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WINDOW TREATMENTS DESIGN&LIVING

MADE IN THE

SHADE By Tracy Nicholson | Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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hen blinds, curtains and typical shades just won't do, new to the market is the Invisishade. Using liquid crystals to create a window film that goes from transparent to opaque, we needed to find out how it worked. We asked Jamie DeJean of Smart Home Technologies in West Fargo, to explain the technology behind this new advancement.

WHAT IS INVISISHADE? "This unique electronic window film contains liquid crystals and can be applied to existing glass surfaces. The film is similar to a frosted glass in that it goes from transparent to opaque when an electrical current is applied." WHAT ARE THE BEST USES FOR INVISISHADE? "This film works wonderfully in situations with irregular window shapes or installations where blocking any part of a window’s view is not acceptable. It provides UV protection for valuable wood floors, furniture and artwork. When this is integrated into one of our Smart Home designs, the film can provide a dramatic reduction in energy consumption by working with the home’s thermostat to determine when it's beneficial to become transparent or opaque. This either allows the sun’s natural thermal energy to heat the home, or reject it and keep the home cool. This film can allow natural light to enter the room, while providing privacy. In a commercial environment the Invisishade film can be used to provide privacy to glass doors or windows in offices and conference rooms." IS THIS A NEW PRODUCT TO FARGO? "While similar technology has existed for many years, it was previously built into expensive windows. This product can be now added to existing windows. We are proud to partner with Motoring FX, the area's premiere automotive and residential tinting company, to offer this product to our residential and commercial clients." WHAT IS THE INSTALL PROCESS AND MAINTENANCE? "Our partnership with Motoring FX allows us to be the only provider in the area. The installation of window film is a difficult art to master, and Troy at Motoring FX ensures our client’s expectations are always met with exceptional courtesy and service. We can easily integrate this product into our client's project, whether it's a stand alone, inwall dimmer, mobile control from iPhone or Android device, or as part of a complete Smart Home Automation System. Typically, each unique installation takes between four and six hours per window. As far as the lifespan, this product can be turned on and off 1,000,000 times. For most people, that is a lifetime of continuous use." IS THIS A CUSTOM ORDER FOR HOMEOWNERS? "We custom fit each window at the job site to ensure a perfect fit. Total costs are comparable to traditional motorized window treatments." For more information contact: Jamie DeJean Smart Home Technologies 3306 Sheyenne Street – Suite 212, West Fargo 701-367-1337 www.facebook.com/fargosmarthome 13 4

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