Articles tagged with: Knoxville Lighting Control

Securing the Exterior of your Home

on Thursday, 31 July 2014.

When you hear 'home security' what comes to mind? Security systems designed just for the interior of a home? While a security system can do a lot to keep intruders out, the right outdoor lighting can do a lot to keep problems from arising in the first place.

Lighting is a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to protecting home and property. Burglars love the darkness and feed on creeping around in the shadows. A poorly lit home reads like an invitation for them to commit a robbery. There is no such thing as having too much lighting inside and outside your home.

Strategically placing outdoor lights can deter potential intruders. Criminals do not want to be identified which is why they target property that offers them the most protection from neighbors and passersby.

Here are 5 tips to consider when securing your exterior:

1. Install motion sensors

Nothing startles a burglar and stops them dead in their tracks better than an exterior light suddenly flipping on as they are snooping around. When you install exterior lighting that operates on motion sensors, it gives the appearance that someone is home – even when no one is there.

2. Use light timers

Timers operate on the same principle as motion sensors. They offer a burst of light inside your home at opportune times. It combines nicely with exterior lights to create the illusion that your house is occupied at times when you are away. The important thing is to use variation concerning when the lights switch on and off. Light timers should not offer predictability. Program the timers so they alternate between different rooms every few minutes each night.

3. Put lights out of reach

Install exterior lights on the corners of your house that can shine in more than one direction. With easy to reach lights, such as porch lights, it takes virtually no time at all for a burglar to simply unscrew bulbs, cut wires or otherwise tamper with them. Most burglars are not going to take the time to climb a ladder and disable lights. Their goal is to not draw attention to themselves.

4. Use multiple lights everywhere

Installing multiple lights works wonders in keeping your house and your entire yard well lit. Using more lights inside and outside sends the right message to burglars and lets them know your residence is off limits.

5. Choose energy saving bulbs

Meeting your lighting needs for protecting your home does not come cheap and your energy bill will naturally rise when you use multiple lights on your residence. One of the best options for cutting costs is to purchase and use energy saving light bulbs for your indoor and outdoor lights.

You can find a variety of LED lights and other types of energy saving light bulbs that use more efficient technology than a typical incandescent or fluorescent lamp. Not only do these light bulbs cost less to operate, they also have a longer life. It means you save money in more ways than one because you will spend less time replacing burnt out light bulbs during the year.

Hope these tips help you in securing the exterior of your home. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Lighting Control

on Wednesday, 07 May 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Lighting Control


Have you ever wondered what it would be like for your home to become a work of art? Or more importantly ever forget to turn off the kitchen light after you just laid down for the night? I know I have. Lighting control can help you with creating scenes to display your home the way you want or turning that light off you left on in the kitchen.

The benefit of lighting control is that it can easily integrate with your whole home automation using very simple, elegant keypads. Just think, after a long day at work your own house welcomes YOU home. Lighting control is more than just simply turning on and off a light, it is thinking outside the box. It allows you to have endless possibilities in creating an amazing get-a-away within your living spaces.

Let’s say you are having a dinner party, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to set the right mood by dimming the lights just right, start your playlist at the perfect volume in all the right rooms, and adjust the thermostat to provide the correct amount of comfort with just with a touch of a button? With lighting control being the central component of this whole scenario, we do this all the time for our clients.

Lighting control can also add an extra layer of security with the touch of a “Vacation” button. Lights will turn on and off at a seemingly random pattern, which gives the appearance that you are home while YOU are on vacation. If you really want to confuse a would be burglar, you can add the same random patterns to T.V.’s and automatic shades. Thus, giving you more comfort and peace of mind knowing that your home is secured that much more.

So if you would like help in creating your masterpiece or just need help in making sure all the lights are off at night, call iSS at 865-690-0154. We are here to give you better solutions for enhancing your lifestyle.


Interactive Demo

on Monday, 20 January 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

Ever wondered what automation can do for your home or business? I know I have wondered how a lighting system could change my space or how whole house audio would be perfect for my next get-together. Sometimes it's hard to envision things if you don't really know that much about them and exactly what they can do. That's why we decided to create a way to help you see what your space could be like with automation.

Meet the interative demo !

virtual demo
Our interactive demo gives you the opportunity to play with all kinds of automation which include music, lighting control, surveillance, temperature, and shade control. We can also bring a laptop version of our interactive demo to you.

Could you see your space upgraded with automation?

Home Entertainment Rooms: Your Play Station

on Tuesday, 30 October 2012.


Do you enjoy PS3 and/or Xbox games? Want to know how to make an ordinary space into a gamer's getaway? All it takes are a few flat screens and iSS's eye for design to transform your room into a play station.

First, we recommend utilizing more than one TV. This way more than one person can play either the same system or two different systems at a time. In the frame of "Go big or go home," we also suggest having a TV or two for sporting events and your favorite show. Sit back and think on that for a moment. Ah, paradise is coming into fruition.

Second, iSS suggests installing a sweet lighting system. Atmospheric lighting not only looks awesome, it is useful too. From your smart phone or remote, dim lights, change lighting color scenes, or select pre-set options for cinema or parties. The optimal lighting will intensify your gaming and viewing experiences.

Next, we implore you to consider a top-notch sound system if you want your gaming experience to come to life. Surround sound will envelope you in the action and hone your focus. When you aren't gaming, the system will come in handy with movies and parties.

Don't forget about the right seating, because no one games for a mere thirty minutes. You want comfortable chairs that offer support. Luckily, iSS can provide you with dozens of options to suit your needs.

Finally, you want to invest in a super quick internet connection. It is going to need to keep up with you afterall.

That's just the beginning. Call us to make your dreams of a gamer's paradise come true.


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