JL Entertainment Designs

The Challenge

Case Study

Relative newbies to home technology and unfamiliar with the benefits of a control system, the owners of a traditional style 6,000-square-foot home in Lower Gwynedd, PA decided to incorporate a few high-tech touches after seeing a whole-house audio system up and running at a friend’s home. Like their friend, they were avid music listeners, and could clearly recognize the benefits of putting a control system in charge of their various entertainment sources.

As the construction of their home was nearing completion, they called in JL Entertainment Designs, Exton, PA to design and install a similar setup that would allow them to hear their favorite tunes throughout the house and access and control the audio equipment in an easy, seamless manner. It was a job that would wind up also involving the integration of the home’s lights, a strategy that would maximize the potential of URC’s Total Control® system and give the family of five more bang for their automation buck.

The URC Solution

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“What this family needed more than anything was reliability,” says JL Entertainment Designs president Joe Lusi. “They needed a system that would work each and every time they pressed a button. The URC Total Control system was the obvious solution to employ precisely for this reason.” Per JL Entertainment Designs’ plan, control would come in many forms for the family, as the team of home systems integrators installed a combination of URC touchscreens, handheld remotes and downloaded URC’s Total Control Mobile™ app for iDevices into their existing smartphones and tablets. Variety fostered convenience in this project, as no matter where the three kids or mom and dad happen to be hanging out, there’s a control device nearby.

Although the form factors of these control devices are distinctively different from each other, they all share a common on-screen user interface, which walks a homeowner through the process of choosing what to listen to and where to listen to it. They can activate at the touch of a finger the Streaming Network Player, which with the help of URC’s Multi-Zone Network Amplifier can stream music to the speakers of any or all of eight independent listening areas. This distribution system supports the simultaneous delivery of multiple streams of audio, which as the kids grow older will become increasing important. This capability will allow them to listen to their favorite tunes in the family room while mom and dad relax to their own music on the patio, for example.

Comfort and Convenience in Hand

The process of accessing and controlling their audio options proved so simple and straightforward for the family, that when Lusi suggested they also use the interfaces to control their home’s lights and thermostats, they didn’t hesitate to give the go-ahead. Thanks to the availability of URC’s twoway driver for Lutron’s RadioRA® 2 system, Lusi and his team was able to mesh nearly all of the home’s lights into the Total Control networking platform. Now, just as the Total Control system provides the homeowners with valuable feedback on the status of their audio system, it delivers useful information about the lights: which ones are on, which ones are off and their intensity levels, for instance. Even more appealing to this family, however, was the ability of the Lutron RadioRA 2 light switches to be programmed into scenes. Lighting is a natural complement to music, so the scenes created by Lighting Control Solutions, Ardmore, PA and programmed into the Total Control system by JL Entertainment Designs add a level of sophistication to the listening environment. After selecting a particular piece of music, the homeowners can touch a button on a tablet, smartphone, touchscreen or remote to add the perfect level of illumination for a party, relaxation or a romantic evening.

A Thing of Beauty

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Photos Courtesy of James Dougherty

The seamless integration of an architecturally pleasing lighting control system like the Lutron® RadioRA® system showcases the Total Control system’s ability to streamline the operation of a home’s electronic components and—in particular—evoke mood and ambiance for a more pleasing, comfortable home environment. Through custom integration and programming, this home exemplifies both the beauty and the simplicity afforded by a reliable, expandable system like URC’s Total Control.

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