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Introducing myTouchSmart Wi-Fi | Google & Alexa Friendly Smart Plugs

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We recently announced our new line of myTouchSmart Wi-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.

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Topics: News, Around the Home, Safety & Security, Smart Home

Introducing the New GE-Branded Enbrighten Motion LED Security Lights

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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)
  • Lighting Schedule Options 
  • 4 Motion Detection Ranges
  • Easy Setup and Installation 
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Topics: LED Lighting, Safety & Security, Around the Home

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

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

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

In Darkness There is Need for Light | Be Prepared with EcoSurvivor

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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.

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

6 MORE Things You Can Do with a Timer

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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. 

Last week, we listed 6 easy things you can do with a timer around your home. Here are 6 MORE things you can do with a timer to make your life just a little bit easier. 

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Topics: Around the Home, How To, LED Lighting, Safety & Security

6 Things You Can Do With a Timer

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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!

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Topics: Around the Home, How To, LED Lighting, Safety & Security

4 Simple Steps to Prepare for a Power Outage

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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.

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