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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring is just around the corner and now is the time many start planning camping trips with their family and friends. Jasco has created the perfect camping and hiking companion, the new GE Enbrighten® USB Lantern. Great for charging your phone on the go, this USB Lantern provides a 1.0Amp charging rate that can supply battery life for any smartphone, eReader or digital camera.
Childproofing your home should be reconsidered with all your electronics in your home.
In the modern home, there are now numerous electronics, gadgets and electrical wires that children can get a hold of. Whether you are expecting, new parents or seasoned-parents, there are plenty of easy ways to childproof your home and improve your family's overall safety by making sure children cannot easily access certain electronics and areas in the home that could be dangerous.
Here are five ways to increase the safety through childproofing your home:
Winter isn't over just yet, and for many of us, some of the strongest winter storms often strike in January and February. That is why it's so important to plan for the possibility of a power outage.
Even when we're warned days in advance of possible severe weather or ice storms, power outages can still take us by surprise and can be scary for both children and adults. However, there are plenty of easy steps to take before a winter storm strikes to help protect your home (and all your precious gadgets) and insure peace and readiness for you and your family.
Jasco had another incredible year at CES! During the past week, we announced a handful of new, innovative products that we're excited to launch in 2016. For those of you who couldn't make it to Vegas this year, here are some snapshots from the show floor and a full recap of CES 2016 in case you missed anything.
We recently announced Jasco is partnering with Water4 this year, a leading non-profit organization providing access to clean drinking water to a quarter million people and counting, at CES 2016 to help save lives and benefit thousands around the world. Together, we're working to transform the quality of life for people and entire communities around the world by helping rapidly increase the number of people with access to safe water.
You’ve made your list and checked it twice, now it’s time to start on your shopping! Not sure where, or how, to begin? Whether you're looking for gifts for a DIY-er, TV lover or the techie in your life, let us help you with some gift inspiration. We’ve designed a simple, easy-to-use Holiday Gift Guide that will help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list.
While the kids are back in the classroom, parents should utilize the time to start and finish one fall home improvement project before the craziness of the holidays officially takes over. You don't have to hire contractors for a large scale project, such as building an addition. Instead, you may find it beneficial to install some projects to boost up your home's comfort and relaxation levels. Take advantage of the weather before it gets too cold, especially if you've been wanting to make some upgrades to your outdoor patio.
As we enter into autumn and winter, we face shorter days, longer nights and the end of daylight saving time. Coming home from work or dinner with friends, we're often dealing with decreased visibility and a greater risk of accidents. This could make for a minor inconvenience like knocking over your favorite lamp or a greater danger, such as failing to notice an intruder.
Automating household lighting adds security and comfort in the darker months and can keep you, your family and your favorite items safer. Here's a few simple ways to prepare your home for fall.
Halloween is a night known for treats but also tricks. While the holiday is associated with costumes, scary movies, jack-o'-lanterns and sweet treats, it's also a night known for mischief ranging from vandalism to robbery.
While fright is a part of the Halloween tradition, fear of crime doesn't need to be. Taking smart precautions and installing home electrical security features can help protect you and your family from Halloween mayhem.
Boo! It's time for terrifying thrills and monstrous scares as Halloween night approaches. Soon you'll be carving pumpkins, perfecting costumes and chowing down on entirely too much candy. As you prepare for a frightful Halloween night, don't forget to think about your home lighting.
From sinister shadows and flickering lights to fun-filled designs for the kids, smart lighting is a great way to enhance Halloween fun. It's also a crucial step for maintaining a secure environment for trick-or-treaters. Here are some tips to turn your home into an exciting and safe Halloween haunt using smart lighting controls:
Jasco recently partnered with the National Autism Association (NAA) to help launch a new school safety program for educators. The Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit® is a free-of-charge safety kit designed to help schools keep students with autism safe and prevent wandering incidents from classrooms.
The NAA is the leading voice on issues related to autism safety and crisis prevention. As a proud supporter, Jasco has donated 1,000 4-packs of GE branded Window/Door Alarm Kits to the NAA’s Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit.
Your college checklist might seem like a never-ending list of things you'll need before you leave for school this fall, and that may be somewhat true. Many of these basic items like twin XL bedding, a shower caddy and storage bins are no-brainers when it comes to college stuff you know you'll need. Here is a list of 5 forgotten dorm essentials you actually need but probably didn't think about. Many students won’t discover they need these items until they’re in a pinch, like the night before a presentation or when a small paper cut becomes infected and the closest antibacterial ointment is miles away at a CVS store instead of in your dorm room (see #5 below).
Keeping your home protected is becoming easier, more affordable and efficient with new technology on the market. Each year, additional upgrades are made to home surveillance systems and more people implement this technology in and around their house.
According to the research group MarketsandMarkets, the agency predicts the industrial surveillance industry will grow to $38 billion by the end of 2020. That would be a roughly 9 percent increase in home surveillance monitoring systems purchased from 2014 to 2015. With the demand for both industrial and home security growing, many consumers wonder what they should look for in the future. Here are five trends to keep an eye on within the home surveillance industry:
Making your house accessible for seniors will reduce the risk of slip-and-falls.
While retirement and elderly care facilities have their benefits when it comes to safety, some people simply don't want to leave the comfort of their own home. However, if you are housing a parent or grandparent, or are an elder wanting to continue to live at home, you may have to "seniorize" your house.