Choosing the best smart home and workplace systems has never been easy. One has to wade through hundreds of smart home or workplace devices and that can be a daunting task–and there’s no telling if some of these are even going to survive the competition in a few years.
It has reached the point where consumers can no longer handle setting up home automation systems themselves, because there are more smart devices now beyond virtual assistants, remote controls and motorized blinds people these days.
Imagine coming home to a home theater system, with smart lighting, automated window treatments, climate control, surveillance and CCTV, secure networks, enhanced Wi-Fi routers — all with structured wiring that’s neatly tucked from view and yet also expandable if one is going to add more automation to their spaces.
The job is just too much for one person to do and there’s also the challenge of seamlessly integrating everything together. There are lots of moving pieces when building a cohesive smart home or workplace and one needs professional installers or integrators to do the job.
But who can one trust to do the job? Here’s how to pick a professional home automation installer or integrator — plus 6 reasons why you need to rely on them:
But these professionals know that to be able to do their job, they also need the right tools. Enter the 5 prestige brands and systems that they trust to work with them — Control4, Crestron, Ketra, Lutron and Savant.
Professionals rely on the billion-dollar company, Control4, to stay and even grow with their growing global company. More than 7,500 individual products from hundreds of different manufacturers are able to join its ecosystem.
Control’s OS 3 visual user interface can do many things. It helps people set up their favorite rooms and devices, plus helps them see the status of their security or the song playing on a multi-room audio through a screen. One or a few clicks and it can set up lighting, music, temperature and video. In 2020, it deservedly won the prestigious CE Pro Mark of Excellence Award for Whole-House Control Product of the Year.
Crestron offers similar capabilities as Control4. It offers a comprehensive range of integrated solutions that makes controlling everything with ease — from unified communications, displays, audio-visual to room schedulers, digital signage, projectors and AI/voice automation.
Digital transformation for commercial and residential applications has never been more customized for client’s needs than now, so it uses many ways of improving operating workplace efficiencies or for transforming lifestyle. Both Control4 and Crestron can do the job.
For next-generation lighting systems, Ketra is a LED lighting manufacturer known for creating the highest quality, most accurate Natural Light, which mimics the exact color temperature and intensity of sunlight, but setting it up properly requires certified professionals, like how it is with many automation systems whether in various parts of a home — kitchen, living room, etc — or offices and workplaces, which include commercial establishments.
Shaun Elwin, Project Manager and Design Engineer of Premium Digital Control & Automation, is one of those certified professionals. He received his Contractors’ Limited Energy Systems Specialty license from Florida’s Electrical Contractors’ Board recently.
Ketra’s parent company, Lutron has been an integrated lighting solutions leader for 30 years with an open architecture that easily integrates with many systems. It has robust and reliable wired and wireless communication protocols. In 2020, it won three major awards for its Athena lighting control system — the Interior Design Best of the Year; Products of the Year–Lighting; and Top 25 Products of 2020. Caseta by Lutron will lower shades and darken the lights when you say movie night: lights, camera, Lutron.
Also getting more popular these days is Savant. It can control an entire home or office — and even provide what Rolling Stone called the Best High End Audio System in its reviews of the Best Products of 2020. Its WISA technology eliminates the need for any wiring to the soundbar and subwoofers while still providing custom-designed surround sound experience. It declares: “It’s tuned to deliver a more accurate audio experience, with the speakers pulling out details and nuances that standard store-bought sets can’t get you.”