Are You Living in a Fishbowl in your High Rise Condo?


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I’m often asked this question when people come to my website and see the image of the downtown condo.  Certainly one reason my clients choose a lifestyle on the 23rd floor is the magnificent views.  That also equals windows! So what do they do?


Enter the world of automated window coverings to achieve light control and privacy.  And in the featured project, the clients turned to a Seattle company, Definitive Audio.  Definitive Audio supplied a “whole house” system which included Lutron shades on all the windows.  Using your iPad or iPhone you can seamlessly control the lights, shades and temperature throughout your entire home. “With the simple touch of a button, you can automatically raise and lower shades to add privacy, protect furnishings, and adjust the temperature in a space. Adjust the lights in your whole home using a hand-held remote, wall-mounted keypad, or tabletop control. Control temperature control from keypads, mobile devices and the time clock. Save energy by reducing your HVAC use with the eco button. Seamlessly integrate with other whole home systems such as A/V and security for a complete solution.” (Lutron)

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Lutron Remote Controlled Shades

The key to selecting window shade fabrics is the opacity levels of the fabric. What we mean by opacity is how much light can pass through the material. For example 1% means virtual privacy versus 10%-14% so you can see the view from your windows. The fabrics block UV rays. And, similar to a two-way mirror when you are inside, you can easily see out, but if you are outside, you cannot see in.

For more automated window covering options, visit the Lutron website here or if you like what you see here, call us for a consultation!