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Articles tagged with: Home Automation

Take Effortless Control Over Your Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Voice control, a smartphone app, automation and more — explore all the ways you can control your outdoor lighting!

Take Effortless Control Over Your Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Control is one of the most crucial elements of outdoor lighting design. You may have dozens of lighting fixtures around your Lake Oswego, OR, property serving different purposes for security, entertainment, ambiance, and curbside appeal. If you don’t have an easy, streamlined way to control how and when you manage outdoor lighting, your system loses value because you probably won’t use it as much.

Luckily, smart systems offer multiple ways for you to access and personalize all your connected outside lights. Keep reading to learn more about smart lighting control!

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!

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.

Why You Need Smart Lighting in Your Audio Video Installation

How lighting will make or break an audio-video installation in Lake Oswego

Why You Need Smart Lighting in Your Audio Video Installation

Lighting is one of the last things you might think about when completing an audio-video installation, but it is vitally important to your viewing experience. Nothing is worse than a glare on the screen or having to stumble in the dark to grab a snack in the middle of your favorite movie. Learn what lighting options you should consider in your next audio video installation in Lake Oswego, OR.