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

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

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

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

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Topics: 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

Cafe Lights Inspiring Ideas: Creative Uses and DIY Muses

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

We recently partnered with some incredibly talented bloggers to help inspire you with creative ideas and clever ways to hang Enbrighten Seasons Color Changing Cafe Lights — from creative indoor decor ideas, to outdoor entertaining tips and more! Get inspired with these DIY projects and be sure to share your own cafe lights inspiring ideas with us too on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Tech Gift Guide | Team Jasco Edition

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

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

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

10 Ways a USB Battery Pack Makes Life Easier

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

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

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Topics: Around the Home, Mobility

Zombie Apocalypse / Emergency Storm Preparedness Guide

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

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

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Topics: Around the Home, Safety & Security

Houzz Feature | 11 Low Stress Ways to Update Your Kitchen

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

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

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Smart Home, Around the Home

Q&A: Cafe String Lights

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

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

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

How to Reduce Energy Bills–The Easy Way

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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! 

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home