tech products may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still drooling over some the great new smart home technology coming down the line. From awesome new touch-panel mirror TVs to the resurgence of vinyl that will bring you back to your record-collecting heyday, we got to take a look at all of the best stuff that will be available this holiday season and beyond. Want to sneak a peek? We’ve chosen some of our favorites below. Keep reading to find out more!

See Also: 3 Unique Stylistic Solutions for Your Home Entertainment

Seura Smart Mirror 

A smart TV in your bathroom mirror is a great idea. You can catch up on the morning news while shaving or brushing your teeth. But you know what’s better than a smart TV? A complete smart home hub in your bathroom mirror – and that’s exactly what Seura is offering with their latest product.

The Seura Smart Mirror allows you to do a lot more than just watch TV; you can utilize apps, receive up-to-the-minute weather reports and yes, control your entire smart home before you’re done with your morning routine. It’s all completely customizable with access to the Google App store, so you can simplify the way you start your day. Plus, it’s fully equipped with voice control so you can enjoy hands-free access. 

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What is the Best Way to Stream Music in Your Home?

Largely on the back of paid streaming subscriptions, the music industry is having a revival. According to the IFPI Global Music Report, 112 million users subscribed to paid streaming services in 2016 for a revenue growth of 60 percent that helped offset a decline in digital downloads and physical purchases. Both the recording and audio manufacturing industries are looking to capitalize on this growth by offering greater streaming catalogs and creating better music streaming solutions.

In this blog, we help you find the best way to join the streaming music bandwagon in your New York City or Long Island home. Keep reading to find out which streaming services offer the best quality and how you can upgrade to streaming music services. This way you’re not relegated to listening on your phone or computer.

SEE MORE: Elevate Your Music Listening Experience with Whole Home Audio

Best Music Streaming Services

Deciding on the right streaming service to use can depend greatly on what your priorities are. Below we highlight the ones we like to use most—though if you’re an avid fan of a specific band or artist, you should always make sure they don’t have exclusive deals with a particular service.

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Why You Should Install a Smart Thermostat This Summer

As the summer months approach, it’s almost impossible to deal with the fluctuating temperatures in the New York metropolitan area. In just the past week, the city has seen highs of 90 degrees and lows of 50. With a smart thermostat, you don’t have to play catch up. Your home is always at your ideal temperature and with a lending hand from some of your other technology—including your motorized window shades—you don’t have to expend ridiculous amounts of energy to stay cool. Below we highlight some of the best smart thermostat features that you can take advantage of this summer.

SEE MORE: Motorized Window Treatments Enhance Every Space in your Apartment

Make it Easy to Set the Temperature

Traditional thermostats can be a hassle to program as you try to figure out what all the buttons on the panel mean. One of the coolest aspects of a smart thermostat is that it’s easy to manage from a mobile app or even through voice commands if you have Amazon Alexa. The app comes with simple graphics that let you choose a room, set the temperature, and turn fans on and off.

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