Whether customers are building a new home or renovating an old one, some of their top concerns are shaped by a tech-enabled lifestyle. We’re becoming increasingly accustomed to extreme convenience, and we expect our homes to be “smart” just like our phones and TVs. We’re also more concerned about energy-efficiency—due to both environmental and large economic concerns. 

Commercial customers are asking questions like, “How much money will energy-efficient lighting save me?” and “Would the cost of an automated and wireless thermostat be offset by the energy savings?” The available options are always growing, thanks to ever-advancing tech.

Adaptable, specialized hardware will bring dreams of convenience and energy efficiency to life. Contractors who offer these advanced hardware options will stand out from the crowd and win satisfied and loyal customers. And as an additional benefit, these devices will decrease the drain on our environment

Lighting Trends: Advanced Control Cables

Automated lighting is one of the most in-demand smart features for modern homes and businesses. By pairing automation control systems with highly specialized control cables, contractors can offer tomorrow’s technology to today’s customers.

“Introduce your clients to the benefits of lighting control, help them choose the right option for their needs, and you’ll have a customer for life.” – Michael Smith, Lutron Electronics Co.

Remee’s Vigilance™ control cables work with Lutron, Crestron, Control4, Elan, AMX, and other similar automation control systems. 

Daylight Sensors

Large windows are both aesthetically pleasing and energy-saving. By letting in natural light, they reduce the need to power artificial light. However, sunlight is very volatile.

Light fixtures equipped with daylight sensors can automatically adjust their output amount to complement the natural light and maintain a bright, energetic environment. Adequate light has been proven to contribute to productivity and reduce absenteeism in the workplace.

Wireless Control

Increasingly, customers expect to wirelessly control their home and commercial lighting.

All fixtures in the house can be wired to connect with the same app. Thanks to advancements in control cables, the complex infrastructure is hidden from view – but fully accessible via wireless devices.

Because these devices are connected with the Internet as part of the IoT, customers can control their lighting even when they’re away from home. 

Creative, Nuanced Design

“Nuanced lighting design has become prevalent in higher-end homes and continues to build in the mid-range home sector.” – Scott Roos, Juno Lighting Group.

Customers no longer expect to choose from 2-3 options. LED lights enable creative choices for the shapes, colors, and sizes of lighting fixtures.

LEDs also require much smaller fixtures than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, so they can be tucked away seamlessly into the trim to create a highly modern ambient look. Layered light includes varied sources for ambient, task, and accent lighting. 

Benefits of Motorized Window Shades 

According to FreshHome.com, modern, clean looks are in vogue right now, favoring simple wide slats. This is good news for customers who want automated blinds. Investing in motorized window blinds brings customers several benefits: 

Safer Than Corded Blinds

Corded blinds are notoriously dangerous for small children and pets, as the cords can easily wrap around their necks. Corded blinds are also highly inconvenient, as they often become tangled and knotted.

Motorized blinds are cordless and operate remotely. They provide a wonderful upgrade to homes with little children or animals – or older humans with short supplies of patience.

New Possibilities for Large Windows

Large windows are popular for new builds. They let in lots of natural light, which is environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. But covering them for privacy or for protection from direct sunlight can be challenging.

Motorized blinds make large windows a more practical reality by providing shades that can be controlled remotely. 

Smart Thermostats for Comfort and Efficiency

Energy-Saving and Convenient

Money is on the mind when planning for a new build. Customers wonder how much their new heating and electric bill will be.

Smart thermostats offer assurance of minimizing the energy bills. The system can be turned off remotely and calibrated to automatically adjust to the users’ typical schedules. 

By connecting the system to the Internet of Things, users can monitor and moderate their energy usage without even being on-site. 

Geofencing, Usage Reporting, and More

Using mobile location services, geofencing lets the thermostat know when a customer has entered and exited the premises. The customer can set the preferred “home” and “away” temperatures to adjust accordingly. That way, the only thing the customer has to remember is to bring along their phone. 

Usage reporting is another helpful feature of smart thermostats. Customers can keep an eye on their system’s efficiency and identify times when they could reduce energy usage. 

“However, not all smart thermostats are created equal,” says John Delaney of PCMag. Some are simply for controlling temperature on a schedule, while others offer sensors to respond to humidity and other factors.

Some smart thermostats, like the Ecobee, offer features similar to those that control smart speakers.

 With its advanced features, the smart thermostat:

  • Responds to voice commands
  • Plays music
  • Reads the news
  • Helps with online shopping
  • Monitors with temperature sensors in all rooms – not just the main room

Vigilance™ Control Cables

Quality is everything when it comes to wiring your customers’ property. This discussion has been about reducing customers’ energy costs and exceeding customer expectations for advanced smart technology.

Offer your customers infrastructure that will work for years to come. Remee entered the control cable business to provide top-notch security and surveillance. Now, we’ve adapted our technology to meet consumer needs for quality, convenience, and cost-saving measures.   

Remee’s Vigilance control cables for lighting, window shade, and temperature controls feature special constructions and bundled cables. Our control cables pair with a wide variety of automated control systems, providing you with ultimate flexibility and confidence.