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Home Automation Feature Spotlight: Lighting

The most popular aspect of smart home system is automated lighting control. Lighting is a small aspect of a home’s interior, but it can make a huge impact on the interior’s overall feel. And while lighting fulfills the practical need for nighttime illumination, it can also really set the mood of a room. When you install an automated lighting system, you gain complete control over every room of your home from a single access point. Read on to learn more about this popular home automation feature.


Elegant Control
Avoid the unsightly blemish of too many light switches with the condensed controls of an automated lighting system. Manage your home’s lighting with an advanced control panel featuring a comprehensive digital display. See the current status of each room’s lighting and temperature settings and make changes at will from anywhere in the home.

Lower Energy Costs
An automated lighting system is able to turn lights on and off depending on the amount of natural light in your home. You’ll also have the ability to turn off all the lights in your home with one button, making sure that none are left on before heading to bed. The combination of increased manual and automatic lighting control will decrease the amount of energy waste in your home, as well as prolong the life of your light bulbs.

Easy Ambience
Nothing creates atmosphere better than the perfect lighting design, and nothing is easier than an automated lighting system. Dim or increase the lighting in multiple rooms with one press of a button. Create a romantically lit path from the living room to the bedroom for a special night, or brighten your home office for work on an overcast day. Make it simple by utilizing lighting control presets.

Never leave another light on again. Reap the benefits of an automated home lighting system by calling Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 829-9145. We provide the Chicago area with commercial and residential automated solutions, including lighting, temperature, whole house audio/video surveillance, and home theater system control.

Control4 Is the Most Accessible Home Automation System On the Market!

A home automation system gives you total control over every aspect of your home’s interior. From climate and lighting control to home security and home theater operation, automation simplifies your life, allowing you to relax and enjoy being at home. There are many home automation systems on the market, but the Conrol4 stands above the rest. There are many reasons why the Control4 is considered to be one of the best systems on the market, including:

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Centralized Control
Imagine having every facet of your home experience right there in the palm of your hand. Control4 does away with the multitude of traditional remotes scattered through your home and condenses it into one centralized control module. Control your entire home through your laptop, tablet, or smartphone in the home or on the go using the Control4 My Home app.

Easy to Use
You would think that having so much to control would become overwhelming. Fortunately, Control4‘s intuitive interface allows you to quickly and easily access what you need. You can choose what you want to control by category or by room, and you can even create presets that perform multiple tasks with one press of the button. Are you in the mood to watch a movie? Close the blinds, turn off the lights, and turn on your home theater system with one simple press.

Beautiful Design
The Control4 system is so remarkably easy to use because of its stellar design. The Control4 is surprisingly simple, yet it incorporates all your compatible devices into easily recognizable icons. The Control4 System is also scalable, meaning that you can start small with a single room and then eventually include the entire household all with one single control panel.

The Control4 home automation system needs to be professionally installed by a licensed dealer. Fortunately, that’s where Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. of Chicago can help. Just tell us what you want to control and our home automation experts will make it happen. Call us at (312) 829-9145 to talk to our representatives and receive a free quote.

How Will Video Conferencing Streamline Your Business?

Business is very much an activity of interpersonal communication. Whether its daily meetings with coworkers or soliciting clients, you need to be able to communicate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Whereas before the advent of modern technology you’d have to make expensive trips in order to have a face-to-face discussion, video conferencing systems now allow you to talk to anyone in the world at any time from the comfort of your office. Installation of a video conferencing service can help streamline your business in multiple ways, including:

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Reduce Costs
According to a recent study, the typical business trip costs around $1,000. Think of all the expenses associated with flying an employee out to meet with a client. Substituting airfare, lodging, food, and other expenses with a video conference call will save your business tremendously in the long run.

Reduce Travel
Not all communication can be done virtually. Closing a deal or introducing a new supervisor are situations better left to face-to-face meetings, but for everything else, video conferencing can make frequent travel unnecessary. Less travel means more time for your employees to work on other business, and less stress from being away from home and family.

Improve Communication
Relying on back and forth emails to conduct business is time consuming. Phone calls do not allow you to pick up on the visual cues of body language, making it harder to gauge what the person on the other end is thinking and feeling. With video conferencing, you’ll be able to effectively communicate with anyone as if they were sitting directly in front of you.  

If you’re located in the Chicago area, streamline your business by having a video conferencing system installed by Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. By partnering with us for your video conferencing needs, you’ll get great service and be able to increase productivity. Call us at (312) 829-9145 to learn more about our office solutions including digital signage, distributed audio, touch screen control systems, video walls, office automation, and more.

Saving Money and Boosting Convenience and Comfort with Remote Climate Control

Americans spend the majority of their time indoors, which means that HVAC systems are crucial to providing a comfortable climate in which to relax or be productive regardless of the extreme temperatures outside. If you plan on automating your home, start with remote climate control. There are many benefits to installing remote climate control in your home, including:

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Lower Energy Bill
Heating and cooling costs account for the majority of energy use in your home. Reduce the waste of unnecessary heating and cooling by having complete control over your home’s temperature setting. Intelligent climate control is able to acclimate your thermostat settings to the time of day, reducing heating and cooling when you’re away at work or going to bed, and cranking it up when you’re active in the home.

Room by Room Comfort
Depending on the size and layout of your home, different rooms may require different temperature settings. Whether you have an unused guest bedroom or a bathroom that you would like to remain at a comfortable temperature, a home automation system makes room-by-room climate control a real possibility for your home. 

Ease of Use
Remote control means that you’ll be able to make real-time changes to your home’s HVAC temperature settings no matter where you are. Did you forget to preset the thermostat for when you get home? Instantly make the change on your laptop or smartphone and have a nice, toasty home waiting for you when you arrive at the end of the day. You can also check to make sure that you turned your thermostat off while on vacation.

Be in control at all times by having your entire home’s temperature control options at your fingertips. Contact Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 829-9145 to learn more about our remote climate control systems. We offer a wide range of residential home automation solutions for Chicago homeowners. Contact us today to learn more.

Please Visit These Resources To Learn More About The Infinite Potential Of Home Automation

You can cut costs by integrating your air conditioning, heating, and electricity into one automated system. Call Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 829-9145 to receive a free home estimate. You can also learn more about the benefits of home automation technology by browsing these online resources.

This “Good Clean Tech” blog from PCMag.com shows how you can reduce energy costs with a bit of home automation.

LifeHack.org lists the many benefits of a home automation system.

Visit Yahoo! Voices to learn how your home can benefit from a wireless home theater system.

You can learn more about premium home automation technology by visiting the Control4 homepage.

This article from Pasadena Star-News explains how an automated air conditioner can save you cash.

Home Automation Tour and Crash Course

Automation systems put control of your entire home in your hands. This solution is perfect for homes with lots of square footage and rooms that are full of electronics. Watch this video from TheCustomGeek.com to learn more about how an automation system could improve your home.

The video starts with an overview of the automation system wiring. Next, the host shows viewers the interface that controls the automation system. This advanced automation system even controls the home’s light switches.

Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. can equip your home with a state-of-the-art automation system. Our installations allow users to control their entire homes with a single remote control. Call us at (312) 829-9145 to learn more about other high-tech upgrades like motorized windows and teleconferencing technology.

Top 5 Home Automation Features

Home automation lets you control all the technology in your home from a central location, improve the safety of your home, and reduce energy costs. Learn how you can enhance your home and saving money by checking out these popular automation options.

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Entertainment: Home automation is often used to connect multiple entertainment systems. You can create a fully functional home theatre by integrating lights, speakers, Blu-ray players, and your big screen television. Home automation allows you to control each system with a single remote control.

Lighting: Motion sensors and auto dimmers are commonly incorporated into home automation systems. These convenient devices ensure that lights in the home stay off when they aren’t being used. This is a great home automation upgrade for families with big homes and expensive energy bills. 

Climate: HVAC appliances use large amounts of energy to keep your home comfortable. That’s why you should incorporate climate controls into your automation system. A home automation system will make it easy to program your air conditioner or heater for maximum efficiency.

Surveillance: Security is priority for your family, and home automation offers security-enhancing benefits too. For instance, surveillance cameras can be integrated directly into your home’s control panel. This will allow you to watch surveillance feedback for your entire home from the comfort of your bedroom.

Windows: Secure windows make your home less vulnerable to intrusion. You can ensure that your windows stay shut by installing automatic window motors. These devices are linked to your home automation system, so you can shut every window in the house from a single location.

Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. can enhance your home with a convenient home automation system. This technology can even boost the total sale value of your home. Contact us at (312) 829-9145 to learn how we can integrate these top automation features into your household.

Closing In On The Holy Grail of Home Theater

Check out this great article from Home Theater Review!  Have you ever wanted to watch first run movies the day they come out from the comfort of your own home?  With the Bel Air Circuit you can!

"Have you ever heard the term "The Bel Air Circuit"? For the 300 people out of Earth's 7,000,000,000 who have the studio connections and a compliant D-Cinema commercial "home theater" in their homes, the Bel Air Circuit allows one to watch first-run movies as a day and date release. Interested in seeing Skyfall, the new Bond film? Just call up and order the same hard drive that a Cineplex would order, and you are in business. Have a 2K or 4K projector? Then you are going to see at home - pixel for pixel - the same master quality version of the movie that's running in a commercial theater.


Today, this is about the coolest idea to hit home theater, but then again, it's only relevant to those people who can get the studio accommodation that allows them access to the content, and they are, respectfully, a tiny audience of very connected Hollywood and tech types. To use a golf analogy, it's the Augusta invite for the world of home theater, as there are about 250 members at Augusta National and chances to play there don't come up too often, but when they do, it's not something that you'd want to miss."

To read the rest of the article visit hometheaterreview.com. If you are looking for information on our home cinema solutions please give us a call at (312) 829-9145!

Boosting Energy Efficiency with Home Automation

Residential Solutions

Automation can do more than make your home more convenient. State-of-the-art automation can be used to cut down on energy waste and improve your home’s efficiency. Read to learn how home automation systems are able to reduce your energy usage each month. 

Control Climate: Inefficient HVAC performance contributes to energy waste every month. You can cut down on this energy waste by automating your climate control. Home automation makes it easy to program your HVAC systems for greater efficiency. For example, your heater could be set to keep temperatures low during the day and heat the house in the evening. This automated schedule will prevent your home from being heated while your family is away from home.

Enhance Lighting: Research performed by the International Dark-Sky Association reports that Americans are extremely wasteful when it comes to lighting. The U.S. wastes about one-third of the total energy used to power lighting nationwide—that translates to $2 billion of wasted energy each year. Thankfully, this energy waste can be reduced with the help of home automation. You’ll save significant amounts of energy by integrating light dimmers and motion sensors into your home’s control system.

Slay “Vampires”: Many household appliances switch to “standby” mode after you hit the power switch. These items appear to be off, but are actually using small amounts of electricity around the clock. EnergyStar.gov reports that these energy “vampires” cost homeowners an extra $100 every year. Common energy “vampires” include phone and laptop chargers, HD TVs, electronic clocks, and power tools. Consider installing a home automation system as a solution to out-of-control utility costs.

Home automation is a great way to make your home even greener. Call Tunnel Vision Technology Inc. at (312) 829-9145 if you’d like to enhance the functionality of your entire home. Our online gallery has several examples of our custom automation work.

Take A Look At This Tunnel Vision Technology Home Featured In Distinctive Homes of America Volume – IV!

Recently Tunnel Vision Technology had the opportunity to work on a beautiful home in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Our work on this breathtaking home was recently featured in Distinctive Homes of America Volume – IV !  Below are some amazing photos of the finished project.

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According to the architects, the goal of the project was to “create a spacious, contemporary retreat that incorporated the charm of the original structure. We wanted the home to feel as if it had been there for a very long time, but thoroughly refitted and modernized.” 

For more information on the project, or to find out how Tunnel Vision Technology can modernize your home visit our website!

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