Digital Signage

How to Make Sure Your Digital Signage is Effective

By | Business Solutions, Digital Signage |

Do you want to capture people’s attention when they step up to your booth at a trade show or entice your customers when they walk into your store or restaurant to place an order? You can do it with digital signage. It can convey any message you want and get people interested in your business.

Take a look at a few ways to make your digital signage as effective as it can be:

Carefully consider the size of your digital signage

There are some business owners who mistakenly believe that need to purchase THE BIGGEST DIGITAL DISPLAY POSSIBLE! This couldn’t be further from the truth. While a large digital signage display might come in handy if you have a gigantic store, you don’t want to go overboard. You also don’t want to settle on a small sign that no one will be able to see. Choose the right size for your specific purpose. You want people to be able to read your digital signage easily without being overwhelmed or underwhelmed by it.

Find the right place to put your digital signage

In addition to considering the size of your digital signage, you should also consider where you’re going to put it before you actually place it there. Are people going to need to interact with the signage and scroll through slides on it? Put it somewhere where they can access it easily without getting in other people’s way. Is it something you want people to see as they first walk into your store? Situate it near the door in a place they can’t miss. This will guarantee your digital signage gets the attention it deserves.

Change the displays on your digital signage early and often

The best part about purchasing digital signage is that you can change the messaging on it as often as you like. So why aren’t you taking advantage of that? While you don’t necessarily need to change your digital signage every other hour, you shouldn’t allow for it to become stagnant. Give people new information to read each time they walk past it.

At Shore Home Solutions, we understand how valuable digital signage can be to a company. We can provide you with the best digital signage solutions in the business. Call us at 410-878-2448 to hear more about our digital signage options.

Outdoor Entertainment

Outdoor Home Entertainment Trends

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Residential Solutions, Surround Sound |

There are more and more people who are investing a lot of money into the outside of their homes and creating welcoming spaces where they can gather with their friends and families. While the exterior of a home used to be reserved for a few pieces of patio furniture and maybe something like a fire pit, there are many homeowners who are now creating outdoor spaces outfitted with the latest forms of technology.

Check out some of the best outdoor entertainment trends of 2018 below:

Strong lighting concepts

Outdoor lighting used to consist of flood lights and motion detectors. But these days, many people are opting to incorporate new forms of lighting into their backyards. From soft lighting that can be used to set the mood to bolder lighting concepts that cover entire walls, you can find many unique ways to add a high-end lighting system to your backyard.

Outdoor surround sound systems

There are lots of people who are still relying on Bluetooth speakers to provide sound in their backyard. Bluetooth has made it possible to incorporate portable speakers into the mix. But those who really love listening to music in their backyard space prefer high-end sound systems that have full range speakers and subwoofers. They can be used to bring the best sound experience possible to any outdoor area when they’re set up properly.

Outdoor “living rooms” equipped with TVs

The idea of installing a TV outside used to be ludicrous. But these days, it’s not uncommon to find “living rooms” with couches, fireplaces, and, yes, TVs in the backyards of homes. Families will often huddle around to watch their favorite shows and movies under the stars and experience TV in a whole new way.

Do you want to amp up your backyard with technology? Shore Home Solutions can help you do it by setting you up with high-end lighting and sound systems and so much more. We can also outfit the inside of your home with the technology you need so that you can enjoy being inside and outside during the warmer months. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for more information on our products and services.

Importance of Home Theater Acoustics

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

If you’re in the process of planning out a new home theater, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about the size of the screen you’re going to put in it. You’ve also probably spent a lot of time thinking about the surround sound system you’re going to install in it. You may have even let your mind wander and pondered how comfortable the chairs in your home theater are going to be.

While all of these things are important, the aspect of your home theater that you should really be concerned most about are the acoustics in the room where your theater is going to be located.

The acoustics of a home theater are important because they’re ultimately going to make or break your viewing experience each time you sit down and watch a movie, TV show, or big game. The acoustics are going to determine how good your speakers sound, which will impact your experience as a whole. If sounds are muffled during a movie or you don’t sound like you’re right in the middle of the action during a football game, you’re going to be distracted by it and what’s on the screen won’t even matter.

The company that’s helping you install your home theater should make acoustics a priority. They should come up with a great plan as far as where to position the speakers for your surround sound system. But more importantly, they should also help you control the reflections in your home theater to make the most of your system. If you have frequencies from your sound system bouncing all over the place and reflecting off everything, it’ll hurt the sound quality of whatever you’re watching and make you wish you’d spend more time focused on acoustics.

Shore Home Solutions can focus on home theater acoustics and tame the reflections in your room to improve sound. We’ll start by taking your room dimensions into account and find ways to work speakers and subwoofers into the mix to deliver sound you’ll love. By placing an extra subwoofer in a room or rethinking speaker placement, we can make your home theater even better than you could have ever imagined.

Call Shore Home Solutions at 410-878-2448 today to start designing and building the home theater of your dreams.

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!