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  • Finding the Right Control Unit

    At Jackson Hole AV, we believe true peace of mind lies in simplicity. Finding the right control unit for your smart home or business can simplify your management of automation systems, greatly improving the quality of lfe for you and your family. 

    Just as a home automation system can integrate all your technology in a simple platform, finding the right control unit can optimize your management of your smart home systems, from lighting to temperature to security. 

    It’s possible to integrate all smart home systems through one device, or find separate devices to manage systems. Here’s just a brief sample of what’s available for a variety of your integrated home needs.

    Every home these days can use the right a dimmer switch. Lutron’s Caseta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer has been voted best wireless in-wall dimmer switch by the New York Times The judges awarded it the top prize because it’s phase-adaptive and can work with any lighting load; it includes an easy-to-use remote control and scheduling. Lutron’s dimmer also has more smart home integration options (HomeKitAmazon AlexaGoogle AssistantWinkNest, and IFTTT) than any other dimmer the judges tried. It also works with Amazon Alexa to support dimming through voice control, and with the Lutron Smart Bridge to control lights via mobile device.

    For more advanced options for controlling lights, shading, and temperature, Lutron offers the L-BDG2-WH Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge. Users can connect to as many as 50 Lutron devices with the Smart Bridge, expanding to rooms throughout the home, and use the free Lutron app iOS to control their lighting and temperature from anywhere. Homeowners can schedule lights to turn on and off at specific times, at sunrise/sunset, and change automatically as the seasons change. Users can also create specific lighting scenes customized for their family, like “movie night” or “dinner time.”

    At Jackson Hole AV, all of our audio and video systems can be controlled and adjusted from any smartphone or tablet.

    One of the easiest ways to streamline your smart home management is through your iPad. Smart door locks, lighting, security, audio, and home theaters can all be managed through your iPad monitor. Finding the right place on your wall for your iPad, where it is always charged and available, is key. Luckily, Surface Mount, created by iPort, turns your iPad into a smart touch controller with its elegant frame, integrating the iPad onto any surface. Since 2004, iPort has designed and created products that allow users to integrate Apple products with smart home technology, including the world’s first in-wall mount for iPad and LaunchPort, the first and only inductive charging system for iPad. 

    To discuss the best options available to help you manage your smart home systems, call us at Jackson Hole AV. We’d love to discuss the possibilities.