Cindy Davis, Editor-in-Chief of TechDecisions, gives her holiday picks.
IP Doggie Wireless Cam
Bonus: A Lutron Dimmer
I Really Want Electronic Shades
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I Really Want Electronic Shades

I know what you’re thinking: Really, she wants electronic shades for Christmas? Oh yea- baby! I saw these demonstrated at the CEDIA Expo and my editorial perspective shifted to, well- me. Santa, I want Lutron Sivoia QS Wireless celluar shades. Two of them, size 36” x 24”

I have been a huge fan of lighting dimmers for years—it just makes life easier and it saves money to boot. I have RF (radio frequency) dimmers in my bedroom that saves the argument once my husband and I get into bed, “Who left the light on”?

I mention the lighting dimmers because a similar argument still ensues, ” ‘You’ didn’t open the shades.” We like to wake up to natural light in the morning. A circus happens each night before we get into bed: Open the shades (in an alcove around the corner from the bed), skulk-down and make it into bed without flashing the neighbors. Which is why we have this problem.

Problem solved. Lutron has just come out with a line of battery operated, motorized shades with RF remote: Sivoia QS Wireless celluar shades.

Here’s what I love about this product:
-Battery operated. That’s a first. Motorized shades and blinds have until now needed a wired system making it impossible for me to afford even if I didn’t have to get wire to my windows. Who already has wire at the window? They say the store-bought batteries will last three years!
-RF remote controlled. This means that we can be in bed, around the corner from the shades and not even have to point the remote directly at the shades. RF doesn’t need a “line-of-sight.” You could be in the next room and close the shades.
-The above two would have been enough for me, but these are also cellular shades, which means they are energy efficient. We’ll keep them down in the summer when the sun in blazing in and in the winter when it is really cold outside.
-There are actually some great choice in fabrics
-They are actually affordable

Pricing depends on the size of your window and fabric chosen. It’s best to call a local dealer.

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