Instead of coming home to a dark, empty house, imagine coming home to a “smarthome” that’s fully automated with lights, music, TV and security systems all accessible from your smartphone or a remote control on your car’s sun visor.
That’s not only possible today, but it’s achievable for average, middle-class families.
Digital Oasis of Hellertown is a small, family-owned company that among other things specializes in technology makeovers for homes and businesses.
Owners Jeff and Amanda Fink–a husband and wife team–say their business has been picking up, as more families are discovering not only the convenience, but also the peace of mind that comes from living in a home in which entertainment, energy and surveillance systems are fully integrated and easily accessible.
The Finks founded their business five years ago, and after a quiet period to start they’re beginning to spread the word about what they do, which also includes the installation of home theater systems, lighting controls, surveillance systems, outdoor entertainment systems and surround sound. Digital Oasis also specializes in installing flatscreen TVs in sports bars and restaurants, such as Taps Tavern in Lower Saucon Township and the Keystone Pub in Whitehall Township.
On the homefront, “we have a lot of families that want to keep an eye on their teenagers,” Amanda said of their surveillance work during a recent interview.
Cameras can be strategically positioned in parts of the home that teens shouldn’t be exploring–such as the bar area–or in places where they could get into trouble, such as the pool.
Centralizing diffuse technology such as cable boxes, Blu-Ray players and wifi within the home is another popular service offered by Digital Oasis.
It’s popular, Jeff explained, because it helps to reduce the clutter that comes from having too many cable boxes, too many remote controls, unsightly wires and all kinds of gadgetry visible.
Centralizing systems in an out-of-the-way location (such as a basement) can also help a homeowner save money, because doing so reduces the amount paid in rental fees for devices such as cable boxes.
Thanks to Digital Oasis one customer was able to eliminate nine of his cable boxes–which at $15 per cable box in rental fees resulted in a substantial savings, Jeff said.
That customer now enjoys the added convenience of controlling his TVs directly from his smartphone.
“The system I used at Taps Tavern is the same system I implement in people’s homes,” Jeff noted, referring to the large-scale flatscreen television installation Digital Oasis completed at the newly-opened restaurant on Rt. 378.
Taps is owned by Andy Lee–who also owns Hellertown’s Braveheart Highland Pub–and is one of five bars in the Lehigh Valley that have been outfitted by Digital Oasis, Jeff said.
Currently, about 30 percent of the company’s business is commercial projects, but the other 70 percent is residential and he emphasized that “no job is too small.”
For example, if someone simply needs a flatscreen TV hung on a wall, that’s something Digital Oasis will gladly do.
“Any work we do we warranty,” added Amanda. It’s for this reason that Digital Oasis uses its own mounts to hang televisions–which in many cases constitute a significant investment.
Home theaters are a place where many people want to show off their investment in a high-end television, and they are a specialty for Jeff, who has more than 15 years of experience in both commercial cinema and residential applications of the technology.
Although he said he has always been interested in electronics technology and he also worked for Lutron–the Coopersburg lighting company–for a couple of years, he gained much of his experience working at a well-known digital projection and technology company.
He described the years he spent working at Christie Digital as an important “stepping stone” for doing the complex home theater work he does now; work that can run well into the tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the client’s needs.
A modest home theater might cost as little as $10,000, but many cases the cost is in excess of $20,000. A top-of-the-line projector alone can cost as much as $45,000, he said.
Regardless of the cost, Digital Oasis’s end goal is always the same: to provide the best possible viewing experience for the money, along with ongoing 24/7 customer service and support–which sometimes includes going the extra mile by making sure everything is functioning properly, even in the middle of the night.
“I really know what it takes to provide a theater experience,” Jeff affirmed, adding that he will typically work with an interior designer to create the complete look and feel that a home theater customer desires.
The Finks pointed out that their work can be very rewarding, especially when it involves families with young kids, such as their own.
For example, they are in the process of building a home theater for a local family with a special needs child who wants to have the same experience of going to the movies as his friends do.
The Finks’ commitment to family is also evidenced by their support for events such as Relay for Life of Saucon Valley, where Digital Oasis had a booth last month and raffled off a prize basket valued at several hundred dollars to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Throughout June, they will also have a booth at several IronPigs games in Allentown, where they will be raffling off a pair of outdoor speakers.
Digital Oasis offers each client one free consultation to assess their needs and understand the scope of their vision for the project they have in mind–whatever it may be.
For more information about how they can simplify the technology in your life, or to schedule a consultation, visit www.digitaloasisav.com, email ma**@di************.com or call 484-223-7521.
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