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Car Alarm Variables: Sensors, Warnings and Alerts

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on why it pays to have a quality alarm system in your car, plus some of the basic factors you should be considering when considering such an upgrade. Whether your current vehicle has no alarm system or does have a system that’s outdated and limited in its effectiveness, there are several great aftermarket automotive security themes you might consider.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re here to provide a variety of automotive security features to clients, including high-quality alarm systems for any vehicle you own in addition to our wide range of car audio, window tinting and other automotive services. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll look into several features that might come with an upgraded alarm system, plus why each might be valuable for you to consider.

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Motion Sensors

Modern vehicles are utilizing motion sensors more than ever before within several areas, and security is at or near the top of this list. There are a number of ways you can enhance a current alarm system using motion sensing technology: Some, for instance, will install night vision cameras if they live in areas where nighttime car thefts or burglaries are common.

In other cases, you might install sensors that will help with reversing, parking or avoiding accidents. In many cases, features double as both safety and security elements within the same package.

LED Warnings

One feature your car’s stock alarm system will virtually never include is LED lighting, which can be installed aftermarket with great value. The simplest format here is a flashing light that activates anytime the car alarm is activated, drawing eyes to the vehicle and letting passers-by know that something out of the ordinary is happening. There are also others down these lines as well.

Shock Sensors

Another form of sensor often used for car alarms today is the shock sensor. These sensors are generally on areas like windows (including tinted windows), but can also be put in place for tilting or illegal tows of your vehicle. If any of these sensors are tripped, a loud alarm will sound and you will receive a notification on your smart phone, if connected.

Remotes and Alerts

Speaking of smartphone connection, it’s one great method for monitoring your vehicle’s security. There are several apps that are made to link up with your car’s security features, notifying you anytime something strange happens. In other cases, you might purchase a two-way remote that allows for similar capabilities, only without using your smartphone. For more on how to upgrade your vehicles alarm system, or to learn about any of our car stereo or other automotive performance services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Window Tint and Child Safety: Glass Protection and Safe Driving

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on how window tint provides protection and safety qualities for children within vehicles. While most tend to think of items like car seats and booster seats for child safety in a car, there are other forms of protection that benefit them as well, and window tint offers several of these.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer a wide range of vehicle window tinting services for any primary purpose you have in mind, whether it’s upgraded style, protective qualities or some combination therein. Here are some of the other top ways vehicle window tint protects children on a regular basis.

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Eye Protection

We went over the heat and skin risks of UV rays in part one of this series, but there’s one more sun-related item to go over here: Potential eye damage. Children’s eyes are particularly susceptible to this damage as they develop, and also to other major light sources like headlights and high-beams, traffic lights and various police or emergency lights.

Again, window tint provides a major benefit here. It limits the brightness of these lights on your child’s eyes, heavily decreasing the risk of any eye problems that result from exposure to sunlight or other dangerous forms.

Shattered Glass Protection

In case of an accident while driving, one of the major risks to both children and adults is shattered glass from windows that have broken. However, window tint protects all parties from this risk in two ways:

  1. It heavily reduces the chances of the glass breaking to begin with, due to increased strength from window tint film.
  2. If glass does break, the window tint will keep the pieces attached rather than allowing sharp shards to fly out all over the vehicle and risk injury.

This is particularly valuable for children, who might be susceptible to more serious injuries due to glass than adults.

Safer Driving

And finally, window tint also makes driving itself safer due to limiting glare, sunlight and related concerns. For those with any visual issues, especially concerns with bright lights, this theme is often very important, particularly while driving at night.

The obvious connection to children here: They are at some of the highest risk of injury during vehicle accidents due to their size and fragility. By making the entire driving experience safer, window tint benefits children as much as any other specific group who might be getting into a car on a regular basis.

For more on the child safety and protection benefits of window tint, or to learn about any of our window tinting, car sound systems or other services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Window Tint and Child Safety: Heat and UV Ray Reduction

For any parent with children of varying ages, child car safety is a vital consideration. And while the top items mentioned here are typically seatbelts and other protective elements like car seats and booster seats, there’s another area here some parents don’t consider in this realm: Window tint.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re here to offer robust window tinting services for a variety of clients, from those installing them primarily for aesthetic and style reasons to those with safety and vehicle protection themes top of mind. This two-part blog series will go over the various important areas where window tint provides basic protection for children within a vehicle.

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Issues With Window Shading

As you’ll see in our subsequent sections, a primary area of protection offered to children by window tint is heat and temperature reduction. We’re often asked whether a window shade might serve as a similar item to window tint – the answer is no, and there are a couple reasons why.

For starters, these options simply don’t provide the same quality of protection as window tint film. For another, they are not custom-designed and are often either too small or too large for a given window, meaning they don’t block all the heat and they also must be installed and removed regularly, which can be a big hassle. For true protection in this area, window tinting is the way to go.

Now on to some of the child safety and protection benefits offered by window tint.

Seats and Heat

For those who own vehicles with leather interiors especially, seats can become quite hot when the car has been sitting in the sun for some time. And for children who have graduated from the car seat and are old enough to be sitting on the actual seat material, this heat risks burns among children who often won’t be prepared for this added heat on their seat.

Child skin is more sensitive than adult skin, as well, making this a heightened risk. Luckily, window tint reflects the sun’s rays and significantly reduces the amount of heat that makes its way inside the car and onto seats, limiting this risk.

UV Ray Protection

In addition, window tint protects you and your children from both UVA and UVB rays – the former, especially, are often not blocked by typical car windows. UVA rays can penetrate the skin deeply and increase both aging and cancer risks down the line. However, a window tint blocks 99% of these rays, giving you an early jump on keeping your child safe from not only the UVB rays that cause sunburn, but also other harmful rays your car’s glass isn’t protecting them from.

For more on how window tint helps protect your child in the car, or to learn about any of our window tint, car audio or other automotive upgrades, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Car Speaker Cleaning: Materials and Formats

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on cleaning your car stereo’s speakers and grill equipment. This task, which should be done regularly to prevent dust and other debris from impacting the speakers, is simple enough as long as you have the basic know-how.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to help with all your car audio needs, from car stereo installation to basic upkeep and maintenance of any of our automotive upgrades. Much of part one in our series went over the basic materials you need on-hand and how you can go about removing the grill that holds your speakers and protects them – today’s part two of our series will dig into the different grill materials out there and how they are cleaned, plus how to deal with grills that can’t be removed during this process.

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Grill Materials and Cleaning

Speaker grills in vehicles may be made of a few different materials, including hard plastic, metal and even fabric in some cases. How you clean the grill will depend largely on the material it’s made from:

  • Plastic or metal: These options allow for the use of a sponge and water to scrub dirt or any debris from surfaces. You must be careful, however, to avoid bending any plastic parts during rinsing, plus to allow for enough time for the grill to dry completely before you put it back in its designated location.
  • Fabric: For these kinds of speaker grills, use a vacuum with an attached dust brush, plus a dry-cleaning powder spray. In cases where the grill has not been cleaned in some time, you may have to use a mild detergent to assist with this process.

As for the speaker itself, only the cloth will be necessary – do not spray any liquid cleaners or related items into the speaker, as this may ruin it. Simply use the cloth to remove any dust or debris, plus to wipe off any spills or buildups on the exterior of the speaker’s surface.

Grills That Won’t Remove

What if your grill is not removable, either by hand or by using a screwdriver? Don’t worry, you can still clean it, but just with a different method. You’ll need a lint roller for this, allowing you to clean up basic debris without risking damage or interference. Most other cases will require compressed air or a vacuum, which should be used just as gently as you would in a removable situation. We do not recommend any moisture coming into contact with a non-removable grill, as this risks it seeping into the speaker and damaging or ruining it.

For more on cleaning car stereo speakers, or to learn about any of our car audio, window tinting or other automotive upgrades, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Car Speaker Cleaning: Equipment and Grill Removal

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to serve as your comprehensive car audio experts. From basic car stereo installation to numerous advanced setup themes involving speakers, car subwoofers and numerous other accessories, we’ll help you achieve all your sound needs for an affordable price.

We’re also here to help with the long-term upkeep and maintenance of any of our car audio equipment, whether in our shop or by providing expertise to clients for basic care. One of the most common questions we get here: How should you properly clean your car’s speakers and speaker grills when this need arises, both to ensure dust and other debris aren’t a concern and to leave the entire setup as aesthetically pleasing as possible? This two-part blog series will go over several basic tips in this area.

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Equipment On-Hand

Assuming your speakers come in standard speaker grills that hold and protect them, you’ll need the following pieces of equipment for cleaning these items:

  • Two flat-blade screwdrivers
  • A vacuum cleaner with attached upholstery
  • A dry-cleaning powder spray in a compressed air can
  • A face mask and dust brush
  • Mild detergent and warm waster
  • A microfiber cloth and lint roller

Power Down

The first step here is one most will remember, but you’d be surprised how often this is glossed over: Turn off the stereo completely. If there are visible cables connected to the stereo and speakers, be sure these are disconnected before any cleaning begins – and before you attempt to remove the speaker grills.

Removing Grills

In certain cases, speaker grills for your car audio system may come in a format where they can be removed by hand. If this is the case, you can remove the screwdrivers we listed above from your equipment needs.

In most cases, though, speaker grills require a screwdriver for removal. Using a flat-blade screwdriver, remove all the screws holding the grill in place – be as gentle as you can while doing this. From here, begin gently pulling at the ends of the grill to remove it, taking care to avoid any sudden movements or jerking that might cause damage. In some cases, if the grill is stuck due to dirt and any kind of sticky buildup that’s formed over a period of time, you may have to insert the screwdriver head into the gap to wedge it open; again, do this as carefully as you can and try to avoid any sudden jerking or pushing motions. Once one side protrudes enough to be gripped and pulled, you can switch to this format.

For more on how to clean and maintain car speakers and their grills, or to learn about any of our car audio, window tinting or other automotive upgrades, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Advantages of Bluetooth Technology in a Vehicle, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the standard benefits of Bluetooth for car stereos and related systems. Bluetooth is known as a convenience item, but is also ideal for areas like car safety and several other practical themes.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer a wide variety of car audio installation options, including Bluetooth technology for those who don’t already have it installed in their vehicle. Beyond the most well-known benefits of Bluetooth systems we went over in part one, what are some of the other top reasons to consider this installation for both music and other car audio needs? Here are some other common benefits.

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Sound Quality and Music

Especially compared to some of the older alternatives for playing music in a car, the quality level of Bluetooth will be a major upgrade. Some of these older methods include auxiliary connections or even radio-partnered pieces that plug into the car’s lighter function – not only are these often difficult to connect and deal with, the sound quality they offer just doesn’t compare.

Bluetooth, on the other hand, offers clear, high-quality sound. It’s designed with noise resistance and other qualities that mark modern audio, ensuring that everything from music to podcasts, radio and more is perfectly toned and pitched.

Devices, Apps and Data

For starters, Bluetooth is compatible with a huge variety of devices and apps. There’s virtually no modern smartphone that comes without Bluetooth, and the same goes for various apps that might be used to control car audio.

In addition, if your Bluetooth phone has data tethering capabilities, these can be transferred to the devices connected to it. This allows for greater connectivity even while you’re on the go, including occasions where you may even need to utilize your laptop while parked.

Health Benefits

Finally, one area that isn’t talked about as often here but is very real: Potential health benefits from Bluetooth usage. While there isn’t necessarily precise research directly linking phone usage with future health risks, there’s no question that radiation and other emissions from the phone have had negative effects to human health in the past – and it simply stands to reason that carrying out your phone calls using Bluetooth, whether in the car or using wireless headphones, will limit these risks because your phone is not as close to your head.

Again, more research is needed to confirm this. But combined with the safety improvement of a hands-free talking capability, there’s no question Bluetooth plays a real role in driver well-being.

For more on Bluetooth and why it’s so beneficial for your car stereo system and other vehicle areas, or to learn about any of our automotive accessories, window tint or other services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Advantages of Bluetooth Technology in a Vehicle, Part 1

There are several modern technological advances that have created major improvements for car audio, and one of the best examples here is Bluetooth. A common wireless technology that’s used across numerous smartphones and other common devices, Bluetooth connection allows for seamless connectivity between your vehicle’s audio system and the devices that hold your music or other audio.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer numerous car audio services or additions, including Bluetooth technology for older vehicle models that don’t come with this pre-installed. From the simple convenience of Bluetooth to several other practical benefits it carries, why is this an installation you should seriously consider for your car sound system? This two-part blog series will go over all the basics of Bluetooth plus the positive impacts of installing it in your vehicle.

advantages Bluetooth technology vehicle

Bluetooth Basics and Capabilities

As we noted above, Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology that allows for the connection of two devices. It’s commonly used in situations where an audio source device, such as a smartphone, needs to be connected to a speaker input source that has more power than the smaller device.

Bluetooth has several significant benefits, from the basic convenience and added speaker power it allows to the hands-free nature it offers. We’ll hit on these in our subsequent sections.

Safety Improvement

For many, the top benefit of Bluetooth within a vehicle is the safety improvement it brings. As numerous areas of research and statistics have shown over recent years, taking phone calls or texting while driving is incredibly dangerous, and has unfortunately led to a wide range of injuries and even deaths on the road.

Bluetooth, however, eliminates this danger. A Bluetooth system can be infused into your car to allow you to not only pick up phone calls hands-free, but make your own calls and even send or receive text messages using voice notification. This allows you to focus 100% of your vision and both your hands on the road at all times.

Convenience Factors

These same features also provide fantastic convenience, both for those who are actively driving and even those who aren’t. Hands-free leaves you available to perform other tasks if you’re sitting stopped in your car, a major factor for those who often work “from their cars,” so to speak.

On top of this, modern Bluetooth has even more capabilities. It often includes the ability to connect with two phones at once, for instance, or to interface with your car’s visual screen and audio to announce who is calling or texting you.

For more on the benefits of a Bluetooth installation in your vehicle, or to learn about any of our car audio installations or related services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Boat Speaker Sound Quality Matters

In our last blog post, we went over some of the important technical differences between boat and car speakers. Knowing these differences helps boat owners understand what types of audio systems are appropriate for their boats. Today, we’re going to talk about the sound quality you should expect from your boat speakers.

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Boat Stereos Have Specific Audio Requirements

Nobody who plans to be out on the water all day fishing, waterskiing or just relaxing wants to put on their favorite music only to find out they can barely hear it. When you buy the right boat speakers for your vessel, this won’t happen.

Car stereo systems only need to be powerful enough for you to hear the music inside the car. It’s usually pretty easy to hear your car stereo, even on the highway with the windows down. In fact, if your car speakers are too powerful, it can be difficult to contain the music inside the car.

But boat speakers are different. Marine speakers must be able to rise above ambient noise concerns such as waves lapping against the boat, high winds and the roar of the boat’s engine.

To contend with all this background noise and produce music that boaters and their passengers can hear, boat speakers project the sound differently. At the same time, they’re designed to allow listeners to be able to hear the music clearly without needing to turn the volume up to 10.

Boat Speakers Transmit Sound Differently

Along with overcoming background noise, marine speakers must meet other challenges as well.

For instance, if you and your family and friends enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing, you know it can be hard to hear the music behind the boat. Laketown Speed and Sound sells boat speakers that are specially designed to entertain those participating in water sports by projecting sound in a wider arc.

When you shop at Laketown Speed and Sound, you’re investing in speakers that will maximize the fun for every member of your party, whether on the boat or behind it.

Marine Speakers Are Built Differently

Most car speaker manufacturers use paper cones to create their soundwaves. These would not work in a boat, since boat speakers can get wet. In fact, even dampness can negatively impact the sound in car speakers. Marine speakers instead have to be made with special, waterproof plastic cones in order to get the (safe) volume that you need out on the lake.

Knowledgeable boat owners from all over Utah trust Laketown Speed and Sound to install the right speakers for their boats. Just look at our testimonials! Come talk to the experienced techs at Laketown to make sure you will get the best sound quality on your boating trips.

Can You Put Car Speakers in a Boat? (Spoiler Alert: No.)

While many of us consider ourselves proficient in or knowledgeable about car stereo installation, boat stereo installation is an entirely different beast. There is much to consider regarding boat stereos that even car stereo enthusiasts wouldn’t always remember to think about. That’s why boat owners in Draper and throughout the Wasatch Front turn to Laketown Speed and Sound for boat stereo sales and installations.

If you’re tempted to try to repurpose old car speakers as boat speakers, try to resist – they weren’t meant for the job and will not hold up to the elements. Boat speakers must survive much harsher conditions than car speakers. These include:

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1. Humidity

Boat speakers need to withstand a humid atmosphere. Speakers not especially designed for this environment may warp, causing the sound to become distorted. Car speakers enjoy a temperature-controlled environment.

2. Dampness

Wiring for boat audio installation must be covered in a waterproof material to ensure nothing goes haywire if it gets wet. Car wires aren’t exposed to water (hopefully), so a waterproof sealant is not necessary.

3. Salty Air

When you’re boating in Utah, salt can be a concern, since the Great Salt Lake is such a huge draw. Salty air can promote corrosion of speaker components, but boat speakers are built to stand up to a salty environment. In fact, they are often made of stainless steel as a precaution against rust. With car speakers, you don’t have to worry about corrosion, so they are made of different materials.

4. Heat

Boat speakers also need to be able to tolerate long exposures to heat and direct sunlight, as well as sudden changes in temperature. Ultraviolet rays from the sun beating down on your speakers can make parts of the speaker softer, and weaken the adhesives holding the plastic and rubber components together. Most cars get some shade, especially if the windows are tinted.

Get Your Boat Speakers at Laketown

Laketown Speed and Sound understands what marine speakers need to be able last for many years. We install boat speakers with marine-grade plastic which can not only endure direct sunlight all day, but also withstand cold, salty spray – all without suffering any damage.

Boat owners in and around Draper turn to Laketown Speed and Sound for our expertise – we want you to enjoy your favorite music on your boat for years to come, whether you’re fishing, participating in water sports or just enjoying a fun afternoon on the Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake or another one of the beautiful bodies of water we have here in the Intermountain West.

Count on Laketown Speed and Sound for high-quality marine audio installation.

Car Window Tint and Burglary Deterrence, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on how window tint serves as a excellent addition to vehicle security against burglaries and similar car crimes. By making vehicles tougher to see into, plus a few other specific factors added by window tint, vehicle owners achieve significant burglary deterrence compared to cars without such tint.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer window tinting, automotive security and several related themes to all our clients. Even if burglary prevention isn’t your top focus when installing a new window tint, we’ll inform you on the benefits it brings in this area and how you can further supplement your vehicle’s security while parked. In today’s part two of our blog, we’ll go over a few other benefits of both window tinting and alarm systems for burglary deterrence.

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Glass Injury Reduction

Most burglars are at least somewhat selective and will target empty vehicles – meaning those that do not have tint, allowing them to see inside and gauge what valuables are there, plus whether anyone is inside. There are always a few duller pencils among the bunch, however, and some less intelligent burglars may even try to break into your car while you’re in it.

In such an unfortunate circumstance, one of the most dangerous aspects is broken glass injuring you. But with tinted windows, you have a ceramic coating on the inside of windows that will reinforce the window, supporting it and making the glass harder to break. Even if the glass does break, it won’t shatter into as many pieces and won’t spread as far.

Alarm System Value

In addition to window tinting, we’re also proud to offer automotive security services that include the latest in car alarm systems. Specifically, we offer systems that are designed to protect against several potential forms of burglary, including the “smash and grab” we went over in part one – some alarm systems don’t necessarily cover all windows or certain parts of the car, but ours do.

Sensors

In fact, modern alarm systems generally contain a variety of different sensors for protection. Ensure you ask about any of these if you’re unsure whether they’re part of an alarm system you’re looking to install:

  • Glass break sensors: Detecting the sound of shattering glass, and also generally detecting tampering or impact to the glass that doesn’t break it.
  • Pressure sensors: Detecting changes to air pressure within the vehicle, such as if a window is broken or doors are forced open without being unlocked.
  • Shock sensors: Noting impact on any part of the car’s body, including the intensity of the impact.
  • Motion sensors: Allowing for motion detection inside the vehicle, alerting owners immediately to burglaries or similar crimes while the vehicle is locked.

For more on how window tint helps protect your vehicle from burglary risks, or to learn about any of our car stereo installation or other automotive services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.