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How to Measure Window Shades

Inside Mount Start with the inside mount. For an inside mount, measure in three positions to make sure the plan is square: Top, middle, and bottom. Bracket-to-Bracket Next, a bracket-to-bracket measurement will be done for this shade, which is to fit inside the window at 31", leaving 1/8" on either side. Outside Mount For an outside [...]

02/09/2017|Installation Tips and Techniques|

Impressed with Sound From Minute One

  One of our most recent installs was for a client who has a niche for sound. He has been involved/employed with major performing arts organizations for many years. The sounds of orchestras, singers, etc. are all very important to him. He said he can be very critical regarding the sound of live and recorded [...]

02/02/2017|Music Systems|

The Best Time to Buy a TV

When to buy a TV Data shows that now is the best time to buy a TV – just in time for the biggest game of the year. A lot of consumers think that Black Friday may be the best day to purchase a new television, however data is proving otherwise. The days and weeks leading [...]

01/31/2017|Installation Tips and Techniques|

Installing a Lutron Radio RA2 3-Way Switch

We recently filmed a video for training purposes on how to replace a set of standard three-way switches with Lutron Radio RA2 three-way switches. Let's start with the basics. What is a three-way switch? Three-way switches control lights and receptacles from two points. For example, a light in a hallway that can be operated from [...]

Agent and Integrator Partnership

As An Integrator... Being an integrator, we have our close-knit circle, which consists of builders, architects, interior designers, and clients. What do all of these trades have in common? Residential work. But, what about the realtors who may get in front of the homebuyers and sellers before we do? Home Technology Increases Home Value A [...]

01/18/2017|Home Integration|

December 2016 Starr of the Month

Paul Hartman - Lead Service Technician Congratulations to Paul who won December's Starr of the Month! Paul is a Lead Service Technician here at Starr Systems, who we are very lucky to have. Rocky, Paul's supervisor, says that Paul is always willing to learn something new. Clients love him and say he's a nice guy, thorough with his work, [...]

01/12/2017|Starr News|

Updated Residential Sound System

Project Description Starr Systems Design was hired to update the AV control and sound system for a home and nearby poolhouse. This client was looking for streaming music that could be zoned for existing indoor and outdoor locations with Savant control of TVs as well as Sonos. FEATURED TECHNOLOGIES Sonos Connect Amp, Play 1 speakers, [...]

01/05/2017|Home Integration, Music Systems|

Creative Kitchen Lighting Adds to Resale Value

"Secrets Inside the Pantry" In an article titled "Secrets Inside the Pantry," Realtor.com highlights some interesting facts about how people cook and eat today and how that shapes the features people want in their home kitchens. Did you know, of all homes listed for sale on Realtor.com, 69% of them put the kitchen as the selling point, [...]

12/27/2016|Lighting and Lighting Control|

November 2016 Starr of the Month

Jack Fitzgerald - Senior Lead Technician   Congratulations to Jack who won November's Starr of the Month! Jack is a Senior Lead Technician here at Starr Systems, who we are very luck to have. I had a chance to steal a few minutes of his time before he jumped out into the field for the day. [...]

12/20/2016|Starr News|

Top Smart Home Products for 2016

Here at Starr Systems, we work with several different products on a daily basis whether we’re in the consultation, design, install/implementation, or service stage, but below are some of our favorite products that we worked with in 2016. Security and Surveillance Starr Systems is a Baltimore leader in smart home security, giving you solutions to [...]

12/07/2016|Home Integration|