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With Great Sun Come Great Shades

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Let Launch Systems Find the Perfect Lutron Motorized Shades for Your Home. 

California is a beautiful, sunny state. On hot summer afternoons, it is hard not to squint outdoors or even inside if you don’t have efficient window treatments. Similarly, keeping your home comfortable and cozy during the winter is much harder without the proper shading solutions. The importance of adding the best motorized shades to your home is undeniable, especially since they help with privacy and climate control. With dozens of window treatment options to choose from, it is difficult to pick the right brand and products. For smart shades, the issues of programming, installation, and integration with other technology systems also come into play.  At Launch Systems, we will help you pick the perfect motorized shades for your home in Newport Beach, CA, and design, install, and automate your window treatments for optimal performance. To start, we recommend Lutron, the leading name in lighting control and smart shading systems and one of our trusted brand partners.  Here is a brief review of Lutron’s top-selling motorized shades to help you pick the best solutions for your smart home. 

SEE ALSO: Did You Know? Lutron Motorized Shades Can Do All of This!

Roller Shades

Roller shades are your first option when looking for motorized window treatments, and as their name indicates, they roll up and down at the tap of a smart interface. Depending on the type of fabric you pick, the benefits of your smart shades will range from privacy to climate control and beyond. For example, sheer roller shades are see-through but still protect from UV rays. On the other hand, dim-out sheers give you added privacy, and blackout fabrics are 100% opaque.  Lutron’s Roman shades allow you to work with your own materials. So, if you have the fabric pattern to go with your home theater wallpaper, why not use it on the windows there? You will get the perfect look and still reap the benefits of Lutron technology!  If you would like to try motorized shades before venturing into a more significant investment, Lutron also offers solutions for every budget. From their battery-powered Serena shades to the top-of-the-line Palladium family, we can help you find the right product for your smart home. 

Tensioned & Cable-Guided Shades 

In all of our years in the market, the expert team at Launch Systems has found many windows in odd or hard-to-reach spaces. Is this the case in your home? No worries, we have the experience to install smart shades there as well! For angled windows and skylights, we rely on Lutron’s tensioned shades. They minimize sag and use intelligent hembar alignment technology to synchronize with other shades in your home. In areas with high-wind conditions, Lutron’s cable-guided shades prevent unwanted motion and potential damage to glass surfaces.   There is a lot to consider when picking the right window treatments for your smart home, but we are just a screen tap away and always ready to help. Do you have any other questions about technology systems and what they can do for you? Don't hesitate to contact our team directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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3 Reasons Why Smart Shades Are The Perfect Integration For Your Home

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Smart shades add more than elegance and convenience to your Newport Beach, CA, residence.

Smart shades are one of the smart home features that add more than just luxury and style to your spaces. These shades come to your home to enhance your life with a wide variety of fabrics and shade styles to complement your home's design. At Launch Systems, we can customize them to suit your needs. Below are three benefits smart shades bring to your Newport Beach, CA home.

SEE ALSO: Add Value to Your Next Project with Automated Roller Shades

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

When smart shades are connected to your lighting system, they work together and make the most of natural light. By combining the lighting system and smart shades, the lights only operate when the smart shades are fully closed. When they are open, your lighting system will sense that prolonged operation is unnecessary, so they will dim or turn off completely to let natural sunlight do its job.

You can program your smart shades to adapt to your daily routines, so they automatically rise when you get out of bed or close as night falls. During the summer, you can use the shades to your benefit, saving energy as the shades will close to keep the house cool to avoid constant use of the air conditioning system.

EASY CONTROL

Smart shades give you full control over them without getting out of bed. With keypads, remote controls or even your smartphone, you can control every action of your shades. For example, with the touch of a button, you can lower or raise the shades without physically going to every shade in every room to use that annoying chain hanging on the side of the shades.

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How Motorized Shades Add Convenience And Style To Your Home

How Motorized Shades Add Convenience And Style To Your Home

Upgrade Your Drapes With A More Innovative Option

Window shades have a practical and aesthetic appeal as they can be used as a solution to keep dust and excessive light out of your house while ensuring your privacy. Manually operated curtains or blinds may appear to be the conventional option, but there are other choices available to allow us to get more utility from our window shades. Motorized shades operate similarly to curtains while also providing added convenience, making them an indispensable fixture in your Laguna Beach, CA home. If you want to have a unique decor when it comes to your window coverings, you can consider installing motorized shades that have both an aesthetic and functional allure for the modern abode. If you're still on the fence about opting for automated shades, read on to find about their advantages, especially when it comes to user convenience and design appeal.

SEE MORE: SELECTING THE PERFECT WINDOW TREATMENTS FOR YOUR CALIFORNIA HOME

The Perks Of Remote Control

Despite the beauty and charm of classic curtains, it is highly inconvenient that they must be controlled manually, which can become irritating if you're already seated on your sofa across the room or snuggled up in bed.  Motorized shades might be the solution you're looking for if you find it tedious to draw and open curtains during different times of the day. The automatic shades combine sophisticated technology with the elegance of curtains to create a convenient system that can be operated by using a smartphone or touchscreen device and can even link with your home automation system.  This innovative method allows you to open and close your shades electronically at any time of the day since the shades are equipped with a wireless receiver and are powered by long-lasting batteries that do not need to be charged or with an AC power source to guarantee you get the most light in your house while maintaining your privacy. The motorized shades may also be linked to your alarm clock or a timer to open and close according to your schedule, allowing you to keep a routine while still saving electricity.

An Elegant Solution

Motorized shades can be just as stylish as traditional curtains as they are available in a variety of styles, materials, and colors to mix in with your existing décor while still being highly useful and effective at protecting your privacy and controlling the amount of light that enters through your windows. Before you install these shades, you have the option of choosing colors, fabrics, and designs that aligns with your room's color scheme. At Launch Systems, we have extensive experience working with motorized window treatments, which we can set up in your Laguna Beach, CA home. Feel free to call us today at (949) 515-7030, fill out our online contact form, or chat with us using the “Let's Talk” button at the bottom of your screen if you have any further questions. We can't wait to hear from you.

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Did You Know? Lutron Motorized Shades Can Do All of This!

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Let Launch Systems Bring These Benefits to Your Orange County Home

Making your home look nice and feel comfortable doesn’t need to be a hassle. Walking throughout your expansive Laguna Beach-area home to open and close shades takes up valuable time that you could spend doing other things. Plus, being able to adjust your shades when the sun shines too brightly – as it often does in California – helps reduce unwanted glare and heat gain in your living areas.

Keep reading below to find out three other things Lutron motorized shades can do for your Orange County home!

SEE ALSO: Wait, I Can Add Motorized Shades Where?

UV Protection

Uncontrolled daylight in your home can wreak havoc on the longevity of your interior furnishings not only during the hot summer months but year-round. Your delicately curated artwork, flooring, and furniture upholstery will slowly fade over time as the sun’s natural UV rays cause a damaging bleaching effect. With smart shading from Lutron, you can adjust the shades automatically according to the time of day or with a gentle tap of your finger. Fabric selections offer varying degrees of sun filtering, so you’re sure to find a style that complements your décor and design preferences.

Additional Savings

Motorized shading, LED lighting, and smart HVAC systems are all innovative, energy-saving technologies that have been eligible for tax incentives, rebates, and refunds from local utility companies and the federal government in the past. Be sure to check with your utility providers for any additional savings opportunities.

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Wait, I Can Add Motorized Shades Where?

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Add This Elegant Smart Home Solution to These Four Areas of Your Home

Many of our clients in the Newport Beach area want to incorporate innovative home solutions but are concerned that adding smart devices into their living spaces will detract from the sophisticated aesthetic they’ve curated.

Style, elegance, and convenience are just a few of the features that motorized shades can bring to your Orange County home. Designer fabrics not only visually complement your interior furnishings but are crafted to provide energy savings with scientific attributes built right into the design!

If you want to add modern, automated magic to your lifestyle without sacrificing your beautiful coastal views, scroll below to learn more! We’ll cover four areas of your home that you can improve with automated shades and drapes.

SEE ALSO: Enjoy Natural Sunlight in Your Home with Just a Tap

Bedroom

Adding automated blackout shades to the sleeping areas of your California home ensures the best sleep possible for everyone in the family! Densely woven fabrics prevent ambient light from entering the room, allowing for a more restful and rejuvenating sleep experience at the tap of a button.

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Smart Home Automation Changes the Way You Live in Your Home

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Smart Control, Motorized Shading, and Whole-Home Audio Solutions Make Life Easier

Home automation is no longer a futuristic luxury afforded to the characters of a science fiction flick. Smart home automation is a proven trend that is here to stay. When you’re working with the professionals at Launch Systems, you can change the way you experience your Portland, OR home and incorporate all of your technologies into one intuitive and simple-to-use home control system.

Some technologies can make your home more comfortable, such as lighting and climate control; others can elevate your entertainment experience to another level! To learn about two of our favorite smart home solutions, keep reading below.

SEE ALSO: Don’t Let Social Distancing Get You Down – Socialize in Your Home Theater

Automated Window Treatments

Motorized blinds and shades can do more than cover your windows to provide privacy from peering eyes. Different fabric and style selections can offer various features depending on how you want to use them. For example, curtains made of tightly-woven fabric can block out ambient light, perfect for using in your bedroom and in home theater spaces.

With the tap of a button on your smart home control system, you can draw open the curtains to let warming, natural light into your bedroom in the mornings so you can more naturally ease yourself into the day ahead. In your living spaces, roller shades or sheer drapes with a looser fabric weave can allow softer light to filter into areas. Any annoying glare is reduced, but your family can still see the beautiful outdoor views through the fabrics.

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Should Motorized Roller Shades Be Your Next DIY Project?

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Professional Installation Will Save You in the Long Run

Motorized shades are the first step to bringing luxurious comfort and convenience into your day-to-day life, so you’ve decided to install them in your Irvine, CA home. Now you’re debating whether you can do the installation on your own to save money or if you should hire a professional. Unless you have experience installing motorized roller shades, we recommend bringing in the experts. Without prior knowledge or experience, how can you know that you’re choosing the right shades for your home or know what mistakes to avoid during the installation? Keep on reading to learn the advantages of working with a professional that you would miss out on if you were to install automated shades yourself.

SEE ALSO: Selecting the Perfect Window Treatment for Your California Home

Save Time and Money

There are many advantages to working with a professional for your motorized roller shades installation. The most popular reason homeowners choose a DIY installation is because they think it will save them time and money. At Launch Systems, our trained technicians know exactly what they’re doing and will take measurements correctly the first time around. There won’t be any extra holes in your walls or windows due to a DIY snafu because our experts use the right tools for the job. Remember, we do this every single day—it’s our job to know the ins and outs of the installation process.  

Guaranteed Quality Products

You might save on the initial costs of hiring a professional when you turn your motorized roller shades installation into a DIY, but you aren’t guaranteed the high-quality installation or products that you would receive from an expert. When working with a professional installer, you can count on a seamless experience from the initial consultation to post-installation support. We stand behind our work because our reputation is on the line, and we want you to have the smart home of your dreams. Besides superior products and a seamless window treatment installation experience, the best part about working with a professional is the warranty that covers any technical mishaps that might occur—though, you’re much less likely to experience them when you choose to work with a professional!  

How Launch Systems Can Help

Are you ready to bring the value of motorized roller shades to your home without the messy DIY experience? Launch Systems is the partner to choose for your installation, whether you’re in Irvine, CA or another location in Orange County. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to get started. We look forward to working with you!

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Selecting the Perfect Window Treatments for Your California Home

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Lutron Offers a Wide Selection for Motorized Roller Shades Installations

Making the switch from manual to motorized window treatments is the first step to bringing increased comfort, luxury, and convenience to your Huntington Beach home. Once you’ve decided to take the leap, though, what’s the next step? Selecting your style options, of course. Styling options include fabrics, shading styles, and a wide variety of control methods. The possibilities may seem overwhelming, but with the help of a reputable motorized roller shades installation expert like Launch Systems, you’ll be able to review the options in a streamlined and relaxed manner. Keep reading to learn the details you can consider for your California home when you’re ready to leap into a new world of luxury.

SEE ALSO: Consider a Lutron Lighting System for Your California Home

Fabric Options

Styling goes beyond simply picking out your favorite fabric colors. Fabric options abound with options that include sheers, translucent, or blackout fabrics. Sheer fabrics have an open weave that filters sunlight while allowing for less privacy and the preservation of ocean views. Translucent fabrics have tighter weaves that shift harsh sunlight into a filtered lighting experience while also providing privacy. Blackout fabrics are opaque, block light from entering your home, and are perfect for media rooms or bedrooms for complete privacy and light blockage.  

Roller Shades

Shading solutions from Lutron include roller shades, drapes, wood blinds, tensioned shades, and horizontal sheer blinds, to name a few. A motorized roller shades installation gives your California home a contemporary and stylish look. Functionality and an elegant aesthetic are the end result of this window treatment. Roller shades from our lighting and shading partner, Lutron, are available with or without fascia, pockets, and side channels. Including fascia offers a more finished look, and you can fabric-wrap the fascia to match the roller shade fabric you selected. If you’d prefer a custom top-of-window treatment, then a roller shade without fascia but perhaps a pocket would be perfect, because it offers you flexibility and the option to add cornices, valances, or drapery.  

Control Options

One of the best benefits of motorized window treatments includes not needing to walk throughout your Huntington Beach-area home to open or close each window treatment – talk about a time saver! Contemporary and architectural keypads are available in fashionable options that include finishes in metals, mattes, glosses, and satins. Launch Systems can always request color samples for you to see selections for yourself in your home. Beyond keypads, there are remotes, smart device apps, and voice command control options available. Go a step further and program home automation scenes that incorporate multiple smart technologies at the tap of a button. Tap the Evening Scene button, and the shades in every window can roll down to add privacy, the smart lighting can dim to a relaxing hue, and your multi-room audio system can begin playing relaxing wind-down music.     If you’d like to bring the value of motorized roller shades to your California home, call us today at (949) 515-7030 or reach out using our contact form. We can’t wait to work with you.

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Elevate Your Interior Décor with Motorized Window Treatments

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Your Clients’ Homes Are Showcased in the Best Lighting Possible

On our blog, we’ve often discussed the benefits of motorized window treatments, from making the switch to motorized shades to enjoying additional privacy and energy savings. California homeowners are always looking for ways to improve their homes in a variety of ways. If your Corona del Mar, CA clients are looking for new and exciting ways to elevate their interior décor, then motorized window treatments are one way to offer them the opportunity to showcase homes in their best light. Keep reading to learn three ways shading and blinds can further advance the look and feel of a California home.

SEE ALSO: Why Make the Switch from Manual to Motorized Window Treatments?  

Interior Protection

The look and feel of a room dramatically shift with the addition of window dressings. Blackout shades can set the mood for the perfect movie night with no light intrusion, while sheers offer sparkling sunlight without the harsh glare. With a variety of color, fabric, and style options available, any homeowner can select window treatments that can protect their home, too. The luxurious fabrics and styles selected for a home do more than simply look great, though.  They serve to protect the interior furnishings, technology, and artwork in a home from harmful UV rays, reduce annoying glare, and can help absorb heat from the sun. The degree to which this is done is dependent upon the fabric’s opacity and the style of the shade. Imagine shades raising in the morning to let the soft morning light in, then with a tap of a button, lowering to reduce the harmful UV rays hitting favorite art pieces.

Set the Scene

Pre-programmed scenes allow for the operation of smart technologies automatically. Typically, a homeowner can operate electric shades and blinds with the tap of a button on a smart device, remote, or on-wall keypad. With scenes, the operation occurs with no direct action required from the homeowner, plus additional smart home technologies like lighting control or security systems can be programmed to work simultaneously at specified times. An “Evening In” scene can initiate the shades to lower in every room of the home and allows for increased privacy at night. Simultaneously, smart lighting can brighten to a warm glow in the living room, dim in the media room, and custom-designed spotlighting can showcase artwork in the den, all while creating a relaxed mood.   Call us at (949) 515-7030 today or reach us online to begin exploring the opportunities available from custom motorized window treatments.

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Motorized Window Treatments Bring Style & Convenience

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Choose from a Wide Variety of Options from One of Our Favorite Brands: Lutron

If you’re looking for a way to improve the interior décor of your California home while also protecting your interior furnishings from damaging UV light, then you should consider motorized window treatments. The options are nearly endless with Lutron because they have a variety of styles and fabric options from which to choose. We’ve previously explained the benefits of switching from manual to motorized window treatments. In this blog, we’ll review a few ways that motorized window treatments can bring convenience and style to your Huntington Beach, CA home. Keep reading to learn more.

SEE ALSO: The Lutron Lighting System Mini Guide

Saving Energy

Lutron shading solutions take advantage of the natural light of the sun to warm your home in the winter and can protect your home from solar heat gain in the summers. All of this translates to valuable energy savings for you! When your home is warmed naturally by the sun in winter, your HVAC doesn’t need to run as often to keep your interiors warm. During the summer months, motorized window treatments can insulate and prevent the hot sun from warming your home, which means your AC doesn’t need to work as hard at keeping your family cool.  

Privacy

A whole-home motorized shading solution can protect your home from peeping eyes. While you’re away from home, a predetermined Away scene can lower all of your shades simultaneously. All you need to do is select this button on your custom-etched wall keypad, a smart device, or a remote – it’s simple. Because Lutron window treatments come in a variety of fabric options, you can control not only the amount of light that enters your Huntington Beach-area home, but your privacy as well. For example, horizontal sheer blinds allow soft light to filter into your home while also giving you the ability to control the angle of the vane’s tilt.  

Colors, Style & Fabrics

Beyond choosing the style of the perfect motorized window treatments for your home, you can also select fabrics and colors that complement your California home’s décor. Lutron continuously evaluates trends, so there are always fresh options to choose from, along with longtime favorites. From seven varieties of Jacquard to 16 colors of basswoods for wooden blinds, you are sure to find the perfect match.   If you’re ready to bring the style and comfort and motorized window treatments to your property in Huntington Beach, CA, call us today at (949) 515-7030 or use our online contact form to reach us. We can’t wait to bring Lutron shading solutions to your home.

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Why Make the Switch from Manual to Motorized Window Treatments?

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Make Life Simpler with These Smart Solutions Installed in Your Newport Beach-Area Home

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing window treatments or have a blank slate of windows in a new-build home, you’ve likely been window shopping for window treatments!

From roller shades to Roman blinds, motorized styles to manual styles, the options seem endless and overwhelming. Motorized window treatments bring safety and convenience to your Newport Beach-area home and come in both wired and wireless options to suit your installation needs.

Keep reading the blog to learn the benefits of motorized window treatments over manual blinds.

SEE ALSO: Confused on Where to Start with Your Security Camera Installation?

Safety

While you’re away from home, you may find yourself kicking yourself for forgetting to close the blinds before you left. Thieves could potentially peer through your windows to case your home for a burglary. Managing your motorized window treatments while you’re away is simple!

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