Smart Lights – Local Homes Use Automated Lighting From Classic Stereo

smart lights in local homes

If you think about your daily life, you likely pay for convenience. You have a smart phone, a smart TV, but what about smart lights?

It especially helps when you have multiple stories to your home. When you want to go to bed but can’t remember if you turned off all the lights? Hit the “Goodnight” button. That not only saves you time, it saves you energy and can even reduce your electricity bill.

The pictures below offer recent examples of West Michigan homes with Lutron lighting control installed by Bekins.

The homeowners chose to automate their home with Crestron. So they can control their entire home, including the Lutron lights and shades, through their iPad. However, they also have the option to turn lights on or off and even set “scenes” with a discreet control panel on the wall. As you can see with the pictures below, the panel blends in well with the home.

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Motorized Shades in a West Michigan smart home. Installed by Bekins and Classic Stereo

test lutron lighting controls in our showroom

We use Lutron panels and Crestron automation in our showroom. Visit our showroom and let our experts show how it can make your life easier. There is nothing quite like seeing home automation in action.

LiteTouch Repair – A simple switch to Lutron

Transitioning from LiteTouch to Lutron with Classic Stereo and Bekins

FROM LITETOUCH TO LUTRON

At Classic Stereo and Bekins, we provide our customers with solutions, including people who are left without support from LiteTouch. We recently helped a West Michigan home easily transition to Lutron.

Savant bought LiteTouch in 2012, then stopped selling all products related to hardwired lighting. That means no more support for homeowners who use it.

That is why our technicians recently visited a West Michigan home built in the mid 1990s. Several of their keypads stopped working.

Our technicians provided solutions with the help of Lutron. They did not need to open up any walls, instead our technicians used the wiring already in the home.

Lutron provides keypads, processors and dimi modules specifically designed to upgrade LiteTouch homes.

In conclusion, the homeowners loved the system repair. They upgraded their 20-year old home lighting control system to include more functions plus the option to control it from an iPad.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM TO SEE LIGHTING CONTROL IN ACTION

Test examples of lighting control and many of the other features Lutron provides by visiting our showroom. Our Electronics Professionals provide solutions to customers every day.

Motorized shades protect beautiful Lake Michigan home

Motorized Shades in a West Michigan smart home. Installed by Bekins and Classic Stereo

Any home that looks out over the beautiful dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline will obviously use large windows to maximize the view. However, large amounts of sun can fade your carpet and furniture inside the home. Our Electronics Integration team recently completed a project that shows many of the ways we can improve your home. It especially displays the importance of motorized shades to protect your carpet and furniture from the sun.

This home features Lutron shades that can also be controlled by Crestron automation. The homeowners control their shades through a dedicated panel on the wall or a tablet, like an iPad.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE SUN DAMAGE

Our Bekins project managers say they have seen homes really affected by the sun. One project manager described a home that had a bleach-white rug. He thought that was the color they chose, until someone moved a table to reveal its original color.

Luckily this smart home along the shores of West Michigan has not suffered any ill effects from sun’s UV rays. With no trees, or really anything to protect it from the sun, our team immediately noticed the importance of motorized shades.

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DIFFERENT ROOMS – DIFFERENT MOTORIZED SHADES

With dunes between the home and Lake Michigan, this West Michigan smart home built its first three floors to support the top floor. The fourth floor houses the most square footage because it hosts the best view, looking out over the dunes and the lake.

Other spots in the home had shades mounted either above or inside the window. However, mounting inside the window blocks a small portion of the view.

The shades on the fourth floor were incorporated into the crown molding, so you can’t see them until they drop down. This option does not take away a single inch of the beautiful view.

We offer blackout shades that completely block out the sun. However, the top floor features sheer shades. This option allows you to still see the shoreline a little, but it still protects the furniture and carpet.

We also offer an option to have both sheer and blackout shades on the same window.

Lakeview living room with motorized shades up.
Lakeview living room with motorized shades up.
Lakeview living room with motorized shades down.
Lakeview living room with motorized shades down.

TEST LUTRON SHADES IN OUR SHOOWROOM

Do you know a great way to see sheer and blackout shades work together? Visit The Den in our showroom. That is one of many motorized shades you can test. Talk to our experts about Lutron as well, they offer a variety of styles to fit almost every home and decor.

what can our internationally-acclaimed electronics team do for your home?

Home Automation – Electronics 101

Some people may call it Smart Home technology, we call it Home Automation. It’s a way to make your life more convenient and more safe. Classic Stereo Electronics Professional John Higgs talks about it in our latest Electronics 101.

WHAT IS HOME AUTOMATION?

Home Automation allows you to control almost anything in your home with the touch of a button. Use remotes, buttons on a wall, your phone, your tablet or even your voice to control your environment. Your environment can include:

  • heating and cooling
  • TV
  • audio
  • lights
  • shades
  • locks on your doors
  • and almost anything else you can imagine

WHY IT’S HELPFUL

It’s convenient. Our internationally-acclaimed electronics installers can set it up to fit your needs. You can control the lights in each room with the touch of a button. You can also turn off the lights through your entire house with one touch.

It’s safe. If you forgot to lock the door after you left, then simply lock it with your phone. You can even automate lights and cameras to work when it detects movement outside the home.

It’s energy efficient. Certain Home Automation technology can adjust the shades based on the amount of sunlight in the room. Lights can also adjust automatically based on the brightness in the room. Think about how the energy you can save by having a schedule for your thermostat and so many other aspects of your home.

DO YOU INSTALL IT DURING CONSTRUCTION? CAN YOU INSTALL IT AFTERWARDS?

The answer is yes! Installing Home Automation during construction of the home opens up a few more options. However, we can automate a home that has already been built.

TRY IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

We use Home Automation technology to control many aspects of our showroom. So visit us to see how it works.

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TEN REASONS TO CHOOSE HOME AUTOMATION

Custom Electronics Home Automation

We believe in the power of home automation. Not only do we offer Crestron and other home automation services to our customers, their systems controls many of the lights and electronics in our Classic Stereo  and Bekins showrooms.

Yet, if you know someone that still needs some convincing, Crestron recently released 10 reasons to automate your home’s lighting and shades with their technology.

TOP 10 REASONS TO AUTOMATE YOUR HOME’S LIGHTING AND SHADES

  • CONVENIENCE: This one seems obvious, but we cannot stress the benefits enough. The push of one button controls the lights and the shades. You can do even the electronics, garage doors, locks and everything you can imagine (maybe even some you can’t imagine).
  • COMFORT: What if you could replace the beeping of your alarm with a raise of the curtains? Think about waking up to natural sunlight. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, set your lights to turn on as you walk down the hall.
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  • AESTHETICS: You can replace clusters of wall switches and dimmers all over your home and replace them with stylish touchscreens, keypads or back lit engraved buttons. Get rid of cords hanging from your shades and take advantage of Creston’s new color matching service. Get shades in any shade of color you need to perfectly match your home’s decor.
  • SECURITY: Discourage potential intruders by setting your lights and curtains to change at certain times. Did you hear a noise in the middle of the night? Turn on all of your home’s interior and exterior lights with one touch of a button.
  • ENERGY SAVINGS: Crestron shades provide insulation for the heat and cold.  Yet, think about how much money you save when your automation can change the lights and the shades based on:
    • time of day
    • room temperature
    • season (winter, spring, summer fall)
    • the light in the room
    • how many people occupy the room
  • UV PROTECTION: Automate those same shades to raise and lower around the house depending on the position of the sun. The automation aims to block harmful UV rays, but still make the most of natural lighting in your home.
  • ARTISANAL LUXURY: Ask our Electronics Professionals about the Hartman & Forbes Collection. The design works best for “individuals who appreciate the benefits of handcrafted products created by artisans with a meticulous eye for detail.”
  • EASY UPGRADES: You can easily upgrade from a Crestron manual shade to a motorized one.  Our award-winning Electronic Integration team can slide a new motor in. Then add that shade to your automation system.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: Ask our Electronics Professionals for more information about Crestron’s Limited Lifetime Warranty for residential lighting control and shade motors.
  • COMPLETE HOME AUTOMATION: You can automate your audio, video, security, heating, cooling and so much more through Crestron. Have anything else you want to automate? Our Electronics Integrators have likely already done it at another home.
Home Automation Touch Panel Example

SEE HOME AUTOMATION IN ACTION

We use home automation in our showroom. We have voice automated controls in our Den. So visit us to see it in action. Learn more about how it can ease your day to day stress and even save your energy bills.

Home Automation Classic Stereo Den

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: Home Theater

Classic-Stereo-Home Theater

We dare you to find a better Home Theater experience than our Reference Theater in Classic Stereo. Our theater includes the best brands:

  • Salamander Seating
  • acoustic mapping with Kinetics
  • Seymour Screens
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • and more

If you have not seen the theater, watch the video below. Then, visit our Classic Stereo showroom because it is an experience that no video or words can truly describe.

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: HIDDEN INSTALLATION

Hidden Installation The Den

When you work with Classic Stereo by Bekins, your room can transform at the bush of a button. You can even change a room with the sound of your voice! See hidden installation firsthand in the Den at the Classic Stereo showroom.

Can’t make it into our showroom? Let Electronics Professional John Higgs show you just a taste of what our Electronics Integration team can do for your home.