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Smart Lighting: a Home Solution with Lots of Health Benefits

Posted March 23, 2017

Fluorescent lights, computer screens, neon signs—there is certainly a lot of peripheral light in our lives. And to your circadian rhythms, that light can read like a lot of excess noise. Fortunately, smart lighting and scheduled scenes can help you cut back on the effects of unwanted light—at least in your home—keeping you alert throughout the day and helping you fall fast asleep at night.

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Building with Control4: Barroso Homes Spotlight: builders, interior design, smart lighting,

Building with Control4: Barroso Homes Spotlight

Posted March 20, 2017

Over the years, our projects have become increasingly larger, more complex, more beautiful, and ultimately more technology focused. I have an awesome team backing me up all the way. We all have one common goal—to make beautiful, innovative communities one custom home at a time. We all take great pride in our jobs while we focus on being a leader in innovation, technology, and energy efficiency.

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How to choose the right home security system: connected home, home auotmation, safety,

How to choose the right home security system

Posted March 13, 2017

According to FBI statistics, there were more than 1.5 million burglaries in 2015. As a homeowner, this might be alarming—especially for those who have families. There are several measures people take to help keep their homes and families safe.

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Unique Smart Home Features You May Have Never Heard About: smart car, smart home, smart lighting,

Unique Smart Home Features You May Have Never Heard About

Posted March 2, 2017

All the connected devices in my home give me the ability for control from apps on my phones, tablets, and computers, which is great in itself, however ‘Home Automation’ should take things one step further.

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Wi-Fi: What it is, Why You Need it, and How to Make It Work Better.: networking, pakedge,

Wi-Fi: What it is, Why You Need it, and How to Make It Work Better.

Posted March 1, 2017

Wi-Fi used to be considered a nice convenience in the home — now it’s an absolute necessity. The number of connected devices will reach about 50 billion in the next five years, according to Dave Evans, former chief futurist at Cisco.

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Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers, Inc.: entertainment, speakers,

Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers, Inc.

Posted February 28, 2017

Entertainment is at the heart of the connected home which is why we are thrilled to announce that Control4 has acquired Triad Speakers, Inc, a leader in advanced audio technology and high-end speakers. Read for more information

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Perks of Regular Home Maintenance: home improvement, lifestyle, spring cleaning,

Perks of Regular Home Maintenance

Posted February 17, 2017

We tend to take care of our nice, expensive things. We regularly change the oil in our cars and go to the car wash. We polish our shoes and dry-clean our clothes. However, we often skip routine maintenance tasks on our homes—arguably our most expensive and best investments.

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"Alexa, Turn on Apartment." Introducing Whole-Home Voice Control for the UK.: amazon alexa, smart home, voice control,

"Alexa, Turn on Apartment." Introducing Whole-Home Voice Control for the UK.

Posted February 7, 2017

That's right. You've been asking, and we're delivering. Control4 integration with Amazon Alexa is now available in the United Kingdom. See it in action...

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Even Batman has a Smart House. Er, Smart Batcave, that is.: audio/video, for fun,

Even Batman has a Smart House. Er, Smart Batcave, that is.

Posted February 3, 2017

You know what they say, “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman.” So as the February 10th release date for the much anticipated “The LEGO Batman Movie” approaches, we’ve come up with some ways you can have an automated home, similar to Batman’s automated bat cave. (Check it out in the video!)

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5 Easy Updates for a Safer and Smarter Home in 2017: home automation, safety, security,

5 Easy Updates for a Safer and Smarter Home in 2017

Posted December 20, 2016

With the coming new year on the horizon, it’s a great time to audit your home for easy safety and technology improvements. There are many simple upgrades you can make to improve your home’s safety—all you’ll need is a few smart devices and some tried-and-true hacks.

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Using Smart Lighting to Stage a Home: home automation, real estate, smart lighting,

Using Smart Lighting to Stage a Home

Posted November 28, 2016

Homebuyers are most amenable when they’re feeling bright and happy, so generally, flooding your interiors with warm, yellow light really gets them in the mood to sign. However, with a smart lighting system, you can use programing to cycle through various scenes that a buyer might go through in their day-to-day lives, helping them project themselves into your home’s spaces.

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BITS & PIECES: FROM HOME SMART HOME MAGAZINE: for fun, home smart home,

BITS & PIECES: FROM HOME SMART HOME MAGAZINE

Posted November 28, 2016

Check out these fun facts in this infographic featured in our most recent issue of Home Smart Home magazine. Download this issue for more fun, inspirational and entertaining articles and stories about automation and technology.

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Is Online TV Killing Traditional TV? [INFOGRAPHIC]: audio/video, movies, streaming,

Is Online TV Killing Traditional TV? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted November 14, 2016

With the rise in SVOD (subscription-video-on-demand) streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, the internet has become increasingly important in the way that consumers now watch television. But is online TV killing traditional TV? Check out this infographic with statistics on how people in the United States and the United Kingdom are consuming their shows and movies.

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7 reasons to put Alexa in your conference room: amazon alexa, conference room, voice control,

7 reasons to put Alexa in your conference room

Posted November 7, 2016

Now that the smaller and outrageously low-priced Echo Dot is hitting the market it’s becoming harder to resist trying what many consider to be the most convenient piece of tech they’ve bought in years. Most Echos end up in the kitchen (where hands-free timer setting and DJing tend to be the most helpful), but we’ve been wondering about its potential in the conference room. We put one in ours and here is where it shined.

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VOICE: THE NEWEST INTERFACE FOR YOUR SMART HOME: amazon alexa, amazon echo, voice control,

VOICE: THE NEWEST INTERFACE FOR YOUR SMART HOME

Posted September 14, 2016

Utilizing one type of interface to control your home is not always ideal. You may want a handheld, tactile remote to enjoy your video experience in the living room, a touch screen with a large display in the kitchen to browse and play music throughout the home, a keypad next to the garage door that allows you to shut the entire house down with one touch as you head out, and a smartphone or a watch on your wrist to offer insight to what is going on at home while you’re away.

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HOW'S YOUR HOME NETWORK?: cedia 2016, network, pakedge,

HOW'S YOUR HOME NETWORK?

Posted September 14, 2016

Stop for a moment and think about the number of devices in and around your house that rely on your home network. Ten years ago, this might have amounted to no more than a laptop, a desktop or two, and maybe a DVR. Today, your network is likely congested with tablets, TVs, media streamers, music systems, multiple smartphones—including those of your frequent guests—and maybe even a few appliances. And that’s not even considering the fact that the home network forms the foundation for any home automation system.

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HANDS-FREE HOME AUTOMATION—IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES!: amazon alexa, amazon echo, voice control,

HANDS-FREE HOME AUTOMATION—IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES!

Posted September 14, 2016

If you’re already living in a Control4 Smart Home, you know how simple it is to set the mood with a single touch of a button. Now, with the new Control4 Smart Home Skill for the Amazon Alexa family of devices—including the Echo, Dot, Tap and FireTV—it’s even easier to control your smart home with just your voice and a few simple commands.

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TINY HOUSE, SMART HOME.: for fun, smart home, tiny home,

TINY HOUSE, SMART HOME.

Posted August 24, 2016

The tiny house phenomenon is on fire, with many homeowners choosing to downsize to live a life of simplicity. While this type of living isn’t for everyone, there are certainly aspects of compact living that are quite desirable.

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Home Automation for Gamers: 6 Tips to Create an Immersive Gaming Session: for fun, gaming, smart lighting,

Home Automation for Gamers: 6 Tips to Create an Immersive Gaming Session

Posted August 10, 2016

​Do you love gaming but feel like something is missing? With these five home automation tips, you can boost the mood of your gaming session and take it to the next level.

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The New Frontier in Cinema: An Immersive Home Theater: 4k, home theater, man cave, media distribution,

The New Frontier in Cinema: An Immersive Home Theater

Posted July 5, 2016

A dark space, high definition crystal clear clarity, ear popping surround sound, and the smell of buttery popcorn. Going to the cinema holds a great appeal for many, but what with long lines, crowded malls, and exorbitant prices for tickets and concessions, that appeal can quickly wane. Luckily there’s a new frontier in cinema currently taking place which eradicates these issues. The home theater includes all of the immersive advantages of a traditional cinema but at your own convenience, control, and customization.

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#C4Anywhere: Show us where YOU control your smart home!: anywhere access, apple watch, control4 app, smart home,

#C4Anywhere: Show us where YOU control your smart home!

Posted June 21, 2016

With a refreshed appearance to the user-interface and enhancements specifically in the comfort and security experiences—whether it's to maximize energy efficiency or to ensure that all is safe and sound—monitoring and controlling your smart home from the palm of your hand (or even on your wrist) has never been easier...

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The Keypad: The Ideal Interface for Personalization: comfort, home automation, interfaces, keycaps, keypads, safety, security,

The Keypad: The Ideal Interface for Personalization

Posted June 16, 2016

Last year, we saw a dramatic rise in smart home reports and surveys popping up everywhere. As a manufacturer with over 180,000 smart home systems in the field, we receive a ton of great information from our customers when we issue our customer surveys. Our own feedback shows that homeowners desire personalized experiences in the home with regard to entertainment, comfort, security and more. In fact, we estimate that 60 percent of them want their homes to react according to their predetermined preferences, just as they walk through the door.

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Control4 Named Top Home Automation Provider for 2016: awards, ce pro awards, home automation, industry,

Control4 Named Top Home Automation Provider for 2016

Posted May 25, 2016

For the second year in a row, the CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis determined Control4 as the brand leader for the whole-house automation and control category and was named top brand in additional categories. See more, with a link to the full CE Pro report.

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Smart. Safe. Secure.: alerts, safety, security,

Smart. Safe. Secure.

Posted April 16, 2016

The FBI reports that in 2014 we had 1,121,416 residential burglaries nationwide. Spacing those out evenly across the entire year gives us one burglary every 28 seconds. But here’s the good news: that number is down 10% from 2013. In fact, that statistic has been steadily dropping each year since 2011. Not coincidentally, by 2011, more than 75% of U.S. homes were connected to the Internet. Wireless home monitoring was the new trend...

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Smart Appliances & the Kitchen of Tomorrow: smart kitchen,

Smart Appliances & the Kitchen of Tomorrow

Posted April 5, 2016

Would you like to make your kitchen futuristic without having to break the bank or spend months waiting for your home to be renovated? That’s now very easy to achieve in the modern era of smart kitchen technology, where fridges can tell you what’s inside and for how long each item has been there, or cookers that can interact with your smartphone to tell you when your meal is ready to be served. This infographic by Pennywell (www.pennywell.ie) takes a look at the impact of smart kitchen appliances, giving you a peek into an exciting future.

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