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How Early Should You Plan Your Custom Window Treatments?

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Explore the Advantages of Hardwired Powered Window Treatments 

Perhaps you’ve found the perfect home in West Hollywood. Unfortunately, the interior design is stuck in the 80s, when Spago was the "it" restaurant, and Madonna and Michael ruled the charts. Of course, you’re planning an extensive remodel to bring the home’s style into the 21st century.

Choosing new custom window treatments for your California Spanish Colonial will be an exciting part of the project. Since this isn’t the 80s, you’ll have the option of powered window treatments for the ultimate in smart home convenience. But you should plan ahead, as you’ll have more and better options for window treatments as you plan other aspects of your remodel. Keep reading to learn more below!

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Why Our Home Audio Consultants Recommend Meridian Audio

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Meridian Audio Solutions are Designed for the Digital Age

High-fidelity audio has gone through several transformations in its long history. The modern era of recorded music was kicked off in 1878 with Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph. That scratchy first audio component might not be high-fidelity today, but it was improved on continuously, and vinyl still lives on today as a high-quality format.

But the most important transformation for recorded music was to digital, which started in earnest with the CD. The CD made music more compact, portable, and ultimately transportable. And we all know what has happened since then, with most of the world's recorded music available with a few taps on a screen through the magic of the internet. It's safe to say Edison never envisioned that!

Meridian Audio was born in 1977, just before the dawn of the CD era. They’ve always marched to a different beat of the audio drum, investing early in digital technology and pioneering high-resolution digital audio formats, active speakers, and of late, MQA high-resolution audio for internet streaming.

Keep reading to see why our home audio consultants recommend Meridian Audio solutions for state-of-the-art sound in Bel Air, CA homes.

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The Next Big Thing for Smarter Security: AI Security Cameras

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Gain Peace of Mind with Intelligent Surveillance

Much is written about artificial intelligence and machine learning these days. While some seem to warn about robot overlords and humans losing control of the world, the reality is far more positive. For example, do you like how you can look for pictures of your dog on the phone by searching for "dog"? That's artificial intelligence at work, utilizing the power of advanced computing to identify details in an image to indeed identify a dog rather than a cat, squirrel, or something else. It might seem easy now, but it took many years of advancement in software and computing power to get here.

Besides making it easy to find dog pictures, machine learning has also impacted video surveillance. AI security camera systems offer a new level of smarter, more powerful security for your Westwood, CA home. Keep reading below to learn more about the advantages of AI security cameras.

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3 Bright Home Office Lighting Ideas from Residential Lighting Designers

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Maximize Comfort and Productivity with the Right Illumination

The pandemic of the past two years made working from home the rule rather than the exception for many professionals in all types of roles. While many are returning to their California offices now, a funny thing has happened. While working from home has its challenges, both workers and companies discovered that productivity and effectiveness, rather than waning, continued to thrive. Now, many professionals want to continue working from home at least part of the time.

What does that mean? If you work from home a significant portion of the time, you understand the importance of a distraction-free, comfortable workspace. And one of the critical elements of comfort is light. Good lighting makes for a good workspace, while poor lighting can lead to fatigue and a lack of productivity. Here are three tips recommended by residential lighting designers for a cheery and fruitful home office workspace in your Beverly Hills home.

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Home Theater 101: The Basics of Screens and Projectors

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What to Think about When Choosing a Home Theater Display

We’d venture to say that when people think about a new home theater, the first thought might be about what type of screen they envision and how big it can be. It makes sense; a big screen is a large part of the cinematic experience. Fortunately, the options for large screens continue to multiply, enabling you to have a small home theater in your bedroom and a huge one in a dedicated room, with both providing an exceptional viewing experience.

To get you started thinking about your home cinema, we’ve put together a basic Q&A about home theater screens. While this blog can start your thinking about options, the best way to choose the ideal display is to partner with a home theater company like Malibu Wired, which can do everything from design to installation in your West Hollywood, CA home. Keep reading below to learn more about home theater displays and screens.

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Control4 Lets You Control Your Smart Home Your Way

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From Buttons to Voice, It’s All Your Choice

Does Sinatra’s “My Way” resonate with you? Do you like the power and flexibility of choice? If you’re also interested in smart home automation, then you might be interested in the rest of this blog. 

Some smart home solutions want to give you one way of doing things. Many can only harness their full power with an app on a smart device. Who wants to be tied down to one way of doing things? Control4 is a smart home company that gets it. Control4 is the home automation system that lets you manage your home your way. From touch screens to real buttons to the sound of your voice, the smart home consultants at Malibu Wired will have you directing your Beverly Hills smart home your way – just like Sinatra! It won't be “California Dreamin’” when you keep reading below – you can do it your way.

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8 Ways to Do Custom Window Treatments with Lutron Shading

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There’s a Style for Almost Any Window

If you’re considering custom window treatments for your Pacific Palisades home, you've got a huge array of options from which to choose. You may be intrigued by motorized shades and treatments, but you think that might limit your style choices. That may have been true in the past, but no more. Powered custom window treatments from Lutron come in an almost dizzying array of styles, fabrics, and colors. 

Lutron’s stated mission is all about managing light, and automated, motorized shading fits perfectly with the goal of harnessing and managing natural light in the home. Keep reading to learn about eight Lutron window treatment styles you can employ in your Southern California home. 

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How AI Camera Systems Take Security to the Next Level

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Safeguard Your Premises with Intelligent, Scalable Surveillance

Are you still relying on out-of-date surveillance systems? If you are, you’re not alone. Many businesses are still using older analog Closed-Circuit TV (CCTV) camera systems for basic surveillance. But if you are, you are missing out on much more flexible solutions based on digital technologies and advanced intelligence that can keep your premises safer. AI security camera systems use powerful processing, software upgradability, cloud connectivity, and advanced analytics to give you much more robust security capabilities. Continue reading below to learn more about this smarter security solution. 

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Introducing the NEW Josh.ai Ready Wallplate by Lutron

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Discover a More Magical Way to Control Your Luxury Smart Home

Malibu Wired is committed to delivering tailored technology solutions that simplify your lifestyle and beautify your interiors. With that mission in mind, we’re thrilled to provide our discerning customers a revolutionary way to command their smart homes through Josh.ai Ready Wallplates by Lutron!

Lutron and Josh.ai announced this monumental product partnership on August 18, 2021, revealing a first-of-its-kind voice-integrated keypad that combines convenient tactile control of smart home scenes with the power of total home control through natural voice commands.

Below, read more about the exciting Josh.ai Ready Wallplate by Lutron and reach out to our smart home consultants to learn how to bring this solution to your home in Santa Monica, CA.

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VSSL: Discover the Next Generation of Home Wireless Streaming

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What Makes VSSL Different? Our Home Audio Consultants Tell All

A few years ago, a small group of music enthusiasts realized how difficult it was to find a straightforward, universal connected amplifier that made it easy to play music anywhere in the home, from any source. So, they decided to create their own. In 2017, the first VSSL multiroom amp was born.

As the company says, VSSL lets you “set your music free” by streaming all your favorite tunes to all the wired speakers in your Beverly Hills, CA home. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to stream music wirelessly to any and every room, then the home audio consultants at Malibu Wired recommend VSSL.

Keep reading to learn the features of VSSL and how it stands apart from other popular competitors!

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How Residential Lighting Designers Make Interiors Shine

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Every Home Looks Better in the Right Light

When it comes to home interiors, the right lighting can turn a house into a spectacular residence. Even a home with the best furnishings and design can be let down by poorly executed lighting. Read below for some of the best ideas that residential lighting designers use to make the finest homes in Santa Monica, CA, shine.

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What Can a Home Theater Company Do for You?

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Build Your Dream Home Theater with a Pro

Here in Bel Air, with so many people in the film industry, home theaters must be a cut above the norm. Even if you are not in the industry, Los Angeles has a heightened appreciation of quality when watching movies. How many cities have theaters like the TCL (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre, the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, and the Fox Theater in Westwood Village? When bringing the cinema home, you want the same magical experience.

If you are thinking about adding or upgrading a theater in your Bel Air home, you want a true home theater company as your professional partner – one that will meet your exacting standards. Read on to learn more about how home theater companies work with you to build your dream media space.

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Create a Soundtrack for Every Mood with Whole-House Audio

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Play Music Anywhere and Everywhere with the Touch of a Button

Music is a key ingredient in nearly every activity at home. It drives the energy for parties, soothes us in the evening, keeps us focused while working, and eases the monotony of everyday tasks. Such an important tool shouldn’t be bound to one room of the house!

Take high-fidelity music everywhere you go with a whole-house audio system by Control4, which lets you play your favorite tunes in any and every room using just one controller—or even your voice. Below, discover the magic of whole-house audio and the value it can add to your lifestyle in Malibu, CA.

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How Can Josh.ai Enhance Your Smart Home Experience?

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Discover the Magic of Josh.ai Paired with Control4 Home Automation

A robust home automation system like Control4 is the backbone of your smart home. It offers a personalized and unified platform from which to control and automate all your smart home devices, including lights, window shades, thermostats, music, security cameras, door locks, and more.

While a Control4 smart home installation is magical by itself, you can elevate that experience even more with the addition of Josh.ai. A privacy-focused industry leader in voice control, Josh.ai revolutionizes the way you interact with your Bel Air, CA smart home through natural voice commands.

Below, learn what you can do with Josh.ai when you pair it with your Control4 smart home system.

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Lutron Lighting Control Lets You Manage Lights Your Way

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Lutron = Lighting Control Made Easy

Lutron is a company practically synonymous with lighting systems. The company invented the first solid-state dimmer way back in 1959. Since then, they have expanded into almost every aspect of managing and controlling light for residential and commercial applications. Lutron systems are found from the finest residences in Los Angeles to the New York Times Building in Manhattan.

In residential lighting control, no one offers as many options as Lutron. Lutron systems can start with a few rooms to controlling all the lights in a Bel Air compound. Lutron lighting control also offers choices in how you can manage your lighting. Read on below to see several ways Lutron makes lighting control easy.

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Three Ways Verkada Security Cameras Keep Your Malibu Home Safe

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Based on Powerful Software, Verkada is a More Flexible and Powerful Security Solution

Software, you might say, is consuming the world. Software-fueled intelligence is getting infused into almost every product or service you use every day. And security solutions have been no exception.

While most cars today have millions of lines of code running many systems in the vehicle, perhaps no car embodies the software-driven approach as much as Tesla. Tesla autos routinely get updates that deliver entirely new features and can even improve the car's performance.

In the security world, Verkada security cameras – an innovative solution from California's Silicon Valley – have taken that software-driven approach to deliver sophisticated features with intuitive operation. Keep reading below to see how this commercial-grade solution can protect your Malibu property.

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Here’s Why You Need a Home Automation System

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Operate Your Home with Effortless Control From Anywhere in the World

Homeowners in Beverly Hills, CA, and all over the world are introducing smart home technology into their homes to make enjoying and managing their space easier than ever. Did you know there’s a better way to control all of your smart devices?

A home automation system brings together all of the smart technology in your home so that you can use it to its full capabilities. In this blog post, we’re diving into three reasons why your home needs an automation system. Let’s get started.

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Why You Need Ketra Lighting in Your Home

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Bring the Power of Natural Light Indoors

The lighting in your home impacts how you feel throughout the day. If your lighting is too bright or harsh, it will throw off the ambiance and comfort levels. That’s why having a smart lighting control system integrated with your automation system in your West Hollywood, CA home is important. 

We highly recommend Ketra lighting to our clients because of its innovative technology. Ketra brings the days of buying a light fixture in a fixed static color to an end. Keep reading to find out how Ketra can bring luxury, convenience, and enhanced lighting to your home.

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3 Perks Lutron Shades Bring to Your Home

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The Intersection of Design, Comfort, and Convenience 

At Malibu Wired, we take a design-first approach to smart home technology. That’s why we love and highly recommend Lutron shades to our clients. They’re both functional and aesthetically pleasing and allow you to bring elegance and convenience to your Malibu, CA home. 

The days of manually raising or lowering your shades are gone. Motorized shades from Lutron give you the power to adjust your window treatments with the simple tap of a button on your smartphone or an elegant on-wall keypad. In this blog post, we share three benefits Lutron shades bring to your home. Let’s get started.

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Control4 Automation Makes Home Life More Manageable

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Here Are Three Ways You Can Take Control with Your Automation System

There’s a reason why Control4 is one of the most popular automation systems among homeowners in Brentwood, CA. The company just can’t be beaten when it comes to home automation systems that easily integrate with thousands of smart devices on the market. 

In this blog post, we’re diving into three of the many ways that you can use your Control4 automation system to take your home experience to the next level of comfort and convenience. Keep reading to get started.

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