Tracking the Trends
Another trend at the show will be furniture, something specialty retailers and installers can exploit as a time and money saving alternative. “We’re seeing growth in products where the TV is attached to the furniture, but gives the appearance that it is attached to the wall,” says Marc Sculler, Bell’O president. “The bracket system is part of the furniture, and that’s useful for customers who don’t want to spend the money for a mount, or who simply don’t want to damage their walls.”
Bell’O plans to display some refinements and additions to its lines that include a lift-mount unit inside an enclosed wood cabinet, Sculler said. It is also just now bringing to market its TV Wall Mounting Kits for Dummies, a 12-SKU model range that comes with installation DVDs and manual templates to help cut install time.
Easy setup is a trend that touches every custom product category. For Control4, an Expo emphasis will be on the ESP (Easy Setup Program) software, which allows a dealer to quickly set up and complete a job, said CEO Will West. “If you sell a TV, for example, and go into a home to install it, you can set up the automation around the TV faster than you can hang that plasma on the wall,” he said.