10 Tips for Using Lighting to Design Your Outdoor Space

Smart home technology and outdoor lighting design

Outdoor lighting used to mean flipping on the carport or house lights, or maybe turning on a security light on a pole. Those lights lit up the night, but in a harsh, and not always a useful or directed way. They tended to be unshielded and created a lot of unwelcome glare. But now that families are spending more time outside, and entertaining in a variety of settings, lights and the way we use them, has changed. The way we turn them on has changed too — with Lifetronic smart home technology. Lifetronic smart home technology can create a lighting mood with the touch of a finger or the preprogramming of an app. There are as many options, or more, for outdoor light settings as there are for indoor settings. But before you go shopping, it’s smart to think about what you want to get from your outdoor lighting design and what smart home technology you want to use. (more…)

Five Reasons Builders and Architects Need to Integrate Smart Home Systems into New Buildings

Inside kitchen of smart home

Over the next decade, builders and architects who integrate smart home systems into their buildings are going to financially outperform and outpace those who don’t. The benefits of integrating smart home technology into new homes and buildings is a no-brainer if you understand consumer demand for smart homes and what goes into them.

According to a recent report on smart home growth, the global smart home market was valued at around USD 24.10 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach approximately USD 53.45 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of slightly above 14.5% between 2017 and 2022. [1]

But, homeowners aren’t just satisfied with wireless and Internet access. They want network stability, security, energy efficiency, comfort, convenience, music, and streaming video.


Your Commonly Asked Outdoor Automation Questions – Answered!

Outdoor automation on rooftop with pool

The official start to Summer is just a short while away, and we’re betting you’re itching to get outside. Meals al fresco, pool parties, and drinks on the patio – just a few of the major benefits to nice weather.

On those perfect Summer days, most of us want to be outside at all times. That’s exactly why outdoor automation has become so popular. With advances in technology, you can have incredible quality music, access to the Internet, beautiful lighting, and even televisions so you can watch all of your favorite shows and host movie nights outdoors.


Home Automation Tips: Lighting Control for Your Home

Outdoor home automation lighting

When people first think of home automation, they often think of lighting control. In fact, it’s one of the first smart home features people implement into their homes. And for good reason! Lighting control has many benefits – convenience, safety, and aesthetic being at the top of the list.

Choosing the right lighting for your home can be a bit of an overwhelming process when you’re just starting out. There’s a lot of information out there, and it can be challenging to sort through it all. We thought it would be helpful to compile all of that information into one blog post, so you have something to reference when it’s time to begin your project. Let’s get started!


The Top Four Home Automation Features He’ll be Sure to Love

Living room with home automation features

While May is all about the amazing mom’s out there, June is for the dad’s. You want a way to show your husband just how thankful you are for all he does, but you’re itching to do something different and more special this year. Chances are that you’ve probably heard your husband talk about home automation features many times before. You may have even contemplated surprising him in the past, so what better time to move forward?

Only problem is that you have no idea where to start! You’ve heard your husband mention countless features that he wants to implement into your home – how do you pick which one to begin with? (more…)

5 Common Home Automation Mistakes

Whole House AudioMore and more homeowners are beginning to implement home automation features into their homes. Whole home audio, climate control, keyless alarms – these features are meant to enhance your life and make things a whole lot simpler. It’s no wonder everyone wants a smart-home!

These features are so exciting that many people want to get started as soon as possible – but without the proper research! There’s a right and a wrong way to bring smart-home features into your home.

If you’re thinking home automation might be for you, do yourself a favor and continue reading – we’re spilling the 5 most common mistakes homeowner’s make with home automation.


Get Fast Wi-Fi for the Holidays

Give yourself the gift of amazing WiFi this holiday season! As your guests arrive and begin to overload your network with their phones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets, you need to be prepared. Here’s a quick guide to making sure your network is in tip-top shape before you begin to see the effects of slow WiFi throughout your home. (more…)