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Lights, camera, control: Whether “home” is new construction or a century-old gem, creating the perfect show-stealing scene by one-touch remote is only one solution for simplifying life. // Photography Courtesy of Integrated Smart Technologies
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“Whole-home automation is the number one thing customers want,” said Troy Cuvelier, a certified Control4 dealer based in Jackson and Kalamazoo.

A big screen, surround sound and “stars” overhead can make The Big Game or Family Movie Night an occasion that gathers crowds faster than the holidays. Dedicated home theater rooms make entertaining them easier, too — especially when one button does everything but pass out the popcorn.

Complete, intuitive control by one-touch remote for all home theatre components including all-movie access from one interface and creating the right movie-watching ambience is one way to premiere your own first season of “Automated Lifestyle.” Practical high-tech control of lights or security, multi-room audio or home climate can also be the first of multiple steps toward simplifying life through an add-as-you-go automation system like Control4.

“A lot of this technology is wireless — it can easily be installed into existing homes, as well as new construction,” said Troy Cuvelier, president and systems designer of Integrated Smart Technologies in Kalamazoo and Jackson. “You can start small, and as your needs change or budget allows, add more features later.”

A certified Control4 dealer, Cuvelier added that personalized set-ups range from one-element and one-room control to whole-home integrated management.

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“Whole-home automation is the number one thing customers want, and that includes entertainment options,” he said.

Swapping multiple remotes for simplified one-touch control of video and theater components can pave the way for an audio system set to play Pandora in the kitchen, MP3 tunes in the den and favorite CDs in a teen’s bedroom — simultaneously. Lighting controlled by timers, dimmers and motion sensors to create ambience, reduce energy costs and enhance safety may premiere before an integrated security system.

Through automated whole-home control, one button at bedtime can shut off TVs, drop the thermostat, arm the alarm and dim the kids’ bathroom light to 10 percent — or set-it-and-forget-it features can be employed.

To learn more about Control4 and Integrated Smart Technologies visit istmi.com.

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