How A Controlled Lighting System Benefits Your Employees And Bottom Line

What office manager or facilities director isn’t looking to cut down on utility bills? No matter the size of your commercial office, lights have to be on, computers and phones plugged in, and everything from fridges to air conditioning may stay on around the clock.

So why not cut out some of those costs while also making your life easier?

With a controlled lighting system, you no longer have to worry about what lights are on, or if anyone is using them. And automating your lighting won’t only save on your utility bills, it will also help you make your space more environmentally-friendly. How will this system help improve your commercial space?

Take Advantage of Incentives

On the simplest level, you’ll use less electricity with a controlled lighting system. You’ll be able to set timers to turn lights off at the end of the day, turn them on in the morning, and with automatic lighting, you can make sure empty offices aren’t eating up your power.

The even better news? The government wants to give you money back for making these changes. There are a number of incentives offered to commercial buildings willing to make eco-friendly upgrades.

Anywhere Access

When you have a controlled lighting system, you can access it from anywhere, meaning you never have to worry about something being left on all weekend.

Even Better Security

To help keep your office secure, install motion sensors indoors and out near vulnerable points of ingress. You won’t have to worry about replacing these lights often since they’ll have minimal use, but you’ll also know if someone is where they shouldn’t be. 

 

How To Plan An Audio-Visual System For Your New Construction Home

Building a house from scratch makes sure that you truly get everything you want out of your new home. But when you start without any infrastructure, you’ll have to have someone design every system, from HVAC to plumbing.

Unfortunately, most people forget to consider a hugely important part of planning when building a new construction home: your audio-visual system.

Whether you want a full smart home where every part of your property is linked, or you just want to build out a home theater or some general audio features, the earlier you start considering A/V needs, the easier it will be to keep your system wireless, hidden, and functioning its best.

Speaker Placement

It’s in your best interest to work with an experienced A/V installation team when planning your home’s new system. Speakers are a considerable part of any A/V system, so they will likely be placed in rooms where you want to watch TV or listen to music. But you don’t want prominent, bulky speakers taking up wall space, so planning for them before walls are installed will help you hide them away.

Equipment Placement

Depending on what you want from your system, you’ll want a storage area for the bulk of this equipment to go. However, you’ll need a space that has climate control and often, ventilation, so planning for this before your home is built will help identify areas for this equipment to live out of your way.

Wire Placement

You definitely don’t want wires and cords traversing your home theater’s walls or hanging under your patio, which is why installing A/V assets during construction is ideal. No mess opening up and reclosing walls, and no unsightly wires.

 

4 Ways To Use TV Or Video Distribution In Your Commercial Office

No matter your industry, there are easy changes that you can make around the office that these days, are becoming expected.

And the most straightforward change you can make that has the most significant impact? Installing an A/V system that allows clients, employees, and guests to navigate and enjoy the experience at your commercial office.

With TV and video distribution, you’re opening up a visual world to draw in and assist everyone who visits your office, and there are almost endless benefits

Use Digital Signage For Navigation

Commercial offices benefit from helping clients easily navigate a space from the moment they walk in. Guests will enter the office less stressed and will feel as though you offer comprehensive care to everyone who comes in. Signage can point the way to check-in, restrooms, and other important places to know.

Make Waiting Areas More Comfortable

No one likes to sit and wait for a meeting, so the more comfortable you make your waiting room, the happier everyone will be. By streaming TV or related video, everyone will have something to occupy their time with. 

Boost Conference Rooms Efficiency

When you can speak directly and clearly to clients and colleagues around the world, you’re sharing information faster, and everything runs more efficiently. A well-installed A/V distribution system is necessary for any modern conference room.

Keep Your Facility Neater

Imagine if every TV screen in your facility needed a cable box or other wired device to play video — your space could quickly look like a mess. Instead, video distribution allows everything to come from one control hub, which can be hidden away cleanly and away from client-facing areas.

 

It’s Time To Makeover Your Commercial Boardroom — Here’s What You Need

How often do you make upgrades to your commercial office’s boardroom? Like many companies, it’s not usually until something breaks, or someone makes a comment that they take a good look at what high-level clients, board members, and other VIPs see.

If it’s been a few years, there’s a good chance that upgrading your boardroom will give you access to new technology that allows for even greater connectivity with people onsite and around the world. Not only will this help keep your VIPs happy, but you’ll also be able to see results in terms of efficiency and returns.

Think of it this way: a board meeting could potentially last for a couple of hours. Are you focused on what is being said at every moment? Not if you can’t hear the speaker or see the content being displayed. If you want to maintain the attention of the meeting participants, you have to provide a functioning and seamless A/V experience.

You Have To Welcome Their Devices

Nowadays it’s fairly common that meeting participants from inside the office and outside bring along their own devices, but there is no guarantee that everyone will be the same make and model. That’s why it’s essential to have a variety of connection and charger styles to ensure that no matter what they are using, participants can connect to the meeting.

You Have To Keep Things Simple

It’s likely that at least some of your board members are not technologically savvy, and therefore it makes it even more important that they can use devices they are familiar with. But you also don’t want them to have to jump through hoops to install programs or update components, so make it as easy as logging on and plugging in to get them connected.

You Need Good Display Screens

Imagine a scenario where you need to show a quick demo to the room, but your 15” laptop is the only screen available. Trying to make everyone crowd around means that no one will receive the full impact of your presentation, and a simple TV display screen could have solved this problem immediately.