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How to Stay on Schedule with Smart Home Automation

Blog - Smart Home AutomationSee How the Right Technology Facilitates Your Daily Routines

A smart home automation system should be there for you every step of the way, from the moment you wake up in the morning until it’s time to put the kids to bed. Through the use of scenes and centralized control it’s easier to go through your daily routines. In our latest blog, we show you what a typical day is like in a smart home: SEE MORE: Upgrade to a Smart Home in Six Steps 6 a.m.: A “Wake Up” scene in your Control4 system opens the shades, turns on the lights and begins playing music to get your day started. From a touchpad on your nightstand, you can turn the music off once you're up. 6:30 a.m.: We know how hurried mornings can get, so we’ve made it easy for you to manage your entire home. As you prepare breakfast in the kitchen, use your smartphone or touchpad to adjust the thermostat, check in on the kids’ rooms, and get a morning playlist going. 7:30 a.m.: As you leave the house, you can use your smartphone or a keypad by the front door to activate an “Away” scene that turns off all lights and locks all doors. 1 p.m.: Bored during your lunch break? Pull up your Control4 app to look in on live surveillance footage to see what your dog’s been up to while you’re away. 3 p.m.: Get a notification on your smartphone when your kids get home from school. As soon as they use their access codes to get inside, you get a push notification so you know they’ve made it back safely. 5 p.m.: As soon as you get home from work, the lights in the foyer and living room turn on. The TV is already set to the right channel to watch your favorite talk show or newscast. 6:30 p.m. When you’re preparing dinner, use your smart home automation system to adjust the thermostat as the kitchen heats up or to turn up the lights so you can follow your recipe more easily. Integrate an intercom system into your whole home audio to call the kids down when it’s time to eat. 7:30 p.m. It’s time to enjoy a movie together as a family. Once you’re all in the living room, press the “Cinema” scene that dims the lights, closes the shades and pulls up your media library. Now it’s just time to decide what everyone wants to watch. 9:30 p.m.: With a smart home automation system, you can control technology that’s in other rooms as well. This is especially useful when it’s time for bedtime. From your smartphone, see if any TVs are on in your kids’ rooms after hours and turn them off remotely. 11 p.m. It’s also easy to shut off after a long day. Use a keypad on your nightstand to activate a "Goodnight" scene that locks all doors, closes all shades, and turns off all lights when it’s time for you to go to bed. Are you ready to experience life in a smart home? Contact us to set up a consultation.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Home Theater Projector

Blog-5-Things-to-Consider-When-Choosing-Your-Home-Theater-Projector Enjoy Dynamic, Larger-Than-Life Images With the Right Technology Recreating the theater experience is all about the big screen. Though there should be a lot of thought put into on your surround sound, room acoustics, and seating, the main thing people will focus on are the images projected on your screen. This is why it's so important to choose the right projector when designing a home theater system for your Wayzata, Minnesota home. Here is a quick guide to choosing the right equipment and not falling into some common traps. SEE MORE: Multiple Screen Options for Your Home Theater System Resolution: With more 4K Ultra HD content becoming available every day, you want to make sure your projector matches that resolution. With 4K resolution you can also sit closer to the screen without the image becoming pixelated, giving you added flexibility when designing your home theater system. Contrast Ratio: One of the most important factors in picture quality is contrast ratio. The contrast ratio is the difference between your whitest whites and deepest blacks. Don't be tricked into buying a projector with the highest contrast ratio, though. Just raising the ratio can result in image blowouts and little nuance in color. The right projector lets you play around with the settings until your display looks just right. Brightness: This is another feature in which people often for fall the trap that bigger is always better. Brightness is calculated in lumens with projector options usually available between 1000 and 2500 lumens. Installing a high-lumen projector in a dedicated home theater system can result in image blowouts. For a dedicated theater, you likely want to stay between the 1,000-1,500 lumens range. For rooms with more ambient light—like a family room—you should have at least 1,500 lumens. Short Throw vs. Ceiling-Mount: Depending on the size and style of your home theater system, you can opt for a traditional ceiling-mount projector or a short-throw projector. Short-throw projectors are a great option for small rooms or designs in which clients would like the projector to be hidden. These projectors can be placed on a desk or media cabinet just a few feet from the screen. If possible, we recommend going with traditional medium or long-throw projectors which usually come with more features than their short-throw counterparts. Aspect Ratio: While projectors can adapt to the aspect ratio of your source video, they do have a native aspect ratio. This ratio is the one that matches the chip inside the projector. Images will look best when they match this ratio. So before you choose your projector, find out how you plan on using it. The standard for most UHD television programming and movies is a 16:9 aspect ratio. The safest best is to go with this ratio, with only older programming usually needing a crop to a 4:3 ratio. One of the first steps in designing an impressive home theater system is choosing the right projector. Schedule an appointment with Lelch AV to figure out which is the best fit for your home.  

Home Theater Minneapolis MN

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There’s just nothing better than spending time with family and friends. And what better way to do that than in your very own home theater!

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How do you get the theater experience in your home? That’s easy! There are some simple ways to transform any room into the entertainment hub of your house. One easy way to upgrade the main viewing area of your home is a large flat screen television. There are many different options such as LED, plasma, and even curved screen. You may opt for a unit that sits on or in a cabinet, or you may choose a wall mount. And the sizes of screens are almost limitless! There are also screens that descend from the ceiling that give you more of that movie theater feel. For some families, the addition of a new television is just what they need.

Create a home theater with a big screen TV

Maybe just adding a larger screen is not enough for your family. For those that desire a little more of a theater experience, you may want to install surround sound. Again, the options here are vast. There are small speakers that can be strategically placed around the room, either mounted on the wall or on shelves. These speakers can be flush mounted in the wall, or attached to the outer surface. Larger floor speakers can also be placed to add more emphasis on the lower, bass tones.

For added sound, install some speakers in your home theater

For some families, a larger television and the addition of some speakers is just the changes needed to transform their living space into a fantastic home theater. But some want to go bigger! Maybe you have an extra room or attic/basement space that you want to turn into a media room. You can get theater style seating, projection screen, in-wall speakers, and media projector that connects to internet that will give you limitless viewing options! The sky's the limit! It’s all about you and what fits your needs!

Creating a home theater is an amazing way to transform any living area. Not only will an entertainment system add to your family time, but can even increase the value of your home. This is an unexpected blessing for many Minneapolis homeowners. Whether you just want a new television or the whole enchilada, the professionals at Lelch Audio Video can transform any room into a fantastic home theater. Give us a call and request a free quote today!

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