Friday, July 19, 2019

CE Week Panel: Architects, Designers Plan for Smarter Homes

Industry cognoscenti from Lutron, AIA, Houzz, IVY, and And Design LLC talk about how to win over smart home skeptics during a CE Week Panel.

Eagle Sentry’s Baptism by Colorbeam

Eagle Sentry's project shows the importance of manufacturer-integrator relationships and the promise of a revolutionary lighting solution.

Cincy Building Leverages Colorbeam’s LED Lighting Power

Colorbeam's LED treatment is underscoring a Cincinnati building's unique architectural attributes, utilized as a way to evoke emotion, mood, and behavior.

Let There Be Light: Navigating an Untapped Industry

There are so many lighting avenues for integrators to explore, and nobody knows that better than the biggest manufacturers in the nation.

Color LED Lighting Can Dazzle in Pools, Trees

“As head designer,” says HiFi House Chief Custom Designer E.J. Feulner, “lighting is important to me, and lighting control factors into most of my outdoor projects for landscaping, pools and other areas. My philosophy is that clients shouldn’t have to touch a light switch to turn on an outdoor light.” Until very recently, outdoor integrators have dealt mostly with utilitarian lighting and control systems, “programming scenes for when you’re watching movies to turn the lights off on that side of the house, or for illuminating the path back to the kitchen where you get more food. Pretty straightforward stuff,” says Aurant CEO Jeff Anderson. But our


As HP’s Digital Entertainment Center exits the living room, Exceptional Innovation (EI) is inviting other manufacturers’ A/V component-like Media Center PCs over to hang out with its Lifeware home entertainment and automation software—but not without a few words about its most prominent marketing ally’s disappointing departure. HP recently—and without a formal announcement—discontinued its line of Digital Entertainment Centers (DECs). Those Media Center PCs were designed to look like A/V components, leading to their description as “living room form factor” Media Centers. HP had been offering DECs for a couple of years, and the HP logo and the DECs themselves had been prominently featured in

Cultivate(and Keep) Happy Campers

“Beatings will continue until morale improves!” This famous phrase isn’t just hilarious because of its stark irony, but because of how much it demonstrates the frustrating difficulty involved with motivating and retaining a finely tuned workforce. The beatings only work for so long until you have to get more creative. So what does work? Employee incentive programs? Raises? Bonuses? Paid vacation? A 401(k)? A trip to Tahiti? None of those can hurt, but in each case, the more important question is, “Will it help?” The answers can vary. More than any of those ideas, however, C-businesses told us that consistent, plentiful training is

Exceptional Innovation Reveals Training Schedule

Home automation vendor Exceptional Innovation (EI) announced dates for its Lifeware Certification Training program. Level 1 trainings, a basic one-day course, will be held at various locations around the country, while Level 2 training, a hands-on, two-day program, will take place at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. In development is a Level 3 multiple-day course “designed for the technical integrator to address technical questions.” Level 3 dates will be announced at a later date. The first Level 1 date will be held Wednesday in Chicago. August locations include Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wis. A September date

Digital Delivery Group to Distribute CentraLite Products

Digital Delivery Group, a consortium of 16 specialty distributors, will provide CentraLite’s LiteJet and StarLite wireless lighting control technology to custom home installers and systems integrators. Said Mike Dow, CentraLite’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “Digital Delivery Group’s broad customer base combined with its strong commitment to product training, custom integration, and dealer support makes them an ideal partner in our efforts to serve the market.”

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