The Apple Watch

On September 9, 2014 Apple announced the latest addition to the Apple family! The Apple watch will be available in three versions starting next spring! Shown on stage at the event was a graphic with a collection of Apps, notice anything familiar? The lower left of the watch face shows the Caseta app! Stop by booth 750 at CEDIA to learn more!

 

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Caseta Available Now

We are excited to announce the launch of a brand new product from Lutron! Caseta wireless is  anew product that will allow you to get lighting and shade on control on every project! Priced competitively Caseta allows you to add to projects for a fraction of what other lighting control products sell for. Available now including the Pro Bridge which allows for integration with 3rd party control systems and access to Remote Control via the Internet. Contact CET & Associates today for a demonstration of this new product category! Read more at the Caseta Overview Page

We are excited to announce the launch of a brand new product from Lutron! Caseta wireless is  anew product that will allow you to get lighting and shade on control on every project! Priced competitively Caseta allows you to add to projects for a fraction of what other lighting control products sell for. Available now including the Pro Bridge which allows for integration with 3rd party control systems and access to Remote Control via the Internet. Contact CET & Associates today for a demonstration of this new product category! Read more at the Caseta Overview Page


Industry Terminology

When communicating in any industry there tends to be the creation and utilization of "specialized terms", jargon. The terms used to communicate can indicate your level of expertise and experience within a given field. It would seem that our industry is filled with jargon and acronyms - CCNA, IEEE, CAT-5, LEED, DTS, Homerun, makeup, make it hot, trim, rough-in etc,. Even words people use to describe common events seem to have a different meaning - what does it mean to automate or experience automation? This could be as simple as turning on a TV or as complex as 100,000 lines of code preparing a home or building for winter.

At this point you may be thinking, "these terms are not jargon - this is how we communicate, it's easy". It is easy to the people who live and breathe the electronics lifestyle. We forget that as much as we are insiders in our industry we are outsiders everywhere else we go. That is why being broad and open to the other trades we interact with creates long term benefits for overall business development. FOr instance understanding the value a designer provides to a project is infinitely beneficial. Typically they cause the most resistance to technology but they also typically hold the highest level of influence in the building process.

So next time you're talking with a designer about why you should provide the window coverings make sure you speak to all the benefits and demonstrate your knowledge of your trade. Start with technology and move towards design and finish on fashion. Demonstrate you understand warp and weft by using the terms as part of the design conversation. All fabrics that are traditionally made feature threads that run vertically (warp) and a thread or threads that run horizontally (weft). By taking note of the subtle biases in the fabrics you're communication about you will be able to increase your credibility in a dramatic way.

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We're not simply wiremen, TV hangers, outlet installers, or speaker cutters - we are lifestyle professionals that provide a way of living that is beyond anything the client or designer has experienced before. Remember to be the master of your trade and an expert in all others!

Coulisse launches in Colorado

Last week was the official launch of Lutron's Coulisse fabric line in Colorado.  In Denver, Vail, Aspen and Telluride, we showed the line to Architects, Interior Designers, and builders.  Though the displays were a little worse for the wear by the end of the week, everyone who saw the new line was excited by the offering.  

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Announcing the Enova DGX 8x8 Intelligent Switch

Announced by AMX at ISE 2013 the Enova DGX8! This is the answer to those smaller projects that require a digital media solution. This chassis provides all of the features you have come to expect. Utilizing AMX's InstaGate Pro technology the chassis will allow for fast switching of HDMI sources and displays. Read more below direct from AMX. Read More

Resigning a line...

As a manufacturer's representative, one has to determine which lines he reps, and which lines he decides not to represent.  When involved with an evolving market it is important to develop strategies that are mutually beneficial for the rep and the manufacturers that are represented. CET & Associates is no longer the Corradi USA representative. We value our experience and relationships with this leading edge design company and have had a great year of building awareness for this new brand in the market. If you come across projects in the market please refer any inquiries to Corradi USA Corporate at 972.466.0824.

RF Fan Speed Control Now Shipping!

Great news the RF Fan Speed controller for HWQS and RadioRa 2 are now shipping! This is a great opportunity to go back to your existing installs and add a valuable feature to the project. It is a breeze to install as it does not require a canopy module to be installed. It features four speeds and can be programmed to operate as part of a scene! Order them today!

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