Install the Right Smart Lighting Solution with Lutron
You know you can go to your local Best Buy (a home-grown Minnesota favorite) or Home Depot and find all sorts of smart devices for your home. Smart light bulbs, thermostats, locks, irrigation controllers, and much more are easily found up and down the aisles. So why not put them together your own smart home?
Of course, you can take this approach. But prepare to think like a home technology integrator like Lelch Audio-Video. We like to explain it this way: If you are reasonably handy, there’s a lot you can do with the right tools and materials from Home Depot to fix or upgrade your home. On the other hand, you may not want to take on a complete remodel of your home.
When it comes to something like smart lighting, you may want to add some intelligent light somewhere, like an outside light that you can program to come on at sunset. Or maybe you can put in a few smart bulbs that you can dim and control with your smartphone or with Alexa on your Echo smart speaker.
But doing lighting right is both art and science. The art is in achieving the right aesthetic effect, and the science is in having the right amount of lighting and easy and consistent control of your home’s illumination. To that end, we’d like to point out a few common mistakes we often see when lighting projects are not fully baked. The good news: Lelch Audio-Video is a certified Lutron smart lighting installer, and we can help you avoid these mistakes in your Woodbury home.
Enjoy the Ultimate Viewing Experience With Future-Ready Technology
If you’re buying a TV for your Edina, MN, home in the next few years, chances are the sources will involve an updated HDMI element, called HDMI 2.1. Last year’s CES teased a more robust way to connect all our entertainment, and we can’t wait to see how this home video distribution update transforms the A/V industry and enables 8K, and even 10K, devices.
Keep reading to learn more about the higher-definition HDMI, how we install it and some of its significant benefits.
Explore the benefits of Ethernet over Power and A/V over IP
When you consider updating your Minneapolis, MN, home’s network, you likely think of standard networking needs like internet services providers, matrix switches and routers. But at Lelch Audio Video, we like to think beyond general connectivity and traditional controls to find clients truly integrated network installation services that power all your components, from A/V to security, seamlessly.
What if we told you that you could streamline installations and get better quality by using your Ethernet cables to run your system? Or send lightning-fast information packets to instantly transmit audio and video signals?
We focus on finding the most robust networking engine to power all of your home’s A/V components, combining speed, user-friendliness and flexibility: We believe that Power over Ethernet and Video over IP systems will exceed expectations in all three categories. Keep reading to explore these exciting features and see what they mean for integrated homes like yours.
Show off your landscape, highlight architectural features and keep family and friends safe with the latest in outdoor lighting technology
Summer has come to Minnesota, making this the time to gather your friends and family for backyard dinners and other fun outdoor activities. While watching TV or listening to music outside is very enjoyable and relaxing, doing so late at night can be hazardous without proper lighting.
Which brings us to landscape lighting. Not only does proper lighting in your yard reduce the chance of stumbling into things in the dark, it can transform your landscape into a colorful extension of your home’s aesthetic. Using different types of fixtures placed throughout your yard, you can create striking lighting designs and highlight architectural or landscape features. If you want the best-looking, safest yard possible, keep reading to see our landscape lighting tips for Edina, MN, residents.
While standard home automation systems can perform effectively, customizing everything makes your Minneapolis home that much more comfortable.
No one wants a cookie-cutter house; different families have different needs and preferences, and what works in one home may not be the right choice for another home. The same is true of home automation systems: You may be looking for someone to install a custom home theater or whole-home audio system, while your neighbors may be more interested in outdoor audio or lighting control.
Furthermore, different homes pose different challenges in terms of installation, wiring and integration. A one-size-fits-all approach to designing a smart home is not going to give you an optimal result. By personalizing your smart home, though, you can create a system that’s better suited to your needs and preferences, and it will likely work better, too.
That’s why we want to talk to you about all the ways you can personalize your Minneapolis, MN, smart home. Want to know more? Keep reading.
Yes, Motorized Shades Can Improve Your Well-Being
Are we making a bold claim about motorized shades? Perhaps, but we think we can back it up. Consider some known facts from medical science:
- Exposure to sunlight increases absorption of Vitamin D, a critical nutrient
- Natural light helps ward off seasonal depression - especially from long gray winters (unfortunately they are a Minnesota reality)
- Interestingly, natural light helps with sleep, and we know that sleep is critical to good health
You might be wondering at this point: what does this have to do with installing motorized shades in my Woodbury home? Read on as we connect the dots!
Make Your Outdoors the New Entertainment Zone
In the land of 10,000 lakes, spring sometimes takes a while to get here. But when it does, it’s great to be outside – we do, after all, have 10,000 lakes. Right about this time of the year, the mild weather is beckoning us outdoors after the long winter.
It's time to plant the spring and summer annuals, enjoy the greening grass of the lawn, and celebrate the blooming of the trees in Eden Prairie. It's also time to clean up the grill and get it ready for a season's worth of outdoor cooking. And we have one more suggestion to make the most of the warmer season in Minnesota – an outdoor audio-video system.
Why outdoor audio-video? Don’t we have enough screens already? Think of outdoor audio-video as the perfect complement to your activities. Music can liven up an outdoor party or relax you as you lounge in the sun. Rock out to your favorite tunes as you grill the steaks at sunset. With an outdoor TV, you can keep an eye on the Twins game while you grill or enjoy a summer movie night on balmy evenings with the family.
Have we tempted you yet? Read on for some more ideas on turning your outdoor space into your summer entertainment zone.
Get more customization and streamlined control by swapping your switches for keypads
Considering some design adjustments to your home this spring? Don’t neglect the look of your home lighting automation accessories. Not every fixture ranks the same in terms of aesthetic qualities and customization, so we like to advocate for fewer switches and more keypads when we install smart lighting systems in Minneapolis, MN, homes like yours.
After all, we believe the sharpest-looking design should accompany the smartest lighting. Keep reading to see why the intuitive nature of these Control4 devices will make you want to part with your outdated lighting switches and start using keypads.