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October Begins Nationwide Window Cord Safety Awareness Month

October Begins Nationwide Window Cord Safety Awareness Month

Hunter Douglas october safetymonth Hunter Douglas october safetymonthNEW YORK – The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging parents and caregivers during October to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords that can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children, and to retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products.  WCSC and CPSC recommend that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.

The October window-cord awareness campaign, known as National Window Covering Safety Month, is sponsored by the WCSC and the CPSC.

According to the CPSC, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidentally strangling in window cords. Some of these incidents involve older products that are still in use but don’t have the safety devices or designs instituted in the past decade.

“Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” explains CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC recommends that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.  They are available today in the marketplace and will prevent window blind strangulations. Make sure all window shades, blinds and draperies in your home do not have cords that are within the reach of a child.”

In addition, the Window Covering Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to follow these basic cord-safety precautions:

  • Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
  • Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.
  • Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
  • Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.

 

http://www.windowcoverings.org/october-kicks-off-national-window-covering-safety-month/

Control Your Lights From Your Wrist

Control Your Lights From Your Wrist

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Apple Officially unveiled the watch, together with iphone 6 and 6 plus on Sept 09, 2014.  The Apple watch (not iwatch) was of the most anticipated products or recent years.

So what can it do?

The Apple Watch is  a music player, a fitness tracker with heart-rate monitor, a device that will send and receive messages, calls and audio recordings. It can makes payment via Apple pay.  It can also work as your remote control for your apple tv.

Its a handheld portal to apps like Lutron Casèta App.

 

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How would you like to never worry about turning off your light at home?  Keep yourself reminded with the Lutron Casèta App through Apple Watch.

What is Casèta?

Casèta is a new entry level innovation from Lutron that allows your customer to control lights, shading, and temperature from anywhere in the world. Truly making their home a connected one.

With Apple Watch now you can control your lights, shading and temperature from your wrists.

 

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LED Interior Lighting Ideas

LED Interior Lighting Ideas

To get the best home improvement with less stress on your budget, then you should absolutely have to consider LED Lights for your home interior design. Advantage of using Led is that it can last longer, up to 30,000-50,000 longer than incandescent.

With LED lighting, it can provide dramatic effects to your home.  The color of the walls and ceiling  could change depends on your  preference anytime. You can see images below for ideas on how LED light can be use to in your home.

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Images by Gabriela Roxas on her blog {link to http://www.onextrapixel.com/}. – See more at: http://www.onextrapixel.com/2013/10/23/30-creative-led-interior-lighting-designs/

 

 

Which Light Bulb should I use?

Which Light Bulb should I use?

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Which Light Bulb is Should I use?

Choosing the right light bulb is a balancing act between energy savings, comfort, durability, cost, and compatibility. Each area of a home or office will require different types of light and present different opportunities for savings. Use the chart and information on this page to pick the perfect light bulb for your lighting needs.

   Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs provide rich and warm light quality, excellent color rendering, and controllability, but are the least efficient.

 

    Screw-in CFL Bulbs

Screw-in CFL bulbs are energy efficient and have the longest life of all light bulbs. However, they provide less pleasing light, start up slowly, may    flicker,     and are not disposable because of their mercury content.

 

   Halogen Bulbs

Halogen bulbs, an efficient variety of incandescent lighting, are up to 30% more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. When dimmed by 30%, they offer many benefits of CFL and standard incandescent lights without the drawbacks.

 

General Rules

Use a halogen bulb with a dimmer where:
  • Light quality is important
  • You want energy savings with ambiance
  • You want to control the light with dimmers, timers, or sensors
Use a CFL bulb, possibly with a dimmer, where:
  • Light quality isn’t important
  • There is no risk of children or animals breaking the bulb
  • You want maximum light with minimum energy consumption
  • You don’t need sensors or timers
Wireless Home Controls for Beginners

Wireless Home Controls for Beginners

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If you’re in interested in-home lighting control but don’t have a big budget, and/or you’re really new to this technology and don’t know where to start, Caséta Wireless is the answer.

 

Caséta Wireless control your lights and shades from anywhere with Pico® wireless remote controls, as well as with your smart phone. Caséta dimmers install in minutes, work with numerous bulb types – including dimmable LEDs and CFLs, and bring the convenience of a connected home to your fingertips.

 

“This new, affordably priced solution gives installers and specifiers the ability to offer simple and reliable energy-saving products to clients who are new to lighting and shade control,” says Matt Swatsky, Caséta Wireless product manager at Lutron. “This solution features the same Lutron quality the industry has come to know and trust and will help people think differently about their business models as they can now give their clients a simple, connected home solution.”

 

Unveiled in Las Vegas this past April, the professionally installed Lutron Smart Bridge Pro, embedded with Lutron’s powerful Clear Connect Wireless technology, plugs directly into a home’s Wi-Fi router and sends wireless, radio frequency (RF) communication signals to Lutron’s Caséta Wireless dimmers and battery-powered Serena and Triathlon shades. The Lutron Smart Bridge Pro is easily paired with the new Lutron app with the press of a button, allowing dealers to install and setup a system in less than 30 minutes.

New Hunter Douglas® Promotion “Fashion in Motion”

New Hunter Douglas® Promotion “Fashion in Motion”

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Swipe, tap, enjoy. You just brightened your outlook.

With Hunter Douglas® motorized window fashions, transforming a room is effortless.

Use our remote control, wireless wall switch or Platinum™ App on your Apple® 

mobile device to automatically operate shades though out your home. Light 

control, privacy, comfort – with a few easy touches.  Please visit our showroom in 

5222 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles California or Call our Expert for Free Consultation at  (877)-628-3350

What is California Title 24?

What is California Title 24?

 

Title 24 is an energy law that was created to conserve the high consumption and demand in California.  The new compliance are applicable to both commercial and residential lighting.  This policy significantly modifies lighting needs in new and remodeled homes.

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Code Requirements Per Room

Living Room, Bedroom, Family Room, and Hallway

  • Dimmers with incandescent or halogen lighting
  • Occupancy sensor
  • Fluorescent lighting (non screw-in)

Kitchen

  • Fluorescent lighting – at least 50% of installed wattage must be from fluorescent, CFL or HID lights that do not screw in (13 watts or greater require an electronic ballast)
  • Incandescent lighting – up to 50% of installed wattage may be incandescent lighting if switched separately
  • Dimmers with incandescent or halogen lighting as an upgrade from a switch

Other Interior Rooms

  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Occupancy sensors

Exterior Lights (Attached to Building)

  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Incandescent / halogen lighting combined with photo/motion sensor

For More info:  http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/

 

 

4 Things to Consider When Buying Shades

4 Things to Consider When Buying Shades

You’ve just decided that window shades are the better choice for your home window treatment. So where do you next? Do you go online, local home center or specialty shade store? Here are some few things to consider when buying window shades.

Budget. No matter what we desire, it all boils down to how much can you afford. Can you afford a window or the entire house? Shades are priced based on the size, but the styles and texture increases the price as well.

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Privacy and Sunlight. How much of these do you desire? Do you want the room to be bright or dark? How much sunlight do you want to come in? This will all depends on what style and fabric you’re going to use in your shades.

Cleaning Time – How much time do you have for cleaning? The materials you choose will depends on how easy it is to clean.

Safety – Having cordless windows will reduce your accident risk especially if you have kids.

7 Ways To Keep Your House Cool This Summer

Summer heat can be very uncomfortable and be very dangerous.  By making some simple changes, you can avoid the heat and cool your house this summer

  • Avoid using any appliances that produce heat.  Instead of oven and stove, use microwave or order food. Replace your incandescent bulbs with LEDs.  Turn off your electronics such as TV and computers if you’re not using them, since it produce a lot of heat.
  • Shut your blinds and curtains during the day.  Close all windows and keep the doors and windows closed throughout the day.
  • Circulate the air in the house using fan.  Set up a fan so that fan sucks up cooler air form from below and blows hot air upwards towards the ceiling.
    • Let the night cooler air in by opening a window.  Open certain windows so that the cold air from outside gets in
    • Use smooth cold fabric all over the house.  Use satin for pillowcase or just throw white linen over furniture.  Using white or light colored fabric doesn’t absorb heat as much as dark fabric and the smooth texture will give you an impression of coolness.

  • Plant Trees.  Trees provide shade for your home and keep the surroundings cooler.
  • Install Awnings.  It provides shades where there’s insufficient roof overhang.

 

Top 5 Advantages Of Home Automation

Top 5 Advantages Of Home Automation

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Home automaton has been around for several years, with systems that let you control the lighting, temperature, door locks, window curtains, appliances and much more.  Earlier years of automation, its considered a luxury but as smart phones and tablets become increasingly common to every household, home automation is becoming easier to use and dramatically more affordable. Here are the top 5 advantages why you should install home automation in your home.

 

  1. Safety.  The ability to control small appliances and lighting with your fingertips anywhere you are will add safety in your home.  You can make sure appliances are off when its needed to be off and on when its needed to be on.
  2. Security.  The ability to lock the door through your phone is one of the greatest benefits of home automation.  This will give you peace of mind knowing that the door is close and not guessing.   The fact that you can be alerted each time someone enters your home also allows you to monitor who is entering your home at all times, especially when you are not there.
  3. Convenience.  The ability to control everything with your fingertips is very convenient.  You never leave the house without your wallet, keys and your smart phone.  With our smart phone always with us, we can easily monitor our home and control everything with just touch of a finger.
  4. Saves Time.  Since we are living in a very fast-paced environment, we don’t even have time to worry about our home.  With home automation, we can save time going back to our home and make sure everything is order, like if the kids close the door from school or turn on the lights when you get home.
  5. Save Money.  This is the biggest advantage of home automation.  With the ability to control the light, whether dimming or turning on/off on specific time will saves homeowner a great ton of money.  You can save money through household temperature, with proper automation in window shades and automated thermostat.  In addition, you can save gas, by not driving back home if you forgot to turn off appliances or lock the door.