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Serena, Sivoia & Palladiom: The Difference Between Lutron Shades

A living room with Lutron shades on the window. Through the window are flowers in a green yard.

Comparing Lutron’s Motorized Shading Models 

If you’re curious about motorized shades and have begun to explore the world of Lutron, you may have come across several different models. There are Serena, Sivoia, and Palladiom motorized shades by Lutron—so which is best for your home?  

Deciphering the difference between Lutron shades can get confusing, but we’re here to help. Below, we’ll compare Lutron’s most popular shading models to help you find the best option for your Highland Park, IL, home. 

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Why Chicago Interior Designers Should Partner With a Lutron Installer


Interior designers in Chicago have faced a popularity surge, as many people have renewed interest in decorating their homes. Having to live, work, exercise, eat and play within the same four walls motivated Illinois homeowners to revamp their home design for both form and functionality. Wellness trends also spurred the interior design boom, bringing lighting control to the forefront of this initiative, as phrases like “human-centric lighting” and “circadian rhythm” sparked curiosity with both wellness-driven buyers and wellness-curious newcomers who simply wanted better sleep and greater productivity throughout the day.

As an interior designer, how can you keep up with the market demand for wellness-focused lighting for your clientele? Start by working with the area’s most trusted Lutron installer, Avidia! We’ll share why we recommend a partnership with a certified installer, so keep reading to see how working with us could give you a competitive edge.

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Transform Your Home With Ketra Lighting


Ketra Offers Lights in Millions of Colors and Hues that Mimic the Sun

Ketra has long been known for its LED lights that display every color in the visible light spectrum. Imagine all the rainbow colors in their many hues and intensities, and you have Ketra lighting and the millions of colors at your disposal.

Then, in 2017, they changed the world of lighting yet again with their natural lighting system. Now, they adjust color temperature to mimic the sun's light, automatically changing throughout the day, from the early soft yellow rays of the welcoming sun to the warm, red hues at the end of the day.

If you're wondering what you could do with millions of colors of light, or light that mimics the sun, in your Chicago, IL home, read on. Not only does it add decorative flair to every room and feature in your home and yard, but it can also improve your sleep and mood.

Have we sparked your interest? Then, let’s start with the transformational power of Ketra’s tunable lighting and your circadian rhythm.

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What Is Ketra Lighting and How Can It Transform Your Home?


You’ve Never Seen Home Lighting Like This Before

What’s the primary purpose of home lighting? Most would say functionality. After all, you need light to see and perform tasks. But to say lighting is only a mere utility would be selling it short. Lighting is capable of much more! It can add creative design to your interiors and even aid in wellness.

For light without limits, turn to Ketra lighting. Ketra is a leading manufacturer of tunable LED light solutions that are designed to enhance the human experience. Ketra, a Lutron company, pairs transformational tunable lighting with world-class controls to make home light personalized to you.

Keep reading to learn what’s possible when you bring Ketra lighting to your Chicago, IL home.

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How Do Motorized Shades Work? Avidia Tells All.


Explore the Many Uses & Benefits of Automated Blinds

When it comes to the subject of motorized shades, you may be wondering—haven’t people gotten by with manual window treatments for many years? Why would anyone need motorized shades? The introduction of new technologies often prompts this question. But the more you learn about this smart solution, the more you will discover how it can benefit your household.

To learn how motorized shades work and all they can accomplish in your Glenview, IL home, continue reading below!


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Why Residential Lighting Control Makes Sense for Your Projects


Lighting Control Is One of the Most Desired Smart Home Features

As builders and designers, you typically look for an edge in your projects. It may be the extra attention you pay to superior design inside and out, a unique flourish that you add like building a hidden room off of the den, or greater customizability in floorplans and finishes that gives clients more choice.

The explosion in the availability of consumer smart lighting products like Philips Hue and others shows that there is high interest and demand in residential lighting control solutions. And while these products are suitable for some applications, with new construction, the opportunity is there to add a comprehensive lighting control solution that is far more customizable for your clients.

Avidia works with Control4 for smart home automation and lighting control because it offers incredible opportunities to add smart home features your clients will love. It’s also far easier to add the infrastructure and fully customize it in the construction process than after the fact. Read on to see why adding a residential lighting control system to your Barrington, IL projects is a smart move for you and your clients.


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Introducing Human-Centric Lighting


SEE ALSO: Why Residential Lighting Control Makes Sense for Your Projects


Do We Need Human-Centric Lighting?

Science tells us our bodies respond to the natural stimuli of light. Clearly, we sleep at night when it's dark. We also have an internal clock of sorts referred to as the circadian rhythm, and our bodies respond to different types of light during the day. Bright, intense, cooler-toned light, like that of the noonday sun, tends to awaken and energize us. Warmer, amber, and red tones, like those of the setting sun, signal our bodies to wind down and prepare us for sleep.

The wrong light can throw off our natural rhythms. Imagine if you were subjected to bright fluorescent lighting in your bedroom, like that in many offices at 11 PM – it's not likely you would feel relaxed or ready for sleep. With new technological solutions, we can now make artificial light follow natural patterns that are in tune with our bodies.


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