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Houzz Feature | Design Ideas Coming to Homes Near You in 2017

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Looking for some great ideas for your home? How about a voice-activated assistant that will give you a weather update while you pour coffee into a preheated mug from a warming drawer? Not your style? No worries — there’s something for everyone in this preview of 2017 design trends. We plowed into Houzz data, sifted through popular photos and articles, and talked to industry leaders for this look at 27 things we think you’ll be seeing more of in the home in 2017.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Top Five Blog Posts From Last Year

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Jasco had a busy and exciting 2016. We launched new products, innovated existing products, and everything in between. Our blog followers have allowed us to share our journey, thoughts, and ideas along the way. Your favorite blog posts from 2016 ranged from DIY smart lamps to everything about surge protectors, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. See below for your favorite top five blog posts from 2016!

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Topics: Connected Home, LED Lighting, Around the Home, Q&A

4 Essential Steps to Declutter Cables in Your Home

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The haphazard assortment of cables, cords and wires living behind your TV can be a major headache to look at. When you purchase a new device, you're excited and eager to hook it up until you see the mess of cords already in existence behind your entertainment center, on bedside tables, and under your desk. There are several options to safely and easily install new gadgets or electronics to your space without digging through cables to find an open electrical socket on your surge protector. Over time, cables have a tendency to become knotted together. Whether they are in a storage box or in use, safely plugged into a surge protector, cables can quickly become a giant mess. Follow these easy steps to declutter cables in your home:

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, Power

Bring Holiday Cheer Inside Your Home with Projectables Night Lights

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'Tis the season for mistletoe, stocking stuffers, fresh baked cookies and elves to go sneaking about shelves, but what about the night time bed routine? How can you get your kids into the holiday spirit without having them stay up all night to try a get a glimpse of Santa? We have a solution! Christmas Projectables Night Lights!

This year’s assortment of holiday Projectables features single image plug-in night lights, six-image plug in night lights and six-image battery operated night lights.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Weekend DIY Projects For a Smart(er) Home with Z-Wave

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Whether you've dabbled in home automation or consider yourself a "DIY weekend warrior" when it comes to home technology, some smart home projects may seem like an intimidating task at first. Not to mention the number of devices that can be integrated into a smart home is growing at an accelerated rate. However, choosing the best smart devices for your home and lifestyle may be easier than you think. Not all smart home products are overly complex gadgets. There are several options for adding products that are quick and easy to install and require little to no wiring.

First, consider your needs. Do you want to add smart technology throughout your entire home, or add smart devices one room at a time? Second, choose the types of products that would make your life easier. Think about the activities that take place in different rooms on a daily basis. Which of these would be more enjoyable or easier with the help of smart home products?

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Topics: Connected Home, How To, Around the Home, News

Your Game Plan for a Successful Tailgate

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Whether its college football, NFL, or both its time to get ready for your favorite team to hit the field! One of the best ways to enjoy game day besides actually attending the game is with a grill, your friends, and the great outdoors at a tailgate. There many different ways to tailgate but here are a few game plan tips for any tailgate to be a success.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Mobility

Tips and Tricks for Hanging Outdoor Lighting

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It’s that time of year! The time when we get really busy running around, buying presents, cooking yummy food and surrounding ourselves with our loved ones. It’s also time to start hanging outdoor lighting and creating your Christmas light masterpiece.

Oh what fun it will be to get out all those lights and create a unique look for your home this year. But what’s not so fun is if you plug in too many lights to a standard plug without any precautions and POOF! goes your lights.

Before you start looking around like Joyce from Stanger Things trying to decide if your Christmas lights are trying to tell you something, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks to advise you on what your holiday lights would say if they could talk.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security

Holiday Shopping Survival Guide–Tips from a Black Friday Veteran

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Which foods do we want to prepare? Which activities do we want to add to the calendar? What gifts will we buy for our loved ones? In my family, Black Friday shopping is a family bonding experience. The children stay at home with Grandpa, and all the adults (siblings and spouses and Grandma) hit the stores. Black Friday used to involve trying to stay warm outside a Best Buy at 3 am, but as the early morning opening hours of previous years slowly moved into the evening hours and then the late afternoon hours of Thanksgiving Day, we’ve had to amend our tactics. But the overall plan remains the same– safely and successfully cross off as many items on our shopping list in one night!

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Topics: How To, Mobility, Power

Meet the New Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart Bulb by Jasco

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LED Smart Bulbs are one of the easiest ways to automate your home and our new Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart bulb offers a new way to interact with your smart home and save energy. Adding to a comprehensive ecosystem of indoor and outdoor dimmers, switches, sensors and Z-Wave smart controls, the Enbrighten Smart Bulb is fully dimmable and easy to install anywhere in the home without any wiring or complicated set up required. Breathe new life into your Z-Wave smart home by upgrading to Enbrighten LED Smart Bulbs.

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Topics: Connected Home, Around the Home, News

How to Have the Best Road Trip

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Road trips can be a great time, taking you to new places that you've never been before, places you couldn't get to as easily on a plane. However, if you aren't properly prepared, road trips can quickly turn into a disaster. With these quick travel tips, you will be sure to have an easy, and fun road trip experience!

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Topics: How To, Mobility

Introducing New GE Z-Wave Motion Sensors and Smart Switches

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Whether you’d like to adjust your home’s lighting for convenience, security, or to simply save more money, we're making it easier to keep your home safer, smarter and more secure. We are excited to announce the availability of three new products joining the largest line of Z-Wave connected lighting controls. Starting today, our new GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Door Sensor, Portable Smart Motion Sensor and 40 Amp Outdoor Smart Switch are now available online and in stores at major retailers. 

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Topics: Connected Home, Safety & Security, News

A Football Fan's Guide to Cutting the Cord without Missing a Play

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It’s that time of the year, everyone’s favorite season, football season. Whether you’re gearing up to cheer on your alma mater this Saturday, making plans for your next NFL watch party, or adjusting this week’s fantasy football lineup, it’s a busy time for football fans.

It used to be hard to watch football without a cable subscription, but those days are long gone. Today, there are more affordable and legal ways to stream your favorite college and NFL teams than ever before. And not only that, you can get access to tons of sports content in HD for free using an OTA antenna. Don’t miss a single play and save some money while doing it: Here’s a quick look at how you can watch sports online without cable in this football fans guide to cutting the cord.

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Topics: Cutting the Cord

Lighting Tips for Halloween and Trick-or-Treaters

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Halloween is the one night a year when people will walk outside after dark with small children. Safety is obviously a major concern when it comes to the activity of trick-or-treating. Here are some lighting tips for Halloween and some festive ways to light up your holiday and enjoy a safe night.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Safety & Security

4 Cozy Tips to Extend Your Patio Usage This Fall

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It was your favorite place to start your day with your first cup of coffee all summer. You sat out there with your loved ones in the lazy afternoons. You soaked up the last hours of the day and watched the sun go down all from your favorite perch. But, what do you do when the daylight hours wane and the chill creeps in? Make your outdoor space a cozy spot you can enjoy all season with these 4 tips to extend your patio usage this fall. 

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

MISSING – 3.5mm Auxiliary Cable Jack

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If you haven't heard the big news, major cell makers like Apple and Motorola are eliminating the 3.5mm auxiliary cable jack from their newly released phones, which include the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Where is it going? Why is it going away? And, most importantly, what does that mean for headphones and the way you will listen to music or any audio for that matter?

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Topics: Mobility, News

The Star Trek Home Is Here (and How to Build One)

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Star Trek, perhaps more than any other piece of popular culture, has played a special role in the history, evolution, and design of the technology that powers our daily lives. Offering an optimistic vision of humanity’s future, one mainstay of Star Trek’s onscreen universe is its portrayal of futuristic technologies drawn from the most cutting edge ideas of its contemporary scientists, futurists, and authors.

Now 50 years old and spanning over 700 hours of television, Star Trek has inspired two generations of young scientists and engineers to turn its technological vision into reality. The cell phone, desktop computer, touchscreen interfaces, teleconferencing (Skype), and the iPad – to name but a few – all have strong conceptual and aesthetic roots in Star Trek’s portrayal of the future, often decades before their appearance in the real world. But among the most alluring technologies portrayed within its cannon is the concept of the Star Trek Computer and the effortless, AI-assisted control it gives users over information and their environment. That technology is now finally here, and you can have it in your home today.

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Topics: Connected Home, How To

Tech Gadgets That Will Help You Survive School

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Gone are the days when school necessities consisted of pen and paper. In modern times, you need all of the newest tech gadgets to survive school–both in and out of class . Here are some of the best, most useful, products you can pick up to ensure you have everything you need.
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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Mobility, Power, Cutting the Cord

Easy Ways to Make a Big Impact in Your Home

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As the days cool down, we spend more and more time inside our homes. If being cooped up inside makes you stressed or uneasy, it may be that your home is not the sanctuary it ought to be. You may believe that updating your home is expensive or time-consuming. But there are some affordable and easy ways to make a big impact in your home.

Painting can be a quick afternoon project that can really bring personality to your home. Pick a wall that needs a little love or maybe even go bold with color on your front door. After you have your inspiration, head to your local hardware store and choose your paint color and your supplies. Try an aqua or sage green to feel at one with nature. Or cheer up a room with a bright shade of mustard. Don’t forget to lay out a drop cloth to protect your floors and belongings.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home

Why you need a 9-foot long USB charging cable in your life

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It's safe to say almost everyone is a heavy smartphone user these days. We stream music, read the news, check social media, communicate with our friends and family and use our phones for tons of other daily tasks. And sometimes your phone's battery just can't make it all the way through the day. That doesn't mean you have to glue yourself to the wall while you recharge. You no longer have to be that person sitting on the floor at the airport, leaving your phone plugged in across the room or twisting yourself into a pretzel to use your phone while it's charging by your bed.

The best solution is to simply upgrade your short USB charging cable to a longer, faster more durable charging cable. It’s a small and easy thing to do that can make a big impact on your daily life. It solves tricky plug placements in airports, coffee shops and even your own home. 

Wondering what cable is your best option? Try the GE 9 ft. USB Sync and Charge Cable.

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Topics: Around the Home, Mobility, Power

Light Up Your Home with LED Motion Activated Lights

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Who forgets to turn off the lights in your house? Where does it happen the most?

We are all familiar with walking into a pitch black hallway or room and having to reach for the light switch in order to see where we are going. Or when a quick trip to the bathroom or kitchen leads to all the lights being left on by accident. Let motion-activated lights guide you around your home without having to flip a light switch (and remembering to turn them back off!) motion lights will not only change the way you use your lights in general but they can also save you money with energy-efficient LED lights that only activate in the dark and automatically turn themselves off once you leave the room.

Motion nights lights come in different style sizes and colors to fit the décor of your home. However, one big difference is whether they are plug-in or battery powered. While both offer the same motion sensing and lighting capabilities, they will have pros and cons depending on what your specific needs are. The plug in versions are ready straight out of the packaging, all you need is an available outlet and you are good to go. The drawback to the plug in version is part of what makes it easy to use, the need for an empty outlet. If you have an area in your home that could use some light but don’t have a free outlet or do but it just isn’t accessible or in the best area in the room this version will not work for you.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home