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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.

Chief TV mounts provide clean look to West Olive home

Chief TV mounts in West Olive

Using Bekins and Classic Stereo for electronics from the very start of a home building process allows you the chance to show a clean and customized look. Thoughtfully designed and executed by the visionaries at Mike Schaap Builders and Benchmark Design Studio, a new home in West Olive uses Chief TV mounts and other features installed by Bekins to hide wires from view.

CHIEF TV MOUNTS DISPLAY SONY televisions

This home features both static TV mounts and mounts with swing arms.

The Chief swing arm mount keeps a low profile, collapsing to fewer than two inches out from the wall. However, it also offers homeowners flexible viewing. It can extend up to 25 inches and effortlessly tilt up to 15 degrees to achieve optimal viewing angles.

With planning from our team, the mount can help you hide wires and avoid using a TV stand. Yet, this home in West Olive at times still uses an entertainment center underneath the TV.

Lakeshore HBA Logo

You can see this home, 15330 Fillmore Street in West Olive, during this spring’s Parade of Homes.sponsored by the Lakeshore Home Builders Association. The event runs from June 7-16. Homes are open Thursdays and Fridays 6-9pm plus Wednesday and Saturdays 1-6pm. Homes are closed Monday, Tuesday and Sunday.

Pay $15 for tickets at the home. Pay $12.50 if you purchase in advance at the Lakeshore Home Builders Association office, on their website or their app. In addition, you can pay $12.50 at participating Lake Michigan Credit Union branches.

Chief TV mounts in West Olive
Chief TV mounts in West Olive
Chief TV mounts in West Olive

SEE CHIEF TV MOUNTS AND SONY TVS IN OUR SHOWROOM

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Breaking Ground On Expansion

Growing Buisness - Expansion in Coopersville

OUR GROWING BUSINESS NEEDS MORE SPACE

If you drive by Coopersville along the I-96 expressway, you will see construction vehicles at the Bekins Service Center and Warehouse on O’Malley Drive. Bekins, which also owns Classic Stereo, has broken ground on a new addition which will nearly double the warehouse and office space, creating space for more jobs at our growing business.

The locally-owned, internationally-acclaimed appliance and electronics company in West Michigan has already outgrown the three-year-old building in Coopersville. Classic Stereo receives its products at the Service Center and it also houses our electronics integration staff.

Bekins President, Scott Bekins, opened the Coopersville Service Center and Warehouse in 2015 to accommodate the company’s growth at the time. With state-of-the-art, interactive showrooms in Grand Haven and Grand Rapids, he planned for the warehouse and office space in Coopersville to accommodate at least 10 more years of company growth. However, Bekins has grown faster than even he expected.

Bekins has nearly tripled its staff since 2010. When the additional 30,000 square feet of warehouse and office space is complete, it will give us the space to double our staff.

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IMPROVING EFFICIENCY – CONTINUING TO RECYCLE

The addition includes changes to make operation even more efficient, which enables us to deliver the best service while keeping costs competitive.

Added space will also help Bekins continue to be one of the greenest appliance dealers in the nation. We recycle more than 90 percent of all waste in their facility, which includes:

  • old appliances
  • cardboard
  • plastic
  • styrofoam
  • banding
  • and much more…

The recycling efforts saved more than 1,286 trees, 7,567 gallons of oil and 280 cubic yards of landfill space in just the last three years.

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SERVING MORE CUSTOMERS

The addition will help Bekins serve more of the top-notch products and services that have earned 20 national and international honors during its 43 years of serving West Michigan.

“We always have been and always will be a service company that happens to sell products,” Bekins said. “People can buy what we sell elsewhere, but you can’t get our service anywhere else. That’s why we continue to grow – better service, same price. We can only do that by being smarter and more efficient. The operations center in Coopersville and our amazing people allow us to do just that.”

Leaders in custom electronics

Custom Electronics Leaders - Classic Stereo and Bekins

CE Pro ranked the top 100 custom electronics integrators in the United States. Bekins, which also owns Classic Stereo, ranked 46th in the nation. The locally-owned appliance and electronics company was also the highest-ranked business with headquarters in Michigan.

another honor for our custom electronics team

It’s another great honor for our custom electronics integration team. Our installers have earned international acclaim for designing, installing and integrating award-winning:

  • Home Theaters
  • Media Rooms
  • Hidden Installation
  • And more
Custom Electronics

Our state-of-the-art, interactive showroom in Grand Rapids allows customers to try out the best TVs, speakers, home theater, electronic shades, lighting control systems and more.

Bekins has the most CEDIA-Certified Professionals in the state. Our local CEDIA-Certified Designers, Technicians and Networking Specialists work from the Bekins Service Center and Warehouse in Coopersville, but service all of West Michigan.

Our staff not only sells, installs and integrates electronics; they also offer local support after the installation.

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Classic Stereo System Fix

STEREO SYSTEM REPAIR: The case of the missing electronics

Stereo system repair

At Classic Stereo, we fix a lot of audio and video systems around West Michigan. Electronics Professional Bill Price recently visited a home with new owners who were looking for stereo system repair services. When the the people who built the home moved out, they left their video projector and screen along with in-ceiling speakers. However, they took all of the other electronics with them.

The new homeowners went to a big-box store to buy a receiver, a subwoofer and a center-channel speaker. They still used the in-ceiling speakers to create a surround-sound system and a second zone of audio. The purchases enabled some of their system to work but not all of it.

When the homeowners called our Electronics Professional a couple of years later, he visited the home and got the system to work again.  He also showed them other features they did not even know they could use.

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STEREO SYSTEM REPAIR – FIXING SYSTEMS WITH CLASSIC STEREO

Here’s what you miss by going to a big box store: service! Not only the exceptional customer service that Bill offered these homeowners but also service after the sale. When you work with Classic Stereo, you get the internationally-acclaimed Bekins electronics integration team as well. The largest, most experienced team of integrators can not only install equipment, they can help you keep it running smoothly.

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CONTACT OR VISIT CLASSIC STEREO

Are you settling for less than the best from your video, audio, lighting, shades and more? Visit our showroom to find out what our experts can do for you.

TV Wall Mounts Help Shelbyville Home Keep Clean Look

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With TVs and an audio system bought at Classic Stereo and installed by the internationally-acclaimed Bekins electronic integration team, this home in Shelbyville shows a clean look to your home’s electronics. TV wall mounts and other mounts help eliminate any cord clutter eyesores.

TV Wall Mounts Help Avoid Cord Clutter

You have probably seen it. The TV mounted on a wall with no outlet behind it, so you also see the cord running below it to reach the plug.

You may have also seen the big entertainment system with a pile of wires stacked behind it.

When you work with Classic Stereo, we help you form a plan to avoid those eyesores and safety hazards.

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This is certainly not the worst case of cord clutter, but also not what you want to see either.

This home in Shelbyville features Sonos Soundbars mounted to Samsung and Sony televisions. The homeowners planned ahead with the mounting so the electrical outlets were placed higher on the wall and the cable cords were run next to them.

So when you see the TV’s around the home, you do not see:

  • a bulky entertainment center
  • any boxes
  • any DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays
  • or any out of place cords
TV wall mounts
Speakers mounted
tv wall mounts

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO MOUNT A TV

When it comes to mounting or even hiding your television, we have numerous options.

Visit our showroom just to see a few, and talk with our experts how to make sure your electronics do not clutter your home.

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Classic Stereo System Fix: Upgrading Technology

CE Pro honor in home education Home Automation

We had a customer recently stop by our showroom who needed a video and stereo system fix. They have a system that Classic Stereo installed about 20 years ago. The home has changed owners twice since then. The last homeowner didn’t use the system, so the new homeowner needs help figuring out how to get it working again.

THE STEREO SYSTEM FIX

Classic Stereo System Fix

The home has wiring to speakers in every room. However, they were controlled by a keypad in the wall that could operate the tuner or the CD player, and control the volume up and down, even let you pick your zone.

Not many people use those anymore.

Electronics Professional John Higgs offered a solution that allowed them to run their stereo system through a tablet.

“The infrastructure was there, ” Higgs said. “We just needed to update the technology.”

The homeowner was thrilled with the solution.

“They didn’t even know what they had available to them,” Higgs said. “Now they are asking about what else is possible. Can we put speakers in the sun room? Can we put speakers out by the pool?”

The answer is, “Yes we can!”

Classic Stereo can easily upgrade the speakers too.

WHAT’S NOT WORKING IN YOUR SYSTEM?

It’s a common conversation in our showroom. If you have any electronics or systems that are not performing the way you want, give us a call or stop by our showroom.  We enjoy offering solutions.

We can also let you know what has improved since your last purchase. You may not even know what you’re missing.

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KALEIDESCAPE: A TRUE 4K UHD EXPERIENCE

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For those who spend the time and money to achieve the best picture in their home, you may miss a key ingredient. If you stream movies to your 4K Ultra High Definition Television or projector, then you likely watch a very compressed video. Kaleidescape offers the benefits of streaming, but it’s actually a server that produces a true 4K UHD picture on your screen. You can see it in action at our Classic Stereo showroom.

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WHAT IS KALEIDESCAPE?

The Kaleidescape Movie Store offers more than 11,000 movies and 2,000 TV shows ranging from DVD quality to true 4K UHD. Kaleidescape also offers the best quality sound for your movies and shows as well.

Download the movies to your Kaleidescape, and much like a DVD or Blu-Ray, you own it forever.

Many movies in the Kaleidescape Movie Store also come with UltraViolet rights. This feature gives you a digital copy to watch the movie on any internet-connected device. With digital copies, you can enjoy your movies wherever and whenever you like.

Already have some movies on DVD or Blu-Ray? Simply insert a disc into your Kaleidescape system to view digital offers onscreen. If an offer is not available, Kaleidescape will catalog the movie so it will be shown as part of your collection on the onscreen user interface.

Electronics 101 Projection Screen - TRUE 4K

TRUE 4K AND LOSSLESS AUDIO – SEE AND HEAR THE DIFFERENCE

We can talk about the picture and sound quality you can get with Kaleidescape. However, you cannot truly understand it until you experience it.

That’s why our Classic Stereo showroom exists.

Visit us to learn more!

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.

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ELECTRONIC REPAIR: CLASSIC STEREO TO THE RESCUE

Electronic Integration - Bekins Home Theater Installation Electronic Repair

Need an electronic repair? If you have a system that is not working right…who do you call? If you are reading this blog, we hope you know to call Classic Stereo!  Nothing can be more disappointing then failing technology.

Here are just a few issues that we would love to hear about:

  • I have in-ceiling speakers that stopped working.
  • How can I listen to music from my phone in the garage?
  • We have an irreplaceable DVD that we want to watch again, but our system can’t do it.
  • I want to add a turntable to my system, how do I do it?
  • My electronic shades stopped working.
  • One of my security cameras stopped working.
  • My projector stopped coming out of the ceiling.
  • My motorized screen doesn’t go back up into the ceiling.
  • Anything that is not working properly…give us a call.

ELECTRONIC REPAIR EXPERTS

We have the largest and most experienced team of electronics experts. Not only can we perform electronic repair, but they can also teach you how to use your system to its fullest capabilities.

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