Ring Settles with ADT in Zonoff Lawsuit, Acquires Lighting Co., Plans Spring Launch of Ring Alarm

By Julie Jacobson · January 18, 2018 • CES 2018: Ring reportedly settles with ADT in Zonoff lawsuit for $25 million, plans to launch super-cheap 'Ring Alarm' security system soon, adds Z-Wave sensors, acquires Mr. Beams (Wireless Environment, LLC). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Crestron Dealers Get Google Assistant for Lighting; Full Smart-Home Voice Controls Up Next

By Arlen Schweiger · January 11, 2018 • Crestron systems can now integrate Google Assistant to activate lighting controls, and Crestron is working with Google on the second phase of voice control for complete smart-home systems.

HTSA Pushes Lighting Design & Fixtures as Next Big Profit Play for Integrators

By Jason Knott · October 27, 2017 • Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) plans to disrupt ‘convoluted and almost crooked’ lighting design and fixture business; buying group picks up Ketra, Q-Tran, Lightology, DMF Lighting.

Asking the Right Questions for the Perfect Lighting Installation

By Advertorial · May 24, 2017 • Or in short: How to become a lighting expert within 1 hour.

Adding ‘Smart Fixtures’ to Your Lighting Control Business Mix

By Advertorial · May 1, 2017 • Boston-area integrator System 7 and 5-Star Lutron Showroom lighting fixture retailer Wolfers combine forces due to solve the massive incompatibility problems between lighting fixtures, bulbs and controls.

Doing Smart Business with Smart Lighting

By Advertorial · August 31, 2015 • Teaming up with an electrician could prove to be a successful and profitable strategy for smart home dealers.

Replacing Savant’s LiteTouch Lighting Control System: How Much Will it Cost?

By Julie Jacobson · July 24, 2015 • 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?

#TBT: Creating a Dazzling Dome Display Using 4 Projectors

By Lisa Montgomery · July 23, 2015 • In this edition of Throwback Thursday, see how with home used projectors, lights and control, DSI created a 35-foot-wide ceiling dome that displays images from abstract color patterns to clouds to blazing sunsets.

Connecticut Dealer C&T Gets Ahead of LiteTouch Situation; Promotes Home-Grown Lutron Replacement

By Julie Jacobson · July 15, 2015 • Home automation manufacturer Savant is killing its LiteTouch hardwired lighting-control line, offering a new Lutron system in its place, but a Connecticut dealer C&T Systems has developed its own Lutron replacement solution.

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

By Julie Jacobson · July 15, 2015 • 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)

#TBT: Next Big Thing at ISE 2010: Light + Speaker Combos

By Julie Jacobson · February 5, 2015 • In this edition of Throwback Thursday, look at 5 awesome light/speaker combos from ISE 2010, featuring beautiful designs, excellent audio, and very bright lights -- a far cry from their predecessors

Seura Geo Design Collection Mirrors Draw from Fashionable Influences

By Robert Archer · November 21, 2014 • The Green Bay, Wisc.-based company Seura has introduced its latest lighted mirror products, the Geo Design Collection.

4 Ways Smart Lighting Solutions Can Boost Revenues

By Jason Knott · August 12, 2014 • By focusing on outdoor living spaces, shade controls, energy management and integrated security systems, integrators can expand smart lighting control solutions for their clients and earn extra revenues.

Lutron President Looks to the Future of Lighting

By Dan Sait · May 25, 2014 • Lutron president addresses the economical and sociological impacts of home and office lighting at the smart lighting conference in Spain

How One Integrator Stays Focused on Just Lighting & Shade Control

By Jason Knott · February 14, 2014 • Instead of di­ver­si­fying, Los Angeles-based Power­full Sys­tems focuses solely on being experts in lighting and shade control, which allows for higher prices and margins.

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