Top Integrators Launch HAUS, a Franchise-Like Program for Mainstream Home Automation

Founders of the high-end integration firm Xssentials are launching HAUS, a smart-home training and support program to help integrators run high-volume security and home automation businesses utilizing leading brands such as Savant and Sonos.

Dec 07, 2015

Julie Jacobson on the Virtues of ‘Less-Custom’

If more integrators sold less-custom systems that could be replicated from dealer to dealer, could customer accounts be bought and sold like they can in the security industry?

Nov 03, 2015

The Cost of Replacing Savant’s LiteTouch Lighting Control System

Since home automation vendor Savant its killing LiteTouch hardwired lighting-control, we look to Vantage, Crestron, Lutron and others for replacements. Customer wants to know: how much it will cost?

Jul 23, 2015

Savant Kills LiteTouch; Lutron to the Rescue; Debating Hardwired Lighting Control

Three years after acquiring lighting control manufacturer LiteTouch from Nortek, home automation leader Savant kills the platform, leaving long-time dealers in a quandary, and hopeful for a Lutron or Vantage replacement. (Julie Jacobson, CE Pro)

Jul 14, 2015

What’s That Smell? Retrofit Home Features Automated Scent Machines

VIA Scottsdale completed a retrofit project which includes solutions from Savant, Lutron, IC Realtime, Samsung, Marantz, Sharp, Sonance and Leon Speakers. Its automated features even include scent machines.

Jun 02, 2015

CE Pro 100 Top 5 Home Automation Brands: Control4 is #1 For First Time

Evaluating the CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis for home automation: For the first time ever, Control4 barely beats Crestron; Nortek’s Elan makes comeback; Savant dips.

Jun 01, 2015