Lutron Smart Shades Let You Expertly Manage Natural Light With Style
TAGS: Lighting Control | Lutron | Motorized Shades | Smart Home Design
Here in Dallas, we can be chilly in the winter and quite hot in the summer. On a cold but brilliantly sunny winter day, you might just want the sun to shine through all day. In the height of the Texas summer in August, you might want to keep those shades down and keep the load off on the air conditioning system – at least until sunset. If the day varies, you might want to adjust accordingly – on an overcast day, open it up to get as much natural light as you can, or just enjoy the rain if that's what's on tap for the weather.
It used to be that to get automated window treatments that you could open and close at a touch of a button, you’d have to invest in a very customized solution. Even then, you might have been limited in style choices for your home. Fortunately, those days are in the past. Today’s motorized smart shading solutions offer a wide array of styles to fit almost any décor.
Lutron is a company we partner with for lighting control systems, and they are well known for their solutions in that space. What some people don’t associate Lutron with is shading. As a company, Lutron is devoted to the management of light, both natural and artificial, in both residential and commercial settings. The company has significantly expanded its shading offerings in the past several years and has a variety of solutions that are an excellent fit for most homes.
If you thought motorized shades might be a great addition to your Dallas home - but didn’t think they would fit your style – it’s time to take a closer look at Lutron shade solutions.
Five Tips For Avoiding Annoying Audio In Your Meetings
TAGS: Boardroom Automation | Conference Room Audio Video | Conference Room Design | Wireless Microphone System
Are you plagued with audio issues in your video and audio conferences? The most common problem with audio in meetings is feedback. Almost everyone experiences it whether it’s on a simple Skype call from your computer or a Zoom video conference across two packed conference rooms from Richardson to Shanghai.
The main cause of that nasty feedback that makes for painful meetings is sound that emanates from speakers and is picked up by the microphone, creating a feedback loop. Depending on the gain (volume) applied to the sound, some frequencies can be overly amplified in that loop to sound shrill or generate echoes. When that happens, everyone has to start repeating what they said, or worse, conversations may be misunderstood – something you definitely want to avoid.
So what’s the solution to cure these video conferencing audio ills in your Richardson meeting rooms? Read on for some tips to optimize your conference room sound.
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Control4 Orchestrates Smart Home Control
TAGS: Control4 | Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Whole Home Audio
Smart devices are everywhere. Smart locks, smart doorbells, smart cameras, smart lights, smart thermostats – the list goes on. Chances are you have one or more of them. Some of these devices work well together. For example, if you have an Amazon Echo speaker and use Alexa voice control, some lights will work with it – but not all. Similarly, you may find a device or two that works with Apple Homekit, but they are limited. Some smart cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but some only work with one of them.
One of the frustrations with smart home devices and automation is getting everything to work well together. While it’s a benefit to have a smartphone app and perhaps voice control over a function like smart lights, you ultimately will want a system that can tie them all together and do more sophisticated things.
What do we mean by sophisticated? Think about linking together smart lights, a smart thermostat, and motorized shades for more intelligent control over the interior environment, increasing comfort and saving on energy too. Or perhaps setting a scene for entertaining that manages the lights, audio, and interior temperature to just the right settings for your guests.
A system like Control4 can help you accomplish just that. And it also works with many of the most popular consumer smart home devices too. Read on to find out how Control4 smart home automation can orchestrate all of your smart devices in Frisco.
Use Digital Displays for Effective Communication
TAGS: Commercial Audio Video | Digital Signage | interactive video displays | Menu Boards
Keeping a workforce engaged, happy, and productive is perhaps the most critical challenge in business. Many companies say that their best assets are their people, and in reality, it does come down to that. Any company in any industry with unhappy and unmotivated personnel is going to underperform, no matter how strong its other assets are.
Of course, it takes many things to keep employees engaged. Providing meaningful work, realistic objectives, a suitable physical environment, pay, benefits, recognition, and a host of other factors all play into motivation. Effective communication, as it is in so many endeavors, is also a critical factor.