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Automated Lifestyles by Automated Lifestyles - 1M ago
Do I Really Need an Outdoor TV?Learn why you should never install an indoor TV outside on your porch or covered patio.

You may think placing a TV intended for indoor use will be perfectly fine in the outdoor Pennsylvania environment. However, whether you are placing a TV on a covered deck, screened-in porch or open patio, you will need an outdoor TV designed specifically to withstand the outdoor environment. CE Pro has a few important reasons below why you’ll want to invest in a true outdoor TV.

1. Safety
Open the first page of any TV manual, and you’ll see a section warning you about the dangers of putting an indoor TV outside. Besides the risk of electrocution, one small short, and your cheap TV can cause some pretty expensive damage.

2. Damage
If you think that indoor TV is safe under your patio, think again. Humidity, dust, and sunlight can all compromise the inner workings of your device.

3. Performance
No one wants to watch a picture with obtrusive glare or black spots, but that’s what you’ll be faced with when your TV isn’t equipped for the outdoors.

4. Price
The SunBriteTV Veranda Series starts at just $1,499 MSRP, in direct competition with regular 4K TVs on the market. The difference? Veranda models can stand up to harsh weather and deliver a clear picture for years to come.

5. Warranty Issues
It’s simple: If you install an indoor TV outside, you’re voiding the warranty. So if your picture goes out on the very first day, you’re out of luck (and some serious cash).

6. Compromised Devices
A TV shock or short due to moisture can cause damage to other connected devices, which means more equipment you may have to replace.

7. Time
Don’t bother rolling out and setting up a TV every time you want to be outside. With SunBriteTVs, they’re installed once, and last for years.

Article Credit: CE Pro

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Sonos PLAYBAR & Surround SystemImprove your TV’s sound quality and your viewing experience.

Today, TVs are getting thinner and video is amazing.  With most TVs having a thin-bezel frame, it’s no surprise that the sound is getting worse.  Most Waverly, PA homeowners tell us they can’t hear what is being said clearly on their TV.  This is because TV manufacturers have moved the speakers to the rear of the TV.  The good news is there is a solution—a soundbar.

While we install many different soundbar brands, the Sonos PLAYBAR is our favorite.  At $699 (plus a wall mount and installation), this speaker performs magnificently.  It plugs into an optical output from your television, giving you Dolby digital, as well as stereo sound.

You can play music through the same speakers (with the TV on or off) using a free app on your phone.  Play iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Slacker, SiriusXM or stream AM/FM radio stations.  It’s perfect for the great room where you want to entertain or simply relax.  The soundbar connects via Wi-Fi so it is perfect for retrofit applications. Did you want surround sound?  It can do that, too.  Sonos has optional PLAY1 speakers for $199 each (white or black).  Two rear speakers and the freestanding subwoofer ($699) provide a complete surround sound option for under $1800 (plus installation).  If you don’t like freestanding speakers, in-wall speakers can be used paired with a Sonos Connect:AMP ($499).

Searching for that perfect look where your soundbar looks as great as it sounds?  Check out Leon Speakers’ ToneCase.  The Sonos PLAYBAR fits inside a housing, custom-designed to match the width of your TV.

By the way, we can perfectly mount your TV, calibrate the picture and give you and your family years of memories.  Simply call the professionals at Automated Lifestyles today 1-800-570-7789 to start hearing what your ears are intended to hear!

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Automated Lifestyles by Automated Lifestyles - 1M ago
TV Calibration for Your HomeHere’s why you should pay $250 for calibration on your new Clarks Summit, PA TV.

When looking at two TVs side-by-side, consumers tend to buy the TV with the brightest picture. Manufacturers know this, so they increase the contrast and blue levels to achieve the brightest picture they can.  Once the TV is in your home, however, the colors are not realistic or true.

Skin tones will look pale, sports fields appear lime green and your eyes are telling you that something just isn’t right on the new 75” TV that is supposed to wow you.  This is when you know that a professional TV calibration is necessary.

Automated Lifestyles is certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and THX to deliver stunningly realistic TV calibrations.  We recommend it on all main TVs in your house.  Besides making the TV pictures appear more real, there are other benefits.  The TV will likely last longer, since it won’t be operating at 100 mph, but rather the speed limit (less wear and tear).  At night, your eyes will thank you because the TV won’t be too bright—which causes eye fatigue.

To do a calibration, we have a sensor, which connects to our laptop and allows us to see the color spectrum of your TV.  We then have a video generator, which displays certain images on the screen that we can measure.  Our equipment and software costs us over $6,000, so you know it is professional quality and something we strongly believe in.  In approximately two hours, you’ll have the perfect TV picture!

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What is the TiVo Entertainment Platform?Learn why you’ll want to take advantage of TiVo in your Northeast PA home.

A lot of our customers here in Northeast PA get frustrated by problems with their cable TV:

  1. They are paying $10/month per HD box, resulting in a high monthly cable bill
  2. The set top boxes fail regularly
  3. The set top boxes are too large and they can’t fit them behind the TV (requiring a shelf or cabinet above or below the TV)
  4. Watching TV and streaming requires too many steps & remote controls

Time and time again, we find that TiVo has solves these problems.  First, it works with any cable TV service provider (Comcast, Blue Ridge, Adams, etc.).  Rather than leasing hardware, TiVo’s concept is that you buy the hardware.  Since they sell only new hardware, it is high quality with a 1-year warranty. Users pay TiVo $149.95 per year for the DVR box only, which they call a TiVo Bolt (4 Tuners) or Bolt+ (6 Tuners).  Mini boxes, which allow for whole-house recording, have no monthly fee.

The TiVo Mini boxes, which are only $149 to buy, fit perfectly behind a wall-mounted TV.  They are only 6” high x 6” wide x 1.3” deep.  Simply use coax or Cat5 network cable from the wall jack into the TV and it has an HDMI cable going out to the TV.  With the RF remote, it controls the box hidden behind the TV and you won’t see any wires—just a TV on the wall.

TiVo makes sense both financially and for aesthetic reasons.  But how is the user interface?  From the photo below, you can see how TV and all major streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO to Go, YouTube, VUDU), and even music services (Pandora, Spotify) are included with the same easy-to-use remote.

With TiVo, you won’t need a smart TV. You can record and watch shows in any room of your home for a lower price than what you’d pay through a cable company.  There is also a free app that allows you to watch recorded shows anywhere in the world.

Are you ready? Call Automated Lifestyles at 800-570-7789 to schedule your installation.  We are TiVo certified professionals ready to take your entertainment to the next step!

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Automated Lifestyles by Automated Lifestyles - 1M ago
Types of Automated Window Shades

We are proud to be an authorized dealer and installer of Lutron products. Within their line of products, we recommend their automated window shades to businesses and Bethlehem, PA home owners looking for window covering solutions. Not only do Lutron’s automatic window blinds provide numerous options for window shade style, they also provide ease of use and save energy.

 

Serena Automatic Shades

These window shades are a cost effective alternative to traditional automatic window shades. They are available in honeycomb and roller styles, which also insult your windows. These shades’ insulation helps lower your air conditioning and heating bills. Serena shades are wireless, so they are controllable with a remote. Shades can be operated all together, or by each individual window separately.

Sivoia Automatic Shades

The Sivoia window shade system can be used to operate all Lutron window covering products. This includes roller shades, venetian blinds, traditional drapery tracks, vertical drapery system, tensioned shades, sheer blinds, pleated shades, honeycomb shades and roman shades. This wireless system integrates with the Lutron lighting control system, allowing users to control their lighting and window shades all in one place.

Lutron automated window shades are easily controlled wirelessly. Users have the option of controlling blinds with a keypad, remote control or by setting up a timer to automatically adjust shades at designated times. Best of all, their automatic shades can be controlled from anywhere in the World! If you’re on vacation and a hot spell kicks in at home, or you forgot to lower your blinds for added security while you’re away, you can easily control blinds from a remote location.

Contact us for a consultation for your home or office window shade needs!

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Automated Lifestyles by Automated Lifestyles - 1M ago
Lutron Single Room ControlControl one room or your entire home with Lutron Lighting.

Our Lutron home automation products allow you to control your whole home remotely. However, for those only looking for home automation in part of their Dalton, PA house, we also offer Lutron single room control. This is ideal for those looking to update only the most used rooms in their home.

Lutron single room control allows you to save energy by using Lutron’s light sensors and dimmers. Lighting can be easily dimmed to use less power, or automatic sensors will turn on and off lights when a room is occupied and left empty. For those wanting to create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion, our lighting controls will do just the trick. Dim lights to relax in the evening, or create lighting schemes throughout different sections of a large room. Our Lutron home automation products also include window shades and blinds. You can adjust window coverings to suit any type of sunlight.

Our lighting solutions can be controlled in several different ways. Users can control lights with a wall switch or a handheld control from anywhere in the room or their home. Lutron single room control can also be accessed remotely via a tablet or smart phone.

To learn more about the Lutron products that we offer, take a look at our website.

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Automated Lifestyles by Automated Lifestyles - 1M ago
Home Network InternetLearn about internet security solutions for your family.

Worried about what your kids are exposed to online and how long they are spending on the internet? Our Gouldsboro, PA home network services can help you monitor and control what your children are doing online. In today’s world, too many negative things are easily accessible through the internet. Make sure your children are safe with our internet security solutions.

So what is a home network after all? It’s a service that allows you to manage your family’s internet at the system level, meaning you can regulate all of your connected devices individually. This includes computers, tablets, gaming consoles, phones, smart TVs — you name it. There’s no software to install, and our Cloud Management System means you’re always up to date.

Setting up a home network for your family is as easy as 1-2-3 and is exclusive to our routers. Contact Automated Lifestyles to find out more about our internet security solutions!

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Lutron Connect AppControl your lights, thermostat and window shades with Lutron Connect.

Looking to simplify your home automation system? Add a Lutron connect bridge to your existing RadioRA2 or HomeworksQS system Pocono Pines, PA home. For only $300, plus installation, you can control your lights remotely through Lutron’s new connect app.

The app’s Geofencing alerts you if you left your lights on after you leave. Geofencing technology will soon allow you to also turn on lights when you return. Lutron connect can be integrated with Nest or Honeywell thermostat systems, enabling you to remotely control your HVAC system. Want to control your window shades, timeclocks and keypads when you’re away from your home? No worries, Lutron connect allows you to remotely control these things as well.

The new Lutron connect works with both Apple and Android phones and tablets. Contact Automated Lifestyles to add this product to your home today!

ISE 2016: Lutron Showcases Lutron Connect Bridge - YouTube

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xPress Audio Keypad – SonosControlling your Lake Harmony, PA home audio has never been easier.

The new xPress Audio Keypad from iPort allows you to control your Sonos music system directly from a keypad. The keypad allows you to play, track forward, access your favorite playlists and control the volume of your Sonos system.

The xPress Audio Keypad is magnetically mountable, allowing you to place it anywhere that is magnetic, such as a refrigerator. If you prefer to have it mounted somewhere that is not magnetic, it also comes with a sticky option, for surfaces such as walls, beds or a coffee table. Controlling your Sonos music system has never been easier with Wi-Fi access. Anywhere in your home that you are connected to Wi-Fi, you can control your music. The keypad also comes equipped with a long lasting lithium battery.

iPort’s xPress Audio Keypad app can be easily managed by anyone. There is no programming required, which makes it as simple as downloading the app to your cell phone or tablet and selecting which Sonos system to access.

If you’re interested in installing whole house music in your home, contact Automated Lifestyles!

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Amazon Alexa: Lutron Lighting IntegrationSync your smart home lighting with Amazon Alexa.

Lutron lighting is now compatible with Amazon Alexa. Do you own one of these convenient devices and have Caseta Wireless or Lutron Lighting? If so, anyone in your home can tell Amazon Alexa to turn on, off or dim your lights.

Not only does Lutron and Caseta lighting integrate with Amazon Alexa, it also integrates with Amazon Echo, Amazon Fire, Amazon Tap and Amazon Echo Dot. No matter how small your device, you can still control lighting remotely throughout your home.

Caseta & Lutron have explained how simple it is to sync your smart home lighting with Amazon Alexa:

  1. Install your devices, plug in the Smart Bridge, and connect it to your Wi-Fi router
  2. Download the free Lutron App and follow the instructions
  3. Plug in your Amazon Alexa and connect it to your Wi-Fi router
  4. Link your Caséta Wireless devices to your Amazon product using the Alexa app

If you are interested in installing Lutron Lighting or Caseta Wireless in your home, contact Automated Lifestyles to learn more.

Caséta Wireless Works with Amazon Alexa - YouTube

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