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Designing a Smart Home

When you were younger, did you dream of living in the Jetsons’ futuristic utopia? With the emergence of new home technologies, this dream could become a reality – sort of. Many homeowners are designing their houses to be “smart homes,” integrating as much technology into everyday tasks as possible. For example, automated window shades and keyless entry.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we believe in keeping up-to-date with the latest trends in home automation, as it allows us to help enhance your home beyond lighting. How can you transform your property into a smart home? Consider the following products from some of our most trusted brands.

Landscape Lighting

Nest Home Security products To decrease the chances of your home being burglarized, it is important to install landscape lighting. Many homeowners avoid it due to the cost to keep lights on all night, but the advent of LED bulbs greatly reduces energy costs. In addition to detracting burglars with a home that is lit at night, motion sensors can also be integrated to alert you when someone is on your property. We have an extensive line of landscape lighting products available in our showrooms, from retailers like Kichler and Hinkley.

Lutron Caséta Wireless

Lutron is an industry leader in lighting controls. Their innovative Caséta Wireless product allows you to control the features of your home with the tap of a button. From home or your smartphone, you can turn the lights on and off, adjust the thermostat and lower or raise the shades. Lutron also carries a state-of-the-art line of motorized window shades.

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Home Theater Lighting & Automation

Whether you’re a movie lover who enjoys spending time in his home theater or someone who likes to host viewing parties in front of your 60-inch flat screen, your space should be properly lit and automated. In order to recreate the atmosphere of a typical media room, it should be designed like one. Follow the tips for proper placement, glare reduction and ultimate functionality.

Avoid Screen Glare

For general illumination, install deep recessed downlights. A hanging chandelier or pendants will reflect off of your television screen, creating a glare. Wall sconces will form a non-reflective pathway, as long as the fronts are opaque. Similarly, table lamps with opaque shades can be used for tasks, like operating the remote control or eating popcorn.

Where to Place Lights

Recessed lighting is the best for overhead illumination because they will not be directed at the television screen. However, you can get more creative with your accent and task lighting. If you want your home theater to resemble a real movie theater, consider track lighting slightly above the floor and extending around the entire room.

Also, don’t forget to install lighting around your home theater system. While you may not want it on during your viewing, it will help you to search through DVDs or connect external cables. Under-cabinet lighting provides the source of light you need, where you need it, without overpowering the space.

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The Benefits of Motorized Window Shades

On Monday, July 25, Todd Director, the Vice President of Connecticut Lighting Centers, appeared on WGGB TV’s Western Mass News to discuss motorized window shades. At our showrooms, we carry Lutron® battery-powered roller shades. With automated window shades, you can take the guesswork out of lifting and lowering.

Why Do We Carry Motorized Shades?

Many people wonder why a lighting store would sell window shades. Over the years at Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have expanded our services to include home automation. If you’re controlling your lights with dimmers, why not regulate other features of your home? We have a partnership with Lutron®, who has created the best motorized shades on the market.

How Do They Work?

Lutron® battery-operated window shades can be controlled from a remote control or an app on your smartphone. The app allows you to enable certain settings, like a sun sensor, that will automatically raise or lower your shades based on the amount of sun shining through. They move up and down fast, and have a virtually silent motor.

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Lutron Caséta Wireless

Lutron Caséta Wireless
Your connected home begins here

Peace of Mind. Comfort. Convenience.

Whether you want your lights on, off, or somewhere in between, your shades raised or lowered, or your temperature set back a few degrees, you can count on Caséta Wireless to deliver what you need. With the Lutron Caséta you can adjust your lights, window shades and temperature from anywhere.

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Lutron Serena Shades

Lutron’s “Serena” Wireless Motorized Window Shades

Motorized shades for the same price or less than manual shades

Enhance your lifestyle with affordable luxury. Lutron has broken the price barrier with high quality, easy-to-install, attractive, battery-powered window shades. These Motorized shades are for the same price or less than manual shades.

Serena Window Shade fabrics come in a variety of fashionable colors and textures that are available in single cell or double cell construction for light filtering, sheer, or room darkening applications. Serena shades from Lutron can help reduce glare, add privacy, enhance your home’s decor, create ambiance and protect home furnishings from the sun’s UV rays. Installation is easy because Serena shades are completely wireless and feature a snap in design. These shades can also help you save on your energy costs. All Serena shades can be controlled with a single room remote or whole-home system.

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