In this Case Study, we spoke with retired Super Bowl winner Brent Celek – who has a pretty beautiful Loxone Smart Home.
After a successful American football career, where is he now? Well, probably like most of us in 2020 – at home. But luckily for Brent, it’s not just any traditional home; it’s a Loxone Smart Home, complete with automated lighting, multiroom audio, security and even an alpaca barn. This project has been rewarding for the Celek family as they finally have a home that supports their lifestyle in every aspect in every room.
How do you see your family values tying into your home with Loxone?
Brent: Making all the small tasks easier around your home allows for you to spend more quality time with your family without the worry of did I turn this or that off? It happens automatically with Loxone. The longer we are living in it, we are also noticing some small changes that we want to make easily along the way. We are going to become more attached to this house because it has been so easy for us to live in. We love it.
Brent Celek, homeowner & Scott Hirst, Loxone Partner
What special considerations went into the design of the house? And lighting?
Brent: I really wanted it to be a smart house with low maintenance. A house where you utilise every room and the flow of the house that not only works every day for our family, but also for entertaining guests.
When it comes to a house, I feel that lighting has a big role in how people feel in the space. Where the lights are placed and their brightness and colour can make a room feel right. I love that with Loxone I was able to use any light I wanted to get any desired lighting effects. For example, the third-party spots on the angled ceiling in the kitchen and dining area are controlled just as easily as Loxone lights used in the home. This flexibility was possible inside and outside.
LED Strip RGBW
Ideal for unique accent lighting, the LED Strips can be just as functional as they are eye-catching. They are frequently used along ceilings, under cabinets and more.
LED Spots RGBW
These spots are a staple to any room. They offer directional warm white light and diffused coloured light to achieve endless possibilities.
With its built-in motion and brightness sensors, the full-colour LED Ceiling Light is a powerful, all-around lighting solution with even more functionality working with audio and alarm systems.
It’s an obvious choice for a home gym. So while you’re pumping yourself up with music for a workout, the lights will flash in case of emergency or even as a simple doorbell replacement.
The Touch Pure is a frameless switch with a high-quality, 3D printed glass surface with Touch-points for lighting, music, shading and more. It includes a backlight, especially helpful at night.
The Loxone App is displayed on an iPad with the iPad Wallmount. This turns into a convenient control centre to adjust lighting or music, answer the door and much more.
Touch & Grill
All the functions of a Touch Pure plus special grilling probes and functions make the Touch & Grill the first smart home grill thermometer. It’s not only about perfectly grilling those steaks…there’s so much more functionality waiting to be discovered.
What feature supports or improves your family’s lifestyle?
Brent: We love how you can just create an entire mood and call it “Party”, then the room will be transformed with coloured lighting and music. When you are having a party it only takes one tap on either the Touch & Grill, Touch Pure or even in the app. It’s really impressive. We have created multiple moods throughout the house that fit each individual space.
At night time, the system knows it’s supposed to remain asleep, just like the family. However, if motion is detected as someone gets up, this will trigger the lights to dim softly to create a safe path. That’s the beauty of Night Mode.
Are there any unique Operating Modes that your family benefits from?
Brent: We absolutely love Night mode. This is where I believe Loxone is ahead of everyone else. You can create a mode that is unique to you and your needs. We have a Night Mode in the kids’ living quarters and one for the master quarters. It’s essential because if I wake up in the middle of the night, my bathroom lights come on automatically with soft dimming.
The simplicity of it all makes it so easy, but also so spoiled us. When we go to other places to stay, we forget that we have to turn lights on and off.
What is the background story on the alpacas and how is automation being used in their barn area?
Brent: My wife Celeste and I always wanted animals. Celeste mentioned alpacas and we began to do research. After talking to many people that own them, we decided it would be a great animal for us to own too. So far we have been really happy with them.
With regards to the barn automation, we just love that the lights adjust based on time of day without us touching a button. This is where technology is huge for us. If we had to run over there every night to turn lights on and off it would become annoying. It takes a couple minutes at the beginning to get things set up but once you are done it makes your life at home so much easier
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Think you’d like to join Brent in living a much more convenient life at home? Then speak to one of our automation experts to get more information on what can be done for your installation.
By becoming a Loxone installer you’ll be able to offer your customers a complete automation solution with intuitive control – suitable for smart homes, commercial premises and custom applications.