Every year our outdoor spaces get utilized for parties, holidays and cookouts with friends and family while also serving as an outdoor oasis to relax in from day-to-day. But when designing and decorating these spaces, what should you consider to make sure your ambiance will serve many purposes while also appealing to the eye?
Whether you are a DIY home project expert or one to leave it to the professionals, here is the happy medium you have been waiting for. We've recently partnered with some creative expert bloggers who have shared 9 patio design ideas and tips for your outdoor space using Enbrighten and much more.
If you’re one of the 33 million cord-cutters and you rely on a TV antenna for local programming, or if you simply use an antenna as a backup for potential cable or satellite outages, then you should plan to rescan. Antenna users typically have access to more than 30 free over-the-air channels. Larger metro areas could have up to 100!
As channels change frequencies or are added to the airwaves, a quick channel scan can easily capture those updates and keep you from missing out on the best in free TV.
GE-branded Enbrighten Z-Wave smart controls with QuickFit and SimpleWire revolutionized home automation. The groundbreaking Z-Wave switches and dimmers provide even greater convenience in our home automation line while patent-pending technology makes installation faster and easier.
Although summer brings with it exciting adventures, time with family and friends and more, it also brings thunderstorms. Nothing can ruin a great day outside like a thunderstorm, especially if lightning is involved. That is why the National Weather Service conducts an annual campaign called Lightning Safety Week that has run through the first week of summer every year since 2001. The goal of Lightning Safety Week is to bring awareness to one of the most frequent, yet underrated, storm-related killers — lightning.
Each day of Lightning Safety Week shines a light on a different aspect of lightning safety. Knowledge is power, and a greater understanding of what lightning is and why it is so dangerous is key to protecting yourself and your home against it.
In this day and age, we can all comfortably say how much we rely on our phones and devices without judgement, but how tech savvy do you really consider yourself? Technology is becoming more and more prominent in several different aspects of our lives where it may have never been before. With technology constantly evolving, you can easily fall behind new trends and innovations. Before you know it, a trip to your local electronics store might seem a little overwhelming, but there is hope.
Here are 4 steps you can take to get familiar with and incorporate the use of modern technology in your life while quickly and easily becoming tech savvy.
In a world of smartphone apps and social media, our souls yearn for a greater authenticity. Over the last decade or so, a deep, seemingly culture-wide longing for a time and place that we never experienced has found expression in a handful of pervasive aesthetic trends. In the area of décor, the farmhouse style reigns supreme.
We're excited to announce the new and enhanced line of GE-Branded Z-Wave smart controls with revolutionary QuickFit™ and SimpleWire™ technology. With a patent-pending design and advanced technology, our newest line of smart light switches and dimmers provide the easiest installation and most secure smart home solution to make building a smart home more user-friendly and easier than ever.
Our latest generation of Z-Wave smart controls are being introduced in five in-wall configurations with toggle and paddle style switches and changeable faceplates to accommodate any home. Unlike other options on the market, the add-on smart switches provide the same control as a master switch with the functionality of dimming from remote locations. Up to five add-on switches can also be connected to the same light, fan or appliance.
WiFi smart controls are handy gadgets that connect to your home’s wireless internet to manage lights, fans and other fixtures from anywhere. Flipping a light switch becomes a thing of the past thanks to remote control with your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. Voice command capability through a virtual assistant makes WiFi controls an even more convenient choice for home automation. It really is a breeze to run a smart home especially with these common tips, tricks and insights to stay connected to WiFi devices.
Universal remotes can empower you to be the master of your entertainment universe by consolidating all your device remotes into one and placing ultimate control in the palm of your hand. So, whether you have a simple setup that includes a TV and one or two other devices, or a dedicated home theater room decked out with the latest audio/video equipment, our team of experts here at Jasco will address some of the top questions you may have about programming and troubleshooting universal remotes.
Home automation continues to be a common buzzword with new home technology. Smart home technology, however, has transformed significantly in the last decade so that even your ordinary home electronics can be automated through a specific smart home hub, your Wi-Fi network, and virtual assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home.
According to Parks Associates, one-third of U.S. households are now familiar with smart home devices, but what does home automation mean for you and your home?
Here's a sneak peek into our
smart home guide where we explain the basics of home automation, the differences in smart home protocols and discuss other important factors to consider to help you choose the right fit for your home and family.
When it’s time to declutter, reorganize and find what sparks joy, as Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo would say, we’ll leave the clothing, books and knick-knacks to you. However, when it comes to your electronics, we have some great ideas to help you spruce up your space, neatly organize power cords and cables, and create functional and protective power centers, so you can focus on what’s most important to you.
The Star Wars saga taps into a sense of pure, childlike wonder – a galaxy where even behind-the-scenes trivia feels larger than life. With this in mind, here are five facts to fascinate the fan in all of us.
Are you still turning on your lights manually? Out of habit, you may not even think about having to flip the switch on and off every time you enter and leave the room–which could also mean you're forgetting to turn off the lights. Motion sensing lights can change the way you think about lighting by providing convenience, energy efficiency, security and an even a decorative touch around your home. Here's an inside look at why adding motion sensor lights should be your next DIY home project.
Along with longer days, warmer weather and blooming flowers, spring also brings late severe weather.Your tech may be the last thing on your mind when a storm strikes, so it is important to plan ahead of time so that is one less thing to worry about. As an Oklahoma-based company, it is safe to say we are no strangers to unpredictable weather here at Jasco. That is why we put together a list of tips, products and resources to help you prepare for storm season, protect your gadgets and keep you safe for the months ahead.
Did you know antennas have a higher visual and audio quality than cable or satellite? After you choose to cut the cord, the next thing to determine is how to set up your HD antenna to receive the best signal for the best picture possible. Without a cable service representative coming to the house to set up your home entertainment for you, questions can quickly arise in a DIY setting. We talked with our antenna experts here at Jasco and asked them all the questions you will need to know in "Ask the Experts — Antennas edition.”
Enbrighten Landscape Lights and Enbrighten Mini Landscape Lights are newer to the outdoor lighting scene but quickly winning over the hearts of home enthusiasts everywhere with their abundant color-changing effects, high quality design and versatile functionality. However, for the ones who haven't jumped aboard the quick and easy DIY landscape lighting project yet, how do you know which to choose? We've laid out the similarities and differences of both sets of Enbrighten Landscape Lights below to help you in your decision making and determine which landscape lights are better for you.
Tidying up and keeping things in order is an everyday goal but more often than not, the chaos of the week leaves organization tasks for another day. Jasco partnered with some incredible bloggers and had them try out our favoriteCordinate Extension Cords to see how one item could help improve their coordination at work and in their homes. Whether it's juggling family needs, coming up with ideas and creating content or meeting deadlines, these full-time bloggers are actively hustling around daily to get things done. Here’s 5 unique ways each of the bloggers used the decorative extension cords to quickly organize their individual spaces.
According to a Gallup study on Americans in the workplace, 51% of Americans aren’t engaged at work while 16% of those are “actively disengaged,” resenting heading to work on a daily basis. That’s entirely too much time to not be happy in your workspace, your "home away from home" for most of the day.
So, how do you brighten your day? Your physical workspace plays a big role. Adding some office decor and organization could be your key to this mental shift in thinking so you can stay motivated.
Here are a few ways we’ve beaten the statistics and created an inspiring environment for ourselves that brings satisfaction and increases productivity in the workplace.
The beginning of the year is a time for many people to self-reflect and be encouraged to make positive changes in their lives. However, did you know the U.S. News and World Report found that 80% of New Year's Resolutions fail by February. One of the most common reasons why resolutions fail are simply because people feel overwhelmed with the change they are trying to make, according to Psychology Today.
But here's the good news. It is still possible to keep those resolutions going strong by focusing on easy areas to start and establishing small goals. This will make change seem more manageable and you'll be surprised how a few small changes can make a big difference in your life.
Some of the most popularresolutions of getting more exercise, improving health, saving more money and getting organized can be achieved with these 4 easy hacks to keeping your new year's resolution.
It can be challenging to keep up with new content online and products on the market, especially those within technology and its ever-evolving ways. Through our blog, we connect you with highlights and exciting news along the way. This year we launched new variations of popular lighting and devices like Enbrighten Color Changing Landscape Lights all the way to completely new ecosystems like myTouchSmart Wi-Fi Smart Controls and much more. We've recapped below some of Jasco's best news and helpful information from this year with our most popular blog posts you never meant to miss.
Life is complicated. Your smart home doesn't need to be. That's where our newest line of myTouchSmart Wi-Fi smart home products come in. This new line makes it easy for you to automate your lighting and small appliances from anywhere to be on or off when you need them most. Ranging from smart plugs to smart switches and outlets, these products redefine the means of easy living through an intuitive app that brings control to your fingertips.
Still not sure how it all works? We've laid out how Wi-Fi smart products make your home smarter. Here's everything you need to know to start controlling your home with myTouchSmart.
Did you know that the screens we look at every day could have a negative impact on our sleep quality? Luckily, with the help of amber lighting – the end to a poor night’s sleep could be closer than you think.
As soon as the first leaf falls, Americans all over the nation jump with joy. The autumn season brings a few associated favorites that get everyone in the spirit whether that be football, Halloween, comfy sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes or hearty comfort food! One thing is for sure no matter what you are into, fall is a season to get excited about. The weather cools down tremendously, activities become more casual and cozy and the speed of summer slows down into fall. As nature transitions into the new season with changing colors, so too can your décor.
There's no need to purchase all new design either. Those string lights you hung up earlier in the year are perfect for fall and winter too! We've rounded up some of our favorite trends for fall using
Enbrighten Color Changing Café Lights- a key transitional piece to every home that can be used for any season.
We recently announced our new line ofmyTouchSmartWi-Fi smart controls. This new ecosystem delivers simple automation to indoor and outdoor lighting and small appliances--without a hub or bridge required.
The myTouchSmart Wi-Fi family includes indoor and outdoor smart plugs, along with in-wall outlets and switches that easily transform any home into a smart home. Users can wirelessly control lights and other connected devices from anywhere using the intuitive app or by voice with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
USB-C isn’t just another new development - it’s quickly becoming the industry standard for mobile devices, chargers and computers. Benefits of USB-C include speed, ease of use and universality.
The best way to get started is to understand what your options are and then match possible solutions to meet your specific needs. This paper will guide you through the basics of USB-C with information you need to help make an informed decision. You'll learn more about:
Security lighting is a necessity for every home! We have all seen outdoor lighting down the streets of our hometowns, around restaurants, social gathering places and within our neighborhoods. But aside from the simple fact that this helps you see your surroundings when the day turns to night, why else do we need security lights?
Security lighting is a multi-purpose purchase that pays off in several beneficial ways. Here are the top reasons why you need to have security lights around your home.
While it might come as second nature to have appreciation for design, knowing how to lay it out yourself may come as more of a challenge. In a time where teaching yourself comes as easily as typing what you want to know into a search bar on the internet, we believe everyone has the potential to be their own DIY expert.
This resource guide considers the do's and don'ts of your landscape lighting so you'll be equipped with the know-how to create a beautiful, eye-catching outdoor landscape that you can appreciate forever in a one-time effort.
Just in time for the upcoming fall and winter months, there are new home security lighting options for consumers. In these later months of the year, evenings tend to get darker earlier in the day. This shift in natural brightness can make returning home from work in the evenings alarming as pathways, driveways, garages, backyards and more are left in the dark. Statistics show that well lit neighborhoods have a lower crime rate. Our new outdoor motion sensor security lights are a great solution to illuminate your space at night and help detect any unexpected activity around your home. We've highlighted some of the special features that make these GE-branded Enbrighten LED Security Lights stand out among the rest:
4 Selectable Light Temperature Options (Accent mode)
The shift toward USB Type-C is well underway, and with good reason. With USB-C, we have faster data transfer speeds, faster charging and more power. USB-C cables and connectors are slim enough to charge phones yet robust enough to charge even laptops and tablets.
No one enjoys going to a channel and finding that their favorite programming has moved.
However, changes in frequency have been a reality of broadcasting for as long as people have been watching television – and new changes are on their way. If you rely on a TV antenna – as opposed to cable or satellite – to bring in over-the-air channels, rescanning your TV or set-top box will be necessary to ensure a fully up-to-date viewing experience.
Whether you are remodeling a fixer upper, putting your house on the market or simply improving areas around your home, the common goal is to make your space presentable in a way that is eye-catching and stands out to everyone who comes in sight of it.
Curb appeal is the key of all home design, but arguably just as important is the security around the home. Landscape lighting is the combined answer for curb appeal and home security as it establishes the first impression and doubles with functionality by also adding safety to the home.
The days of simple night lights are over. With features such as motion sensors, emergency lighting, projecting night lights and various color changing options, night lights can do more than light up a dark corner or hallway. You'll be surprised by what these not-so-average night lights can do. Not only will you drive out your pitch darkness but do it in unique fashion that will appeal to your senses, your bank account and your circadian rhythm.
Powerful surges can destroy your favorite (and most expensive) electronics and cause severe data loss. Surge Protectors keep your beloved devices safe from damage caused by these surges. As technology evolves, there is a heightened need for surge protection - due to smaller and more sensitive electrical components in the devices we use daily.
But how do we know which surge protector to buy? What devices need surge protection? We went and talked with our surge protection experts here atJascoand asked them all the questions we know you've been curious about in "Ask the Experts" - Surge Protection edition.
In a world with 7 billion videos between YouTube and Facebook alone, consumers are now finding information in ways other than black and white text. Not only do to we turn to online videos to be entertained and inspired, but also to learn something new or learn how to do things–like programming a timer!
With how-to videos growing in search volume by 70% every year, it is no surprise that86% of viewers say they regularly turn to YouTube to learn something new. Consumers are also four times as likely to want to watch a product video than read about a product.Combining multi-sensory learning with visuals, audio and text, videos are the perfect way to jump right in and become an expert in minutes.
This roundup include some of our most popular how-to videos on timers and will help answer your questions and guide you through setting up your timer, programming custom scenes, controlling outdoor lights, and installing in-wall timers. So you can spend less time reading manuals and more time enjoying the benefits of simplified lighting control with your new timer.
Here are a few of our popular how-to videos on YouTube to assist you in your timer setup.
Outdoor spaces – from the front to the back – play an important role when it comes to the look and feel of our homes. While the front yard sets the first impression of your home and creates curb appeal, the backyard is often where those special moments take place with friends and family for barbecues, fun games, special occasions and relaxing evenings outside.
If you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor space or add curb appeal, outdoor lighting will surely be important to help you achieve that "wow" factor. Now is the perfect time for a fun DIY weekend project. But before you set out to revamp the look of your outdoor space, we’ve compiled a list of the top landscape trends to consider for 2018.
Summer is officially here! And along with the feeling of freedom that summer brings us, comes the urge to be active and get outdoors. While you don’t have to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro (unless you’re MMA Fighter Justin Wren - founder of Fight for the Forgotten,) simply getting outside anywhere you can is good for your soul, your body and
lasting memories. But for those of us who don’t identify as “outdoorsy,” how do you get started? What outdoor gear do you need?
Warm weather is officially here, which means BBQ's, pool parties and late nights outside with friends and family. People spend more time outdoors during spring and summer than any other time of the year and it’s important to love your outdoor space just as much as the inside of your home.
Now is the perfect time to spruce up your backyard or patio for the celebrations to come. Aside from comfortable seating and good company, lighting plays a huge part in the ambiance of your outdoor space.
Below are a few products that will guarantee your backyard is everyone’s favorite place to gather this season:
Charging your phone is something we do every single day, sometimes several times a day, but how much do we really know about it? What all goes into phone charging? How do I know what charging cable is right for me? What makes a cable durable, where can I find one that won’t easily break??
Would you believe there are roughly 300 million pets in the nation today and at least one pet can be found in over half of the households in the US? In today’s world, Fido isn’t as much the dog in the backyard as he is an included and beloved family member. Whether he gets organic grain-free meals, vitamins and supplements, a biweekly blow-out from the salon or regular wellness exams at the trusted neighborhood vet, it is apparent that pets have a presence and a say in the households of Americans now more than ever.
We are excited to announce we're expanding our Enbrighten® brand with a line of highly anticipatedLED Color Changing Landscape Lights. With more than 120 color combinations and a variety of lengths and lighting options, Enbrighten Landscape Lights add colorful, beautiful ambiance to any outdoor space.
Illuminating your yard with landscape lighting is now a simple DIY project with our new prewired puck lights to brighten your favorite flower bed, entry, path, or patio.
Upgrading your backyard, deck, or patio landscaping doesn't have to be expensive, time-consuming or labor-intensive! With these easy budget-friendly landscape design ideas you can take your backyard from drab to fab quickly and inexpensively.
New Year’s resolutions come from a place of good intentions. New year, new you, right? The new year may seem like the perfect time to be setting health goals, however, it’s almost a self-destructive practice to try to make these major changes in the middle of winter when the rest of nature is hibernating. Spring, however, brings with it a better time to set goals for ourselves.More daylight hours and a renewed appreciation for spending time outdoors is exactly the right setting to set goals for your health. Follow these 4 tips for setting health goals and having a healthier spring.
Who doesn't enjoy hanging out on a good patio with friends or family, especially under the warm glow of cafe lights. The coolest patios are usually never without those trendy yet charming cafe lights lighting up the patios of restaurants, parks and local bars.
Living in a smart home is no longer something reserved for sci-fi movies or TV. Home automation is now as attainable as ever, however, it can be intimidating when first getting started. What products do I need? How does a smart home actually work? What can I control? We’re going to answer some basic and common Z-Wave home automation questions in order to make sure you don’t
yourself when smartening up your home.
We’ve all seen those perfectly styled rooms on Pinterest or Instagram. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, we’ve probably been pretty envious of them. How do these people have such perfect living spaces? How can we make our own home or office Pinterest-worthy? There are so many options to choose from when it comes to home décor, from pillows and mirrors, to rugs and chairs.
There may be one category that you’re overlooking though – extension cords. We all have them, so why are we spending so much time creating the perfect space, only to add a basic extension cord that disrupts the design?
At Jasco, we support the efforts and attention that is brought to the world water crisis on World Water Day, which is officially on March 22 every year. It’s a day to focus on the importance of clean water and take action to help those without safe access to it.
Nearly 2.1 billion people worldwide are forced to drink dirty water, which is unacceptable. As a result, 3,000 children will die from a water-related illness each day – that’s one death almost every 20 seconds. With World Water Day approaching, let’s reflect on some other alarming statistics stemming from the global water crisis:
If you’ve been binge-watching home renovation shows and are itching to make some changes around the house, you likely have kitchen upgrades at the top of the list. Adding under cabinet kitchen lighting can make a major impact in your space. Under
lights are also one of the more affordable ways to upgrade your home. But how do you get started?
Wandering the aisles of your nearest home improvement store and trying to compare the different types of light fixtures could result in confusion. What do these numbers mean? What type of light is best? We’re going to help you navigate all the ins and outs of choosing the best under cabinet lighting for you and your space in this Under Cabinet Fixtures edition of our Q&A Series.
Moving around the home can be a tedious task for some seniors. Dark rooms, stairs and other hazards present themselves throughout the day, making life difficult if proper precautions are not set in place.
But thankfully, there is a variety of technology for seniors that greatly improve quality of life and allow these individuals to maintain their independence at home. This is an increasingly important topic for seniors as 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day, and an overwhelming majority of those adults wish to “age in place.”
Below are a few products and ways to help seniors gain independence and most importantly, live safely at home.
Music. It’s the soundtrack of our lives. We take it with us everywhere we go – in the car, at home, to school, at work, for family gatherings, or just hanging out with friends. So how do you choose the right speaker for your needs? If you’re like me, you want one that provides an excellent sound output, has Bluetooth
and is small enough to take anywhere. The new EcoSurvivor Bluetooth Speaker fits all those requirements, plus some you didn’t even know you needed. Here are 5 reasons why you need the EcoSurvivor Bluetooth Speaker
Whether it's a small backyard BBQ or a
, there is something about Enbrighten Seasons Color Changing Cafe Lights that transform the entire atmosphere of any occasion. The decorating possibilities are endless when it comes to hanging these outdoor string lights on decks and patios. With a variety of color 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.
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 creativeindoor decor
tooutdoor entertaining tips and more! Get inspired
these DIY projects and be sure to share your own cafe lights inspiring ideas with us too on Facebook, Twitter
Reflecting back on CES 2018, the Jasco team has a lot to be proud of. We had two major smart home announcements with Amazon and Google, raised money to end the global water crisis, and not only survived, but thrived during the blackout with our EcoSurvivor and Energizer products.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
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 theConsumer Technology Association, approximately 68% of adults planon 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!
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.
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
Water bottles for staying hydrated
Durable tech gear for backup power and portable charging
Suitable clothing with durable fabric
Portable outdoor-rated light sources
Storage and organization (proper bags, packs or containers)
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
(or zombie) prepared:
Check out these ideas from our friends atHouzzto 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.
At this point, you have seen or at least heard of
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 areGoogle’s Home Assistant and Amazon’s Echo, Echo 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.
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 questions in this cafe lights Q&A session!
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
We're excited to announce the launch of the newly designed microsite for our EcoSurvivor brand of products. You can check it out now at EcoSurvivor.com! Our team members have worked hard to create a completely new site that's visually engaging and easy to navigate, shop for products, and learn about our story and technology behind EcoSurvivor.
With a growing line of durable LED lighting products, portable power solutions, and audio accessories, we knew we needed a site that not only supported the expanding line of products but also helped support and educates people about the real purpose behind our brand and nonprofit partnerships with Water4 and Justin Wren.
We hate to break it to you, but the traditional USB ports you’ve used to connect your cameras, controllers, and other gizmos for the past 20 yearsaren’t long for this world. The whole squad’s getting replaced by a few great alternatives, though they each come with their own pros and cons. If you’re thinking of upgrading your devices this year, here are the ports you’ll need to get familiar with to keep up with today’s tech.
Energy bills can add up to outrageous costs. Fortunately, reducing your energy usage isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. By installing smart technology, turning off or dimming lights and cutting the cord, you can easily reduce your energy bills and save some green!
Some people can’t relax and enjoy themselves while on vacation because they're too worried about their house. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, you should always make sure your house is completely secure when you leave for a vacation. However, once you’ve made it to your final destination, that's the time to leave your worries behind and enjoy yourself!
Whether your trip is a simple weekend getaway to the lake or a month-long tour of Europe, take these additional precautions so you can enjoy vacation and not worry about your house while you're away.
Home improvement projects can be intimidating. You see this great idea on Pinterest. It’s going to change your whole world. You have every intention of getting started. But then you see how many tools and skills are needed to complete this project, so you decide to put it off. You tell yourself that maybe after you do more research on the topic, it won’t seem so difficult. Maybe...
Fret not! There are a number of easy home upgrades that literally anyone can handle, no professional needed!
Extension cords are not something you normally find yourself thinking about or even researching online. When you think about extension cords, usually what comes to mind are solid colors (usually in brown, black or white), light and flimsy or bulky heavy duty cords that all get tangled and get in the way.
I have learned it is wise to be prepared for the inevitable curveballs that life throws us. Each of us has our own way of preparing for predictable issues, such as keeping a stocked first-aid kit handy, having extra replacement light bulbs for the home, keeping an emergency tool kit in our vehicles, or having a spare umbrella thoughtfully tucked away for those random rainy days.
One thing I know for sure is that in darkness there will always be a need for light. For this reason, I personally keep an EcoSurvivor LED Lantern stashed away in a place that is convenient and quickly accessible.
Most people think timers are primarily used for switching on their decorative holiday lights during Christmas time, which is still a fine use of these tried and true devices. However, whether it's a digital indoor plug-in timer, a durable outdoor timer, or a simple mechanical timer, there are countless ways that timers can be used to make your life more efficient, more secure and more pleasant–no fancy smart home systems required.
Some days it just feels like you can’t possibly get everything done. Like you need a clone or an army of robots just to get through the day. Before cloning or robot armies really take off though, you can easily automate many day-to-day functions with simple plug-in timers. Here are 6 things you can do with a timer–helping you save some time and energy–and also helping you have some fun to keep your sanity intact!
The shift toward USB Type-C is well underway, and with good reason. With USB-C, we have faster data transfer speeds, faster charging and more power. USB-C cables and connectors are slim enough for phones yet robust enough for laptops and tablets.
Whether you're getting ready to put your house on the market or you just want to give your home a little facelift for your own enjoyment, adding value to your home is easier than you think. Here are things you can do, on your own, to raise your home value at any price point.
Z-Wave is a leading smart home technology found in millions of products around the world. It allows all of Jasco's Z-Wave devices to securely "talk" to one another, and talk to other certified Z-Wave products. As with any technology, home automation is constantly evolving. Z-Wave Plus represents one of the latest advancements in smart home tech. You can learn more about the latest Z-Wave technology and find answers to the top 5 questions about Z-Wave Plus below.
You’re fed up with cable so you decided to cut the cord. Good for you! At first, you feel great about it. Then about a
later withdrawals start kicking in. You see all your friends on Facebook or Twitter talking about the Bachelor or the latest episode of This is Us. You resort to Netflix and turn on Friends even though you’ve already watched every episode 50 times. You act like you are happy, but you aren’t.
Today, we're excited to introduce Enbrighten Seasons, our new groundbreaking line of LED color changing café string lights. The unmatched quality, design and functionality of Enbrighten Seasons Café Lights will bring new life and versatility to brighten outdoor (or indoor) spaces year-round. Celebrate any occasion, holiday or favorite sports team or choose warm vintage white for year-round lighting with one color, two-color combinations or a variety of preset color modes and effects.
Nothing screams summer and warmer weather, quite like a BBQ in your backyard! Being surrounded by good friends, good food, and a great setting is the perfect recipe for an amazing BBQ. But before you send out your invites and fire up your grill, make sure you have these essential BBQ items.
Whether you have recently made the choice to cut the cord and enjoy free hi-definition over-the-air television or you made the decision long ago, here are a few tips to get you on your way to the best tv reception with an hd antenna.
1. Locate Local Broadcast Towers
Two free and easy to use tools for locating your local broadcast towers and comparing antenna reception are available on AntennaWeb and Jasco's own GE HDTV antenna page here. All you have to do is enter your address or zip code and you will be directed to a map showing which channels you can potentially receive in your area. This map will also show the direction and distance of local broadcast stations in relation to your location. This information is important in determining the range your antenna will need in order to pick up the desired channels.
Tornadoes, hurricanes or even just severe thunderstorms can easily knock out power and destroy valuable electronic equipment in your home. There’s no way to know when electricity will be restored, so your best bet is to always be prepared. Even when we're warned days in advance of possible severe weather, power outages and surge spikes can still take us by surprise. Be ready for the unexpected by following these 4 simple steps to prepare for a power outage.
Waking up to morning light is considered by many to be the gentlest way to rouse oneself from slumber in the morning. This is why many people prefer to have their bedroom facing east so their body can gradually wake as the sun rises.
If you're like me and don’t have a bedroom facing the rising sun a convenient alternative is connecting a GE Bluetooth Plug-In Smart Switch to a lamp. This can be a great way to simulate the rising sun. The light will tell your body that the day is starting and ease you into the process of waking up. The Bluetooth Plug-In Smart Switch is simple to setup and will get you on your way to effortlessly waking up in the morning.
In today’s world, the phrase, “work hard, play harder,” could not be truer. Every minute it appears a new workaholic is born, and as the
gets heavier, the vacation time looks more appealing. So we came up with a top 10 list that sheds light on the technology that keeps you working efficiently, and helps you to unplug when you finally get a break from work. Here are the top 10 tech things that keep workaholics sane:
Every spring, nature revitalizes itself. Old, dead leaves are dislodged with new buds. Brown grass is replaced by fresh green grass. New animal babies are born. And, even we humans, feel the need to refresh our own surroundings each spring.
It can be a daunting task. Winter is all about comfort and coziness. Winter is sweatpants and cookie crumbs. No one notices the layer of dust on the ceiling fan or the stack of movies lingering on the entertainment center. So, when we open the windows to let the spring air in and the bright sunlight shows us exactly how much work there is to be done, it’s almost terrifying. Follow these steps to spring clean your home the smart way:
World Water Day is March 22. It's a day to celebrate life-saving water and more importantly, a day to take action and help those without it.
At Jasco, we believe everyone deserves access to life-sustaining water. Yet every day millions of men, women, and children walk miles in search of clean water. Often times, all they find is dirty water from contaminated ponds and watering holes. They spend hours carrying it back to their families to drink. With it, they bring sickness that often results in death. In fact, over 650 million people do not have access to clean water, and every day over 2,000 children under the age of 5 die from causes related to contaminated water.
Earlier this year, we kicked off a partnership with our EcoSurvivor brand and our giving partners – Water4 and Fight for the Forgotten – to help their mission of ending the world water crisis and provide clean, safe drinking water to all people. Water4 believes that we can end the global water crisis in our lifetime. We want to help make that happen and hope you do too! Together, we can save lives and end the water crisis for all.
Jasco recently invited Bellator MMA Fighter, Justin Wren, and the COO at Water4 for an exclusive World Water Day interview. Click the video thumbnail or link below to watch the inspiring interview.
Sometimes it feels impossible to get everything you need to get done accomplished in one day. There are only so many hours in a day, and trying to fit in cleaning, work, exercising, life, social activities, and all of the other daily activities into those 24 hours can be a daunting task. With these featured products you can get more done in a day than you would have ever expected! Allow technology to help make you more productive without lifting a finger.
“The boogie man's in there!” “There’s monsters under my bed!” “Can you keep the light on in my closet?” As a parent, you’ve most likely heard these and experienced the same bedtime battle each night with your little one. As soon as you get them into bed, you hear the cries for mommy or daddy because they can’t sleep. The bedtime fight to get your little one to bed is an age old problem, but can technology actually help make this easier?
Google just announced they're joining the “skinny bundle” TV war with YouTube TV, a paid subscription service that streams a slew of premium broadcast and cable networks to your mobile device, tablet, computer, and anything with Chromecast.
Just $35 a month gets you six accounts and access to live TV from more than 40 providers including the big broadcast networks, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. Subscriptions include cloud DVR with unlimited storage, AI-powered search and personalization, and access to YouTube Red programming. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki calls it the evolution of television, and a bid to “give the younger generation the content that they love
the flexibility they expect.”
Tis the season, the NBA season that is. It’s time to cheer on your favorite team or player on their journey to the playoffs and possibly a championship ring. There a lot of games and a lot of teams to watch but make sure you aren’t missing a game while saving money and cutting cable.
We are excited to announce we recently released the first Z-Wave enabled in-wall lighting controls with integrated motion-sensing technology. The highly anticipated GE branded Smart Motion Switch and Smart Motion Dimmer are now available online at EZzwave.com.
With intelligent motion-sensing technology, the Smart Motion Dimmer or Switch can detect any movement in a room up to 45-feet away. With an 180º detection zone, the motion sensor is great for large or small rooms and features three different operation modes to choose from:
There are over 63 million iPhone users in the United States, and all of them have one problem in common: Apple’s proprietary Lightning charging cable (standard on all Apple devices since late 2012) is incompatible with virtually all other USB-powered devices.
We recently announced our partnership with non-profit, Water4, and Bellator MMA Fighter, Justin Wren, for our Eco Survivor outdoor tech accessories brand. Together, we've teamed up to help people in need of clean water by donating a portion of every Eco Survivor purchase to Water4 and their sustainable life-saving water projects.
To kick off the partnership, Jasco had the privilege of hosting Justin as a special guest and speaker at our booth during CES 2017. Justin discussed his Fight for the Forgotten initiative with Water4 and spoke about his personal journey from being a professional cage fighter to now fighting to help others.
Night lights are way more versatile than the average person may think! Gone are the days when you just used night lights as a night light. Check out all of the creative ways people are using GE Motion Sensing Night Lights around their home.
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.
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!
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:
'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.
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. Thinkabout 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?
Whether its college football, NFL, or both its time to get ready for your favorite team to hit the field! One of the best ways to enjoy game day besides actually attending the game is with a grill, your friends, and the great outdoors at a tailgate. There many different ways to tailgate but here are a few game plan tips for any tailgate to be a success.
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.
Which foods do we want to prepare? Which activities do we want to add to the calendar? What gifts will we buy for our loved ones? In my family, Black Friday shopping is a family bonding experience. The children stay at home with Grandpa, and all the adults (siblings and spouses and Grandma) hit the stores. Black Friday used to involve trying to stay warm outside a Best Buy at 3 am, but as the early morning opening hours of previous years slowly moved into the evening hours and then the late afternoon hours of Thanksgiving Day, we’ve had to amend our tactics. But the overall plan remains the same– safely and successfully cross off as many items on our shopping list in one night!
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.
Road trips can be a great time, taking you to new places that you've never been before, places you couldn't get to as easily on a plane. However, if you aren't properly prepared, road trips can quickly turn into a disaster. With these quick travel tips, you will be sure to have an easy, and fun road trip experience!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following is a guest blog from the design and landscaping experts at Havenscapes. If 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.
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.
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.
Last week, we headed to the Big Apple for the annual CE Week event, the mid-year tech industry gathering where the trends that are driving adoption of today’s innovative technologies and new products are examined and debuted.
During CE Week 2016, countless products made their public debut and were showed off to the gathered press and public. Jasco’s Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Switch was among the select few—10 to be exact—that were chosen as official CE Week Best in Show Winners. Evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges, the industry experts and editors of the leading CE trade publication, Dealerscope, deemed the Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Switch to be one of the products that possess the biggest “wow” factor at the show.
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.
The bedtime struggle is real. Nothing is more frustrating than your toddler fighting bed time especially when as adults we have come to cherish those rare and precious moments of dreamland! Thankfully, we've rounded up some tips and suggestions for mastering the “tuck-in" to help parents get bedtime battles under control.
Our homes are one of the most important things we own, and where we spend so much of our time, so it's no surprise many homeowners take on several remodeling projects throughout their life. The only downside is home projects can be extremely costly and difficult to tackle on your own.
Luckily not all home improvements have to carry such an expensive price tag. Through careful planning, creative ideas and the clever use of electronic accessories, you can make a bunch of fun and affordable upgrades with these easy home improvement projects.
Last week, we covered the different types, sizes and features of under cabinet fixtures in part one of the DIY Guide to Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting (READ PART ONE HERE). Now in part two, you'll learn what to look for in a quality under cabinet light fixture and the final important factors you should consider before making a purchase and getting started with your DIY kitchen lighting installation.
If you have tried shopping for a light bulb recently, you know the lighting market is more complex and confusing than ever, with multiple competing technologies (LED, CFL, tungsten, halogen, and others) on the market that each offer different specs, features, and terminology. The market for under cabinet fixtures is fortunately not nearly as complex, but there are still many options available with enormous differences in quality – especially in the quality of light they produce.
What do we mean by “quality of light?” Imagine, if you will, the crisp, clean lighting of a fine art gallery or museum. This is
light. Now imagine the buzzing green-hued fluorescent lights of a gas station bathroom. This is bad lighting. These scenes illustrate the extremes of light quality. While the difference between under cabinet fixtures is rarely this severe, it can still be significant.
Too often, consumers will spend thousands of dollars on a new home or kitchen remodel only to undermine their investment with poor quality lighting that casts an unnatural glow on the room and dampens the vibrancy of the space.
of light factors to consider when purchasing under cabinet fixtures that will have a tremendous impact on overall look and feel of your kitchen. This guide will help you understand these factors and what to look for in a quality fixture.
Part I: Which Under Cabinet Fixture is Right for You?
Did you just remodel your kitchen? Could you use more light for your meal prep? Are your overhead lights too harsh for evening relaxation or gatherings? Then quality under cabinet fixtures are an easy and affordable way to dramatically enhance your kitchen space.
Under cabinet light fixtures, also called linear light fixtures, have many applications, but are used primarily in kitchens to add usable light to cabinet surfaces as well as pleasant, ambient light when dimmed to lower levels.
Under cabinet lighting can also be used for accent lighting (especially behind bookshelves) and as work lights, but for the sake of this article we will focus solely on their use in the kitchen.
Recent reports continue finding that more and more people are cutting the cord and moving towards more affordable, flexible alternatives to cable like OTA antennas and subscription-based services. Everyone is growing increasingly tired of their cable providers and the constant increase in price month after month. Now you can ditch your cable for cheaper alternatives like streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Hulu. It’s incredibly easy and cost-effective when paired with a GE HDTV antenna to watch your favorite TV shows and prime time sports in HD for FREE!
Picking out the right antenna can be daunting at first, but we have some helpful tips and tools to help you find what you need. For example, using this free tool on our website you can enter your zip code to see which HD antennas are best suited for your area along with a list of the free channels they have access to.
Whether it's a quiet moment inside or a vibrant patio evening with friends and family, there is something about the soft glow of string lights that transforms the entire atmosphere of any occasion. And nothing adds instant ambiance and festive flair quite like our new line of Enbrighten® LED Cafe String Lights.
Why You'll Love Enbrighten Cafe String Lights
These cafe string lights are the perfect answer to every outdoor entertaining enthusiast who loves modern design. Add ambiance to the patio or style inside your home for the perfect atmosphere that will have people feeling welcomed and relaxed under the warm glow of Enbrighten Cafe Lights.
If celebrating Earth Day inspired you to make your home more eco-friendly then you're not alone! With a growing emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important and the push to go green is a win-win for your household and the environment. Fortunately, reducing your energy usage isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. By unplugging electronics, turning off or dimming lights and recycling, you can make a big difference in your daily energy consumption, help reduce pollution and even save some green by going green!
As warmer weather quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to reduce your family's energy usage. Here are some easy things you can do to reduce your energy bills and consumption this season:
Buying a surge protector is something everyone who uses electronics should do. A surge protector will keep your expensive electronics safe from any damage that can come as a result of a surge in the amount of electricity coming out of the outlets. Because these devices serve such an important function, you need to make sure that you're purchasing the right one for you. With this Q & A session you will learn everything you need to know about choosing the right surge protector to help keep your devices safe.
We're incredibly excited to introduce a new wave of night lights to the scene! The new 3D Motion Effect Night Lights will be sure to replace the old standard night lights your children currently have. They will bring life to any room with falling snow, flying pizzas and moving spider webs around our favorite Disney, Nickelodeon and Marvel characters. The great thing about these night lights is that they maintain a vivid and colorful image even when they’re off.
Do you have a remote for every device in your home entertainment system? Why not simplify your life with one remote? With GE Universal Remotes, you can! Universal remotes may seem tricky, but here at Jasco we know remotes and sell millions every year. Reading this Q & A session will simplify any and everything remote-related.
We are looking forward to being a part of the truly exciting TecHomeX event this year beginning Monday, March 22nd through March 23rd. Look for Jasco (booth #405) to be at the forefront of home control with award-winning product innovations and technology built to simplify our lives and connect our homes.
With simple, affordable and customizable solutions that range from single room solutions to total home control, we offer a diverse portfolio of solutions for builders, service providers, retail partners and end-users alike. Event attendees will have the opportunity to be among the first to see the latest GE branded product introductions at TecHomeX2016.
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.
USB-powered devices go with us everywhere and it's important to stay connected. However, not all chargers or cables are created equal. What should you consider when choosing the best USB charging solutions? What's all this talk about amps, volts and rapid charging? Keep reading, and let us help you make sense of it all.
For starters, not all electronic devices can be charged at the same rate. Different wall chargers have different output rates, measured in amps. Chargers with higher charging rates will
power your device up quicker. For example, we recommend at least a 1 amp charger for an iPhone, 1.6 amps for Android and 2.4 amps for an iPad.
When choosing a mutli-port charger for multiple devices, the total output must match or be higher than what each device requires to charge at the fullest rate. To find this out, add up the required amps for all the devices you'll be charging.
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:
Ready to join the cord-cutting movement? Make sure your TV viewing experience is everything it should be by selecting the right antenna and start enjoying your favorite shows, live sports and blockbuster movies all for free in full HD.
This Q and A session is all about antennas will help you understand everything you need to know, and more, about finding the right antenna and cutting the cord.
At Jasco, it's all about "What Matters Most." Through Jasco's Giving Hope programs, we provide innovative ways to foster a culture of volunteerism by giving away our time, talent and 50 percent of the company’s profits to help others in need, like those without access to clean water.
As a result of our What Matters Most and Giving Hope initiatives, every Jasco Team Member significantly contributes to benefiting those in need in our local communities and around the world.
CES 2016 has come and gone, but all the buzz from the show continues to make headlines, and for good reason! The newest technology innovations are unveiled during the much anticipated Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Jasco was excited to be a part of it once again! Here are a few highlights from CES including interviews with Jasco's CEOs, Jason and Cameron Trice, and recent news articles covering the latest GE branded products unveiled this year at CES 2016.
We all try to make extravagant plans for Valentine's Day, but for whatever reason, they seem to fall through more often than not. If that's the case this year, or if you and your special someone are thinking of a more relaxing kind of date night, queue up these classic romantic movies for a low-key Valentine's Day.
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.
This past week Jasco's home was in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, presented by the Consumer Technology Association. Returning for its biggest year ever, CES 2016 broke records across the board with over 2.4 million square feet of tech and gadgets unveiled to the world.
Running since 1967, CES remains an event that celebrates the latest in high-tech gadgets and electronic wizardry. For CES 2016, celebrities, TV personalities, radio hosts and professional athletes from Ryan Seacrest to Shaquille O'Neal were on hand to lead panel discussions on how technology is changing and improving the way we live, work and play. However, the real stars of CES were all the technological advances soon to be shaping our lives in years to come. Visitors had the opportunity to interact with new gadgets centered around home automation, virtual reality, drones, 3D printing, home security, mobile technology, power gear, wearables and much more.
With so many things to see at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), make sure to visit the Jasco booth in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and see why millions choose GE and Jasco for their connected home and mobile solutions.
Jasco is located at Booth 9005 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Look for Jasco's booth as you enter the C1 entrance from the Grand Central Lobby.
Join us and make a difference in the world by stopping in at our Water4 exhibit. Plus you won't want to miss these top 7 things to see the Jasco Booth (#9005, Central Hall).
The final month of 2015 is a time for everyone look back on the previous year, but at the same time, look forward.
The last year was actually relatively huge for cord cutters and the streaming industry. HBO and Showtime released standalone streaming services that cord cutters could access without cable credentials. Netflix continued it's run of releasing critically acclaimed series, from new season of "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards," to entirely new one's, like Marvel's "Daredevil" and "Beast of No Nation."
On the hardware side, Apple, Google, Roku and Amazon all released upgrades to their highly praised streaming devices. Add this to the news that sports giant ESPN has lost 7 million subscribers in the last two years, and the writing is on the wall: cord cutting is gaining momentum.
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.
Let's face it: The holidays can be a stressful time. As much as we enjoy the company of friends and family, there's a lot of planning that goes into this season. From decorating, to traveling to finding the perfect gifts, sometimes we have so much to do during the holidays, it can be difficult to actually take a moment and enjoy them.
According to the National Retail Federation, online shopping has also changed the way Americans prepare for the holiday season. E-commerce events like Cyber Monday bring in billions of dollars in sales each year. A NRF survey estimated almost half of holiday shopping will be done online in 2015, with the average consumer purchasing 46 percent of their gifts on the web, up from 44 percent last year.
Luckily, online shopping can offer a quick and low stress way to purchase thoughtful gifts for your friends and family while skipping the chaos of department stores. You can also find a lot of last-minute online sales and deals still going on just days before Christmas. Make your holiday shopping much easier this year by taking advantage of online sales and ordering these stocking stuffers for the whole family.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly...and mistletoe, wreaths, garlands, candles, stars, tinsel, dancing Santas, plastic reindeer, and lights, lights and more lights!
The winter holiday season is a popular time to dress up the home and yard with fun and festive decorations. And nothing says "Christmas" like a beautifully decorated home.
However, for every giggle or gasp of awe that comes with a well-decorated house, there's also additional costs and responsibilities. For one, many holiday decorations require electricity and that can put an increased burden on your electrical bill. There's also the possibility that your neighbors might not appreciate your holiday light show as much as you do. Before you deploy your decorations, consider these energy-saving and conflict prevention tips.
A recent announcement by Nielsen shows just how much has changed in home entertainment in recent years. The consumer research company is planning to overhaul its metrics to better measure viewership across platforms. Though Nielsen's existing criteria are only 9 years old, a lot has changed during that time.
When Nielsen rolled out its current metrics in 2006, iPhones, tablets and connected streaming devices like Roku did not exist. Networks were beginning to offer some streaming content on their websites, but Hulu was still a year away from launching and Netflix only offered its snail mail DVD option.
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.
Families and friends everywhere are gearing up for the start of the holiday season. In addition, retail stores and online dealers are stocking up and preparing for the upcoming - and hectic - shopping season.
Whether you're a homeowner or renter, there are numerous ways to prepare for these next few months. Hosting weekend parties or weekday get-togethers can be spontaneous or thoroughly planned, but either way, there are some important items you'll need to host a successful gathering.
As a smartphone owner, you likely keep close watch of your device's battery percentage. Nothing is worse than having to worry about whether you can take a breathtaking photograph, or continue to play music throughout your house using Bluetooth and an audio receiver.
There are a few factors that determine how often you have to charge the phone. These can range from patterns of usage and age of the hardware to the applications used on the device. Luckily, there are a few workarounds and fixes you can take to ensure your phone lasts a majority of the day.
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.
In today’s world your cubicle isn’t only a place that you work, it’s where you spend 90 percent of your day. Your cubicle is a 3 walled, tiny, gray home for most workers. Spending all day tackling to-dos, answering emails, and making calls can get tiring when you are in an uncreative environment.
Making your cubicle feel more comfortable and homey can boost productivity. With these easy tips to upgrade your cubicle, you can transform into a productive, creative and comfortable place to spend your day.
In a previous DIY post we walked you through the steps for building your own bottle lamp (see here if you missed the How-to post). If you’re ready to take your lamp to the next level – keep reading! It is so easy to turn ANY lamp into a smart lamp with GE branded Bluetooth Smart Controls. With no wires or bulbs to change, there’s no reason not to do it. Now, if you are worried because when you hear Smart you think of confusing terms like networks and hubs and gateways – don’t worry! This doesn’t require any of that. This is super easy.
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.
Electronics don't last a lifetime. As much as you may love your current phone or computer, there will come a time when the battery will simply not hold a charge anymore and the device can't be used without keeping it plugged in all day. Accessories may wear out, whether it's from general wear and tear or accidents. Whatever the case, you'll be faced with the decision of how to discard some of your old electronic accessories.
Depending on the age and quality of your electronics, you have a few options for getting them off your hands in safe, secure and environmentally-friendly way.
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:
Time spent in nature can also be a well-needed break from technology, a chance to unplug and look away from the screen. But let's be honest: A few pieces of tech can provide the security that lets you focus on your big adventure without worrying about the little things.
Here are five tech accessories that will make your autumn expedition all the merrier:
For the first time ever, Piper now supports the GE-branded Z-Wave Outdoor Smart Switch. This device allows you to turn your outdoor applications on and off remotely. This means you never have to worry about whether or not you accidentally left the lights on or worry about getting up to turn them on since you can easily do it from the comfort of your couch.
With the holiday season coming up, this device is perfect for controlling Halloween or Christmas lights, and any other holiday décor you’d like to place around your house! You can also use the GE Z-Wave Outdoor Switch to control outdoor lamps, fountains and more.
The time of the year we’ve all been waiting for is finally here — it’s football season.
Sports have a unique place among cable subscribers and cord cutters. Unlike the premium channels HBO and Showtime, cable sports networks have, for the most part, not offered subscription- based services to follow in-market professional teams. However, professional sports areslowly adopting subscription services, according to USA Today. Watching College football without cable is a little different. Due to the sheer number of teams and conferences, some are easier to follow without cable.
Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual observer, here's how you can follow all the action and still maintain your status as a cord cutter and enjoy future Saturday games
In what has become a yearly spectacle, Apple once again unveiled new smartphones and tablets September 9th. The company also unveiled an updated video streaming box, which should prove beneficial for cord cutters, and may push more consumers to move away from cable. While diehard Apple fans likely knew about these products based on previous leaks, the new hardware still packs a strong punch that anyone will find useful.
Apple itself defies certain business mindsets. According to Financial Times, the company is currently the most publicly valued company in the world, with a market valuation totaling $722 billion, over twice as much of the second-most valued company . Most of the company's profits stem from its iPhones. The oddity comes in the form of market share. According to the research firm International Data Corporation, Apple's devices make up only 13.9 percent of the smartphone market, while manufacturers utilizing the Android operating system hold near 83 percent of the market share. While iPhones are expensive, consumers have displayed a sense of loyalty to the devices. With the new hardware set for release, it's beneficial to take a look at what's coming out relatively soon.
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.
With the football season approaching, it's smart to get ready for your fantasy football draft night with these tips.
As fall inches closer, groups of friends everywhere begin to plan their fantasy football draft in their home. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, there are more than 33 million Americans playing fantasy football each year. With draft days becoming more complex and fun with friends, it's smart to prep your home for draft day.
Hosting a draft in your home can be exciting and a great time to get your midseason trash talking ready. This is usually one of the few times you can get your entire league together under one roof, so it's best to be ready to host in a memorable way.
Here are five tips to make the most out of your fantasy football draft night:
Pack these essential items this Labor Day weekend.
A common theme is emerging in many cities and households. Summer is quickly coming to a close, and with it, a change of mindsets. The change in the calendar leads to leaves changing color. The end of summer also signals the start school for many, and of course, football season.
Interestingly enough, fall doesn't officially start until the end of September, but many see Labor Day as the last weekend of summer. The Friday before Labor Day will also likely be the busiest travel day during the holiday weekend.
Often times, dorm rooms are slightly depressing and devoid of any personality. Décor options can be limited by dorm rules, but a table lamp adds a touch of style and brightens dark corners. Whether you're embracing dorm life for the first time or just embracing life on a budget, this simple DIY Bottle Lamp will leave you with a one-of-a-kind piece, while being easy on your bank account.
Moving your student into his or her first dorm room can be chaotic and stressful. There are thousands of other students moving in, all of the stores in town are overflowing with people, emotions are high, and on top of that you have to make sure your student has everything they need. What do you do when you realize that your student has forgotten something essential? Send a care package! A care package not only provides your student with something they need (and didn’t realize they were missing), but it also reminds them of home and shows how much you love and miss them.
Here are four of the best things to include in your college care package:
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).
As students head back to school, there are a few essential items.
No matter the time of year, students will always need supplies to get them through their classwork. It's best if parents avoid waiting until the last minute to purchase supplies, as they'll risk missing out on important items. There are two important periods when students should re-stock on their supplies, with summer being the big one.
Send your college student off in style with these essential electronics.
In the next few weeks, thousands of students will be taking a step out of the house and into a dorm room. While up-and-coming freshmen gear up for the college life, it's important for parents to make sure they send their kids off with all the necessary items.
The average household today has more than four USB or mobile powered devices. This number will continue to grow as the number of USB-dependent devices increases in 2015 and beyond. Many people still rely on standard AC wall receptacles to charge these devices. The time has come to upgrade those standard outlets to USB in-wall charging receptacles. If you find yourself with three or more USB-dependent devices, make the investment to turn your standard AC outlets into an all-around charging station solution.
Buying a surge protector is something everyone who uses electronics should do. A surge protector will keep your expensive electronics safe from any damage that can come as a result of a surge in the amount of electricity coming out of the outlets. Because these devices serve such an important function, you need to make sure that you're purchasing the right one for you.
Enjoy the next better by playing music without any wires.
Everyone enjoys going to parties. They're a time for friends and family to socialize and catch up on life's latest happenings. Food, drinks and people will make any night great. No party is complete without the perfect musical mix - from today's top radio hits, to 80s throwback tracks.
Home control, also known as home automation brings you convenience and peace of mind while helping you save time and money. Once you've transformed your home into a connected home, you'll wonder how you ever did without it.
The best way to get started is to understand what your options are and then match possible solutions to meet your specific needs. This paper will guide you through the basics of home automation with expert insight and the information you need to help make an informed decision about the solutions and products that will best meet your needs! You'll learn more about:
Rejoice, cord cutters, as you have another service that makes ditching cable even easier. The premium cable network Showtime just released its subscription streaming service, Showtime Anytime. The cable network, which is owned by CBS, reportedly made a standalone streaming application a top priority.
The service is available to anyone with an Internet connection at a cost of $10.99 per month, following a 30-day free trial. The service is currently available on Apple devices, Roku, Hulu and Playstation Vue, with more providers to come soon.
4K TV technology is gaining more and more buzz and is the latest marketing trend among manufacturers, but what is it? Do you really need a 4K TV? Looking at the facts and knowing what to expect if you purchase a 4K TV will help you decide if you truly need one.
By now, you can recognize the agonizing sound of a dropped smartphone in a crowd of people. The sound is usually followed with "oohs" from nearby people as the culprit quickly picks up the phone from the ground to check for a cracked screen.
It's a damning sound, but it's even worse when it happens without a phone case. Somehow, people like to play with fire when it comes to smartphone cases. Some people simply want their phone to be as light as possible or don't like the bulky feel of a case.
LED lights give homeowners plenty of energy-efficient lighting options.
Technology in home lighting has greatly advanced in the last decade. Now, there are plenty of options that not only save you money in the long run, but help the environment as well.
With the new technology in LED lighting, these light bulbs can last drastically longer than an incandescent bulb. In fact, an LED light bulb can last a decade or so before needing to be replaced. That comes out to 10 times more efficient than even compact florescent light bulbs.
New smart TV trends might affect how you use your TV in you home.
Smart televisions are gaining more features as they increase in popularity. Now, smart TVs feature several different ways to view shows, interact with the Internet and to connect with other devices. New TV technology shows up all the time. Most of this technology fits into the direction the industry is already headed. Here are three common industry trends that you're likely to see with smart TVs:
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:
We feel incredibly blessed to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Jasco. From humble beginnings, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Steve Trice, started Jasco Products in 1975 and guided the organization from marketing CB antennas and accessories out of a small corner of an Oklahoma City warehouse into one of the largest and fastest-growing marketers of consumer electronics, home automation, lighting, security, home entertainment, power and mobility products. The road hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been worth traveling. Forty years later, we lead our industry with cutting-edge products marketed under some of the best brands in the world including GE, Disney, and TUMI.
Creating good sleeping habits should involve positive actions before bed.,Creating good sleeping habits should involve positive actions before bed.
Is your child getting a healthy night's sleep? If not, it could be due to the fact that your child is either sleeping with too much darkness or you're using night lights that are too bright. Several reports about sleep and healthy sleeping habits show that light saturation can disrupt or affect natural sleep cycles, which ultimately makes it harder to stay asleep, wake up or fall asleep altogether.
Controlling your home's lights throughout the summer could save you money and increase security.
Throughout the summer months, it's easy to find yourself worrying less about controlling your lights and more about getting out of the house for some fun in the sun. However, there are plenty of reasons why it's important to invest in home automation systems specifically in warmer seasons.
To get started, here are four reasons why home automation is essential this summer:
Figuring out what kind of antenna you need, where to place it in your home, and knowing what channels you will get are all major questions for those looking to cut the cord. The different types of antennas are vast and figuring out which will work best for you can be an overwhelming task. Here is a guide for choosing the best antenna to fit your needs.
With Father's Day coming up, you want to make sure you get the perfect gift that shows how well you know him.
With Father's Day just around the corner, family members are scouring the web to find some of the coolest and most practical father's day gifts for their dad. Picking out gifts for your tech-savvy dad or father figure in your life might not be the easiest decision. However, we've rounded up several great gift ideas for dad no matter if he prefers the outdoors or enjoys watching movies on his home entertainment center in the comfort of his living room.
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.
There are plenty of benefits to mounting your television.
Surprisingly, there's a lot of debate on the pros and cons of mounting your television in your home. Some people think the process is either too difficult or dangerous, and don't want their brand new television dangling from the wall.
However, installing a television wall mount isn't painstaking labor, nor is it a complicated task. Additionally, there are several benefits to putting your TV on a wall mount. Here are four reasons to consider:
Before you start your home lighting project, it's important to learn the right lighting terminology.
Remodeling your home with new light fixtures is a big task, and as you do some research on the best options, you may run across some terms you're not completely familiar with. Knowing your light terminology is a great way to visualize your home lighting project and it could make the process a lot easier.
Get the lighting 101 and make sure you're up to date with your home lighting knowledge. Here are some helpful terms you should know about:
To charge your devices at a much faster rate, follow these tips.
The number of gadgets in our homes is increasing by the day. Additionally, each new device being released comes out with a new way to charge it or connect it to your computer.
The popularity of the USB port is changing the way we charge our devices and while it may not always be the fastest port to power up your device, it's certainly becoming the most common. However, there are ways to get your devices fully powered even more quickly.
Here are a five tips to charge your electronic devices faster:
Take control of your devices with a universal remote.
How many hours in your life do you think you've wasted trying to turn on your television with a complicated remote? What's even more frustrating is trying to switch back and forth between the right remote control just to get the TV to turn on. There's a pretty good chance you've encountered this situation more than once or twice in your lifetime, but there are ways to limit the mess of remotes.
Investing in a universal remote control certainly comes with benefits, but there are some reasons to make the switch that you might not know about. Here are four reasons you need to make the move to a universal remote:
The connected home continues to grow in popularity around the U.S.
The advancements that have taken place in the world of technology have essentially reshaped our lives. Not only do we rely on personal electronic devices to complete a variety of tasks, many people have begun integrating hi-tech automation into their homes as well.
Camping doesn't require a trip to the woods when you can have fun in your backyard.
Going camping is a fun way for you and your family to spend some time together. Not only does it bring you all in the same company, but it helps you build teamwork by deciding who sets up the tent, collects the tree branches for the fire and who organizes the food.
However, some families don't have the time to drive to a nearby campsite to get in all their adventures this summer. Even going to the backyard for a kid's camping night can be a great activity for your children and a great way to keep the stress down that would come with a planned trip.
This spring, you might not need the tool belt to do your home improvement projects.
With spring upon us, many residents and homeowners are ready to hit the hardware store and begin their big home improvement projects for the year. However, some people like to keep things simple and only work on minor improvements to their home.
Any home improvement project whether big or small could help develop your home and possibly save you some money in the long run. Here are a few simple home improvement ideas for the spring:
Having an office or workspace in your home where customers visit might call for higher security.
As a home-based small business owner, it's impossible to watch everything that goes on in your workplace 24/7, but surveillance technology is trying to help. Those who work from home can be on top of their workers, clients, customers and property with video surveillance cameras running in the interior of their home.
Spend your vacation relaxing and not worrying about the house with these extra security tips.
Some people simply cannot relax and enjoy themselves while on vacation because they're too worried about the security of their home. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because you should always ensure your home is completely secure when you leave for a vacation. However, once you finally make it to your destination, that's the time to leave your worries behind and enjoy yourself!
Whether your trip is set to last just a weekend or an entire month, you need to take additional precautions to make sure your home will be safe while you're away.
Keep your patio party popping with these lighting tips.
The snow has finally melted away and many residents now want to start planning barbecues, outdoor lounging and other evening events. With nice weather on its way, you want to make sure you make a great first impression on your guests as they enter your backyard or deck area.
To ensure your party is lasting as long as you want, you need to get a little creative with your outdoor lighting so you can keep decks, porches and walkways visible.
April is Autism Awareness Month. As we approach the final days of this month, we encourage everyone to continue raising awareness and to not let the end of April be the end of your efforts and support for those living with or affected by autism.
According to National Autism Association (NAA), it is estimated that one out every 68 individuals has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and according to a 2012 study in Pediatrics, 49% of children with ASD have a tendency to wander from safe settings. Individuals with ASD are often attracted to water, yet have little to no sense of danger. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children with ASD.
The NAA is a parent-run organization committed to providing resources and support for families and children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. The NAA uses Jasco’s GE Branded Wireless Security Alarms for their Big Red Safety Box program.
Mother's Day gifts under $50 that will simplify her life
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! (May 10th, just in case you weren’t sure). Finding a gift for that perfect woman who has always been there for you can seem like a daunting task at first. Especially for those moms who seem to either have everything already or have extremely picky taste. Worry not, finding a gift your mom will appreciate is easier than you might think.
Using motion sensor lights can improve your security and convenience.
Homeowners always look to increase security around their house, and one of the most efficient ways to accomplish this is through motion-sensor lights. Security systems can be extremely costly and a pain to control and keep up to date. However, there are other ways to bolster your home security without rigging your entire house with alarms.
Automatic lights can detect any certain movement in its range, which is a cost-effective way to add security and convenience to your home. Here are a few ways motion-sensor lights can benefit your home:
For an easy home improvement project, consider installing LED under cabinet light fixtures.
Typically, the majority of your home's cabinets are in the kitchen, which is an area that needs plenty of light sources to cook, clean, measure, cut and prep. Doing these things in the dark could lead to an overly salty dish due to using the wrong measuring cup, or even a trip to the emergency room for a sliced finger.
Instead, using LED under cabinet light fixtures could help you illuminate your stored items and everything from spices to coffee makers underneath the cabinet. Also, under cabinet lighting creates a soft even glow in your kitchen, instead of an overly bright illumination.
USB chargers allow you to get your battery back to 100 percent even if you're not close to a wall outlet.
We live in a world of mobile devices and rapid technological innovation - but even in this sleek modern era, one holdover of an increasingly distant past strangles efficiency: Cords and standard plug-in outlets for recharges.
Adding a music room in your home does not have to be a difficult process.
Whether you have a little one with knack to learn an instrument or you are a seasoned musician yourself, you might be considering changing a spare room into a music space. Even with neighbors and concerns of being too noisy in your own home, there are ways to dampen the sound and set up a music room.
Paying for time in a music space often rushes musicians as they feel the need to get the most out of their paid time. However, with some creative home electrical additions and a few add-ons, you will be able to play nearly whenever you want.
Here are a few tips to help you transform your spare room into a music studio:
Having the ability to control up to eight devices at once could simplify your home entertainment center.
A lot you have probably tried to set up a universal remote at some point in your life, only to be discouraged that it doesn't connect all of your devices. With home entertainment centers growing, and new electronics and streaming systems available on the market, you likely want a device that will actually control everything you own.
To declutter your home from all the cables, consolidating your devices is the best bet.
If you're like most people, the space behind your television is like a giant, disorderly yarn ball of cords, wires and cables. When you purchase a new device for your home entertainment center, you're excited and eager to hook it up until you see the mess of cords. There are several options to make it easier to install new gadgets or electronics to your space without digging through cables to find an open electrical socket on your surge protector.
Cutting the cable might be the best option for you and your pocketbook. With streaming options growing each year, and plenty of new home entertainment devices to feed your need for your favorite television shows, more people are saying adios to their cable than ever before.
In the past, it was beneficial to have cable, home phone and Internet all bundled into one bill. Nowadays, practically everyone has a cell phone and the savings aren't as big as they used to be. This has numerous people in both young and older generations ditching cable and moving toward cordless entertainment.
Lighting is a central aspect to a home's decor and functionality. Yet it's also just as large a concern for a homeowner's budget. While gas prices have gone down, electricity is no cheaper, and many consumers have become more eco-friendly to get more energy savings as they reconsider their approach to lighting with new products on the market.
Anyone could pick incandescent bulbs out of a lineup, but increasingly, their presence in the market is becoming rarer. Legislation and manufacturers have phase out production of such bulbs, and what's left is only what stores have on shelves and in the stockroom. In these bulbs' place, a new generation of lighting products have ascended.
There are several ways you can cut down your energy bill all year long.
Homeowners are starting to see a lot more energy-efficient appliances around the house thanks to new technology. According to The Wall Street Journal, in the past, older refrigerators used roughly 1,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, while new energy-efficient models use closer to 400 kilowatt-hours per year. Higher energy costs have forced homeowners into a balancing act to find the best ways to save on their energy bills.
Lighting a child's space has never been more efficient, or fun, as it is with Jasco Projectables®.
Usually, consumers are forced to choose between product functionality and aesthetic appeal. But when it comes to decor for rooms that children use, consumers never have to weigh one feature over the other with Jasco Projectables® night lights.
Choosing the right surge protector could safeguard some of your most expensive electronics.
Surge protectors come in various styles, shapes and sizes. Most people use them for high electrical volume areas such as around a television entertainment center or by an office desk. Most people have some variation of a surge protection in their home, but they might not realize the piece of equipment they have is not fully protecting their devices.
Home lighting automation can transform your house into a smart home.
Many homeowners are taking a step into the future by investing in home automation. What seems like something out of a science fiction movie is actually now available for anyone to purchase. Home automation is simply having the ability to control you home's lights, appliances, thermostat and other electronics through your smartphone.
This year at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Jasco made "The List" for the Best of CES 2015, literally. On January 8th, Jasco's connected home products were featured on the List TV Show's "Best of CES 2015" segment.