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Our Top How-To Videos on YouTube: Digital Timers Edition

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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 that 86% 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.

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

Top 3 Trends for Outdoor Landscape Lighting

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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.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, Safety & Security, News

How to Create Perfect Outdoor Living Spaces with Outdoor Lighting

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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:

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Meet Enbrighten Landscape Lights | Color Changes Everything

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We are excited to announce we're expanding our Enbrighten® brand with a line of highly anticipated LED 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.
 

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, News

11 Budget Friendly (and easy!) Landscape Design Ideas for the Backyard

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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.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Cordinate Your Life with Designer Extension Cords

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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?

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Topics: Around the Home, Power

Q&A: Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting

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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 cabinet 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.

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

Aging in Place | Technology for Seniors

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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.

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Topics: Smart Home, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Smart Home, Around the Home, News

Q & A: Timers

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

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