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Lutron Systems Featured Extensively in HGTV Dream Home 2011 Giveaway

February 28, 2011 By Maureen Jenson
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On behalf of Lutron Electronics, Co., Inc., select members of the consumer electronics press were allowed access to this year's HGTV Dream Home  2011 Giveaway last week. We were escorted at this event by Lutron's senior public relations manager Melissa Andresko, and Jack Thomasson, a professional house planner who produces the HGTV Dream Home.

The 15th annual HGTV Dream Home is located at Spruce Peak in Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort and is situated amid rolling hills and extreme ski slopes.  The main overall design thrust is a blending of rustic mountain appeal with modern architecture. The home will be awarded on  March 19, after an the entry period ran between Jan. 1 and Feb. 18  yielded approximately 76 million entries. Said Jack Thomasson, “This is by far the most entries we've ever had for any Dream Home giveaway.”

Created with the bold, innovative ideas that make HGTV Dream Homes so exciting and unique, the home includes three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and is a very creative use of living spaces.  The half-acre home site is nestled in the gaze of the magnificent Mt. Mansfield with its breathtaking scenery and unlimited outdoor activities. The total $2 million Grand Prize package includes the fully-furnished home, $500,0000 and a GMC Acadia Denali.

To the home, Lutron contributed several energy-saving products including, Maestro switches and Pico wireless remote controls. The house featured Lutron's RadioRA 2 total home light control system and Sivoia QS Wireless automated shades, both of which operate on Lutron's wireless Clear Connect RF Technology, plus the  Maestro countdown timer and occupancy sensor.

 “We’re pleased to be able to help this home’s future owner save energy with our newest total home control products,” said Chris Murray, senior vice-president of Lutron’s residential business. “It’s an honor to be a part of this prestigious event.”

  “The availability to use the Lutron drapery control system was huge in a house of this size...we've had dream homes that have taken us 45 minutes to close all of the draperies and lighting," said Thomasson, who also produces the HGTV Green Home, with its focus on eco-friendly products and building practices, and the new HGTV Urban Oasis. "With Lutron it is nearly instantaneous. Having this type of one button control should be imperative in a home like this for it's convenience and energy management.” 

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