Determining Optimal Viewing Distance

Determining Optimal Viewing Distance

Have you ever bought a new TV, only to find out that it was too small or too big for your viewing space?  Or maybe you have a room in your home and you want to know what size TV you should get for the space.  If you want an easy way to calculate the optimal viewing distance from your TV, look no further than this handy tool by Omni Calculator.

Optimal TV Viewing Distance Calculator

For the home theater enthusiast, figuring out screen placement and optimal viewing distance is crucial to maximizing the enjoyment of your investment.  You spent good money on a good device and want to enjoy the best picture quality possible.  This tool may help you estimate how far you should place seating from the screen.

All you have to do is type in your screen size and select the screen resolution from the drop down list.  Your optimal and minimal viewing distances are instantly calculated and displayed.  It’s just as easy as that!

But what if you don’t know what your screen size or resolution is?  You can gather that information from a variety of places.  Your TV might have a sticker on it, or if you still have the original box or instruction manual, it might be listed there.  And of course, you could look up the TV model online.  Sometimes, the model number itself will give you a clue to its screen size and/or resolution.  If you are interested in learning the secrets to decoding TV model numbers, check out this article posted by PC Magazine.

How to measure TV screen size

The size of a screen is the length of its diagonal measurement.  If you were to draw and measure an imaginary line from a bottom corner to the opposite upper corner, you would discover the screen’s size.  Screen size is always expressed in inches. For example, a 32″ screen has a diagonal length of 32″. If it has a regular aspect ratio of 16:9, then the sides of this screen are 27.9″ and 15.7″, respectively.  You can check our math with Omni Calculator’s Pythagorean theorem calculator.

A 32" TV screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
A 32″ TV screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Naturally, the longer the diagonal measurement, the larger the screen. But does bigger mean better when talking about TVs?  Not necessarily!  To determine which TVs are the best, we also have to take into account screen resolution.

 

So what does TV resolution actually refer to?

By now, you may have seen or heard of marketing terms such as “HD” or “4K” used to describe the features of TV model.  These terms are often used in describing screen resolution – or rather, the number of pixels on the screen.  A pixel is the smallest “dot” on the screen can accurately display color information. If you look really closely at your TV, you will discover that the lines are a bit jagged because they actually consist of tiny squares.  What you are seeing are individual pixels of the screen.

Screen resolution is a measurement of the number of horizontal pixels times the number of vertical pixels along the edge of the screen.  A screen is really just a grid of tiny pixels, similar to the multiplication tables they used to teach students in elementary school.  Screen resolutions are typically denoted by the number of horizontal pixels across the edge of the screen.  Typical screen sizes are defined in the table below.

 

  • 480p – 720 pixels by 480 pixels
  • 720p – 1280 pixels by 720 pixels
  • 1080p or HD– 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels
  • Ultra HD – 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels
  • 4K – 4096 pixels by 2160 pixels
  • 8K – 7680 pixels by 4320 pixels

It is important to note that screen resolution has nothing to do with screen size.  There are 70-inch televisions with 4K resolution monitors as well as smartphones outfitted with 4K resolution screens.  So those high-end smartphones have screens with very tiny pixels, while the pixels on a 70-inch screen are much bigger.  The Jumbotron screen installed at the Dallas Cowboys‘ AT&T Stadium, measures 160 feet wide by 72 feet tall (49 m x 22 m), made to display HD resolution video viewable from the stands, has pixels that are roughly 1 inch wide!

 

Calculating the ideal TV distance

If you want to calculate the optimal distance between you and the TV, you should know that a typical viewing angle θ lies in the range between 30° and 40°, as depicted in the image below.

Viewing angle when watching TV.
Viewing angle when watching TV.

Armed with this knowledge, you can start setting up a room and the furniture within it to take advantage of optimal viewing distance.  Although optimal viewing distances can be quickly estimated, there is a science to it all, which involves some pretty involved trigonometry.  If you really want to learn the math and science behind proper viewing distance, read the full article by Omni Calculator.  Or you can just use the calculator at the beginning of this article and save yourself a bunch of time.

Or just ask the professionals!

Our installation technicians are experienced in mounting TVs and optimizing viewing distances in all kinds of room sizes.  Whether you just need a single TV mounted to a wall or want to design a home theater in a bonus room, contact us to learn about all the ways we can help you.  Headquartered in Pembroke, GA, we service Savannah, GA and the surrounding areas, including Skidaway IslandTybee IslandStatesboroPoolerRichmond Hill and Hilton Head SC, we install technology for both business and residential customers.

 

Integrating Home Security Systems into Control4

Integrating Home Security Systems into Control4

Many homes nowadays are equipped with security alarm systems.  These modern security systems feature sensors for fire, smoke, heat as well as break-in detection.  Security cameras are another common feature that can be included in modern security systems.  A standalone security system provides its owners with peace of mind, but doesn’t offer much in terms of functionality.

Smart home enthusiasts outfit their homes with powerful smart home systems such as Control4Control4 takes different aspects of your home, such as lighting, motorized door locks, audio, thermostats and more, and allows them to work in concert with each other.  This networked automation provides new levels of convenience, such as one button control, scheduled interactions and remote access, while providing increased power savings.

But did you know that home security systems can be fully integrated into a Control4 smart home setup?

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Above:  Action shots of Jesse integrating a home security system into a Control4 smart home setup.

Control4 is a convenient way to control all the smart devices in your home.  The real power of Control4 lies in its ability to integrate security with other smart home functions. You can set up custom “scenes” that simultaneously adjust your security settings, lighting, and temperature based on certain triggers.  For example, you could create a scene called “Away” that locks all entrances, sets the alarm, turns off all lights and sets the thermostat to an eco-friendly temperature, all with one button press on your mobile phone.

Control4 interface - security system option  Control4 interface - displaying security camera feeds

Most likely, your alarm system will come with its own control panel that allows you to enter your pin code, enable and disable the alarm, and check for faults in the system.  However, all those functions can also be accessed from any Control4 interface installed in your home, increasing the availability and flexibility of the system.  The pictures above demonstrate security system functions fully integrated into a Control4 interface, to include views of the security cameras on the premises.

Integrating Home Security Systems into Control4

By integrating your security system with Control4, you’re not just enhancing security; you’re enhancing the overall functionality of the entire smart home system.  With Control4’s seamless integration, you can tie together various devices and systems, creating a truly intelligent and responsive home environment that works exactly the way you want it.

If you value both convenience and security, integrating your home security system with Control4 is the way to go. Experience the power of real-time monitoring, remote control, and a unified interface that puts you in charge of your home’s security. Whether you’re just getting started with smart home technology or looking to expand your existing setup, Control4 opens up a world of possibilities.  Contact us to learn about all the installation options available.  Headquartered in Pembroke, GA, we service Savannah, GA and the surrounding areas, including Skidaway IslandTybee IslandStatesboroPoolerRichmond Hill and Hilton Head SC.

 

7 Key Things to Know About Smart Home Technology

7 Key Things to Know About Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology transforms the way we interact with our households, offering comfort, convenience, and efficiency. By combining intelligent systems, appliances and devices, homeowners can easily control and manage their houses, either with a few taps or voice commands. From customizing lighting or temperature to managing security systems, home automation technology allows people to cater to their needs by just a click of a button.

Here are seven key things to know about smart home technology:

  • Compatibility – It is important to ensure that your devices are compatible with each other and with your chosen platform.  Modern voice assistants, such as Amazon Alexa, Siri from Apple or Google Home have become a convenient way to automate devices in the home.  Of course, for the most powerful smart home package on the market, Control4 is the way to go!
  • Security – As with any internet-connected device, home automation technology can be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. It is important to follow best practices for cybersecurity and to ensure that your devices are protected against potential breaches.
  • Ease of use – A smart home installation should be easy to use and intuitive, with clear instructions and a user-friendly interface.
  • Integration – home automation technology should integrate seamlessly with your existing home systems, such as your home Wi-Fi network and entertainment systems.
  • Scalability – Like technologies used in other industries, home automation technology should be scalable, allowing you to add and remove devices as needed without disrupting your overall system.
  • Energy savings – A properly configured smart home can help you save on your energy bills by allowing you to control your heating and cooling systems and lighting more efficiently.
  • Cost – Smart home technology can be expensive, with some devices costing hundreds of dollars. It is important to set a budget and to shop around for the best deals.

Home automation technology offers the chance for you to remotely monitor and control different aspects of your home environment that provides energy saving, peace of mind, and convenience.

If you have questions about your current smart home installation or are interested in making your home smarter, contact us or give us a call at 912-216-4050.  Our technicians at Allegiance Technology Solutions are experts at home automation and will help you embrace the future of smart living!

 

Automated Shades installation on Modena Island

Automated Shades installation on Modena Island

One of our clients, Adrian Savoie, has graciously allowed us to take pictures and video of our work at his residence on Modena Island, Ga.  Along with setting up home automation across this entire property, Adrian requested that we install a motorized shade system in the master bedroom that could be opened or closed with a button press, as well as integrated into home automation workflows.

Installing automated shades  Installing automated shades  Installing automated shades

Although Adrian’s bedroom has spectacular views of the marshlands around his home, there are times when he wants to darken the room to make it more comfortable for sleep.  Since his smart home system is built with Control4, the motorized shades needed to be compatible with the Control4 interface.  Our team selected Draper’s line of automated shades for the installation because of their variety of shade materials and colors, compatibility with Control4 and because Draper can manufacturer solutions to accommodate custom window sizes.

 

The master bedroom featured 5 large windows providing views of the surrounding marshland.  The client insisted on a single shade to cover all 5 windows, which ultimately gives the room an elevated touch of elegance and simplicity.  This required a custom shade measuring 184 inches.  The other windows in the room were able to use standard shade lengths.  Each automated shade is connected to the Control4 interface and programmed to work in concert with each other.

As you can see from the video above, watching this room transform from sleep mode to daylight mode in seconds is impressive!  The shades are also incorporated into home automation workflows and will close while the room lights turn on.

Installing automated shades increases the level of elegance of your living space.  If you are interested in installing automated shades in your home, contact us and one of our experienced install technicians will help you create the system of your dreams.


 

Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation

Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation

One of our clients, Adrian Savoie, has graciously allowed us to take pictures and video of our work at his residence on Modena Island, Ga.  Along with setting up home automation across this entire property, Adrian had a vision for the ultimate outdoor entertainment setup.  He wanted to have an outdoor TV, but requested to have that television mounted in the ceiling on a motorized swivel lift that could turn different directions and be tucked away safely when not in use.  Challenge accepted!

This motorized television was going to be installed in the covered porch section of the pool house.  As the outdoor TV could potentially be exposed to the elements, we suggested a weatherized 55-inch model from Samsung.  Designed specifically for outdoor use, the screen is intentionally brighter and completely viewable in partial sunlight.  This model is also dust proof and waterproof, increasing the longevity of this investment.

Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation  Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation  Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation

We were contacted by the client during the construction phase of this project.  This allowed us to start the engineering and design of the Nexus21 ceiling mounted swivel and lift system while the pool house was in the stud stage of construction.  Although we are equally experienced in retrofitting installations in existing structures, it is nice to be able to install this kind of seamless technology without having to worry about drywall, paint or fixtures.

Indoor Tv mounted on textured wall technician performing maintenance on the AV rack

Inside the pool house, we mounted a 75-inch LG television to a textured wall.  In-ceiling speakers we installed inside and out, and all audio and video was routed to a distribution amplifier.  This setup allowed the flexibility to watch either the same or different shows on the two televisions, with the audio playing along with the respective video screens.

Every interaction with the system is designed with as few button presses as possible.  This keeps the system functional while being easy to use for the client.  All in all, the client was very satisfied with the final product, allowing him and his family to be “on vacation” when they are home.

If you are interested in an installation like this at your home, contact us and one of our professional consultants will help you build the system of your dreams.

 

Why You Need a Halo Remote by Control4

Why You Need a Halo Remote by Control4

If you are a home theater enthusiast and you are looking for the ultimate smart remote, look no further than the Halo Remote family of devices by Control4. Sporting a stylish design, this touchscreen remote gives you all the features you want in a streamlined, user-friendly device. The Halo Remote feels good in the hand, with a premium feel and weight, perfect for one-handed operation. The included base charges the remote when it is placed in the cradle, so you never have to worry about keeping batteries on hand.

The Halo Remote also has responsive, backlit buttons, perfectly sized and intuitively organized for touch-only navigation. If you are like me, you don’t want a bunch of unnecessary buttons making things complicated and confusing. Instead, this remote hides some functionality by presenting those buttons on the touchscreen portion of the remote when a particular function is activated. There is even a voice control button that activates Siri on Apple TV and Xfinity push-to-talk functionality.

The touchscreen is powered by a premium OLED screen, up to 3.2 inches diagonal depending on the model. The screen itself is nice and bright, featuring a nice eye-catching saturation to the colors. The touchscreen interface is customizable to your liking. And the best part, since this is a Control4 remote, not only can you control your televisions, sound bars and streaming boxes, you can control all of your connected smart home devices, including lighting, shades, thermostats and more.

The Halo Remote requires a Control4 smart home system to operate. If you already use a Control4 system, then this elegant remote can be easily integrated into your system. If you are looking to upgrade to a Control4 smart home system, contact us and take full control of your smart home with the most advanced smart remote on the market.

Allegiance Technology Solutions is a certified Control4 dealer, serving the greater Savannah, GA. We offer a variety of smart home solutions. Contact us today if you are interested in upgrading your living space with the latest in entertainment and automation technology.