This huge 14,000-square-foot Indianapolis-area residence in home features include a lower-level entertainment space (think ultimate walk-out basement overlooking a Pete Dye-designed golf course) with a pool, hot tub, two bars, a gym, a bourbon room, and a state-of-the-art theater featuring technology from Crimson AV’s LED Experts Group.
The homeowners held nothing back when it came to asking local integrator Intelligent Living Solutions of Zionsville, Ind., to turn their dream home into a smart home as well. Yes, they wanted efficiency, security, convenience, but most of all, they wanted a show place to entertain family and friends using the latest in technological innovations.
The homeowner is an avid sports fan, who is passionate about Sunday NFL featuring the Indianapolis Colts and NBA basketball games played by the Indiana Pacers. The home’s dedicated theater means they’ll never miss a key play, and it also gets plenty of use where the entire family can indulge in streaming movies and regular shows.
The theater is controlled using Loxone technology, which also controls the space’s lights, sound, and star-field ceiling.
One of the biggest challenges the home’s design team faced was integrating a display that could deliver exceptional visual performance on a tight production timeline. The client’s request for the perfect home theater experience, especially for watching sports, tasked Intelligent Living Solutions with spec’ing and installing a state-of-the-art display that would not compromise on quality, clarity, or size.
Precision, Clarity, Color Impact 1.25mm dvLED Display Decision
While projection was a consideration, the integrator reports that the project called for something unique. Ultimately a dvLED solution from Crimson AV – a company has more of a history serving the commercial market – was deployed for its immersive qualities and significantly increased value and appeal for luxury homebuyers.
Intelligent Living Solutions enlisted Crimson’s LED Experts Group to provide the solution. After a thorough evaluation of various display options, they selected a 1.25mm Mini LED Display that could be controlled by Loxone home automation as an ideal pairing.
These are key features of the Crimson 1.25mm Mini LED display that made it such an attractive option for the dealer and their customer.
- Large Screen Size: The display was customized to be approximately 12 feet wide x 6.5 feet tall, making it an imposing centerpiece for the home theater.
- Vivid Colors: The Mini LED technology provided rich, vibrant colors and exceptional contrast, enhancing the sports and streaming viewing experience.
- Low Latency: To cater to the client’s live sports event’s needs, the display featured minimal latency, ensuring synchronized audio and video.
- High Resolution: With a pixel pitch of 1.25mm, the Mini LED display offered super sharp and clear visuals, ensuring that every detail of the sports action would be captured with precision.
Additionally, the Loxone platform-powered smart home is entirely automated, enabling effortless control of the entertainment area with a single touch. The owners can press the ‘entertain’ button, and the automation system can create the ideal ambiance for your gathering. It adjusts the lighting, activates the display, regulates the temperature, manages the shades, and prepares the theater seamlessly.
Crimson AV Mini LED Implementation Involves Meeting Tight Timeline
The Crimson AV LED Experts Group employs a basic fact-finding and needs analysis process. It begins with a deep understanding of the objectives of the end user. This is followed by a determination of the space available and size of display desired.
With all dvLED it is critical to know the “average” viewing distance so the most effective pixel pitch can be quoted. Armed with this information, the manufacturer reached out to our list of vetted partners to ascertain the best quality, price, and deliverability. Crimson’s goal was to provide the best overall value (quality and price) for the Intelligent Living Solutions team.
The biggest challenge faced early on was the delivery date required by the client. Due to the custom nature of LED displays, manufacturing lead times for most displays are at best several weeks. The timeline for this project was tight and the Intelligent Living Solutions team didn’t want the display to sit at the job site for too long, fearing it might get damaged.
The Crimson AV team worked closely with the vendor and the Intelligent Living Solutions team to coordinate the delivery so that it would be on-site on the day of the installation.
To make this happen, Crimson AV brought the display to its warehouse in Illinois and staged it, ready to ship once the word was given. Once Crimson’s team received the green light, they shipped the display the same day and it arrived on time to meet the project schedule.
Crimson’s LED Expert Group worked closely with Intelligent Living Solutions, to seamlessly integrate the 1.25mm Mini LED display into the home theater. The installation was carried out with meticulous precision to optimize the viewing angles and ensure that the display seamlessly blended with the room’s aesthetics, the vendor notes.
“Luxury home buyers want a home with high-end finishes, and this dvLED is a unique feature that most people don’t see in a residential application,” comments Dan Killinger, owner at Intelligent Living Solutions, who worked closely with Andy Spolar of manufacturer’s rep AWA Reps to make this project a success.
“As our first foray into dvLED, we appreciate having Crimson’s LED Experts Group walk us through the LED buying process and for being very consultative to achieve this spectacular project.”
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