Google Nest Hub Is America’s Most Searched For Smart Home Product

May 9, 2023

A new study has revealed that Google Nest Hubs are the most searched-for smart home product line in America, with an average of 137,520 searches per month. Home and tech experts used Google data to analyze searches for various smart home related keywords to determine which smart device product lines were searched for the […]

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Crestron Intros Fully Tunable LED Light Fixtures to 
Support Improved Health and Wellness in the Home

February 22, 2022

Crestron has introduced new LED Light Fixtures created to meet the design, intelligence, elegance and customization that homeowners demand; the new fully tunable light fixtures add real-time personalized lighting control fit into the Crestron Home operating system.  Through the Crestron Home platform, users have full control of the color of their lights including hue, saturation, […]

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Brightline Ships cMe2 Lighting Kit for UCC spaces

July 23, 2019

Brightline today announced its new cMe2 huddle room light is shipping. The compact fixture is specifically designed for spaces that have inadequate lighting for videoconferencing and other video recordings. We actually shot a video fo this at InfoComm and you can see if here: Providing pure white LED-based lighting, the cost-effective cMe2 offers on-board dimming […]

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New Loxone Low Voltage LED Light Fixtures Released for U.S.-Based CIs

March 7, 2019

Loxone’s smart LED lighting solution is expanding: LED Spots, Ceiling Lights and Pendulum Slims are now available to the U.S. market. The lighting trio works together, along with other Loxone smart home products, to transform any room with customizable lighting moods, tunable white lighting effect, true automation and minimal user interaction. Each fixture helps reduce […]

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LumaStream Introduces the Parallux LSF14 Suspended Linear Low-Voltage LED Fixture

July 26, 2018

LumaStream has introduced the Parallux LSF14 suspended linear fixture featuring innovative optics and easy configurability for integrators. Designed for conference rooms or like applications, LumaStream says the Parallux LSF14 eliminates shadowing and provides in-room uniformity by utilizing a unique optic that radiates 70 percent of the light downward and 30 percent upward. The Parallux LSF14 is constructed from […]

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IES, AVIXA Jointly Publish Standard on Lighting for Videoconferencing Rooms

July 3, 2018

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and AVIXA have announced the release of the new standard Recommended Practice for Lighting Performance for Small to Medium Sized Videoconferencing Rooms (ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17). Created by lighting experts from IES and videoconferencing experts from AVIXA, the standard is ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved, demonstrating that the development procedures meet […]

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Seymour-Screen Introduces Color Temperature-Tunable Back-Lighting Kit for Film Screens

June 28, 2018

Seymour-Screen Excellence has brought to market the CEDIA channel’s first-ever tunable white bias lighting kit. The offering is unique in that it can be adjusted from 3,000K to 20,000K to achieve a true 6,500K Kelvin color temperature Properly-calibrated back-lighting (also known as hue) behind and around the film screen serves to improve contrast and reduce […]

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LumaStream Introduces DMX Color-Changing House Lighting System

May 21, 2018

LumaStream has introduced the HLC-RGBW high-lumen pendant fixture, a premium cylindrical lighting solution engineered with ample intensity for ceiling heights of 30-plus feet using top of the line reflectors, optics and LED chips. The HLC-RGBW is part of LumaStream’s groundbreaking low-voltage LED lighting platform that has been designed to give A/V integrators the best possible solutions for their commercial and residential […]

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AVidea Group Launches iminate Keypad and Dimmer

April 19, 2018

AVidea Group (AViG) announces two new iminate products, the keypad and the simmer. The backlit keypad is available in four versions: the Keypad HV (high voltage) installs in a standard wall box and accepts either AC or DC power. It’s two-button Decora design is for three-way switch applications. The Keypad LV (low voltage) is for those locations where high voltage wiring […]

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Church Technology Conferences

April 16, 2018

After a week-long intensive at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), it may feel too soon to start thinking about another conference. Then again, a major reason your firm goes to these conferences is to connect with potential buyers, reconnect with existing clients and see for yourself what others in the audio, video and […]

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GLP Debuts Unique New Fan & Stage Lighting Combo Product

April 13, 2018

The GLP Force 120 is an industrial, box-style fan that creates a scenic lighting effect (while still being a fan) for live stage performances. Measuring 140x38x140 centimeters, the housing contains a large diameter variable speed fan which can run at speeds as low as 30 rpm, right up to 750 rpm and be able to switch from one extreme to […]

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LumaStream Joins Azione Unlimited

February 15, 2018

LumaStream a manufacturer of low-voltage LED lighting systems for residential and commercial applications has joined the Azione Unlimited buying group serving audio/video integration professionals. LumaStream is an established provider of lighting solutions that have been deployed by top brands such as a US-based luxury electric car manufacturer, multiple nationwide restaurant chains and many houses of worship along with countless residential installations. Unlike other […]

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FX Luminaire Debuts Lower-Priced Home Pathway Lighting Solutions

February 13, 2018

FX Luminaire has added five new midgrade brass fixtures into its product line. The C-UL up light, C-WW wall wash, compact C-PL-4 and larger C-PL-7 path lights, and C-DL down light are all pathway lighting options for clients with modest lighting budgets. The more contemporary fixtures are designed for homes in coastal environments because brass resists corrosion caused by salty air and dissolved […]

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Three Major Technology Shifts Coming for Churches

November 14, 2017

In the not-too-distant future, three major technology shifts will happen in the house of worship market: wholesale lighting replacement, the micro-portable church and Video as a Service (VaaS). To be ready for these shifts, the AV industry needs to prepare for how this could play out and align their offerings to anticipate these needs. As […]

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FX Luminaire Announced New SPA LED Path Light for Budget-Conscious Homeowners

September 15, 2017

Over a decade ago, FX Luminaire introduced a sleek copper-and-brass path light called the SP. Today, the SP remains the industry standard, and its high quality and ubiquity across landscapes is testament to its popularity. Inspired by the beauty, simplicity, and timeless design of the SP, FX Luminaire has developed a sister fixture made of aluminum — aptly named the SPA […]

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USB-C: Powering Macbooks Today, AV Tomorrow

August 16, 2017

The latest Macbook uses a USB-C port for both power and USB communications, and rumors are that the iPhone 8 will also switch over to the USB-C. Wait…what!? Yup, just when you finally got everything you own converted to the one cable style it’s going to change, but this time you may be a little […]

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Selling to Churches? Learn from Amazon Prime

July 20, 2017

Churches have needs for audio, video and lighting (AVL) technology far more often than most manufacturers or systems integrators know. From changing sermon series with new scenic stage designs every few weeks to the addition or renovation of multi-site venues to production tech upgrades, churches utilize AVL tech week in and week out. It is […]

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Solve Three Problems to Increase Sales in Churches

July 17, 2017

“Can you come and fix our church AV?” This singular question is rife with implications for the audio, video and lighting (AVL) industry and one that needs to be addressed by manufacturers, systems integrators and rep firms serving the $1 billion (annual) church AVL market so that the pain experienced by all involved is properly […]

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Christmas Church Tech in the Summer

June 22, 2017

The dog days of summer are upon us and much of the commercial and education vertical markets have slowed to a crawl, but the house of worship market is heating up seemingly in proportion to the high temps of the season. That’s because, for churches, summertime is the time when the planning for the big […]

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Lowell Intros Rack Lights

June 6, 2017

Lowell Manufacturing unveiled two new lighting products for 19-inch equipment racks — the RLB Series of vertical-mount light bars and the RPL Series of rackmount panels. RLB Series light bars are designed to mount vertically to a rack’s rear corners or rails using magnetic backings to enable quick adjustments. Light bars are available in lengths from 16 to […]

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The Rise of Business Intelligence for AVL in Churches

May 30, 2017

Churches deal in large inventories of complex Audio, Video and Lighting (AVL) technology across multiple venues and increasingly across multiple campuses. The advent of the church technical director in the 1970s has become a standard role in even medium-sized churches where the ubiquitous presence of AVL is the norm, not the exception. What these churches […]

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Cost Depreciation and the Amortization of Church AVL Technology

May 30, 2017

How do you make that large technology investment look approachable? Sell the cost-per-service value. To help churches invest wisely in their Audio, Video and Lighting (AVL) technologies, start with defining value before price is discussed. The price should be what something is after the church buyers have determined the value they can expect to meet […]

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Holm Debut Landscaping sStrip-17 Surface-Mounted Luminaire

May 18, 2017

Holm just launched the new sStrip-17 surface-mounted luminaire with ZDC Technology. With this technology, designers can add up to 30,000 colors to an additional category of popular low-voltage LED surface-mounted luminaires. With ZDC Technology, Holm says the sStrip-17 wall light now provides almost unlimited capacity for zoning, dimming and color creation using the ZDClink controller. […]

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Litepanels’ LEDs for Film, Photography, and Broadcast are Even Brighter

April 24, 2017

Litepanels today announced significant upgrades to its professional LED lighting range. The Litepanels Astra 3X and 6X LED panels now feature a significant increase in output and yet a decrease in power consumption. In addition, the daylight-balanced Sola 4+ and Sola 6+ Fresnel lights incorporate new highly rated LEDs that produce greater output than their […]

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It’s 2017 and Video Content Is Missing

March 14, 2017

Video sharing and advertising are ironically lacking from the audio, video and lighting (AVL) industry while the growth of this format and medium continues to become the defacto standard for consumption. The stats are in and they’re staggering. Sometimes the writing is on the wall so clearly that you have to look at another wall […]

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New Crestron Zūm Is Aimed at App-Based Control Systems  

March 6, 2017

Crestron announced today it is now shipping Zūm (pronounced “ZOOM”), an app-based (uses a network bridge, instead of a controller) lighting controller. Crestron says the “building block” devices (wireless dimmers, switches, sensors, etc.) needed for dimming and automation work together wirelessly and you set it up on the keypad, dimmer, or mobile app itself. Scaling from standalone systems […]

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Crestron Is WELL Certified Now

March 6, 2017

Crestron announced today that its commercial lighting now includes circadian lighting solutions. Manipulation of artificial light as the primary circadian stimulus in buildings that meet the WELL Building Standard (WELL) architectural lighting standard. According to WELL, in office spaces, circadian lighting control can help drive greater concentration, productivity and creativity among workers. In healthcare environments, such as in a patient’s room, […]

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Vendors, Market Development Funds and the Faith Market

February 28, 2017

Manufacturers want to help systems integrators sell their products so they provide funds to help co-promote the equipment with the vendor. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember, whether it is called “co-op funds” or “market development funds” (MDF) or “channel funding,” the idea is to influence the sale towards the […]

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Corporate Culture and The AVL Industry

February 28, 2017

There’s a pattern of overworked teams in the audio, video and lighting industry. From the manufacturers to systems integrators, the lunch conversations at industry trade shows is almost universally the same: too many projects, not enough time, too many quotas, not enough qualified leads. Some of this is certainly due to a business-as-usual approach that […]

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Lutron Electronics Launches New LED Fixtures

February 9, 2017

Lutron has launched Finiré LED Recessed Downlights and Lumaris LED Linear Lighting fixtures featuring smooth dimming. These products are focused on high-end residential and hospitality applications and are designed to work with Lutron controls as part of a HomeWorks QS, Quantum or myRoom system.The new Lutron fixture ranges claims to resolve common issues associated with LED lighting, such as flickering or lack of dimming consistency, across the whole range of light outputs. Here are all the specs.

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THE LED Conundrum

December 19, 2016

By Seth Waltz Principal, AVL Designs “Everybody says they wants LED theater lighting, yet we hear many people saying they have it and hate it. Totally believable because they got the wrong LEDs for their application.” In the old days of analog lighting (meaning incandescent and halogen lights) lights pretty much turned on and off […]

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Four Future Trends for the House of Worship Market

November 28, 2016

By aggregating trends from the past, we have a significant indicator of future trends and shifts in the House of Worship market. The word cloud graphic for this article lists the top 25 recurring words from all of the previous columns written here about the church market on rAVE, and they are an excellent look […]

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