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Experience the Ultimate Movie Night – Outdoors!

Experience the Ultimate Movie Night – Outdoors!

Warmer weather, longer days, and evenings spent outdoors are all part of what we enjoy most about the start of summer. If you’ve spent the last few weeks wrapping up end of year school activities, and are looking ahead to the rest of your summer we’ve got a great idea for your summer nights – OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT!

Location, location, location! Your screen location should be your starting point. There are a variety of options available when it comes to a screen. Depending on your outdoor space, there are several sizes and materials to choose from. Many set up quickly and are very affordable! Your ideal screen location will be one where you can control the lighting at night(no pesky streetlights that might cause a glare!)

Necessary Equipment: Now that you’ve got a plan for your screen, you’ll need something to play the movie (like a Blu-Ray player or laptop), a projector, and a sound system to complete your set up. If your eyes just crossed, don’t let that list scare you! It isn’t as complicated as it sounds. If you’re in the market to purchase a Blu-Ray player, projector, or sound system, we’re just a phone call away. Did your Google search for “outdoor screens” make your head spin? We’ve got you covered there too! We’ll make quick work of designing an outdoor solution that will make your summer movie nights the biggest hit in town. You might get too many RSVP’s!

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Now that you’ve got the basics squared away – here are a few more tips:

Classic or Contemporary? Consider your guest list and theme.
Is it a couples date night, or an end of school kids slumber party?
Retro is in, so many movies popular from your teen years are making a comeback! The options are endless – we’re thinking Sunday Summer Movie Nights might be your new thing.

BYOP (Bring Your Own Pillow) No need to buy fancy outdoor seating – blankets or pillows on the ground can be the perfect option for a movie night, or ask guests to bring their favorite blanket or pillow to have an eclectic, relaxed theme!

No Bug Zone: Consider spraying grass and/or seating before your guests arrive and have plenty of bug spray for guests. Non-scented options will ensure everyone enjoys the movie and each other’s company instead of uninvited guests stealing the show!

Light Up the Night: Consider some mood lighting! Depending on your guests and the movie you chose, think about some candles placed throughout your space, or a younger crowd might enjoy glowsticks at each seat.

Ready to start planning your next movie night? Call 1-888-8-LINKUS (1-888-854-6587) to speak with one our systems designers to create the perfect outdoor theater that will keep you and your family entertained all summer. You might just give your local movie theater a run for its money – who’s making the popcorn?

Call Us Today: 1-888-8-LINKUS ( 1-888-854-6587 )

Tech Tip #13 – Plan Ahead During Summer Months

As the warm summer months approach, it is important to try to plan ahead to stay cool. While we rely heavily on the air conditioning during the heat waves of the summer, running it all day to keep comfortable can be financially draining.

LinkUs is here to help with a few useful tips to keep yourself cool and your bank account full!

Keep your air conditioning system maintained throughout the year. When your system needs maintenance, it uses more energy and ultimately costs more to operate.

Close drapes and blinds throughout your house. Darker rooms stay cooler and lessen the demand on your air conditioner.

Plant trees and shrubs around the exterior of your house. This allows the plants outside to absorb the heat instead of your walls, keeping temperatures down naturally. You can tell everyone you are going green. Literally.

Keep those energy-efficient ceiling fans running! The moving air from the fan works with the evaporation from your skin, which keeps you cool.

Install an attic fan. Attic fans help to cool hot attics by drawing in cooler air from attic vents and pushing hot air to the outside.

Consider closing off rooms you don’t use frequently and cover the air ducts temporarily. There is no need to cool off areas you don’t plan on being in!

Lastly, install a programmable thermostat. Automation may seem intimidating, but starting small with a thermostat can help you save big! We’ll show you how to access it while you’re away at work, on vacation, or anywhere else you might be. That way, you can turn down your thermostat on your way home so it’s nice and cool by time you arrive. Or if you forget to turn it back up before you leave you won’t be sweating that huge electric bill!

The Votes Are In. LinkUs is the People’s Choice for Best Home Theater & Technology Company!

People's Choice Awards 2014Fresno Bee People’s Choice Awards 2014
March 29, 2014

Like many things in today’s age, homes have gotten a lot smarter. The introduction of smartphones and our growing co-dependency on them has helped spur a need to control everything with the touch of an app — including one’s entire house.

Enter: LinkUs. With 18 years of experience and a fun tagline of “we do the cool stuff,” it’s safe to say this company has your back when it comes to pimping out your pad with the latest and greatest in the high-tech world.

LinkUs’ expertise extends to the household’s entertainment, security and automation domains, and has a reputation for meeting customers’ needs through custom installations that are easy, functional and convenient.

“We pride ourselves on our design and using the right products.” says LinkUs vice president of operations Bill Paholsky. “No matter what you’re looking for, we’ll sit down with you and design it so that it works right and is simple to use.”

Its team of draftsmen, builders, designers, construction managers and contractors skillfully address tasks such as lighting, temperature, home theater and house music systems, so that all you have to do is press a button and your job is done.

Concerned About Your Lighting Costs?

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In today’s economy, energy conservation has become a hot topic for debate. Mindful consumers like yourself, are trying to find quick and easy ways to reduce your energy consumption. We see this further through the development of energy efficient appliances, cars, and homes.

LinkUs is the leader in unique lighting control systems. Each of our lighting systems individual dimmers set at their highest setting save 4-9% in electricity compared to a traditional switch. Lighting automation can save up to 9.2 kWh per year through the use of dimmers, which is equivalent to 1 large coal or nuclear power plant’s yearly output. These dimmers also use less wattage per use which naturally extends the life of your bulbs so you spend less on replacements each year!

All of our automated systems can help reduce your lighting consumption. You don’t have to worry about the hassle of turning off and on lights; daylight and occupancy sensors will do it for you. Working seamlessly with natural sunlight, our personalized systems provide each of your rooms with adequate lighting while saving you money in energy costs.

Call LinkUs today to speak with a specialist who can educate you more about automated lighting systems!