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Keep Bugs & Glare Out with Outdoor Motorized Shades

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The Accessory Every Patio & Pergola Needs 

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors provides a wealth of health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, better focus, and improved moods. And who doesn’t love spending a day in the shade or a night under the stars? We’re lucky to live in the Parkland, FL, area. So why not make the most of the beautiful weather? 

A few things can stand in the way of a blissful time outdoors. For one, most of us need to work during the day, and the bright glare of the sun makes it hard to see our laptop screen. Even when we can work from home, most of us still stay inside where there’s AC, and the lighting is better.

Another problem? Insects. Florida’s been named the ‘buggiest’ state in the nation, according to homeowner surveys and insecticide sales. If glare and insects prevent you from making the most of your patio, porch, pool house, or pergola, it may be time to consider motorized shades.

Outdoor motorized shades are a smart solution to keep insects and harsh sunlight from your outdoor living areas. Here’s how motorized shades work and the best brands you can trust for year-round performance. 

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How to Add Motorized Shades to Your Lutron Lighting System

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Using Lutron’s Caséta, RadioRA, or HomeWorks Systems for Shading 

Are you a Lutron household already using smart lighting solutions—but haven’t expanded into motorized shades yet? Or perhaps you’re thinking about motorized shades but aren’t sure which brand to use? 

Lutron’s motorized shading is in a league of its own. Its breadth of products includes roller shades, blinds, drapes, and coverings for large and unusually shaped windows. Internal motors are nearly silent, and its intelligent hembar technology ensures your window shades move in unison. And when you press a button, you can depend on Lutron’s reliable technology to work every time. 

So how do you get started with Lutron motorized shades in your Hypoluxo or South Florida-area home? Read on to find out more! 

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A Lighting Design Is Worth the Home Investment

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Go Beyond Plugging in Lights. Here’s How Lighting Design Can Enhance Your Home

Many of us are always looking for ways to improve our homes. Maybe we wish we had a bigger garden or different kitchen cabinets. But isn’t it finally time to start loving where you call home—with no regrets? You can create the perfect ambiance across your property without any new furniture or wallpaper—but instead through a professional lighting design.

You might be wondering: what is a lighting design? And can it really make a difference? We’ll explain the ins and outs below so you can create the perfect setting in your Parkland, FL home. 

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Marlin Manor: Our CEDIA Award Submission for Home Automation Excellence

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Take a Look at Our Lighting Design & Smart Technology Installation

Want to discover all that’s possible in an automated home? Have a look inside Marlin Manor, the luxury smart home installation we recently completed here in South Florida. The homeowners of Marlin Manor, as we call it, had a specific vision for their home’s integrated technology. They were looking for a minimalistic aesthetic, and so much of our equipment and installation choices were guided by a minimal approach.

And the results? You’ll find a home automation system that controls every room from a single keypad, dramatically reducing wall clutter across the house. Using a Control4 home automation system, we were able to magically bring this house to life, letting the homeowner intuitively control everything from lighting to security devices—and even motorized clothing hangers!

We were so pleased with the outcome of this project that we submitted it to the 2021 CEDIA awards. Read on to discover all we included in this Lighthouse Point, FL-area home—and how the awards went!

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Motorized Shades: The New Home Essential to Feel Better & Save Electricity

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All Shades Should Be Motorized Shades

If you’re interested in automating your Palm Beach, FL house, you may have come across motorized shades while exploring your options. Many homeowners ask us: are motorized shades worth it?

That’s what we’re here to discuss: the many benefits of automated shades. Whether you have tall windows, curved walls, or are picky about your interior decorating, Lutron’s motorized shades are customizable to almost any space and size. Their shades’ ultra-quiet motors won’t disrupt you as they rise and lower throughout the day, quietly blending into your lifestyle.

Read on to see what makes motorized shades a game-changer for any luxury home.

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Smart Technology Gifts She’ll Love This Season

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Stylish & Smart Gift Ideas, from Motorized Shades to Wellness Tech

Are you looking for a gift for your wife, mother, sister, or partner, and you’re hoping to find something she’ll actually use? You could go the typical route with perfume, a new scarf, a book, or a gift card. But if you want to find something unique and useful for her, have you thought about smart home technology?

Our clients in Fort Lauderdale, FL, feel their daily lives are more comfortable, enjoyable, and convenient with home automation systems like Control4 and Lutron. From motorized shades to wellness technology, discover these modern and exciting gifts she’ll love below.   

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3 Lesser-Known Benefits of Smart Blinds

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They’re Not Just About Luxury. Discover Motorized Shades’ Practical and Resourceful Uses  

Have you witnessed smart blinds in action? From one tap on your smart system’s app—or through a voice assistant like Alexa—your house’s shades raise and lower in unison. Smart shades by Lutron seamlessly glide into your home’s interior décor, making your lifestyle both more elegant and convenient. But smart blinds offer so much more than style and aren’t just a luxurious accessory.

So, what kind of benefits do they provide? Read on to learn how smart blinds will enhance everyday life in your Pompano Beach, FL-area home.

 

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Every Day at Home Is Brighter with Tunable Lighting

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Here’s a glimpse of what your days will be like with automated lighting control installed in your Palm Beach home

We’re big believers in the power of lighting control at First Priority Audio. But sometimes when we talk about the incredible technology behind these systems and what they can do, it gets hard to picture what it will really be like in your mind. That’s why we wanted to take a different approach with today’s blog. Instead of focusing on the technology (though we will touch on that), we’re going to walk you through a typical day in your Palm Beach, FL home once you’ve installed tunable lighting.

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