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3 Things You Absolutely Need for Your Smart Home Installation

A connected smart home makes everyday activities faster and more convenient — make sure you have the right tools to get started

3 Things You Absolutely Need for Your Smart Home Installation

Are you ready to take your home life to the next level of comfort with a smart home installation? Being able to effortlessly adjust audio/video, lighting, climate, security and more to your desired settings while sitting on your couch saves you time and energy on small, mundane tasks. It also allows you to create a more comfortable environment for relaxing at home.

But the ideal smart home requires the right foundation. Keep reading to learn 3 must-haves and how Eighteen Group — a trusted local integrator in Lake Oswego, OR — can help!

How to Start Designing Your Smart Outdoor Lighting System

Keep these questions top of mind when you’re ready to install a new lighting system outdoors

How to Start Designing Your Smart Outdoor Lighting System

Outdoor lighting can do so much more than help you see in the dark. With the right fixtures and the right outdoor lighting design, it can boost ambiance, improve safety and security, or increase your Portland, OR, home’s curb appeal.

Getting the right look starts with the design aspect. At Eighteen Group, our experienced team can evaluate your outdoor spaces and help you build a custom smart lighting design to showcase your home in its natural splendor. Keep reading to learn a few considerations to keep in mind before starting your design.

Home Lighting Control Can Help You Conserve Energy and Go Green

Use controllable smart lighting to manage your home lights more efficiently and save money on electricity bills

Home Lighting Control Can Help You Conserve Energy and Go Green

In a breakdown of the typical residential utility bill, the EPA’s Energy Star program estimated that lighting costs made up 12.5% of the total bill. Now, we know that lighting isn’t the biggest energy suck in your Lake Oswego, OR, home (that honor goes to the HVAC system), but that still comes out to a significant amount of money spent every year. And your percentage might be even higher depending on the size of your house.

A smart home lighting control system can reduce your energy output and save you money on monthly utility bills. Every little bit helps, and over time those small reductions will add up to big savings. Keep reading to learn 3 ways smart lighting can help you save money and be more eco-conscious.

Improve Your Home Spaces With Smart Audio Video Installation

Learn how a high-quality audio video setup in these three home spaces can improve your comfort and entertainment at home

Improve Your Home Spaces With Smart Audio Video Installation

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that’s prompted stay-at-home orders across Portland, OR, and the United States, home entertainment has become more important than ever. How can you keep yourself and your family occupied and in good spirits when you can’t leave the house? Multi-room audio video setups are one solution.

Keep reading to learn 3 home spaces where AV installation can make a real difference in your comfort and entertainment levels, including some areas that might surprise you!