In this post, we look at systems for efficient, elegant, and adjustable lighting and shade control in residential and commercial spaces alike.
J|Geiger Shading Technology
J|Geiger is a patented window shading system designed to be exposed, eliminating the need for fascias, valances and boxes. This unique design means the end of unsightly wires, screws or fasteners.
The shading system is manufactured in Charleston, SC where the company is headquartered. J|Geiger shades have been specified by some of the country’s most renowned architects for projects across the country, including the model apartment at NYC’s iconic One57 tower.
J|Geiger shades can be manual or motorized, using “smart” motors managed by home automation systems, remote controls, smart phones or tablets.
On their website, J|Geiger draws inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s maxim, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” If you agree, these might be the shades for you.
Lutron Shade Solutions… with Ambiance!
If your vision of your ideal home or office space includes dramatic, elegant lighting, Lutron is also worth a look. Lutron produces shades similar to those of J|Geiger, and also specializes in lighting systems.
As above, Lutron offers an automation systems for adjustments that is beautiful, scalable, and reliable. This system can be used to control the entire family of Lutron automated window treatments, including roller shades, Venetian blinds, traditional drapery tracks, and more. Managing daylight is not restricted to a single wall station in your home. Shading systems can be controlled using a myriad of keypads, IR remote controls, wireless tabletop controls, or set to an astronomic time clock for automatic adjustment of shades.
Their system also allows presets that Lutron calls “pre-determined scenes.” Simply select “Away” as you leave the house or office to close all shades and restrict the view inside.
“Movie night” figures prominently in Lutron’s idea galleries, as in these images of Lutron lighting systems:
Presets for changing seasons also utilize the shading system to save additional energy by taking advantage of sunlight warming in wintertime, or by lowering shades and blocking solar heat gain during hot summer months.
The shades themselves are available in a wide range of colors, styles, and fabrics sure to accommodate any interior design.
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