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Coastal Source Design Services was able to turn around a detailed layout for the project quickly.

to have the experts telling us which products to use, " says Mosman.
Briesemeister says the Coastal Source Design Service is a great
value-add for integrators.
" It's nice to have experts to lean on, " she adds.
Coastal Source Design Service Origins
Coastal Source started its Design Services for both audio and landscape lighting about 5 years ago.
" We believed we needed to offer this service because our system is different, " says Peter Sepesi, technical operations specialist at
Coastal Source. " The system is simple, but it is different from standard cabling so there is a learning curve. Also, we know how busy
dealers are and many integrators don't have design folks on staff. "
He adds, " We act as a hidden asset to the dealer. The integrator can
go back to the client with a set of well-executed drawings and specs. "
Ideally, the integrator provides a blueprint or drawing to Coastal
Source, but Sepesi admits that happens less than 30% of the time.
Most times, the Coastal Source design team is designing the system
using Google Earth images of the property, photos taken by the
dealer on their smart phone, or in some instances drone footage
provided by the integrator.
To get started, integrators simply access a submission form on
the Coastal Source website. The form has a series of key questions
that the dealer answers to initiate the design, including:
* What is the jobsite address? (This is key so the Design Services
team can access the satellite images of the area.)

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* Are there any areas on the landscape that need to be avoided
with wiring, lighting or audio?
* Are there particular focal points in the landscape design, such
as a stately tree, firepit, outdoor kitchen, etc., that need specialized lighting?
* Any areas of the landscape that are viewable from inside the
home that should be highlighted with lighting, such as a fountain that sits just outside a bay window?.
* For outdoor audio, what are the areas of coverage desired?
* How many audio zones are required?
* Will the system be integrated with a third-party control system
or standalone?
From the time the form is submitted, the average turnaround
time is between 7 and 10 days. The service has two tiers. At no
cost, Coastal Source will locate speakers and lighting fixtures in a
blueprint. For a fee, the Coastal Source Design Services team will
create a specification that includes a complete lighting and audio
layout that includes the wire runs, transformers, and lighting fixture
and speaker models. The design plan will even get to the level of
specifying the color temperature for each lamp. That detail plan also
generates a full bill of materials for the integrator, so if the dealer gets
the project, it is simply a matter of clicking a button to order the
equipment. Additionally, the dealer is credited for the design service
fee if he gets the contract for the project... making the service free
in essence. According to Sepesi, dealers close a large number of the
projects they submit.

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