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SimpleHome Celebrates 50 Years of Creativity and Collaboration

Architectural Electronics, dba SimpleHome, a pioneer in smart home technology, proudly marks its 50th anniversary, celebrating five decades of innovation, reliability, and a commitment to the luxury design community.

Founded in 1973, SimpleHome quickly became a leader in the luxury home electronics industry, providing high-quality alarm systems at a time when most were unreliable. By the mid-1980s, the company had transformed alongside technological advancements, providing every type of home electronics to the luxury residential market and specialty tech to restaurants and corporate boardrooms.

At SimpleHome, the ethos is clear – to create living spaces that are functional, aesthetic, and simple. From basic WiFi speakers, thermostats, and cams to the sophisticated technologies of Circadian lighting, Lutron motorized shades, and air and water monitoring systems, SimpleHome is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for its customers.

"We've spent 50 years understanding what people need and how to make it hassle-free. Our focus has always been on reliability and ease of use," says Brad Smith, Chief Performance Officer and Principal. "At SimpleHome, we are truly committed to keeping it simple and reliable while still providing the fun and luxury you expect in a quality home.”

Key highlights of SimpleHome's 50-year journey include:

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How Landscape Lighting Provides Homeowners with an Outdoor Oasis

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Explore How Outdoor Lighting Can Turn Your Next Design or Build into a Dream Staycation for Buyers!

Landscape lighting can do much more than light a property's pathways and dark exterior areas. Modern lighting solutions can easily turn any new build in Cape Cod, MA, into a visual dream, creating an outdoor space for homeowners that feels comfortable, private, and vacation-esque. 

If you're searching for a way to branch out regarding designs and how your clients or potential buyers will use the outside areas of their new home, you're in the right place. Keep reading to explore how simpleHome and professionally designed and installed landscape lighting come together to bring beauty to every backyard. 

How an Outdoor TV Adds Value to Any Home

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Attract Clients and Investors with an Outdoor Entertainment Oasis in All Your Projects 

Who wouldn’t like an entertainment oasis in their own backyard? It’s the perfect place to disconnect from the world and connect to the latest outdoor TV and surround sound system. Considering how competitive the local design and construction industries are, that may be just the extra edge you need for your projects to stand out in a crowded field. 

At simpleHome, we partner with design and construction professionals in Cape Cod, MA, and the greater area, adding value to their projects through the installation and integration of smart technologies. 

In this article, we explore how an outdoor TV can anchor the backyard in all your projects, adding value, convenience, and a beautiful backyard that will help you close any deal!

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How to Build an Outdoor Oasis With Pool Area Lighting

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CREATE A UNIQUE AND INVITING SPACE FOR HOMEOWNERS

If you envision creating a peaceful outdoor oasis for your residential clients, it all starts with the pool. As the premier backyard focal point, a pool can add hours of enjoyment to any home. When homeowners invest in a pool installation, they want to get the most out of the area. Pool area lighting adds aesthetic and safety features to the backyard, making them valuable to any home. Consider how pool area lighting could help you sell properties and acquire more residential clients. 

Continue reading for ways to create an outdoor sanctuary for your clients using pool area lighting in Boston, MA, backyards.

Why You Should Hire a Professional to Help with Outdoor Lighting

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A Variety of Considerations Make Outdoor Lighting a Complex Task

Outdoor lighting can elevate the curb appeal of your home at night and assist with needed safety by illuminating walkways and entrances. Beyond this, homeowners enjoy the twinkle of lights in the evening which add a festive feel to any outdoor gathering.

Sometimes homeowners consider completing outdoor lighting projects themselves. However, we caution against this, as they can be complex. By the time a homeowner discovers that they are in over their heads, it may be too late and have cost them a lot of time and money. That’s why we recommend hiring a professional team like ours to help install outdoor lighting at your beautiful home in Cape Cod, MA.

Continue reading to uncover why outdoor lighting jobs are best left to professionals.

Sonance Outdoor Speakers Offer Flexibility and Fun

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Get Ready for Spring By Updating Your Backyard Entertainment Options

As spring fever takes hold, you may daydream about fun summertime outdoor activities, including backyard barbeques and pool parties. But, considering these plans, have you wondered about the layer of excitement that new outdoor speakers could add to your activities? It doesn’t matter if you’re planning loud gatherings or quiet ones; outdoor audio can add levels of fun to any outdoor activity in Boston, MA.

Continue reading to learn about the features of Sonance’s Landscape Series of outdoor speakers—the perfect addition to any backyard fun.

Enjoy the Best in Entertainment with a Video Distribution System

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Clear the Clutter and Share Your Video Sources

At simpleHome, our team is made up of home automation veterans—technology experts who realize that the best is almost always the simplest. We’re committed to enhancing our clients' daily lives through smart home automation and entertainment that’s easy to use and effortless to enjoy. 

One system that defines this outlook on smart homes (and life in general) is the video distribution system. This system delivers crystal-clear, 4K high-definition video to every TV in your home. But it gets better: a distributed video system shares media sources across multiple TVs. Gone are the bulky cable boxes and wiring—now, all your sources are in one location, possibly on a custom media rack in a closet, and, from there, distributed to all your TVs. Guess what else becomes obsolete? The multiple remotes for every device.

Let’s see how it’s done and the ease of living and enjoyment this system offers homeowners in Boston, MA, and the surrounding areas.

Audio Here, Audio There, Audio Everywhere!

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Enhance the Experience of Every Space with a Whole-Home Audio System

Your home in Dover, MA, is unique. You have taken the time to design every space as an extension of yourself and your lifestyle. The furniture, finishes, and overall decor already look great, but something is missing. 

As the leading technology integrator in Massachusetts, simpleHome can design and install a whole-home audio system tailored to your needs, helping you get the most out of any room at home. 

In this article, we will explore how whole-home audio enhances the character and design of three different spaces in a smart home: the entrance, the home theater, and the backyard. 

Say Hello to Hunter Douglas Shades

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Integrate, Automated, Motorized Shades Will Improve Every Technology System In Your Smart Home

In the middle of a Cape Cod, MA, winter, your porch and sunroom probably lie desolate, gathering dust from disuse since they’re too cold to spend time in. But what if there was a way to extend your living space year round? Good news: there is! Hunter Douglas shades add incredible value to any design and construction project. Whether it is AV, lighting, or HVAC systems, motorized shades are the key to greater comfort, control, and energy efficiency. 

As the leading technology integrator in The Cape, simpleHome knows what it takes to add the most value to a smart home. Read on to learn why Hunter Douglas motorized shades are in so many of our projects and how we install and integrate them to enhance all other technology systems.

Is a Control4 System Right for Your Home?

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Learn How Personalized Automation Features Put You in Control

The popularity of smart home technology has grown immensely, and chances are you've experienced a few features already yourself. But there comes a point when it no longer makes sense to manage several individual components, and it's best to combine them into one intelligent OS, like a Control4 system.

With Control4, you can combine all your smart technology into one easy-to-use control center. No more downloading ten different apps on your phone to use various features. If you like simplicity and streamlined function, consider a Control4 system for your home in Dover, MA, or the Greater Boston area.

Continue reading to learn more about how you can personalize a Control4 system to add ease to your daily life.

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What Hunter Douglas Shades Add to Your Smart Home

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Check Out These Smart Shades from Hunter Douglas

Is your smart home in Lexington, MA, getting too hot and bright in the summer or chilly and rather gloomy throughout the winter months? If so, taking a look at your lighting control system and existing window treatments may be in order. We’ve addressed lighting control in previous blogs, but when it comes to shades, there are few brands offering the quality and variety of Hunter Douglas. 

At simpleHome, our team of technology installers and integrators will determine which type of Hunter Douglas shades are best for you, whether you are in Lexington or anywhere else in the Greater Boston Area. 

Read on to learn more about the window treatment options available from our brand partners at Hunter Douglas.

What a Professional Home Network Setup Can Do for You

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A Professional Network Setup Optimizes All Your Home Technologies

The Internet has come a long way since the days of “You’ve got mail.” Today, networks of interconnected smart devices comprise the Internet of things (IoT) and are part of our homes and daily lives. However, for these products to work effectively, network strength and reliability are key. 

At simpleHome, we design and install performance-driven technology solutions, helping our clients in Boston, MA and the greater area create the perfect home network setup. Here are some ways a professional network installation will optimize every technology system in your smart home.

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Who’s Watching Over Your Smart Home?

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Safeguard Your Home and Family with a Professional Video Surveillance Installation


Few truths have withstood centuries of human history better than “life is complicated.” And so, we turned to technology to make things simpler. Unfortunately, many have found that it actually makes life even more complicated. But SimpleHome changes everything!

As our name indicates, at SimpleHome we are all about simplifying your home life through smart technologies and their integration into your everyday activities. We make it easy to interact with your home. Most importantly, we offer technology that keeps your family safe. We do this with a video surveillance installation

Protect your home and monitor everything on your property right from a tablet or smartphone. From watching your kids walk through the front gate or sleeping through the night, the peace of mind that comes from protecting your family, even when you are not there, is unparalleled. Here are three reasons why installing a surveillance video system at home will simplify your life and save you time and money in the long run.

3 Things You Need for the Ultimate Whole-Home Audio System

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Bring the fun and joy of music to every corner of your home!

With the holiday season arriving soon, homeowners in Boston, MA, and the surrounding areas are preparing their homes for parties that come with the most wonderful time of the year. One of the best ways to get your spaces ready for countless nights of memorable gatherings is to ensure your guests are always entertained and your home provides a cheerful atmosphere. 

At simpleHome, we believe there’s no better way to achieve a fun and festive mood than with music. Whether you like to play Christmas carols as soon as Halloween ends or prefer a classic party playlist, you can be sure that adding a whole-home audio system to your residence is the best way to go. 

This blog explores three elements you must have to get the ultimate whole-home audio installation – keep reading below!

A Brief History of Lighting

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How the Lutron-Ketra Alliance Gives You the Best in Architectural Lighting Design

What makes a space unique? Its dimensions, layout, colors, and textures all spring to mind. But what about its lighting? At simpleHome, we have been helping clients simplify their lives through smart technologies. Architectural lighting design is an integral part of our process. 

We understand the role lighting plays in defining every space in your home and the complexities that lie beyond something as seemingly simple as a lightbulb. That’s why we focus on brand partnerships to bring the best of lighting engineering and design into every one of our projects. 

Here is a brief history of two of our favorite brands and how they combine the past and present of lighting into the perfect design for your home in Lexington, MA or the surrounding area.

What’s Needed for a Successful Lighting Design?

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Integrate Tunable Lighting Fixtures, Automated Shades and Customized Control 

Think of the last time you noticed the lighting in a room. Often, it's only when it has a negative impact that it's top of mind. For example, it's too dim to read your book comfortably or so bright that it's causing a glare on your screen. 

A lighting design is all about creating lighting that blends so perfectly with your home and lifestyle, it almost becomes invisible. Our team of architects drafts tailor-made plans for our clients in Newton, MA and Greater Boston that incorporate automated shades, high-end light fixtures and seamless control. 

When these features come together effectively, your lighting works to bring out decor and enhance your well-being. This blog highlights the role of each in providing the perfect illumination. 

Elegant Lighting Design with Lutron and Ketra

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Features That Enhance Your Home’s Beauty

When it comes to an elegant home lighting design, it’s hard to match the luxurious look Lutron and Ketra bring to your home. Mixing and matching various lighting solutions allows you to create a layered light pattern that brings depth and ambiance to every room.

Together, Lutron and Ketra give homeowners sophisticated lighting options and deliver beautiful elements that add comfort and intrigue to your home’s design. There are many ways to use these brands, whether for ceiling fixtures, dimmer switches, or keypad mounts. You’ll enjoy the distinguished look a well-planned lighting design brings to your Boston, MA area home.

Continue reading to learn more about how to use products from Lutron and Ketra to enhance your rooms.

How a Lighting Control System Makes Your Life Happier & Healthier

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Transform your indoor spaces completely with Ketra and Lutron 

Integrating a world-class lighting control system is the first step to creating more comfortable and welcoming spaces at home. Whether you want to enhance your interior design or set the mood for special occasions, a smart lighting system will effectively and beautifully transform your home. At simpleHome, we partner with Lutron and Ketra to create the ultimate indoor lighting experience.

Keep reading our blog to learn more about the perks of adding this sophisticated lighting solution to your home in Boston, MA.

Design a Surround Sound System That Makes an Impact

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Learn How to Turn Your Favorite Films into Brand-New Experiences

At simpleHome, we design impactful, smart solutions for homeowners in Weston, MA and throughout the Greater Boston area. And that includes home audio-video. For instance, you don’t even need to make a trip to the cinema to experience the perks of a surround sound system that enhances your film-watching experience.

If you’re a movie-lover, upgrading your home with a surround sound system makes your free time and each moment spent with friends and family even more fun. We work with some of the best technology companies, so we can integrate audio solutions that make your favorite movies and TV shows even more memorable. 

Keep reading to learn more about what simpleHome can do for your home entertainment experience. 

Mix Entertainment & Beauty with a Luxury Framed TV

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Bring more elegance and sophistication to your home without compromising the fun of your entertainment experience!

Adding a world-class AV system to your home can do wonders to enhance your entertainment. For example, a sharper quality picture, more realistic colors and a truly immersive experience are just a few benefits of integrating the latest TV installations. 

We understand, however, that many homeowners might be reluctant to incorporate certain devices, as they are concerned about bulky installations intruding into their spaces and disrupting their peace. Well, no worries! With us, that will never be a problem. 

The experts at SimpleHome can integrate framed TVs into your projects, so you can not only enjoy upgraded networking or one touch solutions for the home, but also a superior entertainment experience, without messing with the style and beauty of your interior design. Keep reading to learn more about the high-tech solutions that will elevate your home entertainment and aesthetics in Boston, MA.

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