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LiteTouch Repair – A Simple Switch To Lutron

LiteTouch Repair - Simple Switch To Lutron

FROM LITETOUCH TO LUTRON

At Bekins, we provide solutions. For example, we offered a simple fix for customers who are left without support from LiteTouch.

Savant bought the company in 2012, then stopped selling all products related to hardwired lighting.

Our technicians recently visited a West Michigan home built in the mid 1990s, which was still using LiteTouch. Several keypads stopped working in the home.

Our technicians provided solutions with the help of Lutron. They did not need to open up any walls, instead our technicians used the wiring already in the home.

Lutron provides keypads, processors and dimi modules specifically designed to upgrade LiteTouch homes.

In conclusion, the homeowners loved the system repair. They upgraded their 20-year old home lighting control system to include more functions plus the option to control it from an iPad.

An example of lighting controlled by Lutron.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM TO SEE LIGHTING CONTROL IN ACTION

Test examples of lighting control and many of the other features Lutron provides by visiting our showroom. Our Electronics Professionals provide solutions to customers every day.

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A Box Suite At Home

Home theater systems by Bekins

If you are a sports fan, you have carved out a lot of time for watching basketball the next few weeks. The ideal setup is a box suite at the big game, because it brings the luxuries of home to the stadium. On the other hand, what if you did the opposite? You can bring the feel of the stadium into your residence with home theater systems by Bekins.

How? IT STARTS WITH EYE MOVEMENT

There is a scientific reason why people enjoy big screen TVs. Bigger screens increase your eye movement which increases your engagement.

Our experts can help you secure the biggest TVs, but you might want to think about a projection system. A projector and screen can maximize your space, but also disappear when you don’t need it.

Think you have to keep your room dark to see a projector? Think again.

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PICTURE QUALITY MATTERS TOO

Many people know about 4K TV and how four times more pixels can improve your picture quality. However, HDR TV and screens with a Wide Color Gamut make a big difference too.

HDR TVs with a Wide Color Gamut can achieve a wider range of brightness, darkness and a wider arrangement of colors. If the color more closely resembles what you would see in real life, then the picture on your screen looks more like a window into your event.

With the right projection equipment and installation, you can get that 4K HDR experience on a 120 inch screen! How about a 300-inch screen?

THE DARKHORSE – AUDIO

People in Hollywood get paid a lot of money and win major awards for the sound they produce in a movie. Great sound helps you FEEL the event.

When you attend the game, all of the sounds surround you. It’s not just a tinny sound in front of you. Sounds at a game have bass and hit you from every angle (including behind you and above you).

Bekins has the best equipment for surround sound and the next level, Atmos.

Home Theater Systems By Bekins

GREAT HOME THEATER Systems TAKE TEAMWORK

We like to say that your viewing experience acts like a chain. Your home setup is only as good as its weakest link.

Too many people get a hodgepodge of equipment and then set it up wrong.

Average equipment set up perfectly is better than the best equipment without a plan.

Our installers are internationally-acclaimed for their work on Home Theaters, Media Rooms and more.

Let us make a plan with you to maximize your space and create a box suite experience in your home.

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.

integrated home Features

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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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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