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Did you know that 77 percent of Americans would prefer some type of smart technology in their homes? According to a recent survey by Coldwell Banker, more and more people are reporting they currently enjoy smart home devices and that they would seek out homes with the same kind of technology already installed for their next residence. As a result, one of the easiest ways to raise your home value in Durham, NC is by installing a smart home system.
But how do you know what technology is right for your space? And how do you approach retrofit and new construction projects? As your local Control4 dealer, we have your answers below.
Simplify Your Day with Smart Technology
Sleep is a funny thing. When you’re a kid, you never want to waste a moment of your day with your eyes closed. As an adult, you probably long for enough free time to get a little nap in here and there.
So, it would stand to reason that when our heads hit the pillow at night, we instantly fall fast asleep, right? Not exactly. According to the CDC, up to 34.9 percent of people over the age of 18 in Raleigh, NC report getting less than 7 hours of sleep at night. And with the number of electronics in our lives, it’s not hard to figure out why.
But if technology is the problem, can it also be a solution? Not everyone can afford to unplug every day. Instead, your Lutron lighting control system can help you get a better night’s sleep. How? Just keep reading to find out.
The Story of Surround Sound
If you’ve ever sat in a movie theater and marveled at the audio that seemed to swirl all around you, you have two men to thank: Walt Disney and George Lucas.
No, neither of them invented surround sound technology. In fact, neither of them was even an expert in audio formats.
But in 1940, to accompany the “Flight of the Bumblebee” sequence in Fantasia, Disney contacted Bell Labs to create a system that moved sound around the audience, instead of just playing in front of them.
Bell’s system (a version of which was already in development by 1940) was too expensive for most theaters, and it wasn’t until after the release of George Lucas’ Star Wars in 1977 that the technology became cheap enough, manageable enough, and in-demand enough to warrant a nation-wide upgrade.
Today, you can not only enjoy surround sound in your own home theater installation; you can fully immerse yourself in Dolby Atmos audio. How has surround sound developed over the decades, and how can you get the most out of it in your Raleigh, NC home? Find out here.
Tunable Smart Lighting Helps Your Business
One look at lighting innovator Ketra’s website, and you’ll immediately see copy imploring you to “breathe light into your space.”
It may seem a bit poetic, dramatic even. But the truth is, it’s not far from accurate. A heavily studied subject by medical professionals, lighting conditions have proven time and again to be inextricably linked to productivity and mental well-being.
In other words: light is as important as air.
That’s especially true in a working environment. The right lighting -- especially natural light -- means the difference between a happy, healthy team and a miserable one.
How can you reap the benefits by upgrading the commercial lighting control system in your Durham, NC business? Find out below.