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Integrated Home By Bekins Gets CEDIA Spotlight

Integrated Home

CEDIA recently featured one of our internationally-acclaimed Electronics Integration projects. Our CEDIA-Certified Electronics Systems Designer, Dustin Deal, gave them a closer look at an integrated home along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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The article details what our team installed into this integrated home.

“Making the controls intuitive for a variety of users across a range of ages was key. ‘The home’s got audio in every room, automated shades, lighting control, total-coverage wireless networking, RF remote controls in every room with a television, and touchpads and keypads all around — we had to ensure that setting every scene in this home is just a touch away,’ says Deal.”

Our team also installed a Panamax BlueBolt PWM, which allows our technicians to power cycle products remotely as needed.

To read the full article, including the biggest challenge of the project, click the button below or click here.

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Bekins Custom Electronics National Honor

Motorized shades protect beautiful Lake Michigan home

Motorized Shades installed by Bekins

Any home that looks out over the beautiful dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline will obviously use large windows to maximize the view. However, large amounts of sun can fade your carpet and furniture inside the home. Our Electronics Integration team recently completed a project that shows many of the ways we can improve your home. It especially displays the importance of motorized shades to protect your carpet and furniture from the sun.

This home features Lutron shades that can also be controlled by Crestron automation. The homeowners control their shades through a dedicated panel on the wall or a tablet, like an iPad.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE SUN DAMAGE

Our project managers say they have seen homes really affected by the sun. One project manager described a home that had a bleach-white rug. He thought that was the color they chose, until someone moved a table to reveal its original color.

Luckily this smart home along the shores of West Michigan has not suffered any ill effects from sun’s UV rays. With no trees, or really anything to protect it from the sun, our team immediately noticed the importance of motorized shades.

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DIFFERENT ROOMS – DIFFERENT MOTORIZED SHADES

With dunes between the home and Lake Michigan, this West Michigan smart home built its first three floors to support the top floor. The fourth floor houses the most square footage because it hosts the best view, looking out over the dunes and the lake.

Other spots in the home had shades mounted either above or inside the window. However, mounting inside the window blocks a small portion of the view.

The shades on the fourth floor were incorporated into the crown molding, so you can’t see them until they drop down. This option does not take away a single inch of the beautiful view.

We offer blackout shades that completely block out the sun. However, the top floor features sheer shades. This option allows you to still see the shoreline a little, but it still protects the furniture and carpet.

We also offer an option to have both sheer and blackout shades on the same window.

Motrized shades installed by Bekins along Lake Micihgan
Lakeview living room with motorized shades up.
Lakeview living room with motorized shades down

TEST LUTRON SHADES IN OUR SHOOWROOM

Do you know a great way to see sheer and blackout shades? Visit our showrooms. That is one of many motorized shades you can test. Talk to our experts about Lutron as well, they offer a variety of styles to fit almost every home and decor.

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The Big Screen To Get For The Big Game

Are you Super Bowl ready? Big Screen TV

BIG SCREEN FOR THE BIG GAME

The biggest viewing event of the year is about two weeks away. Thinking about getting a new big screen to host a viewing party for the big game?

What should you look for?

  • PROCESSING SPEED: The picture looks more clear when the TV can process all of its information quicker.
  • CONTRAST: The world is filled with shades of colors. The darker and brighter the TV, the more shades you will see. That makes the picture look more realistic.
  • SIZE: The more your eyes have to move, the more immersed you become in the viewing experience.

try a SONY X900F TV

Digital Trends says “nobody beats Sony at the processing game.”  Their X-1 Ultimate Processor and their X-Motion clarity make every moment beautifully clear.

The X900F also reveals details with 4K HDR contrast, Dolby Vision and their X-tended Dynamic Range Pro.

Finally, you can get a Sony X900F as big as 85 inches. That is likely bigger than what most people currently have in their home.

SEE A VARIETY OF BIG SCREENS IN OUR SHOWROOM

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Elite Of The Elite – Bekins Is HTA Certified “Estate”

Bekins Home Theater Installation - custom electronics - HTA Certified

We have always known our electronics team is among the best in the world. However, it’s nice to hear it from industry experts as well. We are proud to announce that Bekins is now HTA Certified.

Who is hta certified?

The Home Technology Association (HTA) was created to identify the very best low-voltage contractors so that consumers can receive the best technology experience possible.

The HTA says only about 10 percent of companies in our industry achieve this distinction.

Our HTA Certification is proof that Bekins has received high scores
in the following three areas:

  1. Technical ability
  2. Customer Service
  3. Industry Reputation

best of the best

Bekins not only earned an HTA Certification, we earned their highest certification honor. Bekins is the only HTA Certified “Estate” company in West Michigan.

HTA Certified Estate companies typically specialize in the following:

  • Luxury homes of 10,000 square feet and up, often with multiple structures
  • Homes with complex or large-scale technology needs
  • Homes with world-class interior design and architecture
  • Homes with domestic staff
  • Homeowners who have multiple residences
  • Customized smart home / home automation systems
  • High-performance and ultra-high-performance home theater and home audio systems
  • Homeowners who expect a concierge-level customer service experience
  • Homeowners who understand that technology is integral to the operation of their home
  • Projects that take months or years complete
  • High levels of design, engineering documentation, and project planning
  • Highest level of system performance and craftsmanship
  • Projects with technology budgets of $250,000+
Bekins is HTA Certified "Estate"
Bekins is now HTA Certified "Estate"

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