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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Tips for Your Fourth of July Celebration

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With the summer well under way, the kids out of school, and the warm weather it’s a perfect time to get everyone together and what better way than with a Fourth of July celebration! All you really need is a backyard, some food, drinks, and good company to have a good time but here are 3 tips for your Fourth of July celebration that you may not have considered. These aren’t necessities but they can definitely add to the overall experience for you and your guests.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Mobility, Power