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Lutron smart home lighting and shades

Lutron Lighting & Shades

Lutron’s smart home lighting and shading solutions stand out above everyone else for their beauty as well as their ultra reliable performance.

Homes and businesses throughout the world have depended on Lutron’s solutions now found in HomeWorks QS, RadioRA2 Wireless and Caseta since the original dimmer was invented by Mr. Joel Spira in 1959, who later founded Lutron Electronics Company in 1961.

This Lutron video highlights the systems we love to design and install. Come to Cloud 9 AV’s Toronto showroom or visit one of the Lutron experience centres to learn why the best architects and designers specify Lutron on their projects.

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CEDIA Outreach Instructor

Training for Architects & Designers with CEU Credits

In light of most of us working from home, our team will be delivering virtual training starting the week of March 30th and all of our architects and designers can earn valuable CEU credits. Even if you are not from Canada, we would love for you to join the training but registration for our local Toronto & Cottage Country firms will take priority.

The training is from CEDIA, our industry association and accredited for CEUs in Canada & US with the following associations:

Registration Form

  1. You will receive the training information and registration options in your inbox.

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Rack or No Rack for your Smart Home?

As integrators and smart home systems installers we are responsible for educating and advising our clients. Some of our competitors can do things for less and it is sometimes difficult for clients to understand why. It really does come down to attention to detail and why every contractor out there is going to do things differently. It doesn’t matter if you are hiring a tiling, HVAC or AV company…each trade does things a certain way based on experience, craftsmanship or requirements. As a customer, you need to ask the right questions so there are no surprises and expectations are clear.

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What questions should designers and contractors ask their clients?

Are you a designer or contractor that does remodelling or new construction projects?

Whether you are doing a single room project (kitchen reno), a full renovation or new build, what questions should designers and contractors ask their clients to better understand their technology needs?

Much like understanding how your clients like to cook, you need to understand how they want to live when it comes to technology. You don’t need to have the technical answers but consider the following situations…

You are renovating for a couple who is elderly.… Read more What questions should designers and contractors ask their clients?

Hiring a Home Technology Professional in Ontario

Governing Body

CEDIA is the governing body for the home technology professionals. You can find out more details based on where you live on their website.

Hiring a Home Technology Professional Licensing in Ontario, Canada

Why should I care?

Anyone building or renovating needs to know their contractors and subcontractors are properly licensed and insured to do the work.

The challenge with home technology professionals is that we DO NOT require special certifications or licenses to do work.

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Lutron motorized shades vs no-name shades

Here is a quick demo of Cloud 9’s two motorized shade options.

For the Budget Conscious:

Our Proshade system is inexpensive but noisier and less reliable than our premium Lutron shades. Each window operates independently and may not provide unified operation as illustrated in our video below. This solution is intended for lower budget projects.

For UltraQuiet & Premium Installations:

The Lutron shades offer a higher level of finish and an ultra quiet motor. When lined up along a wall of windows,

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TSA year end bash 2014

Cloud 9 AV was selected to provide the audio visual systems for this year’s toronto society of architects year end bash #tsabash2014.

We setup a Laser SONY Projector and projection screen, an extra 65″ Samsung Display showing the annual photos of the architects projects and had SONOS playing throughout the venue at Fort York.

#sonos, #sony , #samsung and #screeninnovations helped supply our solutions for the venue at the new fort york visitor centre.

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Where’s that contractor?

Do your contractors drive you up the wall with excuses for their schedules? How many times have you been to your job site to find no one is there?

It is absolutely part of the norm and maybe it’s because the standard is set so low or maybe it’s the lack of appreciation for everyone’s time. I know personally I only make promises I can keep. That often means saying no. Clients can’t put unreasonable expectations on our shoulders.

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NEST available through Cloud 9 AV

We are proud to be an authorized NEST Thermostat and NEST Protect dealer.

Find our more through the NEST website or send us an email and we can assess if your home or business can leverage NEST.

See the Youtube video here

We are also excited about future integration with our automation systems. NEST is currently working on open integration which will allow us to perform some of the automation functions we currently offer through our home automation platforms.

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