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Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in About Luminaire, Home Automation, Lighting Systems |

Top Factors to Consider When Upgrading Your Smart Home Entertainment System

Top Factors to Consider When Upgrading Your Smart Home Entertainment System

Winter is here, which means you might be less inclined to run outside for entertainment, and may even be hosting more get togethers than usual with family and friends. Whether you’re planning on finally getting around to binging the latest Netflix show your co-workers won’t stop talking about or you’re organizing a holiday movie night, you’ll want to make sure you have an exceptional home theater set up. Here are a few top factors to take into consideration when updating your smart home entertainment system. Professional Installation As much as we’d like to think we can take on anything that home ownership throws our way, the truth is that not all of us are professionally trained for large home improvement projects. Hiring experts for the job ensures that your home theater system will be installed safely and correctly. At Luminaire, we’re a team of electricians, lighting specialists, and installation professionals who will use our expertise to make your smart home theater system ideas a reality — and we’ll stick around...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Home Automation, Lighting, Lighting Systems |

Make Your Home the Center for Holiday Cheer with Home Automation

Make Your Home the Center for Holiday Cheer with Home Automation

During the holidays, decking the halls should be fun — not stressful. Upgrading your house with home automation will leave you feeling as jolly as Santa himself, and turn your home into a hub of holiday cheer for friends and family. Outside Lights Setting up your house’s exterior holiday lights with home automation to turn on and off at certain times is an easy and helpful task. Whether you want to schedule the lights to turn on at a certain time or for a certain amount of time, or even make them motion-activated, home automation can help you save electricity and keep your house looking merry and bright. Indoor Lights Nothing is cozier than a twinkling Christmas tree, stockings hung up over a crackling fireplace, and a warmly lit room. Put your Christmas tree lights on a self-timer to turn off before bed and turn on in the morning to avoid fire hazards and save electricity. You can also synch your lights to automated home keys on your phone, so...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2018 in Home Automation, Lighting, Lighting Systems |

Personalized Lighting Options for Your Bathroom

Personalized Lighting Options for Your Bathroom

The skies are turning gray, and with those dark clouds comes that signature Pacific Northwest rain. What better way to escape from the dreary outside than to personalize your home lighting? The bathroom is oftentimes overlooked as a room that could benefit from home automation, but implementing different lighting systems can turn your bathroom into a calm, soothing, and sustainable oasis. Nothing is worse than bright fluorescent lighting while you’re adjusting to the early morning, or when you’re trying to relax after a long day. Investing in lighting control for your bathroom will not only reduce your electricity bill, but can also help foster a calming, aesthetically pleasing environment. Dimmers and Motion Sensors With the installation of dimmer lights in your bathroom, you can be in complete control of how much light you want to use at any given time. Motion sensors are another option for a sustainable and personalized bathroom experience. When installed, motion sensor lights will come on when you enter the room, and switch off when you...

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2018 in Home Automation |

The Internet of Things: Living in a Smart World

The Internet of Things: Living in a Smart World

Even if you’ve never heard of the internet of things (IoT), you probably interact with it in some way on a daily basis. Read on to learn what it is and how it’s changing the way we live our lives. The Internet of Things Explained Although some argue that the internet of things includes anything that is connected to the internet, others insist on a more exclusive definition: that the “things” must be devices that are connected to — and speak to — one another. Essentially, the IoT is turning everyday “dumb” devices into internet-connected “smart” devices, which often require no human-to-computer interaction to work. Imagine the smartwatches popular today. These devices can record your daily activity, calorie consumption, heart rate, and so on and then automatically sync with third-party apps, allowing you and your doctor to track your progress. However you define the IoT, a concept that was once affecting only certain interactions is now revolutionizing the way that we live. Smart technology can improve your entire day,...

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Home Automation |

Your Smart Home Theater Options

Your Smart Home Theater Options

Whether you are creating your ideal setup to watch the game, binge the latest dramas, or enjoy in-home surround sound music, smart home theater systems bring your entertainment experience to the next level. While some people may assume that smart home theaters are only available for the highest-end residences, this technology is actually easily scalable and can be implemented in a number of ways. If your family is in the market for a media room, home theater, or home cinema in the greater Seattle area, our team is here to help. Here are some pro tips from our Seattle home theater installers on various smart home theater options, what features to include, and more. Home Theater System Options From the best budget home theater systems to the latest and greatest in smart home technology, we’ll take care of all of your home theater installation needs. Some options we provide include: Budget Home Theater: Media Room If you are interested in home theater options but don’t have a huge budget,...

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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Home Automation |

How to Enhance Your In-Home Gym With Smart Technology

How to Enhance Your In-Home Gym With Smart Technology

Smart home systems aren’t limited to home security and top-notch entertainment systems. While many people use smart home technology to automate various aspects of their homes, they may not be familiar with other opportunities these networks create. Virtual workouts and smart exercise equipment are up-and-coming fitness technologies being implemented in many homes. Whether you are interested in biking along virtual trails from the stationary bike in your living room or competing in a global 10K from your treadmill, here are a few ways your smart home network can fuel your workout. For the Competitive Cycler: Zwift Zwift is a virtual cycling platform that enables you to take your cycling to the next level. Through highly functioning networks, this technology enables you to explore the world, compete, and train using a stationary bike and television. Zwift also offers virtual roads to ride, structured rides with expert coaches, and virtual group rides with cyclers from other cities and countries. This means that once you connect this program to your network, you’ll...

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