Make the Most of Your Backyard with Your Family & Friends this Season
The warmer months are upon us, and with them, you’ll find you and your family itching to spend more and more time outside in the sunshine and gentle breeze. Whether lounging by the pool or chatting on the patio, you can enhance every moment with upgraded outdoor entertainment.
Bring music and media to every corner of your Los Angeles, CA, backyard with an improved outdoor audio setup. The right speakers and sound solutions create the immersive and inviting backyard hangout spot you’ve been craving for these summer months – and all year round!
Want to find out more about giving your outdoor audio a boost? Just keep reading on below.
Trust BCG Concepts with Your Upcoming Projects!
Does smart home automation sound like a bit of an overwhelming concept? While smart home living can transform your daily lifestyle, you might be concerned with how you’ll integrate these solutions into your Los Angeles, CA, home. However, while these technologies might be intricate and complex – a Control4 dealer can ensure their implementation is never a hassle.
Don’t ever go the DIY route with your smart home installations; stick with working with the professionals like BCG Concepts for all your projects. Want to learn more about our services and why teaming up with the experts is a must? Just keep reading on below.
Simply Press a Button & Your System Is in Your Hands!
A seamless smart home experience means you never have a moment of frustration or stress trying to operate your technologies. Control4 makes managing your system a breeze with an innovative and intuitive Control4 remote. And this leading brand gives you two options for your hand-held device: the Neeo Remote and Control4 SR-260.
Both remotes can manage your whole Los Angeles, CA home – from lighting and shading to climate control and AV equipment. It only takes one tap of a button to have complete control in the palm of your hands.
But you may have questions about the features and benefits of these devices. In this blog, we’ll dive into what these remotes bring to your smart home management – just keep reading on below to learn more!
Experience How Control4’s Advanced Interfaces Add Luxury And Convenience To Your Home
When you decide to embrace smart home automation, you want more than half-baked DIY or over-the-counter products. Your lifestyle and status demand premier products that treat your home as a personalized ecosystem, offering innovative devices and intuitive interfaces.
Whether you are looking to improve your health and wellbeing or enhance the way you enjoy music and movies, a Control4 system provides solutions that fit how you live, work, and play. For nearly twenty years, the company has been at the forefront of tunable lighting, climate control, and entertainment, furnishing you with ease, comfort, and the luxury of convenience.
Are you intrigued by the possibilities for your Los Angeles, CA area home? Keep reading for more!
Interfaces That Fit You
Any smart home interface must be intuitive for your experience to be a positive one. Navigating the graphical user interface should be instinctual, encouraging further use and continued exploration of its features and functions.
Control4’s highly praised release of OS 3 enables fluid menus, smoother gesture responses, as well as better placement of contextual tools to make everything a naturally relaxing experience. The screens are easier to read with more prominent buttons and increased touch areas, allowing you access to the actions you desire with fewer taps.
While the glossy ease of touch screens offer a sensual presentation, they can often be more distracting than helpful. For example, when you want to raise the volume or lower the shades, you have to look away from the show or your task at hand. However, the Wi-Fi-connected Neeo handheld remote by Control4 offers just the right mix of an interactive screen and tactile buttons. Choose the action you want without having to look down.
Voice control of your home was the long dream of science fiction writers and enthusiastic futurists. Bell Labs produced the first working examples, demonstrating its “Audrey” in 1952 and “ShoeBox” unit at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Since then, we’ve come a long way, with interactive speakers becoming nearly ubiquitous.
Control4 embraced voice control early on, and in 2021, it entered an exclusive partnership with Josh.ai, the premier voice interface. Rather than make you utter awkward phrases or technobabble, the Josh.ai system allows you to speak with your natural voice and sentences. Now, you can raise the kitchen lights without taking your hands out of the dough or initiate a sequence of events or scenes to occur by simply saying ‘Good Morning.’
A smart home furnishes you with the convenience and luxury of a house that not only fits but responds to your lifestyle. Control4 makes it easier to manage your whole home. Are you ready to make your home more intuitive? Call us at (213) 232-4702 or fill out our contact form to start the conversation!
Discover How Control4 adds luxury and convenience while bringing balance to your life.
When it comes to home automation, we often focus on practical experiences like a home theater or high-end audio. While these elements are essential and immersive, it is the ability to simplify your home and lifestyle that has the most impact.
A Control4 smart home is premised on the idea that the little things that bring us comfort are just as important. A space that fosters balance, wellness, and a more relaxed state of mind allows you to live brilliantly.
Continue reading below to find out how your Los Angeles area home can be more welcoming.
Lighting That Inspires
The look of your home is important. The way the rooms flow together and the decor all influence your state of mind. The lighting system you use has a dramatic effect on your well-being too. Control4 lighting gives you the power to create the right ambiance, set the mood, or add a touch of the holidays to the whole home.
Keeping the inside environment just right requires a control system that interprets sensor readings to adjust the illumination throughout the day automatically. A home that allows you to transform your spaces not only lets you focus on being creative but also saves energy, relieves stress, and improves your mood.
Preservation And Protection The light streaming through your windows adds vibrancy the human body craves. Natural sunlight stimulates the production of hormones and vitamins, which make you more energized. Still, just as we can become sunburned or sick from too much direct sun exposure, so too your home needs to be protected.
When connected to elegant keypads or the Control4 automation system, motorized blinds move to let in just the right amount of light. With the sunlight filtered through UV-resistant materials, your fine artwork, rugs, and furniture are protected from fading, burns, and discoloration.
Your home should be a sanctuary for mind and body, a place where you dictate who can see in and when. Smart window treatments give you the power to set the right level of privacy, lowering when you start a movie or settle in for a good night's sleep.
Invigorate The SensesYour luxury home offers many conveniences, taking care of daily routines and ensuring your comfort. After a day of hard work, a spa transports you into another realm, one where you are surrounded by soothing sounds and water that melts away the stress.
With a simple swipe of a touch panel or with your voice, fill the room with mellow music, start the hot tub, and set the perfect light color. As you immerse yourself into the warm water, adjust the jets to massage sore muscles and bring your mind into a calmer and quieter space.
Your Choice, Your LifestyleA Control4 home keeps you informed, comfortable, and protected. Are you ready to enhance your lifestyle? Start the conversion by calling us at (213) 232-4702 or fill out our contact form to start the conversation!
Discover How Your Home Can Become The Ultimate Movie House
Movies have been a global cultural force for over 150 years; even in today’s streaming world of instant access and binge-watching, we are drawn to the medium like nothing else. The famed director Federico Fellini, whose distinctive style still inspires filmmakers today, summed it up this way:
"Talking about dreams is like talking about movies since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second, and you can hop from one place to another. It's a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something as in a dream”.
Film reaches our deepest psychology, altering the sense of time, space, and perspective. A private home theater should enhance your viewing into an immersive experience with the highest quality in sound and vision.
Are you intrigued by the possibilities in your Los Angeles area luxury smart home? Then Continue reading below to discover more.
Whether you prefer the high drama of Hollywood’s golden age or the frenetic action of the latest superhero story, part of the pleasure is absorbing the emotional intricacies. The quality of the image plays a vital role in transporting you into Fellini’s ‘real cinema.’ The stunning quality and resolution of 4K and 8K definitions blur the lines between fantasy and reality, adding significance to ‘every object and every light.’
The projectors deliver more than brighter and sharper video; the systems utilize intuitive technologies that understand the human eye and your brain’s cognitive processing of what's on the screen. The result is an unfolding story that produces a true-to-life depth of field, infinite colors, and blur-free motion. Now, you can watch films in the way the cinematographers intended in full widescreen dimensions, matching and often exceeding the quality of high-end multiplexes.
Excite Your Ears
Traditional surround sound brings you closer to the action and connects you more intimately with the characters. While this standard format is effective, its ability to truly move you is limited by the space you occupy. Dolby Atmos eliminates discrete channels of audio; instead, it crafts a multidimensional soundscape that not only encircles you but adds distinct elements of height and depth.
Atmos does not reproduce the audio in terms of channels or speakers but as a free-floating object that is manipulated at will. The process allows filmmakers to dispense with assigning a voice to the left rear speaker; instead, it can be seamlessly placed three feet to your left side and four feet above you. Now, you are right in the cockpit of an X-Wing fighter or sitting between Robbie Robertson and Rick Danko during The Last Waltz.
When you think of a home theater, the standard image is of a lush and specialized room, but movies can be enjoyed with similar expectations indoors or outside. The magic of watching under the stars is one of the reasons driving a revival of drive-ins and films in the park.
While the vast open spaces would swallow up a standard indoor display, outdoor monitors excel - generating nearly six times the brightness and color saturation. You can see clearly with ultra-high-definition video whether watching in the full afternoon sun or a moonless evening. The weatherproof housings and electronics withstand all that the elements can throw at them, providing years of sharp imagery and audiophile-quality sound.
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Are you looking to have the best seat in the house every time? You can trust our dedicated staff to offer the right solution. Get started by calling us at (800) 224-5721 or filling out our contact form to start the conversation!
The way you illuminate your home alters your perceptions and improves your well-being.
How you light your Los Angeles, CA smart home influences not just the look of your rooms, but it can also affect the quality of your health and happiness. Traditional installations treat the illumination of your home from a limited perspective; fixtures are on or off and purposed to guide you through the dark.
However, innovative lighting control has the power to change your mood, add ambiance, and enhance the decor at the touch of a button. Personalizing your home’s appearance with systems that respond to your desires and maximize the use of natural daylight is a true definition of luxury living.
If you are looking for a better way to brighten the way you live, continue reading below.
Light Up Your Life
Light, especially from the sun, moves you in obvious and subtle ways, changing your perspective and even affecting your general well-being. Human biology has been shaped by the daily cycle of the sun’s path across the sky; it dictates our energy levels, ability to focus, and sense of vigor. The UV rays stimulate the production of serotonin, a hormone tied to joy and the building of neural pathways, and Vitamin D, an essential element for health and cellular growth.
Ketra, acquired by Lutron in 2018, takes a different approach to home illumination, believing in a balance between “lighting wellness” and the demands of our modern world. The system maximizes the use of sunlight in your home, accenting as needed with patented LED lamps that match the color and brightness of the outside.
Lighting is also about creating a sense of drama and liveliness in a room; Ketra’s Vibrancy transforms a space in ways other fixtures cannot. The exclusive tunable lighting tool offers the unique ability to tweak individual colors to create a truly stunning illumination. So whether you are highlighting artwork in the den or crafting the perfect look for the home theater, you can mix up the colors and brightness any way you want.
The look of your home, with its sweeping architectural lines and decor, is the result of your vision. The smart lighting control system should reflect the same attention to aesthetic detail – rather than distract, it should compliment.
A standard electrician’s solution is to install banks for switches and dimmers along the wall. Unfortunately, this ‘wall acne’ is not only unsightly, but it is also confusing to use. The Alisse keypads combine elegant style with minimalist design, enhancing the functionality and appearance of your rooms. The units are built from handcrafted natural material with a variety of finishes that express luxury with tailor-made buttons and engravings to suit any need. The innovative technology behind them gives you unparalleled control.
A Home Fit To You
Everything You Need to Watch, Listen and Stream Outside
California graces us with beautiful weather year-round. Fall may not mean rapidly dropping temps and changing leaves for us, but we can still enjoy everything the season brings - from football to Halloween to BBQs. Take advantage of the warm climate and Pacific breezes by enhancing your open-air entertainment setup with outdoor audio, video and improved Wi-Fi, and your Beverly Hills home will be the go-to spot for friends and family who want to gather safely.
Weatherproof, Sun-Friendly TVs
Have you ever tried to watch TV indoors and gotten distracted by an unwelcome glare? No matter how small the affected display area, the glow washes out a portion of your display, rendering your entertainment unwatchable.
You may reasonably suspect that you’ll experience even more of that issue with outdoor TVs, but don’t worry! Our top brand, SunBrite TV, carries three models that accommodate any lighting atmosphere you’ll encounter outdoors - from full sun to partial shade to full shade. And all SunBrite TVs are weatherproof, impervious to extreme temperatures, wind, rain, snow and dust. They come in a range of sizes, including 43”, 55” and 75”.
Audio Engineered for the Great Outdoors
Imagine a breezy October Saturday. The temps have dropped a bit, but it’s sunny and warm enough to enjoy the whole day outside. You’re cooking a spicy fall dish and invite a few people to join you. What’s one element that enhances the food, the conversation and the home atmosphere? Music playing outdoors!
Outdoor audio proves much trickier than dragging your indoor speakers to the patio, though. You need to consider acoustics involved in distributing your sound evenly across the yard - but without it starting a noise complaint from your neighbors. You want your sound to project across the yard, but you don’t want it to sound “boomy” too close to a speaker.
Leave it to the experts at BCG Concepts to calibrate sound for optimal performance using our choice brand, Sonance. The Sonance Landscape Series is the brand’s premium outdoor sound integration system, featuring two satellite speakers, two in-ground subwoofers and one hardscape subwoofer. This brand’s satellite speakers have seen recent updates to size and driver performance.
Even the best devices for watching and listening won’t serve you unless you have a fast, seamless connection powering your AV and automation. The Wi-Fi signal inside your home struggles to pass through housing materials like brick and glass, shutting your outdoor spaces out of high-speed internet. Many people turn to DIY “fixes” for this, such as moving the router indoors closer to their target location outside or installing repeaters.
However, these solutions consume too much time and energy to install and still fail to offer a sustainable result simply because none of them actually boost your network capabilities: They strain the bandwidth you have indoors, essentially weakening your connection.
If you want to stream Netflix outside, watch football livestreams, listen to music services, surf the web, or pull up YouTube videos on your SunBrite TV, you’re going to need a professional Wi-Fi installation. We’ll install wireless access points where you need them most, monitor your speed and pinpoint any weaker areas to optimize.
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If you’re interested in getting more out of your outdoor spaces right in time for fall, let us know. We can’t wait to explore opportunities to revamp your backyard with optimal audio and visuals. Click here and contact us today!
Newly completed home in Toluca Lake, CA. The homeowner came to us just before closing escrow on a new home and wanted to create a total smart home, complete with a cinematic theater room.
The home now features Control4 total home automation, with 10" in-wall touch panels and a single streamlined interface to control everything from the Lutron smart lighting system, the front door intercom, garage doors, drive and pedestrian gates, surveillance cameras, TV and audio systems in each room, even the pool and spa.
Martin Logan Electrostat tower speakers frame the Family Room fireplace providing incredible sound for both music and audio from the Sony Master Series OLED TV. A whole-home video distribution system discretely organizes video sources in the equipment closet (4K Apple TVs, Blu-ray Player, Cable/Satellite TV boxes) to transmit to screens throughout the house.
For an even more immersive at-home movie night, this house also features a media room theater, with a Sonance Reference in-wall surround sound system and sound-cushioning acoustic panels, letting you get lost in the movie. A Sony 4K UHD video projector and acoustically transparent ultra high definition screen make sure no frame and no detail is missed. Smart lighting helps set the perfect atmosphere, sleek and comfortable theater seating from CinemaTech has room for everyone, and a Control4 touch panel controls everything with ease.
Since COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions began to take effect, many people have found themselves spending their day at home instead of at the office, at school. or out and about. Being at home, we're all needing our networks to be more reliable than ever.
One such client came to us after having signed up for our Essentials+ membership plan, with a Wi-Fi connectivity issue. He was working from home and needed to be up and running again ASAP. Our support team was able to quickly assess the situation and an advanced technician remotely trouble-shot and updated the wireless network. The issue was resolved and the Wi-Fi was back up in no time.
The client was satisfied with the resolution and thanked our support team for the help at the time. Just a few days later, the client called directly to let us know how professional and helpful our support team was. The support he received is our goal with every interaction, and we couldn't be more happy to help.
During COVID-19 in particular, as we find ourselves at home, using our Wi-Fi and other home systems more than ever, and cautious of scheduling in-person appointments, remote support is crucial. WattBox and Araknis Networks devices installed as part of your project from the start, coupled with one of our support membership options, allow us to troubleshoot, reboot, and update your system totally remotely. Helping our team solve most issues, as we did with this client's Wi-Fi, without an on-site visit, and getting your questions answered and systems fixed from a stress-free distance.
BCG is also doing it's part to safely serve our clients and community during COVID-19 maintaining stocked shelves of PPE protection including masks, gloves, sanitizers and mobile hand washing stations for all of our vehicles so you can feel comfortable scheduling an on-site appointment as well should you need assistance.
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