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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

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

Ask the Experts: Phone Charging

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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?? 

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Topics: How To, Mobility, Q&A

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

4 Tips for Setting Health Goals This Spring

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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.

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Topics: How To

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

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

Outdoor Essentials Checklist: 5 Items You Need Before Heading Outdoors

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

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

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

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

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