CustomRetailer talks to the winners of the 2009 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Manufacturer's Awards.
Lutron recently cut the ribbon on an 1,800-square-foot facility in the Decoration & Design Building on New York City’s East Side designed to showcase every aspect of its lighting control and shading options in a place that’s convenient to the trade – interior designers, architects, integrators and their clients.
Applications that were once exclusive to rich people are now available to the rest of us, which is kind of cool. People are realizing that home control products are not just luxury items, but useful for living and energy-savings...When I’m taking the kids to school, it’s nice to be able to push one button by the back door that closes the drapes, turns off the lights, sets the thermostat back and sets the alarm for me. So now, I don’t have to send my seven-year-old up the stairs on light patrol, which doesn’t work very well. For a normal, middle-class family, they’re saving energy
A combined Harvey Electronics and MyerEmco is a merger of equals, but one that will eventually create a stronger company, executives from both companies said shortly after announcing Harvey’s plans to buy MyerEmco for an undisclosed sum. The two companies essentially have the same number of stores and employees, and share a similar business model that focuses on retail and custom installation sales and services. Once the acquisition is finalized, which both sides hope will happen as soon as possible, the company will be able to leverage its training, marketing, IT systems and logistics to truly differentiate itself “from the big
With this week’s Electronics Fair, Hong Kong sets out once again to prove its reputation as the electronics “manufacturer to the world.” More than 2,500 manufacturers have gathered here at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center to offer the world’s buyers as many electronics products as they can purchase at the best price possible. Because of the show’s proximity to several of the world’s largest manufacturers in cities such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the products ordered can also be made, customized and delivered quickly, said Stephen Wong, regional director Americas of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. “The good thing about
Got some spare time at the Electronic House Expo next month? Stop by Universal Remote Control for classes that will help you better program its remotes. The company promises the classes will “help installation professionals save time and costs while impressing clients with their ability to custom program complex A/V systems and Home Theaters.” The 90-minute classes will be held March 7–9 in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with EH Expo. Pre-registration isn’t available but the classes are free to professional designers, programmers and installers. Classes will include: • Programming the MSC-400 Master System Controller — installers will learn how to simplify instructions, prevent return
Home control technologies have, for the most part, been restricted to custom installed, high-end systems. Often those systems use wired and proprietary protocols for sending signals around a house. Z-Wave is a recent wireless networking protocol that has been adopted by many manufacturers for control of home entertainment products, lighting and thermostats that can be installed and set up by the home owner at reasonable prices. Developed and licensed by Zensys, the technology uses a narrow bandwidth for sending control commands and small packets of data, but it doesn’t have enough bandwidth for audio or video signals. Z-Wave is a two-way system operating on
The Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group conducted its fifth annual Custom Manager’s Meeting in St. Louis over the weekend. The three-day event drew 57 heads of custom departments from the group’s membership. Presentations were delivered by Joe Zanola (“Hiring methods to capture great employees”), Crestron’s Craig Gulley (“Why and how to get in the lighting business”) and SpeakerCraft’s Dave Donald (“How to hire, motivate, and keep teammates for life”). Attendees participated in roundtable discussions on project management, tracking billable hours, rewarding installers and attracting builders and architects. Members who delivered presentations included Ed Condiracci of Electronic Design Group, who discussed “rip outs,” Chris
Recent numbers from DisplaySearch, now a part of the NPD group, show data on Q4’05 large-area TFT LCD shipments, for 10-inch+ TFT LCD displays. Shipments increased 10 percent Q/Q and 69 percent Y/Y to 65.5M units. For all of 2005, shipments rose 58 percent to 218.5M panels on strong growth in all applications. Total revenues also experienced strong growth of 13 percent Q/Q and 78 percent Y/Y to $14.0B. For the year, revenues rose 25 percent to $44B, a record year for the TFT LCD industry. DisplaySearch expects Q4’05 to be the peak quarter in terms of Y/Y revenue growth in the latest crystal