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Articles tagged with: Smart Home Automation

How Smart Lighting Control Can Elevate Your Home's Design

Showcase Your Property’s Beauty with Modern Lighting Control Solutions

How Smart Lighting Control Can Elevate Your Home's Design

Most people like to make their homes highly individualized; a reflection of who they are, where they have been, what's important to them, and their sense of what they find beautiful. They carefully choose furniture, accessories, materials, and colors to put it together. It may happen over a long time or it may happen as a project to change the décor to something they have always wanted but not had the opportunity to execute.

Think of a perfect photograph in your mind of a beloved room in your home. It might be of the sun streaming through a living room window casting the ideal light. Perhaps it's your dining room softly lit for an elegant dinner, or your chef's kitchen gleaming under bright lights, ready for preparing a classic recipe.

Do you notice that we keep talking about light? Ask any professional photographer, and they will always say that lighting makes or breaks a great picture. The very word "photograph" is derived from Greek words meaning "drawing with light."

Don’t underestimate the powerful effect of light as a way to feature the best assets of your home. With today’s flexible and smart home lighting control solutions, your Chatham-area home can be the perfect reflection of you.

Ready for a few ideas? Just keep reading.

TAGS: Lutron | Savant | Smart Home Automation | Smart Lighting Design

3 Little-Known Benefits of a Professional Home Network Installation

Because You Want Both High Performance and Low Maintenance

3 Little-Known Benefits of a Professional Home Network Installation

Home networks might seem like they're simple, but they're not. Smartphones are simple to use, but the technology behind them is very complicated. The fact is that we depend on a lot of technology in our daily lives, and for the most part, it's simple to use. But when it doesn't work, most of us need to seek out an expert to fix it.

The truth is that home networking is sophisticated technology. It is wrapped up in electronics like routers, modems, switches and WAPs that we plug in and give us access to the internet, and beyond setting up passwords, we don't have to do that much with it. We do depend on this complex technology daily, and with the proliferation of ever more smart devices and functionality in the home, even more so. Chances are you probably don't know how many smart devices you have in your home connecting to each other and the internet – we're so used to it by now that we don't think about it. But all those smart devices can put a strain on your network. If your network is straining from the load, you'll start noticing when smart lights don't work, your smart thermostat doesn't adjust automatically, and your video streams stutter and buffer, or the app crashes.

If you have a smaller house and not that many dependencies on internet access, you may get by with the standard setup provided by your internet provider or a router from your local big box store or an internet retailer. But if you want a fully integrated smart home where your AV components are centrally controlled, your motorized shades, smart lights, and smart thermostats work in concert, and you have multiple spaces with access to high resolution video, you likely need something more robust than the average setup.

Why might you want a professional – like Bravo AV – to perform an updated home network installation at your New Jersey home in the Chester area? Read on to see what the difference is.

TAGS: Home Network | Home Networking | Pakedge | Smart Home Automation

Make Your Home Lighting as Smart as You

Lutron’s RadioRA 2 Lighting Control System Does It All

Make Your Home Lighting as Smart as You

When you think of lighting control, do you think of it as a luxury?  It is indeed.  But if you have a larger home, there are benefits to having a system to manage lighting beyond banks of light switches.  Today's smart home lighting control solutions are more intelligent than ever before, and not only do they manage lights, but they integrate well with other smart home automation features too – making the whole greater than the sum of the parts.  

When it comes to smart home lighting, Bravo AV prefers Lutron.  The company has been the innovator and industry leader in lighting control systems for decades, starting with the invention of the first dimmer in the 1950s.  Their systems have gone way beyond the dimmer, as Lutron systems manage lighting in the iconic New York Times building in New York City. 

Lutron makes several lighting control solutions, but we want to focus on one that we think hits the sweet spot for a large variety of properties: RadioRA 2.  The Lutron RadioRa2 system can cover a couple of rooms all the way to a 7500 square foot home with up to 200 controllable devices, so it's flexible enough to retrofit an existing home or fully automate a large house.

Let’s explore some of the features of RadioRa2 and why it’s a great solution to add smart home lighting control to your Chatham, New Jersey property.

TAGS: Lutron Lighting Control | Motorized Shades | Smart Home Automation

Home Automation: How It Adds Convenience to Your Lifestyle

Explore How Home Automation Services Can Impact Your Day-to-Day Routine

Home Automation: How It Adds Convenience to Your Lifestyle

Managing your home’s technology sometimes can be a hassle.

From making sure every outdoor light is turned off as you head out for work in the morning to finding the right remote for your TV, you might not always have the time – or the patience – to deal with your home’s technology.

This is why a home automation solution is so appealing to many homeowners throughout the state of New Jersey. You don’t have to use a remote or a light switch or a drawstring to control your home anymore. It can happen automatically.

And our team at Bravo AV can help. In this blog, we explore how our home automation services add convenience to your day-to-day lifestyle at your house in the Warren area.

TAGS: Home Automation | Home Automation Installation | Smart Home Automation