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What You Need to Know About the Amazon Echo Plus and ZigBee

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Amazon continues to improve and add to their Alexa powered products – currently sitting at a total of 6 unique Echo devices. While all interesting in their own way, the most impressive option is the new Echo Plus.

The Echo Plus not only builds on the foundation that the Echo and Echo Dot models have established, but it also improves and adds to it. The audio has received a welcomed upgrade when compared to previous iterations thanks to the improved Dolby speakers that produce crisp vocals and extended bass to fill the room with 360 degrees of audio. While improved audio is great, the most significant difference from the rest of the Echo family is the inclusion of a built-in ZigBee smart home hub.

Why is that significant? Why should I buy the Amazon Echo Plus over the others? Read here to find out all you need to know about the Echo Plus.

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Topics: Connected Home, Around the Home, News

Q & A: Timers

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Timers are one of those nifty products that you almost never think about, but can save you time and money! Have you ever thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if this appliance automatically turned on/off at X time?” Or, “I wish I could come home to my lights already on, but I don’t want to waste electricity by leaving them on all day!” In the timer edition of our Q&A series, we’re going to answer all your timer-related questions so you can confidently choose the right timer to make your life easier.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, Q&A

Jasco's Top Blog Posts

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Jasco had a very busy and exciting year. We launched new products, redesigned and innovated existing products, and did everything else in between. Our blog has allowed us to share our journey, new products, thoughts, and ideas throughout the year. Our most popular blog posts ranged from Smart Home Technology to everything about Café Lights. If you happened to miss out on any of our blog posts from this year, check out the top 10 here:

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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