Tailor Your Lake Norman Home for the Holidays with a Control4 Dealer
Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in a Control4 Smart Home
The holidays can be both the most enjoyable and stressful times of the year. Whether you are hosting parties or attending them, these next few months can get quite hectic. But thankfully, smart home automation can help keep you organized and relaxed as you prepare. As a Control4 dealer in the Lake Norman, NC area, The Integrated Home has the advantage of customizing your home exactly as you like it. Once all of the home technology is in place, the only thing left to do is figure out how to use it to your advantage on a regular basis. Today we have some tips on how to use your Control4 system to enhance your holiday meal preparation, or entertain guests.
Customize Your Kitchen Lighting
If you’re on turkey duty for Thanksgiving, or baking cookies for Christmas or Hanukah, then you definitely need a well-lit and equipped kitchen. A common problem for many homes is that the lighting isn’t evenly distributed. The lights are either placed in inconvenient areas causing some areas to be brighter than others, or the lighting fixtures aren’t capable of producing the type of lighting you need to see well. With Control4 lighting, you’ll not only get an even distribution of light, but you’ll also be able to control the lighting levels and quality by choosing LEDs over standard bulbs for example. You can also create “kitchen” or “cooking” scenes with your smart home system so that every feature in the kitchen creates an environment conducive to making a good meal. You can include music, a TV, or temperature in your scene so that all you have to do is press one button on your tablet, phone, or keypad on the wall and you’re ready to get working. For example, label your scene, “cooking” and pick a comfortable temperature so that the area doesn’t get overheated while the oven and stove top is going, a festive music playlist to get you in the mood, and then play the Food Network Channel so you can watch what the chef is going as you make your dish.
Automate Your Entertainment
One of our great American pastimes is to watch a good football game on Thanksgiving Day. Families also enjoy watching a Christmas movie, like Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, or simply turning on holiday programming like the Yule Log. Kick off the merriment with a full automated media room. Touch one button and your living room will transform by lowering a screen from the ceiling, turning on a projector, and activating the motorized shades. In addition, with full video and audio distribution throughout the entire home, you can enjoy the big game in one room without interrupting the activities in the rest of the house. You can also broadcast multiple channels at once on multiple screens so you don’t miss any on-field action. The video intercom system can automatically appear on-screen, alerting you when guests arrive or when dinner is ready.
Create a Dinner Scene
Imagine you have the dinner table set with colorful décor, beautiful glassware and dishes, and delicious food. Now with the press of one button, you can create the perfect ambience for your holiday meal. Touch “Holiday” or your “Dining” scene and the lights will dim to create a warm ambience, the holiday music playlist will turn on at a soft volume level so your guests can still chatter while they eat, and the temperature will adjust to the right degree to keep everyone comfortable. You’ll always be ready to entertain guests and deliver a meal they won’t quickly forget.
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