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Greenify Your Home With Automated Lighting

It might be trendy to talk about “greenifying” your home, but when you make the choice to be eco-friendlier, you’ll reap a whole host of benefits.

For California homeowners, reducing energy and water usage can go a long way towards lessening your impact on the environment. But in addition, being greener has the benefit of saving more green; the less energy you use, the less impact on the earth and on your wallet.

One of the simplest ways to get started using less electricity is by automating your home’s various systems. Lower the blinds remotely on a hot, sunny day to ease the burden on your AC, and turn off your sprinklers from the office when rain is in the forecast. Not only will you start saving, but you’ll also make your life simpler.

When you automate your home’s lighting system, you’ll have the power to control any light in your house. It can be a horrible feeling to realize you left the upstairs lights on before heading out on a trip, and with automation, you can turn them off from wherever you are. You’ll cut down on replacement bulb purchases, and you’ll use less energy that you’re, well, not using.

Some of the easiest ways to go green with an automatic lighting system are:

Motion sensors: You can forget about leaving the bathroom or hallway lights on at night, as motion sensors will illuminate your path when you walk by them and will keep lights off when you’re gone.

Custom settings: Automate your home’s lights to go on and off when you’re traveling, or set simple settings like “home” and “away” that make sure your lighting is the way you want it with the press of a button.

Dimmers: Do you need, or even want, bright lights overhead at all times? Dimmers can cut back on your energy use and make your environment more comfortable. 

 

The Ultimate Guide To Huddle Rooms In Healthcare Spaces

Open work environments have become hugely popular in the last decade, as they allow for greater collaboration and dialogue between your entire team. But the problem with these open office layouts in healthcare settings is that employees don’t have a place to discuss confidential information or focus on a project without other distractions. 

For some small office spaces, the solution to this problem is to have employees use a conference room when available for these smaller meetings. But two people sitting around a table for twelve will make it harder for actual discussions to be had and plans to be made.

That’s why huddle spaces have emerged as a popular alternative to larger, stuffier rooms. Employees can reserve and use these spaces that are designed for smaller groups, yet have the technology and amenities to support collaboration. But aside from that, huddle rooms can take any shape or design that is most adaptive to your commercial office’s needs.

You Have to Have A/V Technology

It must be easy for employees to walk into a huddle room and connect their computers or digital devices to shared displays immediately. Time spent fumbling for wires or connections is time wasted.

Even better, match your huddle room’s setup to that in your conference room so anybody in the office can use either space at any time.

You Have to Have Comfortable — And Usable — Seating

Help employees get down to the important stuff with comfortable seating and ample room for laptops and note-taking. But don’t go too casual or your employees may not be able to use the rooms for long; bean bag chairs are easy to move, but not ideal if you’re trying to strategize a company’s future.

You Have to Make Scheduling Easy

Want employees to use these huddle spaces? Have a secure scheduling system that allows people to reserve rooms ahead of time and see when space is available. By utilizing digital displays on the outside of the room and a central calendar, you’ll make sure the area is open to anyone.

 

Audio Video Solutions For Small Residential Spaces

For California homeowners with small houses, the right audio visual solutions can go a long way towards making a space feel bigger. And the good news is, modern technology has made it so that you can install just about any size system in just about any size home.

In fact, smaller homes often have an advantage when it comes to audio-video quality, not to mention, the final price. You won’t need as many speakers in small rooms, and multi-room music and video distribution won’t need to connect as many spaces as you’d need to in a larger home.

But, as with anything in a smaller home, you’ll want to use your available space as strategically as possible. 

  • Make sure TV displays are placed far enough away from seating areas to allow for comfortable viewing. This chart can help you determine how much distance is ideal between the viewer and the screen and the impact of screen size.
  • Speakers should also be strategically placed so that they don’t dominate any area of a room. When you work with an experienced Orange County audio-video installation team, they’ll be able to help you position things in a way that optimizes your sound. 
  • Consider a compact projector instead of a TV, that allows you to keep your space more open without sacrificing access to entertainment. However, you’ll need to be mindful of things like light from windows, and again, how far seating is from the screen.
  • Have your audio-visual system’s elements built into walls to conceal them further and make rooms feel more spacious. You should also have your installers hide any wires and cords, as these will only make your space feel more cluttered.

How To Make Sure Your Small Healthcare Office Conference Room Makes A Big Impact

Conference rooms come in all different shapes and sizes, from the massive mahogany boardroom with leather chairs, to the casual space that allows start-up team members to get together on occasion.

But you don’t need a lot of size to make sure your healthcare office conference room makes an impact; especially nowadays when technological and audio-visual assets can be streamlined and hidden according to any space’s needs.

Whether your conference room has room for four people or room for ten, these are some essential components that will make it feel even bigger.

The Right Size Display Screen

You don’t want to overwhelm meetings with a display screen that is much larger than you need. For small rooms, you likely won’t need anything more than a 50-60” screen, but you’ll want to make sure that seating is positioned in a way that no visibility is lost.

The Right Speakers

Small conference rooms can typically get away with using the speakers on a monitor, but you may want to consider having an audio-visual installation team hide additional speakers in the ceiling or install an additional soundbar.

The Right Phone 

Conference rooms require the ability to connect via phone and nowadays, via digital display as well. You need something with high-enough quality that your voice, and those on the other end, don’t get lost to a poor connection. A small room helps with keeping audio clear, but you may also want to consider strategic additional microphone placement if needed.

The Right Connections

You never want any employee in your office, or even worse, an executive or client, to have trouble connecting their laptop or device to your room’s setup. Offer wireless connection so that everyone can get started immediately, and have cables available just in case something goes wrong.