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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Product Spotlight: Pass & Seymour Quad USB Charger

Each month, we like to take an in-depth look at one of our top products to help customers find the perfect product for their needs. This month, we’re shining our spotlight on one of our favorite new products, the Quad USB Charger from Pass & Seymour.

Almost everything that needs charging these days uses a USB cord, from iPads to phones to game controllers, and this USB wall outlet cuts out the need for a USB to DC converter. With its slim 1.3” design, the USB charger outlet can fit into any standard electrical box. Installation is fast and easy with the charger’s screw-pressure plate back wiring, so you don’t even have to worry about hiring an electrician to add this handy charger to your home or business.

Boasting four 5-volt DC USB ports, this charger is compatible with devices that use USB 2.0 and 3.0, so most USB devices can use this without any worries of non-compatibility. This wall outlet lets you charge four USB devices at a time, so you don’t have to spend time looking for an open outlet.

At only $30, this USB outlet wall plate is a fantastic deal. Whether you’re looking to outfit your home with an easy way to charge all of your devices or provide customers with a simple place to charge up, this USB outlet is an excellent option.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Light Up Your Flower Beds with Rope Lighting

After working so hard on your garden, isn't it a shame that it's only noticeable by day? Once the sun goes down, it remains shrouded in darkness until the following morning. You could always aim spotlights at it during the night, but they're rather jarring and not particularly attractive. Why not use LED rope lighting to spice up your garden at night instead?

Rope Lighting Basics

If you've never worked with rope lighting before, you're in for a real treat. This type of lighting is almost exclusively used for decorative purposes. Tiny lights are strung together and protected by PVC resin tubes. The tubes can be either completely transparent or one of several translucent colors. As for the lights, they can be incandescent or LED. The latter is vastly superior for many reasons, including lower energy consumption and longevity. Indeed, LED rope lighting can last upward of 30,000 hours, so a one-time investment allows you to light up your garden for more than 1,200 days in a row.

First Steps

Using rope lighting in a garden is easy enough. The first step is figuring out where you'll actually install it. Wait until it's starting to get fairly dark out, and then walk around the garden. Pay attention to things like the edges of flower beds, pathways and stairs. They are generally the best places to install rope lights, but you don't have to limit yourself to those areas. Because rope lights are so flexible, they can be used to create a variety of eye-catching designs, too.
Style Meets Safety

Rope lights don't just enhance the visual appeal of your garden at night. They can enhance the safety of the area too! Wouldn't it be nice to be able to meander around your garden after dark without worrying about stubbing your toe or otherwise running into trouble? By using rope lights on the paths, boundaries and stairs around your garden, you'll always be able to find your way around with ease.  

Colorful Elegance

Rope lights are available in a broad array of beautiful colors, so you can really let your imagination go wild when using them in the garden. Whether you opt for plain, clear lights or decide to go with red, blue, green, yellow or other colors, you're going to love the pizzazz that these lights bring to your outdoor landscaping. If you're going the colorful route, keep the colors of your flowers and other plants in mind to cast your plants in the best light. 

Start Now!

Working with rope lighting couldn't be easier. Whether you're an artistic person or don't consider yourself to be particularly creative, you can easily achieve stunning results in no time. Once you see your garden lit up with rope lights for the first time, you'll be glad you put in the time and effort to install them.