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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

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

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

Just Released: The First Z-Wave In-Wall Smart Motion Switch & Dimmer

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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:

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Topics: Smart Home, Safety & Security, News, CES

Creative Ways People are Using Motion Sensing Night Lights

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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. 

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

Tips and Tricks for Hanging Outdoor Lighting

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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.

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