Hidden Television Solutions

How Hidden Televisions Help with Feng Shui

By | Residential Hidden Television Solutions, Residential Solutions |

Is feng shui something that’s very important to you? If so, you’ve probably gone to great lengths to put everything from your dining room table to your couch to your bed in the right place in your home. But have you considered how the televisions in your home could potentially be hurting your feng shui? Specifically, the TV in your bedroom could be taking a toll on it and causing harm to your home’s energy.

Studies have shown that more than 60 percent of Americans have a TV in their bedrooms. Some use it to drift off to sleep at night, while others use it as a place to escape when their significant other is watching TV in the living room. Regardless of your reason for putting a TV in your bedroom, it can send out active energy that can disrupt the calming energy that is usually present in a bedroom. As a result, it can make it difficult for you to feel at peace when you’re in a bedroom with a TV in it, even if the TV isn’t turned on.

Some people will place something over their TV when they’re not using it to stop the active energy from the TV from affecting their bedroom.

But if you really want to improve the feng shui of your bedroom, you should consider taking advantage of the hidden television solutions offered by Shore Home Solutions.

When you don’t have your bedroom TV on, these solutions will cover it up with a mirror or piece of artwork that will hide your TV from sight and prevent it from sending out the active energy you don’t want. You’ll love the way the mirror or artwork looks and improves your feng shui at the same time.

Want to hear more about the hidden television solutions that Shore Home Solutions can provide for you? Call us at 410-878-2448 today to find out how helpful they can be when it comes to the feng shui of your home!

4K UHD TV

Advancements of 4K Ultra HD

By | 4K Ultra HD, Custom Home Entertainment |

 Are you thinking about adding a new TV to your home at some point in the near future? Rather than going with a regular HD television, you should consider going with a 4K Ultra HD option instead. When you select a 4K UHD unit, you’ll get to enjoy several benefits that you simply won’t get with an HD TV.

The biggest benefit that you’ll get to enjoy with a 4K UHD TV are the pixels that come jam-packed into it.

4K TVs have a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which equals out to almost 8.3 million pixels overall. That’s about four times as many pixels as HD TVs, which have 1,920 x 1,080 pixels or about 2.1 million pixels. The pixel difference is staggering and results in a much clearer picture on 4K UHD TVs. You will see every single detail imaginable on a 4K UHD TV screen when you turn it on.

One of the other benefits of 4K UHD technology is that it works remarkably well with bigger TVs. And with the average TV size clocking in at around 47 inches right now and expected to grow bigger in the years to come, that’s obviously a good thing. There is also a lot of 4K content available at the moment with Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and others getting in on the 4K action. It shouldn’t be long before 4K UHD is the standard and allowing everyone to see crystal clear pictures on their TV screens.

At Shore Home Solutions, we know that it’s an exciting time for people to be purchasing TVs for their homes. 4K UHD TVs and OLED TVs that offer 4K resolution have become some of our best sellers recently because of the amazing pictures they provide. If you want to see what all the hype is about for yourself, reach out us to install a new TV in your home. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for more information on 4K UHD and OLED TVs.

Benefits of Business Video Surveillance

Why You Need Video Surveillance at Your Business

By | Business Solutions, Surveillance Cameras, Video Surveillance Systems |

Do you have a video surveillance system installed in your business? If not, you could be putting your inventory, your building, and even your employees at risk. There are more and more businesses increasing security efforts these days, and they’re doing it for all kinds of reasons.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why you need video surveillance set up at your business.

It will reduce theft

It doesn’t matter if you own a convenience store, a warehouse filled with different items, or another type of business. You could be the victim of theft at any time. The simple act of installing video surveillance will often deter would-be thieves from trying to burglarize your building. And, in the event that they try to steal from you anyway, you will be able to provide the police with video evidence of what took place.

It will make your employees more productive

When your employees know that their every move is being recorded, they’re a lot more likely to bring their A-game to work every day. They will be less prone to slacking off and taking breaks when they know you can check the tape at any time to see what they’ve been doing.

It will help you resolve conflicts

There are many conflicts that can take place within a business. Some might involve your employees arguing with one another. Others might feature employees and customers going at it. Whatever the case may be, you can play back videos of conflicts to get to the bottom of what really happened. You won’t have to worry about dealing with he-said, she-said situations anymore.

It will lower your insurance premiums

When you install video surveillance in your business, your insurance company will likely cut you some slack and lower your premiums. This will help you save money, and over time, your video surveillance will actually end up paying for itself.

Are you thinking about installing video surveillance in your business? Shore Home Solutions can set you up with commercial video surveillance in Maryland and tell you more about how it works. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to get started!

Structured Cabling System

Structured Cabling Explained

By | Residential Solutions, Structured Cabling |

In this day and age, most homeowners have wireless networks set up in their homes that they use to access the internet. Therefore, many people wrongfully assume that everyone out there utilizes wireless networks to create telecommunication connections. But this is not actually true, especially when it comes to the business world.

There are many businesses that need to have structured cabling systems in place.

Structured cabling is a comprehensive system of cables and hardware that allow for a business to establish a telecommunications infrastructure within their commercial property. It can be used to set up a phone system, a data network for internal and external communications, or both. There are many small and large organizations that count on structured cabling to meet all of their communication needs.

There are lots of advantages businesses enjoy when they use structured cabling.

It can offer businesses redundancy as well as the flexibility that they need in order to accommodate any changes that take place within a company. Additionally, the potential for downtime and the likelihood of human error affecting a network are both dramatically decreased when structured cabling is used. Structured cabling also allows for all connections to be made in an organized fashion that will look aesthetically pleasing once everything is set up.

When you have structured cabling installed properly, you can keep data flowing within your company seamlessly, regardless of whether you operate out of one building or have several locations. You can also keep the information you pass around safe and secure. You just need to make sure you work with a company that’s capable of installing structured cabling for you. Otherwise, you could run into problems using this type of infrastructure.

Shore Home Solutions can help you get your structured cabling system up and running. To find out more about how structured cabling works or to arrange to have a free consultation, call us at 410-878-2448 today!

Benefits of OLED TVs

LED vs OLED TVs

By | Custom Home Entertainment, LED vs OLED TVs, Residential Solutions |

For years now, those looking to purchase a new TV for their home have been forced to choose between LED and plasma TVs. But with plasma TVs recently bowing out of the equation, most of the TVs on the market today fall into the LED category. There is one exception, though—the OLED TVs that just started shipping to customers a few years ago.

Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs, better known as OLED TVs, might sound like they’re similar to LED TVs. But the truth is that they couldn’t be any more different. Rather than being illuminated by an LED backlight like LCD TVs, all of the pixels used within OLED TVs illuminate themselves, which usually results in a better picture for those watching them.

LED TVs do typically win out when it comes to brightness, even though both LEDs and OLEDs are plenty bright no matter how light or dark a room might be. However, OLED TVs have proven to be far superior in many other areas. For example, the black level of an OLED TV is better overall than that of an LED TV. OLED also beats LED is categories like contrast ratio, viewing angle, and uniformity. And while you could call several categories, like resolution and refresh rate, a tie, OLED is clearly presenting LED with the most competition it’s received over the last decade. It shouldn’t be long before OLED TVs become a staple in many American households.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the power of OLED, Shore Home Solutions can show you some of the OLED TVs we’ve installed in homes in the past. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for a free consultation!

Video Surveillance

History of Video Surveillance

By | Business Solutions, Surveillance Cameras, Video Surveillance Systems |

Today, there are video surveillance cameras installed in lots of different places. You’ll find cameras installed inside of homes, outside of businesses, and everywhere in between. But it wasn’t always this way. Video surveillance has come a long way over the course of the last 70 years or so, which was when closed circuit television systems first popped up.

Check out a history of video surveillance below.

The First CCTV Systems

Video surveillance is not particularly new. It first arrived on the scene in the early 1940s, when a closed circuit television system was used to watch V2 rockets that were launched in Germany. Commercial video surveillance cameras started showing up on the scene a few years later, and by the late 1950s, companies like General Precision Labs were creating CCTV systems that were used in medical institutions, schools, and more.

The Evolution of Video Surveillance

A lot of the earliest CCTV systems captured video in black and white. But eventually, color cameras started to become more prominent as the 1950s wore on. There was a lot of debate over whether or not color was a better option than black and white at first, since black and white provided better resolution and could pick up better video in low light. But color made it easier to identify people in videos.

Many of the earliest CCTV systems were also only available to be used for real time viewing since there weren’t many options as far as video recording was concerned. It wasn’t until videocassette recorders came along in the 1970s that video surveillance could be recorded. It led to a spike in video surveillance use.

The Big Changes That Pushed Video Surveillance Forward

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, video surveillance became more popular for home and businesses owners, thanks to the development of the VCR. But video surveillance really took off in the 1990s once companies found a way to use ethernet networks and IP cameras as part of their systems. This allowed people to capture digital video. It also allowed them to record videos in much higher resolutions. Companies like Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony started creating systems that took off and put video surveillance into many homes and businesses.

The Modern-Day Video Surveillance Solutions

There are more than 30 million surveillance cameras that are used by home and businesses owners all across the United States today. There are also more than 100 million surveillance cameras used worldwide. Video surveillance is still growing by leaps and bounds, but it’s amazing to consider just how far the technology has come since it was first used.

Do you think your home or business could benefit from using video surveillance? Shore Home Solutions can provide you with residential or commercial video surveillance options. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to set a system up.

Installing a Home Theater System

What to Know Before Having a Home Theater System Installed

By | Custom Home Entertainment, High End Home Theatre Systems |

So you are ready to bring your movie and television viewing experiences to the next level with a high tech home theater system… smart move! Movies these days have upped the ante when it comes to special effects and sound technology, and you will want to enjoy every minute.

Before you decide to install a theater system, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Think About the Room

Before you even start to set up a home theater center, you want to think about the room you will be putting it in. The proper room will do wonders to get the most out your system. Ideally, you will have a rectangular room with as few doors or windows as possible. This should also be a carpeted room as bare wood or tile work to reflect sound waves and muddy the sound. To really kick the room up a notch, put some thick curtains over the windows to provide that perfect amount of darkness.

Decide on the Television

When it comes to the television for your new theater, we suggest having OLED TVs installed. OLED TVs give you darker blacks and truer colors, making it an exceptional option for home owners who are looking for image quality above all else in their new home theater.

Decide on the Projector

Although TVs are the most common option for home theaters, video projectors deliver a really big screen viewing experience. Similar to TVs, you have the choice of 720p, 1080p and 4K options. There are many advances to 4K video projectors, such as increased resolution, HDR and wide color gamut. All of these advances have elevated the TV viewing experience.

Decide on the Sound

You will have to start with a point of entry for all of your speakers in the form of a receiver. This is an excellent way to centralize your home theater system, so be sure to get one that will have all necessary inputs. Most people go with a receiver.

You also have the option of a preamp/power amp combo device. This hub can provide more flexibility when it comes to switching out or upgrading your devices. It also does wonders for isolating interference that is often caused by having multiple components working at the same time. From there, all you need is your choice of loudspeakers and a good subwoofer.

At Shore Home Solutions, we take pride in our home theater design and installation services, and we would be thrilled to help you better your movie viewing experience. We want to personalize your experience, so we will talk with you to learn your expectations so we can design your own personal home theater at a fair cost. Contact us today to set up a consultation!

Benefits of Business Phones

Why Business Phones Are Still Very Relevant

By | Business Phones, Business Solutions, Business Technology Solutions |

The internet has made it easy for people to find out information about businesses without having to call them. They can check out a company’s hours, learn about products and services offered by a company, and even troubleshoot issues they might be having with a company without jumping on the phone with someone. They can either use the company’s website or email a company representative to do it.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do away with your business phones if you’re in charge of handling communications for a company. In fact, it’s arguably more important than ever to maintain business phone lines so that people can get in touch with a company when they can’t find what they’re looking for online.

While technology has made it easier than ever for companies to keep in touch with their customers, there is still a large segment of the population that prefers to speak directly to a human on the phone when conducting business.

One Google study actually showed that human interaction is especially important when people are thinking about spending money on a product offered by a company. More than 60 percent of people reported that they will call a business when they’re considering making a purchase rather than attempting to get in touch with someone online.

Part of this is because there is so much that can get lost in translation when you choose to contact someone through email or a live chat rather than speaking with them on the phone. Part of it is also because humans can speak a lot faster than they type. Humans use more than 125 words per minute on the phone in most cases as opposed to just 40 words per minute while typing. That makes it difficult for companies and customers to communicate clearly and get on the same page, which is why many people will just call, not email, from the start to make sure they get all of the information they need.

If your company doesn’t currently have business phones, it’s important for you to change that immediately to give yourself the best chance for success. Shore Home Solutions can perform business phone system installation for you and set you up with the right phone system for your specific type of business. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for more information on how our phone systems can benefit your company!

Hidden Television Solutions

Benefits of Hidden Televisions for Your Business

By | Business Technology Solutions, Commercial Hidden TV Solutions |

There are many companies that need to use televisions from time to time inside their offices for a variety of reasons. Some use them for keeping up with the latest news, while others use them for putting on presentations for clients. But not all companies like the look of having TVs in lobbies, conference rooms, common areas, and more all of the time.

You should know that you can reap the rewards of having TVs without necessarily hanging a bunch of ordinary flat-screens all over your office. Shore Home Solutions can offer you hidden TV solutions for your office space that will allow you to use your TVs when you need them and hide them behind custom artwork when you don’t. Powered by ArtScreen Technology from Vutec, these solutions are perfect for any company that wants to tuck TVs away when they’re not in use.

Check out a few of the benefits of going with hidden TV solutions rather than simply installing regular TVs.

It will make your office space look and feel more professional

Unless you run a media company that needs to have TVs on all the time to keep up with what’s going on in the world, TVs are inevitably going to make your office look less professional than you probably want it to be. With ArtScreen Technology, you can achieve a much more professional look by transforming your TVs into artwork when they aren’t in use.

It will limit the distractions for your employees

Whether you have TVs that are on or not, regular TVs in your office are likely going to serve as an unwelcome distraction for your employees. The temptation to turn them on will always be there. Employees might also start abusing their TV privileges simply because they’re accessible. By displaying artwork on your TVs when they’re not being used, you can limit the distraction they cause.

It will help you set the right mood in your office

Thanks to ArtScreen Technology, you can put just about anything you want on the TVs in your office. You can help brighten up the mood on a cold winter day with a tropical photo or uplift your employees on a busy day with a motivational picture. You will be able to control what shows up on your TVs.

It will impress your clients

Clients who come to see you will know you mean business when you’re using the hidden TV solutions from Shore Home Solutions. They will be blown away when you sit down to show them a presentation on what appears to be a piece of artwork. That alone is worth making an investment in hidden TVs.

To learn more about the ArtScreen Technology and hidden TV solutions offered by Shore Home Solutions, call us at 410-878-2448 today!

Lilin IP Cameras and AHD Cameras

Benefits of Lilin IP Cameras and AHD Cameras

By | Surveillance Cameras, Video Surveillance Systems |

When it comes to priorities, nothing could be more important than the safety of your home and your loving family. Homeowners take many precautions to ensure that their dwelling stays safe, but no element is more important than reliable security cameras.

When it comes to security cameras, the more dependable, the better. If you really take your home security seriously, then you need to consider either Lilin IP or AHD cameras.

These are high-tech additions to any home and are far more efficient than rebranded cameras like most camera systems you’ll find from Dahua or Hikvision (or any of the other 100 brands that use their products and put their own logo on it). These cheaper cameras are often made overseas for pennies on the dollar and don’t offer the security that your family desires.

AHD cameras are leaps and bounds above cheaper, plastic cameras as they use high definition video that can be reviewed in 720p and 1080p HD video resolutions. AHD is a heavy duty option that immediately intimidates any potential intruders. They are far from the fake looking cameras that are often found around residences.

Lilin IP cameras are another great route to take if you want to kick your home security up to the next level. They are multi-functioning with a variety of features including an ultra-high frame rate, ultra-high resolution, HDR, and the clearest image quality, even in low light.

Sometimes it’s not only about catching the intruder on your property but also putting a name to the face. IP cameras can do the next best thing with available face detection, object counting, alarm detection, and advanced motion detection options.

Can those cheap plastic cameras do all that?

It cannot be emphasized enough how vital good security cameras are to your family’s well-being. These high tech cameras are sturdy, heavy duty, vandal proof and dependable. At Shore Home Solutions, we know security, and that is why we offer both Lilin IP and AHD cameras as part of our home technology arsenal. Contact us today to learn more.