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Jasco is Heading to CES 2018

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It’s that time of year again, holiday shopping, peppermint everything, tree decorating, and ramping up for some exciting company and product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas (CES).

Last year, we announced our rugged outdoor EcoSurvivor brand and partnership with MMA fighter, Justin Wren, and nonprofit partner, Water4, to support their mission of seeing the global water crisis eradicated in this lifetime. This year, we’re announcing the availability of the EcoSurvivor product line and pledging 50 percent of net proceeds to clean water projects with Water4. 

Beyond donating proceeds for every EcoSurvivor product purchased, we're also incorporating philanthropy into our booth experience to reach thousands at CES–one of the largest trade shows in the United States.

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Topics: CES

Cafe Lights Inspiring Ideas: Creative Uses and DIY Muses

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Are you looking for a unique way to use your string lights? There are way more uses for Café Lights than the traditional outdoor/patio application. They can be used for indoor lighting, as a chandelier, and even as a headboard! The versatility, durability and color changing aspect of these lights allow for unlimited uses - let your creative energy take the reins!

We recently partnered with some incredibly talented bloggers to help inspire you with creative ideas and clever ways to hang Enbrighten Seasons Color Changing Cafe Lights — from 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 inspiring ideas with us too on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Tech Gift Guide | Team Jasco Edition

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Finding a gift that is cool, useful, and affordable is no easy task. From fun electronics, to trendy tech, to the latest fashion - the possibilities for your list are never ending! According to the Consumer Technology Association, approximately 68% of adults plan on buying some sort of technology gift alone.

It's even harder to narrow down your wish list when you work for a company that makes a ton of innovative products. We asked a few Jasco employees to share what Jasco items are going to be at the top of their lists this year. After much deliberation, here are the top product picks our team members said they wanted the most for Christmas. We hope this Jasco Holiday Tech Gift Guide helps give you a little Christmas list inspiration!

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Topics: Connected Home, LED Lighting, Around the Home, Power

10 Ways a USB Battery Pack Makes Life Easier

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Is the battery running low on your mobile phone or tablet again? Do you find yourself always searching for a safe place to charge your phone? Have no fear – battery packs are here!

There’s a battery pack out there for every situation. The Power Gear Battery Pack is lightweight making it easy to carry with you, while the EcoSurvivor Battery Pack is durable enough for even the most remote locations. Here are just a few ways a USB battery pack can help you keep your phone charged no matter where you are.

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Topics: Around the Home, Mobility

Outdoor Essentials Checklist: 5 Items You Need Before Heading Outdoors

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Depending on whether you love getting out on the lake, going camping, hiking, or just spending some time outside on a beautiful day, your need-to-pack list might be wildly different. Your camping gear may require a first aid kit and a tent. Hiking calls for good, solid shoes. And your lake trip may have you transporting water skis and a lifejacket.

However, these 5 outdoor essentials are must-haves for your packing list and are suited for any outdoor activity you have your heart set on. We took these items along on a recent camping trip with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and really put them to the test.

Outdoor Essentials Checklist: 5 Things Not to Forget Before Heading Outdoors

  1. Water bottles for staying hydrated
  2. Durable tech gear for backup power and portable charging  
  3. Suitable clothing with durable fabric    
  4. Portable outdoor-rated light sources 
  5. Storage and organization (proper bags, packs or containers)
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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Safety & Security, Mobility

Zombie Apocalypse / Emergency Storm Preparedness Guide

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Storms can strike at any time of year. But winter storms, with their higher probability of power outages, can be one of the most stressful to experience. This emergency preparedness guide will help you be ready for any winter storm or emergency situation that arises by helping you plan as though you've found yourself in the midst of a zombie attack.

Whether it's a snowstorm or the zombie apocalypse, being prepared to be stranded with no power and very little possibility to venture outside requires a surprisingly similar set of basic supplies. Read on to learn what you need to be storm (or zombie) prepared:

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Topics: Around the Home, Safety & Security

Houzz Feature | 11 Low Stress Ways to Update Your Kitchen

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Check out these ideas from our friends at Houzz to help you refresh the kitchen space without splurging on a whole new kitchen.

Investing in a new kitchen can be costly and involves an awful lot of upheaval. Instead of embarking on a huge project, consider these snappy ideas and indulge in a little low-stress kitchen refreshment.

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Voice Activated Virtual Assistants: What to Know and Why You Need One

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At this point, you have seen or at least heard of voice activated virtual assistants somewhere online or from a friend. These devices have been around since 2014 and have continued to rise in popularity and are quickly becoming a device that you will find in most homes. The major players in the voice activated virtual assistant space are Google’s Home Assistant and Amazon’s EchoEcho Dot and most recently, the Echo Plus, which has a built-in hub that seamlessly connects and controls ZigBee smart devices.

I will not be comparing the Amazon Echo Devices or Google Home Assistant and recommending one over the other. If you know you want to add one to your home and are trying to decide on a specific device, check out this article for some insight on which device is best for you.

This particular post is simply to further inform you of voice activated virtual assistants and how they function as well as some ways you can use virtual assistants in your day-to-day to make life a little easier.

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Topics: Connected Home, Around the Home

Q&A: Cafe String Lights

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Whether you call them outdoor string lights, party lights, bistro lights, globe lights, or specifically Enbrighten Cafe Lights (our personal favorite), it’s clear that cafe string lights are very trendy right now. They add a touch of magic to any space and you’d be hard pressed to find a patio (or reading nook, home theater, or garden) that couldn’t be improved by the glow of beautiful cafe string lights.

If you’ve been considering adding cafe lights to your space but still have questions, we have all the answers to your cafe lights questions in this Q&A session!

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

Cut the Cord? Watch Your Favorite TV Shows With an HD Antenna

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With the average cost of cable over $100/month and up to $1,200 a year - it's no wonder people everywhere are making the decision to ditch their cable plan and cut the cord. But to many, cutting the cord seems terrifying. How can you watch your favorite shows without cable? Can one honestly live without it? The answer is simple: yes you can, and you can do it easily! Getting your TV fix without cable is easier now than it has ever been. You can still watch TV without cable and catch any, and all, of the best shows by using:

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Topics: How To, Cutting the Cord