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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

5 Tips to Help Homeowners Choose the Right Smart Home Devices

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Home automation is picking up speed, and very soon there will be no slowing it down. Homeowners and tech lovers everywhere are trying their best to get their hands on a piece of the smart home, and take it for a spin to see what all the fuss is about. Now, more than ever, homeowners are gravitating towards finding a spot for tech in their homes. Can you blame them? Connected homes and home automation devices go hand in hand to turn the house into a beacon of comfort, efficiency, and sometimes laziness.

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Topics: Connected Home, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security

USB-C: Say Hello to a Smarter Connection with USB Type-C Cables

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Every time we turn around, there is a new phone, tablet or innovative technology coming out with brand new benefits outdoing the last. USB Type-C™ (or just USB-C) is one of those exciting new developments. Motorola and Samsung have recently debuted new devices with USB-C and other leading manufacturers like Google, LG, Apple and Dell have also built their latest and greatest devices with USB-C since last year.

The main benefits of USB-C include speed, power and ease-of-use. With USB-C, we will have much faster data transfer speeds, faster charging and a lot more power! We can finally decrease the amount of time we spend tethered to an outlet. USB-C can help reduce the number of cables needed as well. For example, the same cable used to charge a phone can also be used to supply power to a laptop as long as both devices have a USB-C port.

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Topics: Around the Home, Mobility, News

Cafe Lights Inspiring Ideas: Perfect Patios and Backyard Bliss

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Whether it's a quiet moment relaxing on the patio or a backyard get-together with friends and family, there is something about the soft glow of cafe lights that transforms the entire atmosphere of any occasion. The decorating possibilities are endless when it comes to hanging outdoor string lights on decks and patios. With a variety of sizes and options for lighting designs, cafe lights are the perfect way to quickly re-energize and enhance backyard areas to match your personal style and complement your space.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, News

Leave Your Worries Behind With These Road Trip Essentials

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It’s the end of summer, the weather is nice, and you need a break from the usual. It’s the perfect time to take a road trip, especially with fall right around the corner. Whether it's a couple of hours or a 12+ hour trip, here are some ways to make sure you have a great and comfortable road ahead of you.

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Topics: How To, Safety & Security, Mobility

Space Nebula and Northern Lights Jump out of Sky and onto Your Ceiling

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Night lights in our home matter. They are important. Night lights are often an integral part of getting into the evening groove. From a kid’s bedtime routine, to the quality of actual light to promote healthy sleeping patterns – all is essential. But it doesn’t have to be boring! Getting to bed can be fun and entertaining for everyone.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, News

Cafe Lights Inspiring Ideas: Decorating Indoor Spaces

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Are you on the search for fun and unique  ways to use  string lights around your home? We recently partnered with some incredibly talented bloggers to help inspire you with unique ideas and clever ways to hang Enbrighten Cafe String Lights — from enchanting patios and backyard upgrades to creative indoor decor ideas, to outdoor entertaining tips and more! Get inspired with these DIY projects and be sure to share your own cafe lights inspiration with us too on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Decorating Indoor Spaces with Cafe Lights

When it comes to commercial-grade LED cafe string lights, most people naturally think of using them outdoors. While café lights are a great way to improve outdoor areas like your porch, patio or backyard, you can add just as much charm and ambiance to create an inviting space inside your home. Here are some creative ideas for using cafe lights indoors.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, News

Problems Every Parent Faces - Solved by Technology

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It’s hard work being a parent, especially with a busy school schedule, work schedule and not to mention the countless after school activities and week night practices. Luckily, there are an array of technological advances that can help make our lives much easier. Technology isn’t just a way to bring your home into the twenty-first century, it can also help you parent more effectively so you have more time to spend with your kids. Below are some common problems every parent faces-solved by technology. These are simple and easy solutions that any parent can use to fix small, everyday, problems.

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

3 Reasons to Fall in Love with Outdoor Lighting

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The following is a guest blog from the design and landscaping experts at HavenscapesIf you would like to write for the Jasco blog as a guest contributor please let us know.

Whether it is summer or winter, outdoor lighting can add the perfect touch to your yard. Brightening up your landscape will add a charming, whimsical look to any outdoor space, whether you hang LED cafe string lights on your trees or pavilion or you install landscape lighting alongside your driveway or around your pool.

Here are some ways to use the latest outdoor lighting trends to transform your yard.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Cafe String Lighting Cost and Performance for Business Owners

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Look around any entertainment or dining district and you are sure to find no shortage of Edison-style string lights hanging from restaurants, bars, pubs, and outdoor areas.

It’s clear that string lights are having a cultural moment right now, but these faux retro beauties carry many hidden costs and it's important to consider cafe string lighting cost and performance for business owners. Most notably, they hog energy. A standard 48’ incandescent string light with 24 11W vintage-style bulbs draws a whopping 264 watts per strand. At the national average electricity cost of $0.11 per kilowatt hour, the annual energy costs to run just one set after sundown can exceed $125 – or one- to-two times the entire cost of the product.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Safety & Security, News

A Universal Remote That Actually Makes Your Living Room Look Better

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Do you have more than one remote sitting on your coffee table? Do you have a remote for your TV, one for your DVD player, one for your steaming media device and one from your service provider such as cable or satellite? If this is you, listen up! Jasco has a new line of GE Designer Series Universal Remotes that consolidate and simplify your life. This is a needed solution if you are a remote hoarder or if you gained remotes as you added devices to your home entertainment center. You can even stream on popular streaming media boxes like Roku® and Apple TV.

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Topics: Around the Home, News