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Should I Install My TV Above the Fireplace?

Mantel Mounts & Hidden Technology Make the Most of an Audio Video Installation

There’s something so aesthetically pleasing about installing your TV above the fireplace. It looks neat, organized, and ties your décor together into an inviting atmosphere. But depending on the height and dimensions of your fireplace, it may be uncomfortable to crane your neck upwards to watch your favorite shows and movies above the fire. And while convenient, you might not always like the appearance of a large, black rectangle in your living room when the screen is off.

Luckily, we have the technology to address this and more. Continue reading to learn how mantel mounts and hidden technology can make the most of your space, making your audio video installation blend seamlessly with your Northbrook, IL home.

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Limited Space in Your Media Room for Big Screens?

Limited Space in Your Media Room for Big Screens?

Discover the New Options with Ultra-Short Throw Projectors

 A media room is a place where you want to enjoy your entertainment with the best possible audio and video quality for an engaging experience. Usually, that means fitting the largest, highest-quality screen in that space that fits both your viewing preferences and your home’s style.

When it comes to large screens, it's tough to beat the image from a projector for big-screen performance. For some spaces, though, projectors may not be the best fit practically or aesthetically. A projector requires a ceiling or back wall installation for optimal performance, and some spaces are not well suited for that.

In the past few years, a new high-quality large-screen option has emerged: the ultra-short throw projector. These projectors are easier to place and install, can display screens up to 120 inches in diameter, and even work well in rooms with lots of ambient light. 

If you're looking for a cinematic screen with less fuss in your Northbrook, IL media room setup, keep reading to learn more about ultra-short throw options.

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Introducing Human-Centric Lighting

Tunable Lighting Is the Hottest New Feature of Residential Lighting Control

What is human-centric lighting? It sounds like a buzzword, but there is real science behind it. Saying something is human-centric is applying science to benefit the biological and emotional health and wellbeing of people.

As applied to lighting, human-centric means adjusting the color temperature and intensity of electric light sources to mimic what sunlight does throughout the day. Studies show that lighting can have a profound impact on the way we feel. Have you ever felt tired and sluggish on a succession of cloudy days in the depths of a Chicagoland winter?  Can you recall the positive difference the sun makes when it shines afterward?

The thrust behind human-centric lighting is letting technology simulate natural light to keep us in tune with our natural rhythms. It’s the latest smart feature in today’s residential lighting control systems, and we’ll explore why you should consider it for your Glenview, IL home.

 

Read on to learn more about human-centric lighting and its benefits. 

 

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Thinking of Cutting the Cord? Avidia’s Guide to Cable & Streaming

How to Enjoy TV in Your Northbrook, IL Home Without Cable  

Are you sick of dealing with Comcast and its cable services? When it comes to TV, Comcast is not known for being flexible with its options. If you’re looking for new ways to explore TV shows and films, you may have considered abandoning cable altogether.

But before you cut the cord, follow Avidia’s guide to understand your options. We service Northbrook, IL families with custom audio visual services and know the importance of a well-running home network, theater, or media room.

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Introducing: The New Control4 Neeo Remote

How Control4’s Smart Remote is Changing the Game

At Avidia, nothing gets us more excited than the launching of new technology. Control4’s recently released Neeo remote introduces an all-new way to approach smart technology. So let’s dive into what this new Control4 home automation device brings to the table, and how it can enhance your Glencoe, IL smart home control system.

 

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Hate Dealing with Comcast? Avidia Can Help

Avidia’s Professional Home Network Installation Makes Comcast Easy

Let's face it; we have all been there. Dealing with the "cable guy" is often painful and time-consuming. The cable companies are not known for stellar customer service or getting everything right the first time, especially when it comes to network installation.

If you are a busy professional, parent, or entrepreneur, you don't have the time to deal with Comcast on the phone, working in appointments that don't fit your schedule or trying to understand how they're installing your network or explaining to them why it's not working.

 

Fortunately, Avidia has a plan for that. Read on to see how Avidia can help ease your Comcast woes, and how our professional home network installation and support plans keep all your Barrington, IL home's technology running smoothly.

 

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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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3 Signs You Might Need a Home Network Upgrade

And Why You Should Consider a Professional Network Installation

Home networking is practically a utility as necessary as running water and electricity. A connection to the internet is required for many daily activities. Whether you’re checking your work email, scrolling through your Facebook feed, watching a show on Netflix, or the kids are doing their school homework, all those things require reliable connectivity to work. What happens when you can't access the internet? Everyone gets quickly frustrated.

Sometimes it’s not difficult to fix a problem. Restarting an app, reloading a web page, or the occasional rebooting of your router and modem can fix the random network glitch. But sometimes these problems are less random and happen more consistently. When they do, it may be a sign that your home network is the problem.

Let’s explore three signs that indicate that your network is not measuring up to the task, and how a professional home network installation might be the answer for your Highland Park, IL home.

 

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Want Great Audio Throughout Your House?

Control4 Multiroom Audio Shows You How

These days, there is no shortage of home audio solutions, from simple Bluetooth speakers or high fidelity two-channel to ultra-high-end multichannel home theaters. Each has its purpose and advantages. What if you want a solution that is simple to operate, can expand to every possible area where you want great sound, and can feed every music and audio source you can imagine all through your house?

For that scenario, we recommend Control4 multiroom audio. It will tick all the boxes you will want to check. Can it handle multiple sources, digital and analog? Check. Can it scale to many rooms or zones, even outdoors? Check. Can it deliver high-quality sound to every space? Check. And critically, is it easy to operate so the whole family can use it? Check.  

Why is Control4 the right multiroom audio solution for your Barrington, IL home? We’ll show you why below.

 

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Generating the Wow Factor in Interior Design

Motorized Shades Bring the Zing to Design Projects

As an interior designer, you are always on the lookout for the next trend. It doesn’t matter whether you do antiques, mid-century modern, or eclectic; you always look for the detail that gives your clients that extra custom touch. It could be an unusual accessory sourced from an exclusive vendor or the way you deftly mix the old and the new into a cohesive design.

That detail shows in various aspects of your work. You know how to take a basic electrical plan and customize it to ensure that unique lamp is plugged in just the right place. You work with electricians and other lighting professionals to ensure a room's lighting properly highlights your carefully conceived design.

When it comes to window treatments, you are an expert in creating custom designs that are both functional and stylish. And this is an area where you can add a custom touch as well - motorized shades and window coverings. How do they add that extra touch to your Lake Forest, IL residential projects? Read on to find out.

 

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