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Tips and Tricks for Hanging Outdoor Lighting

Posted November 30, 2016 at 05:53 PM

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

Introducing New GE Z-Wave Motion Sensors and Smart Switches

Posted November 7, 2016 at 06:10 PM

Whether you’d like to adjust your home’s lighting for convenience, security, or to simply save more money, we're making it easier to keep your home safer, smarter and more secure. We are excited to announce the availability of three new products joining the largest line of Z-Wave connected lighting controls. Starting today, our new GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Door Sensor, Portable Smart Motion Sensor and 40 Amp Outdoor Smart Switch are now available online and in stores at major retailers. 

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Topics: Smart Home, Safety & Security, News

Lighting Tips for Halloween and Trick-or-Treaters

Posted October 19, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Halloween is the one night a year when people will walk outside after dark with small children. Safety is obviously a major concern when it comes to the activity of trick-or-treating. Here are some lighting tips for Halloween and some festive ways to light up your holiday and enjoy a safe night.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Safety & Security

5 Tips to Help Homeowners Choose the Right Smart Home Devices

Posted September 1, 2016 at 08:30 AM

Home automation is picking up speed, and very soon there will be no slowing it down. Homeowners and tech lovers everywhere are trying their best to get their hands on a piece of the smart home, and take it for a spin to see what all the fuss is about. Now, more than ever, homeowners are gravitating towards finding a spot for tech in their homes. Can you blame them? Connected homes and home automation devices go hand in hand to turn the house into a beacon of comfort, efficiency, and sometimes laziness.

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

Leave Your Worries Behind With These Road Trip Essentials

Posted August 15, 2016 at 05:09 PM

It’s the end of summer, the weather is nice, and you need a break from the usual. It’s the perfect time to take a road trip, especially with fall right around the corner. Whether it's a couple of hours or a 12+ hour trip, here are some ways to make sure you have a great and comfortable road ahead of you.

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Topics: How To, Safety & Security, Mobility

Cafe String Lighting Cost and Performance for Business Owners

Posted July 12, 2016 at 05:39 PM

Look around any entertainment or dining district and you are sure to find no shortage of Edison-style string lights hanging from restaurants, bars, pubs, and outdoor areas.

It’s clear that string lights are having a cultural moment right now, but these faux retro beauties carry many hidden costs and it's important to consider cafe string lighting cost and performance for business owners. Most notably, they hog energy. A standard 48’ incandescent string light with 24 11W vintage-style bulbs draws a whopping 264 watts per strand. At the national average electricity cost of $0.11 per kilowatt hour, the annual energy costs to run just one set after sundown can exceed $125 – or one- to-two times the entire cost of the product.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Safety & Security, News

Introducing the New Enbrighten LED Lantern With USB Charging

Posted March 11, 2016 at 04:16 PM

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time many start planning camping trips with their family and friends. Jasco has created the perfect camping and hiking companion, the new GE Enbrighten® USB Lantern. Great for charging your phone on the go, this USB Lantern provides a 1.0Amp charging rate that can supply battery life for any smartphone, eReader or digital camera.

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

5 ways to childproof your home

Posted February 29, 2016 at 09:23 AM

In the modern home, there are now numerous electronics, gadgets and electrical wires that children can get a hold of. Whether you are expecting, new parents or seasoned-parents, there are plenty of easy ways to childproof your home and improve your family's overall safety by making sure children cannot easily access certain electronics and areas in the home that could be dangerous. 

Here are five ways to increase the safety through childproofing your home:

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Topics: Around the Home, Safety & Security

Winter Safety: How To Prepare For a Power Outage

Posted January 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Winter isn't over just yet, and for many of us, some of the strongest winter storms often strike in January and February. That is why it's so important to plan for the possibility of a power outage.

Even when we're warned days in advance of possible severe weather or ice storms, power outages can still take us by surprise and can be scary for both children and adults. However, there are plenty of easy steps to take before a winter storm strikes to help protect your home (and all your precious gadgets) and insure peace and readiness for you and your family.  

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

Highlights and snapshots from CES 2016

Posted January 15, 2016 at 03:40 PM

Jasco had another incredible year at CES! During the past week, we announced a handful of new, innovative products that we're excited to launch in 2016. For those of you who couldn't make it to Vegas this year, here are some snapshots from the show floor and a full recap of CES 2016 in case you missed anything.

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