How to Deal With Ambient Light in Your Home Theater System

How to Deal With Ambient Light in Your Home Theater System

If you’re thinking about installing a home theater system in your Southlake, TX residence, there’s one major concern you may not have considered. No, we’re not talking about how you can watch beautiful 4K content, or how you can achieve the best 3D surround sound possible. It’s even simpler than that – we’re talking about how you can minimize ambient light and glare as part of your viewing experience. In this blog, we’ll take you through different technologies that can help prevent washed-out picture in your space. Read on for more.

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Smart Lighting Design

The way your lighting is designed can have a big impact on the amount of glare you see on screen. All fixtures should be pointed away from the screen, so the image won’t be overpowered by them. Moreover, you should have zone controls implemented, so that you can control the lights around the screen separately from the ones in different parts of your theater space.

Motorized Shades

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4 Simple Reasons You Should Work With a Home Automation Installer

4 Simple Reasons You Should Work With a Home Automation Installer

Thinking of upgrading your property with a smart home system? You’re probably trying to weigh the options: should you go hardwired or wireless with your audio system? Can you install a home theater by yourself? These are the types of questions that many homeowners face. But the truth is, you’re almost always better off working with a professional home automation installer. Sure, it may seem like the initial investment is higher than what you want to pay, but in the long run that investment pays off. In this blog, we’ll give you four solid reasons to work with an integrator.

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Reason 1: They Know What They’re Doing

Installing a smart automation system is a bit more complicated than assembling your average Ikea coffee table – and we all know how annoying that can be. But when you’re working with electronics, the challenges can quickly become overwhelming. You may think it’s easy enough to install a smart thermostat, and you may even be right. But when you want that thermostat to talk to your surveillance cameras, or to respond to a single command that lowers the shades and dims the lights while playing a movie on your AV system, you enter a whole different world. 

Think of it this way: you may be able to change a tire or buff out a dent in your car, but you probably can’t fix the transmission. The same goes for your home automation system.

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Get a Better Picture From Your Outdoor Audio Video System

Get a Better Picture From Your Outdoor Audio Video System

Summer is the perfect time to start thinking about an outdoor entertainment system upgrade for your Southlake, TX home. But when you move your entertainment outside, there are special considerations you have to take. In particular, you have to consider how natural light will affect your video display visibility. After all, you don’t want a washed out picture every time you decide to enjoy a movie or game in the backyard. In this blog, we’ll show you some ways you can enjoy a sharper picture outside. Read on for more.

See Also: 6 Must-Haves for Your Outdoor Entertainment System

Ultra-Bright Television

Some homeowners prefer TV displays over projectors. If you’ve decided to go this route, you should know that your average Sony flat-panel probably won’t withstand the elements. Everything from a light rain to a wayward football can easily damage it. And, of course, you’ll need to consider how the TV will combat ambient outdoor lighting situations.

SunBrite TVs are the perfect solution. Capable of ultra-bright images that will stand up to even the harshest sunlight, they’re the ultimate outdoor TV. Plus, they’re super durable. They’ve been tested against the toughest of outdoor elements – rain, sleet, snow and even Frisbees. In fact, they’re even rumored to have been tested against bullet impact!

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Motorized Shades, Smart-tech to Reduce Energy Consumption

Motorized Shades, Smart-tech to Reduce Energy Consumption

On average in the city of Keller, Texas there are 235 sunny days per year with July being the warmest month. That being said, what can homeowners do to protect their interior finishes and keep HVAC units from working overtime? The best ideas are those that keep the heat from entering a home, think motorized shades that block solar heat gain or taking your cooking outdoors. Read on to learn more about how you can combine the latest smart home technology with common practices employed by homeowners before central AC was en vogue.

SEE ALSO: Which Type of Motorized Shades is Right for Your Home?

Cool Down, Block Out Sunlight

During the sunniest parts of the day, you may find that sunlight streams into your home, and while the natural light is welcoming, it can also have an adverse outcome, quickly heating up your indoor spaces. The result: your AC unit is forced to work harder to keep these rooms cool and comfortable. Improve the cooling performance of your HVAC system by adding motorized shades made of UV-resistant material. Each solar shade type has a UV rating, which measures the shade’s ability to restrict harmful rays from passing through it.

Automate Operation, Restrict Harmful Rays

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The Importance of a Durable Outdoor Sound System

The Importance of a Durable Outdoor Sound System

When you think about installing an outdoor sound system in your property, you’re probably concerned with how it sounds and how it looks. But one of the most important considerations you can make is how long it will last. Choosing the right materials, placement and construction for your outdoor audio components can mean the difference between enjoying it for years and replacing the whole thing next summer. You want a system that will last, and this blog will show you how to achieve that. Read on for more.

See Also: A Quick Guide to Outdoor Sound Systems

Durable Materials

The speakers you have in your house wouldn’t work for your outdoor spaces, right? The sleek wooden cabinets that make up the free standing units in your listening room would quickly sustain damage and eventually rot if you put them in your backyards. That’s why you need to invest in speakers specifically designed to handle just about any kind of weather with the most durable materials that still offer great sound.

Outdoor speaker units can be made of any kind of plastic or metals, but often brass is one of the best choices. Not only is brass rust-proof – meaning the unit still remains serviceable for long periods of time – but it usually looks great and blends in with your backyard landscaping perfectly.

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