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Building a Home with Indoor-Outdoor Lighting at the Forefront

Building a Home with Indoor-Outdoor Lighting at the Forefront

Lighting sets the mood from the moment you wake up to the moment your head hits the pillow – and every minute in between. Save energy, emulate sunlight, and protect your home with whole-house illumination and motorized shades. Read all about your options – you may be surprised by the possibilities!

Interior Lighting

Set the scene from dawn to dusk and throughout the night with our interior LED Lighting Design and Lighting Controls. Custom interior lighting can help brighten your day or prepare you for bedtime. Optimize and save energy: use smart home technology to harvest daylight or dim the lights just-the-right amount for a romantic dinner for two or a family gathering. Did your kids forget to turn off their bedroom lights before you rushed out of the house? Turn them off remotely or turn them on to make it appear to would-be robbers that you’re home when you’re not. Add interior motion sensing lights to your hallway so your kids can safely find their way to you in the middle of the night – or you can safely find your way to the kitchen for a midnight snack.

Motorized Shades

Sometimes you don’t want to add light – you want to take it away. At Insight AI, we work with industry-leading shade automation experts such as Lutron and Control4 to let natural light in and to keep it out. You can also use motorized shades to help control your interior temperature by trapping in hot or cold air. Mitigate damage from harmful UV rays and protect your furniture and artwork against fading as the sun changes position. And if you’re out of town (or out on the town), raise and lower the shades to make it appear that your home is occupied; many people don’t know you can automate your window treatments!

Exterior Lighting

While it’s often overlooked, the lighting outside your home is just as important as the lighting indoors – not only for ambiance but for security. With Insight Automation International, we can turn your outdoor lights on automatically after sunset on your vacation home in Phoenix, and turn them back off again at the crack of dawn, all while you’re in Calgary. Evening visitors won’t have to strain in the dark to read the number on your house, and your home will brightly greet you when you turn the corner on your street after an evening out. Set the mood in your backyard with custom lighting around your hot tub, spa, or jacuzzi and find your way in the dark with motion sensing lights that also encourage trespassers to move on.

Building a home with automated indoor-outdoor lighting is a bright idea! Contact Insight AI today and enlighten us about how we can help to illuminate your home – inside and out.

Custom Audio Systems Built for the Environment of Your Home

Custom Audio Systems Built for the Environment of Your Home

Your home reflects who you are – and so does your taste in music. Whether you’re building a home for yourself or for your multi-generational family, here at Insight AI, we can help you create a whole-home custom audio system that is perfect not only for your house, but for you. Our programmed scenes can seamlessly automate different audio in different rooms at different times to create a custom system that meets the demands of your busy life and dynamic family.

How to add music to your daily life

How do you begin to pick and program a musical scene to complement your day? Allow us to set the scene for you:

  • 6 a.m. Wake up. A soothing song gently lulls you from your slumber.
  • 6:10 a.m. Shower karaoke! Sing along to your favourite songs as you get ready for the day ahead.
  • 7 a.m. Did someone say coffee? No need to stop mid-tune. When you go downstairs, your music doesn’t skip a beat (even if you do) and the smell of coffee fills the air.
  • 7:45 a.m. Time for work. You can set your home audio system to work for you when you’re at the office to contribute to the illusion that you are home.
  • 5 p.m. Home time! A song that matches your mood is already playing when you set foot in your sanctuary.
  • 6 p.m. Dinner prep, homework, and me time. Your partner listens to talk radio while they cook dinner. Your kids each have their music (if you can call it that) playing in their rooms, and your gym playlist motivates you to get through your workout in your home gym.
  • 6:30 p.m. Time to eat. Dinner music softly plays in the background as your family shares stories from their busy day.
  • 8 p.m. Kids’ bedtime. Music for winding down plays throughout the whole house.
  • 8:15 p.m. A sleep podcast plays in your kids’ rooms to help them drift off to dreamland.
  • 10 p.m. Your bedtime. The music in your room turns off, cuing you to hit the sheets. Your partner plays classical music in their office as they work to meet a deadline.

All of that is possible with our smart home automation and multi-room music solutions. Make the smart decision to contact our team at Insight Automation International today to get started on your bespoke home audio system!

Building a Smart Home that Ensures You Feel Safe

Building a Smart Home that Ensures You Feel Safe

We understand that some people might believe home automation or smart home technology to be an unnecessary luxury. Our response to that would be that not only are limiting and controlling your energy and power use, but home automation has the ability to dramatically increase the safety of your home for the people you love and the possessions you value. To learn more about the home automation technologies that we at Insight AI incorporate to keep your home safe, keep reading.

Home security prevents an incident before it occurs

The goal of smart home automated security is to prevent an incident before it occurs. This means using smart cameras as a first line of defence against unwanted intrusions. By using smart cameras with the capability to capture multiple angles and locations, homeowners have the ability to make informed decisions about their own safety. When smart cameras are combined with automated lighting and burglar alarm systems, an individual’s home can prevent intrusions and also contact authorities without requiring any action by a homeowner.

What is included in a Home Automation Security System

We at Insight AI use safety systems that are combined with easy-to-use interfaces that are accessible through mobile devices, tablets, and laptops. This kind of control and monitoring allows homeowners the ability to keep their home safe from anywhere in the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A comprehensive home automation security system can include the following:

  • Burglar alarm and intrusion systems
  • Life safety systems
  • Smart cameras
  • Keyless entry
  • Gate intercoms
  • Video doorbells
  • Smart home integration options
  • 24/7 professional monitoring service to provide premium discounts for homeowner insurance.

While there are countless home security options out there, at Insight AI we believe the only way to truly protect your home is to implement an integrated and connected home security solution. If you are designing your new home or residential build, we would be pleased to work with your team to ensure that your new build has a custom security solution in place to keep you and your loved ones safe and secure. Contact a member of our experienced team to learn more today.

Media Rooms Built Like a Real Theater

Media Rooms Built Like a Real Theater

Your media room is one of the most frequented and diversely used spaces in your home. Commonly referred to as a ‘catch all’ space, the media room is a place to relax, watch tv, play video games, enjoy a movie night, socialize, celebrate with friends and much more. While the room is multipurpose, that doesn’t mean it needs to be generic. In fact, using smart home technology, your media room can transform from a space for an intimate cocktail party with friends, into a space for the kids to watch their favorite movie, and it can all happen with the click of a button! Keep reading to learn more about how our team at Insight Automation International can help you create the perfect multipurpose space in your new residential home.

Lighting Control is More Than Just Light Bulbs

Typically located on the main floor of your home, the media room is likely to have numerous windows. Using automated smart home technology, you can remove the glare from your television screen with the push of a button. By installing motorized shades to control the natural lighting of the room, your automated motorized shades can be programmed to allow the morning light in and to close to avoid the afternoon sun. Not only will you have a better picture on your TV, but you will be saving energy. Integrating your shades with your smart thermostat gives homeowners the opportunity to experience perfect temperature comfort, and to control the level of humidity and sunlight in your home.

Hidden Audio and Video

The media room is a multipurpose space, and you might not always be relaxing and watching tv. Insight AI knows that on occasion you might want to transform your space and a large TV hanging on the wall might not fit the mood. That’s why here at Insight Automation International, we offer the ability to have your display disappear into furniture and ceilings. Or if you are looking for a creative solution, Insight AI can have your TV or display double as a mirror, framed artwork, or photo viewer.

Smart Home Controls

At Insight AI we believe that you should be able to operate every element of your media room from your recliner. Using smart home automation, we want to help you build a truly connected home that will make your life simpler. Our in-home control system can be operated from an in-wall touchscreen, tablet, or smartphone, so you can be in control of your entire home, no matter where you are.

To learn more about how we at Insight Automation International can support your media room design in your next residential build, contact our team today. We look forward to helping to simplify your life!