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Top 4 Ways Lutron Lighting Improves Energy Efficiency


Avidia Illuminates Spaces With Ease & Sophistication

Walking into a home with automated lighting feels like stepping into the future. The lights gently illuminate your path as you enter, creating a warm and welcoming ambiance. Indoor and outdoor lighting adjusts seamlessly to the time of day and your activities for added comfort and efficiency. There’s no more fumbling for switches or worrying about wasting energy when your home takes care of every detail, adding convenience and sophistication to every corner of your Northbrook-area home.

With rising energy costs and growing environmental concerns, finding ways to reduce energy consumption can significantly impact your wallet and the planet. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through advanced Lutron lighting solutions and automation. 

Below, let's dive into four ways a lighting system with Lutron control can transform properties into beautiful yet energy-efficient places.

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Discover the Magic of Sonance Invisible Speakers


How Do Invisible Speakers Work?

Aesthetics and performance often clash when it comes to home audio. Traditional speakers, while capable of delivering impressive sound quality, can disrupt the visual harmony of a well-designed room!

This is where Sonance Invisible Speakers come into play. These speakers are a revolutionary solution that combines high-fidelity audio with seamless integration across your Glenview, IL, home's decor.

But how exactly do these invisible speakers work? Let's dive into the world of Sonance Invisible Speakers and explore the technology behind them.

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Can I Hide My Outdoor Speakers?

three outdoor bullet speakers above a rock retaining wall and fireplace.

The Avidia Team Explores a New World of Backyard Possibilities with Sonance

Imagine enjoying your favorite music in your beautifully landscaped backyard without seeing a single speaker. Sonance is a premium audio brand that makes this possible thanks to its innovative outdoor speaker options that can hide in plain sight. 

For homeowners in Northbrook and along the North Shore looking to revamp or overhaul their open-air entertainment areas, it’s time to consider a premium audio solution. Ready for a speaker option that seamlessly blends into your surroundings, preserving aesthetic appeal while delivering exceptional audio performance? Keep reading to learn how Avidia can make it a reality.

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Case Study: Transforming Outdoor Spaces with Progressive Screens

An outdoor patio space with a roof, ceiling fan, and in-ceiling speakers.

Prioritizing the View

As summer approaches, many homeowners in the Barrington, IL, area are preparing their outdoor spaces for ultimate relaxation and entertainment. At the forefront of these preparations is the installation of innovative solutions that enhance comfort while maintaining aesthetic appeal!

One such project involved installing a 15-foot, 250-pound motorized Progressive Screen in a pavilion. This upgrade, which includes in-ceiling speakers, an electric heater control, and two outdoor TVs integrated with the Crestron Home System, promises to revolutionize the outdoor experience.

Read more about this case study below to learn how our team can help upgrade your outdoor spaces today!

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Enhancing Privacy & Comfort with High-End Shading

In Wilmette, IL, we created an ideal bathroom space with an integrated custom shading solution. But what went into this high-end installation?

Read more in our case study covering this professional installation of custom Lutron Triathlon motorized shades in a children’s bathroom, showing how advanced shading technology can seamlessly combine privacy, convenience, and style. Keep reading to learn more about our process and planning for a shading installation in the Glenview, IL, area!

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Bring Outdoor Motorized Blinds to Your High-Tech Residence


A Seamless Integration with Smart Home Systems

Integrating outdoor motorized blinds is a game-changer for your backyard and patio setup. This advanced solution enhances comfort and privacy and optimizes energy efficiency and usability.

This seamless integration with your existing smart home technology delivers unparalleled convenience and control, proving indispensable for you and your household. Check out how outdoor motorized blinds, especially solar screens from Progressive Screens, can elevate your Glencoe, IL, spaces by reading more below!

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Bugs Be Gone with Motorized Patio Screens

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Enjoy Your Backyard Spaces Like Never Before

The weather is getting more intense, and so is the bug population. As the temperatures rise, insects have a knack for bothering everyone, no matter what they’re attempting to do to enjoy the sunnier weather. There’s no need to keep the fly swatter nearby when you have motorized screens installed on your patio in the Northbrook area. 

Read along below to explore Progressive Screens’ specialized insect screens.

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Choosing the Best Outdoor Shades for Your Home

A home’s exterior showing shading from Progressive Screens lowered around a patio area.

How The Patented MagnaTrack Stands Out

When it comes to enhancing the comfort, usability, and aesthetic appeal of your outdoor spaces, selecting the right shading solution is crucial! Whether it's for a patio, porch, or outdoor kitchen, the ideal shades offer protection from the elements and blend seamlessly with your architecture, contributing to the overall ambiance of your Northbrook, IL, home.

With a variety of options available in the industry, it can be a daunting task to choose the best fit. However, for those looking for an innovative, reliable, and versatile shading solution, the MagnaTrack shading system from Progressive Screens is a standout choice. Keep reading below to find out more!

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What Is the Best Brand of Solar Shades?

A modern enclosed patio with retractable solar shades, showcasing an outdoor dining area with rattan chairs and tables.

Why We Recommend Progressive Screens for Our Clients 

Picture the perfect outdoor family gathering in your backyard: the sun is shining, but nobody is squinting or uncomfortable. That's the magic outdoor solar shades bring to your Highland Park, IL, home. With the right shades, patios, decks, and porches transform into year-round retreats for relaxation and entertainment. Progressive Screens offers outdoor solar shades that shield against the sun's glare, reduce heat, and even protect against pesky bugs. This blog explores how their products make your home the ultimate destination, regardless of season. 

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Outdoor Motorized Shades Provide Comfort, Beauty, and Privacy

Outdoor motorized shades partially lowered around a patio area with furniture and a grill.

Enjoy the Pinnacle of Outdoor Living

Living along Lake Michigan in Lake Forest, IL, comes with incredible beauty, open spaces, and the opportunity to live in one of the most desirable suburbs in the nation. In this community, many homeowners have made their outdoor spaces extensions of their homes, a seamless flow of indoor and outdoor living carried by music and outdoor audio, fireplaces and firepits, and outdoor kitchens and grills. Essentially, it's the pinnacle of outdoor living.

You can maximize these living spaces using outdoor motorized shades, also known as retractable screens. These shades become part of the outdoor living design, added to three-season additions, patios, decks, outdoor kitchens, gazebos, and even garages. They create more livable space while retaining beautiful views. With the touch of a button, you create comfort, protection, and privacy.

In the world of automated outdoor screens, one company stands above the rest—Progressive Screens. 

Let's explore their benefits and features and how to maximize the time you enjoy your outdoor areas.

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