Christmas Traditions and Control4 Automation:

Christmas Traditions and Control4 Automation

Posted December 23, 2013

Unlike most parents who hope to just sleep in as long as possible on Christmas morning until their kids come to wake them up to open presents, we have the opposite problem. Our 2 and a half-year-old son loves to sleep late and we actually have to wake him up on Christmas morning so that we have enough time to open presents before we head out to an annual family Christmas breakfast that starts at 9am. Way too early, in my opinion, but that’s our family tradition. In my opinion we should have moved on to family brunch some time ago, but I’ve been outvoted so we start our mornings earlier than most. Luckily, our Control4 automation system has allowed us to have a little bit of fun while waking up and helps us all remember that this day is a little more special than every other day of the year.

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A "Smart" Surprise for Santa: christmas, for fun, holiday, home automation,

A "Smart" Surprise for Santa

Posted December 20, 2013

Thanks to Control4 home automation, Santa gets a little treat this holiday season—and it's not just milk and cookies this time around...

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Christmas is Coming, the House is Getting Smart: Sweet Gadgets to Buy a Technology Lover:

Christmas is Coming, the House is Getting Smart: Sweet Gadgets to Buy a Technology Lover

Posted December 19, 2013

In a previous article, Jim Arnold referenced smart lighting in the home with Control4, and it got me thinking about other smart home devices that would make unique Christmas presents. Here are some fun, and practical, smart home gadgets that a tech-savvy person would love. But before you add more smart devices to your home, make sure you have the Internet bandwidth to support them. With so many devices vying for an Internet connection, your other web-enabled devices might suffer from latency.

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A New Era in Lighting [INFOGRAPHIC]: infographic, lighting, smart lighting,

A New Era in Lighting [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted December 18, 2013

Incandescent bulbs will soon be a thing of the past. So what does that mean for the future of lighting? It means smart, energy-efficient lighting options -- and as smart lighting continues to be an increasingly growing market, it is becoming more and more desirable to homeowners. Take a look at this infographic that shows the end of an era and the birth of a new one.

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The End of the Incandescent Bulb Brings a New Era of Lighting:

The End of the Incandescent Bulb Brings a New Era of Lighting

Posted December 17, 2013

As “the lighting guy” at Control4, I get a lot of questions along the lines of: Have incandescent light bulbs been outlawed? What kind of light bulbs should I be using? And…What can I expect from these newfangled CFL and LED lights?

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Control for the Holidays: christmas, for fun, holiday, lighting, whole home audio,

Control for the Holidays

Posted December 16, 2013

Looking for a little control this holiday season? Jonathan Ping at DataSmart, a Control4 dealer, gives us a little insight on how your Control4 home automation system can handle the scheduling of your Christmas lighting each day of the season—and year over year—as well as some other fun things to add a little extra festive fun to your home. Check out the video below! And be sure to visit our video page for more great tips and tricks from other cool projects.

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Using Your Home Automation System to Make Your December Merry & Bright: audio, christmas, for fun, holiday, lighting,

Using Your Home Automation System to Make Your December Merry & Bright

Posted December 13, 2013

Thanks to our newest issue of Home Smart Home, we shared some suggestions on how to make both your Thanksgiving and Halloween a bit more fun and entertaining with your Control4 home automation system. And to wrap it all up (pun intended), we are closing with our Christmas holiday automation suggestions. We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.

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Control4 and India:

Control4 and India

Posted December 10, 2013

When you think of India, what comes to mind? The Taj Mahal, Gandhi, Tikka Masala? How about Control4 home automation? If not, it might now.

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Smart Lighting for the Holidays: holiday, home automation, smart lighting,

Smart Lighting for the Holidays

Posted December 4, 2013

Once you have smart lighting in your home, it is hard to imagine living without it. Lighting is an integral part of our daily lives and a fun part of our entertainment experience. From my perspective, it’s right up there with music in terms of the enjoyment we get, and tops the list in terms of helping us be as energy efficient as we can.

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The “Mo” Movement: Control4 Supports Men’s Health:

The “Mo” Movement: Control4 Supports Men’s Health

Posted December 3, 2013

For the second year in a row, employees of Control4 participated in Movember to raise money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research and general men’s health. The team, Fans of Control4, was created as an open group for anyone who wished to join in and help with this worthy cause. Men (Mo Bros) and women (Mo Sistas) were welcome to participate in the fun and fund-raising efforts by growing a distinguished moustache. Or not.

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Giving "Thanks" to Tech:

Giving "Thanks" to Tech

Posted November 27, 2013

So many technological products and features have become such a staple in our daily lives, that we tend to forget just how much we appreciate the little (or the big) things that help to make our lives more enjoyable and convenient. Being that it is the eve of Thanksgiving, we thought we'd catch a few of our employees to find out what technology they are the most thankful for this year.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Home Automation Customers Love Smart Door Locks: home automation, security, smart locks,

Top 5 Reasons Why Home Automation Customers Love Smart Door Locks

Posted November 26, 2013

Most homeowners who are looking to invest in a home automation system tend to put a major focus on security and peace of mind. Therefore, one of the many products they consider a major benefit to their home automation systems are smart door locks. We have compiled the top five reasons our customers love having door locks incorporated into their Control4 smart homes.

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Let's Get (Pumpkin) Crackin'!: for fun, holiday, lifestyle, thanksgiving,

Let's Get (Pumpkin) Crackin'!

Posted November 25, 2013

As we head into the holiday season, it's time to revisit a few favorite family traditions. We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year, which should be interesting since I managed to get my Control4 system installed but I still have no furniture in my formal dining room. Card tables it is, people! I'm not too worried about the turkey and potatoes and I make a killer gravy. Baking, however, is not my thing. A somewhat touchy subject since my mom is famous for her homemade pumpkin pies. I have never ever been able to emulate her perfectly flaky, perfectly designed pie crusts no matter how many hands-on lessons she gave me. 

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Using Your Home Automation System to Make this Thanksgiving Deliciously Automated: audio, holiday, home automation, lighting, thanksgiving,

Using Your Home Automation System to Make this Thanksgiving Deliciously Automated

Posted November 20, 2013

Thanks to our newest issue of Home Smart Home, we shared some pretty cool Halloween home automation tricks-and-treats with you. And with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have a few more tips to delight the household or your dinner guests. Below are our suggestions for November, but click on the image below to see some great ideas for December as well to prepare you for the Christmas holiday.

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Top 5 Features Homebuyers Are Looking For: new home, real estate, smart home, study, technology,

Top 5 Features Homebuyers Are Looking For

Posted November 19, 2013

As the housing market continues to heat up, it's interesting see what trends are changing. Are people still looking for big walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances and spacious kitchens? Sure. But there are signs that times are changing. Earlier this year, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate published a survey of the next generation of homebuyers, 18-35 year olds who are challenging the traditional norms surrounding home purchases. It turns out high-tech features are top on the list of features homebuyers are seeking. 

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Bits & Pieces: For Big Laughs & Little Did-You-Knows:

Bits & Pieces: For Big Laughs & Little Did-You-Knows

Posted November 15, 2013

Check out these fun facts in this infographic featured in our most recent issue of Home Smart Home magazine. Be sure to download this issue (and past issues) for more fun, inspirational and entertaining articles and stories about automation and technology. 

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How Does a Control4 HDMI Matrix Switch Work? [INFOGRAPHIC]:

How Does a Control4 HDMI Matrix Switch Work? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted November 13, 2013

Control4 recently launched a new HDMI Matrix Switch to distribute video throughout your home or business. We wrote about how video distribution can really benefit you but always wanted to provide an image to explain how it works. Take a look!

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Start Small, Dream Big. Is it Really That Easy?:

Start Small, Dream Big. Is it Really That Easy?

Posted November 8, 2013

We often use the phrase "Start small, dream big" to explain that one of the best things about a Control4 home automation system is that you really can start off with just a small piece of the entire puzzle and then build on it from there. For example, you can start off with just a universal remote solution and then in time add lighting and a smart thermostat so that you can control all of that with your initial remote. Or you can start with a security system integration and then down the road add in whole home audio so you can enjoy music in any room of your home. 

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Is Control4 Smarter Than My 3-Year-Old?:

Is Control4 Smarter Than My 3-Year-Old?

Posted November 6, 2013

My daughter is a bit of a midnight mischief maker. We tuck the little angel into bed every night around 8:30, kiss her sweet little head, make sure the nightlight is on and the Dora Pillow Pet snuggled by her side. Then my husband and I close the door and head downstairs to tidy up the house and watch some TV or go sit on the patio to enjoy a little catch-up chat after our busy day.

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Seeing The Light: interior design, lighting control, smart lighting,

Seeing The Light

Posted November 5, 2013

If I believed everything I'm told, I would have thought that most interior designers had an aversion to all things home automation... especially when it came to lighting control. Ever heard the expression "wall acne"? Luckily...

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Smart Lighting Just Got Brighter:

Smart Lighting Just Got Brighter

Posted November 1, 2013

With Control4 smart lighting solutions, you’ll have the freedom, flexibility and convenience to change a mood or create a different ambiance in one touch—or even automatically.

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What Can a Control4 Home Automation System Do For You? [INFOGRAPHIC]: anywhere access, audio/video, climate, communication, infographic, smart lighting,

What Can a Control4 Home Automation System Do For You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted October 28, 2013

What Can a Control4 Home Automation System Do For You?

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Motorhome Field Advantage: man cave, motorhome automation, smart home, sports,

Motorhome Field Advantage

Posted October 25, 2013

I'm not much of a football fan, but I sure do love a good tailgate. While I typically attend for the awesome fall weather, the festive drinks and the great grub my family prepares, my husband is much more interested in actually watching the games...who does that? Most often, our large group likes to stay together and rarely goes to the actual games. Instead, we find ourselves huddled around a 40" flat screen trying to catch a piece of the action. As much fun as it is, it also tends to get a little cramped... ​

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Automation Turned "Hauntomation": for fun, halloween, holiday,

Automation Turned "Hauntomation"

Posted October 21, 2013

We’ve heard about some pretty cool things—besides the home—that people around the world are automating, such as spas and salons, car dealerships, fitness centers, driving ranges and bowling alleys, a super cool equestrian center, and the list goes on and on. But one of the more ironic ones we’ve seen was a project that popped up on our radar just this month in our own backyard. It’s called the “Scared Haunt,” and it’s a fully-automated haunted house that...

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Ramping Up the Security in Your Smart Home:

Ramping Up the Security in Your Smart Home

Posted October 21, 2013

A truly great home automation system is able to control all of the devices in your home, including your home theater, whole house audio, video, lighting, smart thermostat and, of course, your security system. Our dealers tell us that one of the biggest requests from customers is to integrate their security system into their home automation system. That makes sense. When a security system is integrated with home automation, additional security features can also be automated and controlled, such as door locks, smart lighting, IP cameras, motion sensors, contact sensors and other controllable devices to really give you peace of mind.

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