09 April 2020

Network Blues: Is Your Wi-Fi Making Life Harder?

If there were ever a time we needed our home networking to work better, it would be now. If you were to do a quick google search on “best router,” you probably wonder where to start when you get 124 million results. The issue isn’t the answer (like 42), but are we asking the right questions? In this blog, I want to try and ask the right questions and give homeowners a place to look for the correct answers.

09 March 2020

Smart Devices VS. Smart Homes

This shouldn’t be news to anyone, but your average home contains more “smart” devices than ever before. Nest thermostats may have brought the trend to the mainstream, but Alexa, HomeKit, Sonos, and others have taken that momentum and run with it. You might think that adding a few of these devices would take you to the pinnacle of the “Smart Home,” but is there anything that is missing from these consumer or DIY devices that is available in the professional systems like Control4, ELAN and Savant? Let’s take a look.

03 March 2020

Home Presets

I often wonder “Why do we welcome technology more in our cars than in our homes?” After all, let’s go back to the last time you approached your car:  You probably pressed the button on a remote that unlocked the door and disarmed the alarm.  As you pull back on the door in your car, the light conveniently comes on for you inside and the seat moves back.  When you sit down, and either put your key in or press start, the seat moves forward as the steering wheel moves down and towards you.   As you take a drive down the road, your favorite music is just a single button press away on the six presets.  Why doesn’t your house do all this? 

22 January 2020

How Automated Shading & Lighting Transforms Your Mood & Décor

Posted in Automated Shading

Relive Your Favorite Moments with Lighting and Shading Scenes

How Automated Shading & Lighting Transforms Your Mood & Décor

It’s difficult to understand the ‘wow’ effect of home automation until you experience it. Picture telling your smart speaker, “Chill,” and watching your home’s shades lower, lights shift to dim whites, magentas, and blues, and soft jazz music starts playing from your sound system—all at once. No longer are you just standing in your home; you’ve been transported to a moment that can be relived over and over.

Lighting and shading have immense power to shift our moods and the way our home’s interior looks. From wellness to hosting get-togethers, continue reading to see how automated shading and lighting make all the difference in your home.  

 

23 December 2019

What Is Human-Centric Lighting?

Posted in Human Centric Lighting

Bring the Benefits of Nature into Your Home

What Is Human-Centric Lighting?

Lighting can profoundly impact the way we feel. We notice this in extreme circumstances: strobe lights might make our heart race; a dimly lit hallway may make one feel uneasy; and an incredibly bright room makes us feel exposed. We’ve all attended a party that would have felt more comfortable if the lights were slightly dimmed, and we’ve all spent time in windowless offices that felt particularly bleak.  

These circumstances are glaringly obvious when observing how light impacts us. But what if your home’s lights are always subtly influencing your mental state? That’s the idea behind human-centric lighting, a new movement of smart technology that brings the benefit of natural light into your home. Read on to see how it works and how human centric lighting can improve your daily life.

27 November 2019

Make Your Home a Wellness Retreat with Home Automation Systems

Posted in Home Automation Systems

How Smart Lighting, Shades, & Audio Can Add to Your Wellbeing

Make Your Home a Wellness Retreat with Home Automation Systems

Some people feel like their home was made for them. Others may feel like their house is more of a building they happen to live in. Wherever you fall, why not design your home to fit your lifestyle, rather than the other way around? With our home automation systems, homeowners are making the most of their daily lives and feeling better than ever.

Smart technology is no longer about the flashiest gadgets—it’s about wellness and improving our human experience. Discover the new health and wellness benefits of smart technology below.

10 September 2019

We’re Different

While Albert Einstein never said, "the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result," he probably should have. What prompted this thought are some of my observations surrounding the recent Bravas announcement.  Since we announced the merger, the most common question I’ve heard has been “This hasn’t worked in the past, why will it work this time?”

Our answer is, as most would expect, we are not doing the same thing all over again. In fact, we are doing something truly different. The most notable of those previous attempts to consolidate luxury integrators was VIA.  Without the insights, guidance, and support we have received from the VIA team, among others, Bravas would have likely never materialized. Those industry leaders have been generous with their support and honest with their feedback, and we are incredibly grateful for their support.  With that support, we have created a plan to do things differently.  I would like to use this opportunity to share with you some of our beliefs and some of the things Bravas has already accomplished – even in just a few short weeks.

25 June 2019

The Complete Bravas Guide to Window Shades

Posted in Choosing the right shades

How to Find the Perfect Shades That Work for Your Home’s Aesthetic

The Complete Bravas Guide to Window Shades

Few design elements can bring a room together like window shades. Whether you want to accent a wall, complement the decor, or control the amount of daylight that reaches your room, shades are the perfect way to accomplish every goal.

Modern, automated shading systems are even compatible with smart control technology so that you can adjust your shades, lights, and other electronics with the touch of a button. How your shades look and function is important, along with how you control them. So, here's how to choose shades the Bravas way. Keep reading for more.

02 April 2020

Why Lighting Design? Part One

When humans first populated the earth, the largest influence on their lives was the sun. It determined when they woke and when the slept, when they hunted and when they hid. Even after the discovery of fire, the physical toll of maintaining an open flame limited its functionality as a light source. Even tallow candles, popular in the 14th century, were so expensive that only the most affluent members of society could enjoy more than a few minutes of light per day.

Up to the 19th century it was still prohibitively expensive for the majority of people. In 1816 Baltimore became the first city in America to light its streets with gas distributed through a system of pipelines. This technology proved so beneficial that it was found in almost every city by 1850. And just like that, we owned the night.

This is part one of a three-part series covering how we can control light to improve our lives. In the first part we will cover lighting design, and how it impacts our ability to enjoy and use our space.

06 March 2020

Your next TV – news from CES

Who ever said bigger isn’t better has never walked the TV area at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Reporters and news programs can give a misleading view of what CES has to offer, as they tend to focus on the ‘concept cars’ rather than the ‘production cars’ of technology. Last year, the stories about LG’s rollup TV and this year’s Samsung's swing-into-portrait-mode Sero TV fell into that bucket. Yet underneath all the hype, we find some real changes coming to TVs, and many of them are available today.

01 March 2020

Technical Support Derangement Syndrome

Does calling for help on your smart home problems give you Technical Support Derangement Syndrome?  It’s frustrating for anyone, especially when dealing with a luxury custom integration company, that all you hear is:

  • “I’m sorry. The person you need to speak with isn’t in the office at the moment. Can I have him give you a call back?”
  • “Let me make a few calls and get back to you as soon as I can.”
  • Or the dreaded “Hold please,” only to be left hanging for an inordinate amount of time.

If that’s what you usually hear, then you may not be calling the right people. The problem is not that they don’t want to help; it could be that they may simply lack the technical knowledge necessary to help you solve your problem.  Also, the person answering the phone at your integrator’s office may be in the middle of entering invoices, have guests in the lobby that need attention, or is otherwise distracted, making someone else’s experience way less than stellar.

10 January 2020

Can Your WiFi Network Handle Your Smart Home Technology?

Posted in WiFi Network

Tips to Ensure Your Network Is Up to Speed

Can Your WiFi Network Handle Your Smart Home Technology?

At Bravas, we’re wild about the interconnectivity of smart home devices. From motorized shades to whole-home audio and security cameras, home automation is both a useful and fun addition to any household. But if you’re using a wireless system, is it strong enough to handle all of your devices while still able to stream audio, video, and surf the web?

A robust WiFi network should not frequently break down or be affected by a single device’s failure. A strong system should be able to recover quickly from hold-ups and bugs and adding more to your smart home should not put a strain on it.

So how can you bring your network up to speed so that all of your smart devices function flawlessly? Improve your internet connection with our tips below!  

15 December 2019

Why You Need to Upgrade Your Home Network This Year

Posted in Home Networking

Achieve an Enterprise-Class Network at Home

Why You Need to Upgrade Your Home Network This Year

We spend an abundance of time on the internet at home, whether we realize it or not. We stream movies and playlists, use smart home devices, and video-chat with relatives and friends from far away. Many of us work from home, too, which requires accessing servers and large files. So why shouldn’t your home’s network be the best it can possibly be?

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the internet you currently have, it isn’t your only option. A home networking upgrade can grant you the following advantages. Read on to discover how it will improve your daily tasks and entertainment.

15 November 2019

A Strong Infrastructure for Your Smart Home Design

Posted in Smart Home Design

Don’t Skip a Reliable Foundation for Smart Devices

A Strong Infrastructure for Your Smart Home Design

What once felt like a feature in sci-fi movies is now a reality in homes nationwide. Smart home technology allows us to automate and connect all of our IoT devices from the kitchen to the backyard. Between smart lighting and security systems, home automation lends a helping hand to make our homes safer and more comfortable.

If you’re interested in turning your house ‘smart,’ you won’t want to cut corners. Faulty technology that doesn’t work will leave you frustrated and regretful. To ensure your system functions flawlessly, you’ll need to partner with a company that knows the importance of a strong foundation and can deliver it with confidence. A professional smart home design makes all the difference, and here’s why.

27 June 2019

Summer out of the City: Incredible Getaways for the Season

Posted in Summer Out of the City: The Best Destinations for this Season

Dive into Summer with These Unbelievable Destinations

Summer out of the City: Incredible Getaways for the Season

Now that summer has officially begun, there’s plenty of baseball and backyard barbecues to tide you over until the leaves start changing colors. But if you’re looking to ditch the ordinary and dive into something new, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re looking to dance the night (and day) away with a May Tai in hand, or you want to enjoy a little peace and quiet this season, we have a list of great summer escapes you can enjoy away from home. Ready to start your adventure? Keep reading.

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