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Ambiance Systems Recognized for Best Home Electronics Systems in the Country

Clifton Park, NY – Ambiance Systems announced today that CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design Installation Association) has awarded them with two Lifestyle Awards at its annual EXPO held in Indianapolis September 8-10. These awards recognize excellence in the custom electronics design and installation industry. The country’s top manufacturers, custom installers, as well as members of the media attended the event. With a record-breaking number of entries, an increase of 70% over last year, the Designers' Choice Awards were extremely competitive. In all, CEDIA gave out 21 Designer’s Choice Awards – Ambiance Systems received two of them.

Best Integrated Home Level VIII

Creating top of the line home entertainment systems wasthe main objective of this project. Ease of use and quality hidden installations were the two top requirements.

The home has a total of 39 zones of entertainment including 15 areas designated for televisions and 13 of those areas have integrated surround sound.

The network of 50 touch screens was pulled into duty as the primary interface for more and more of the home's sub-systems. Ultimately, several amenities all became integrated through the same interface, including CCTV, HVAC, entertainment, snow melt, hot tub, and aquarium. A network of almost 150 discrete backlight keypads controls a network of over 200 lighting loads. 39 zones of climate control are also seemlessly integrated. Other subsystems including, fireplaces, motorized wooden blinds, storm shutters, and garage doors are all connected to this powerful home automation system.

Best Hidden Installation

Where do you put a 60" plasma display with literally no wallspace? This great room was designed to maximize the majestic views of the Adirondack Mountains; the two stories of surrounding glass set the challenge for our company. The solution was professional teamwork between the contractor'sinnovative thinking, the home integrator'stechnical savvy, and the cabinetmaker's true craftsmanship

A custom mechanism was engineered and manufactured to lift a cabinet up out of the floor; this cabinet contains the plasma and the front, left, center, and right speakers. A matching fabric below the display concealsthe speakers. The equipment is housed acrossthe room in a rack in yet another cabinet. Both the plasma cabinet, which motorizesinto place, and the equipment cabinet were designed to match the rest of the cherry millwork that is consistent throughout the house

The top of the motorized cabinet was finished in the exact flooring material already used in the home. So, when the plasma islowered into “concealed mode,” it is practically invisible.

These awards mark Ambiance System’s 2nd "Best Integrated Home" award, and 1st Best Hidden Installation Award, and bring their lifetime total to 5 Electronic Lifestyles™ Awards since 1997; only 4 other companiesin thenationhave ever received 5 or more of these very coveted CEDIA awards. Ambiance swept the contest in 1997 to win the following categories: Best Dedicated Home Theater Level I, Best Dedicated Home Theater Level II, Best Integrated Home.

Marc Leidig, President and CEO of Ambiance Systems, was very flattered and excited with these two awards. “To be recognized at CEDIA with a Lifestyle Award is the most prestigious national honor a home electronics integrator can receive,” Leidig commented. “The awards are voted on by your peers and nothing can be more flattering than that.” Leidig continued, “I am very happy for my team, they work hard and take tremendous pride and ownership in every project we do, no matter how big or small. Ambiance Systems has more CEDIA certified technicians on staff than any other company in the Upstate NY region. These awards are truly a credit to their talents, skills, and professionalism.”

Earlier this year, Ambiance was recognized with the 2005 CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) Mark of Excellence award for Innovative Project of the Year Award for outstanding achievements in the field of custom electronic integration.

About Ambiance System

Founded in 1985, Ambiance Systems is the first company of its type to be established in Upstate New York. Considered a pioneer in the burgeoning marketplace of sophisticated residential electronic integration, the company specializes in home theaters and media rooms, multi-room audio/video, lighting control, climate control, structured data networks, and systems integration, as well as motorized window dressing, lifts and other equipment. Ambiance Systems employs the most CEDIA certified technicians in the whole of Upstate New York. The company services the Capital Saratoga Region of NY, the Adirondacks, Catskills and the Hudson Valley corridor. The company routinely does projects in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Manhattan.


CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,000 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. CEDIA members include Residential Electronics Systems Professionals who have emerged as the “fourth contractor” in the building and remodeling industries alongside electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s Web site at

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