In other portions of our site, we have noted the growing trend for today’s homeowners to migrate away from cafes, restaurants, lounges, and public theatres back to their neighborhoods and private homes on the weekends. With this new emphasis on home-based entertainment, home theatre automation has risen both in demand and technological quality to rival public entertainment venues traditionally considered superior to the private residence. Thirty years ago, people were amazed at the magic of 8-track tapes and mini-disco balls. Now, today’s home theatre automation can deliver surround sound, multi-screen output, multimedia sourcing, and integrated lighting and shade control all with state of the art, user-friendly interfaces that direct computer subroutines into commands for each device on the system. Knowing that each home is different and will require its own unique home theatre design and automated control, Illuminations Lighting and Design will build everything from the ground up, starting with the CAD drawing and ending with the opening credits and music.
One reason past theatre audiences valued public over private entertainment because movie theatres dim the lights to near total darkness to increase the visibility of the movie screen. Today’s home theatre automation can deliver this exact effect without requiring the expenditure, stress, parking difficulties, and occasional personality dysfunctions of public theatre audiences. With Lutron and Somfy shade controls, you can execute a command that says “movie” and your home theatre automation system will close your blinds for you right as the movie begins. Not only can you expect direct control of shade levels from your home’s new automated theatre, but you can duplicate and even surpass the movie-going experience with advanced lighting controls from Lutron, Vantage, and the new RadioRA wireless technology. Our clients especially appreciate this feature, as they can actually select a lighting theme and brightness level that reflects the overall tone of the film.
Many people like to multi-task their entertainment by combining audio with video, and ILD meets and often exceeds their expectations with home automated theatre remotes that give one-touch access to audio, video, and lighting all in a single unit. Once everyone sits down to enjoy entertainment invariably there is one person in the crowd with a “special” request that follows just on the heels of finding the perfect spot on the couch or just the right setting on the recliner. Now, you can keep this very special person happy without discomfort or sacrifice by meeting their needs electronically. Hand held remotes by Lutron and Hand held remotes by Universal Remote both offer audio, video, and lighting control so you can manipulate key home theatre automated elements from a comfortable position without getting up. For extra sensitive guests we can upgrade you to an AMX control conveniently positioned near your favorite spot in the room. It offers the same media control with additional HVAC features essential to maximized guest comfort.
Of course, no automated home theatre system would be complete without the latest and greatest media technology itself. Anticipating our clients’ need for both equipment and custom design, we have formed vendor partnerships with Boston Acoustics, Vienna Acoustics, and Triads to fully equip your automated home theatre with top-quality speakers. One of our most popular products at this time is the AMX DVD server able to remotely retrieve your favorite movie and render a picture in true HDTV quality. Combine this with a Triads or Vienna surround sound speakers, all controlled by the same home theatre automation system, and you have true movie house equivalent in the privacy of your own home, anytime you desire it.
So why wait any longer? Call Illuminations Lighting and Design today at 713-863-1133 for a complementary consultation. We will visit your home and help you plan and design the very best home entertainment experience that you or your guests can ever imagine, and we will program that new system to obey your every thought and command.