2015 holiday gift guide for grandparents

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Grandparents

Gift ideas for Grandparents

This is the second installment in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Series. Last week we looked at great ideas for the office gift exchange, and this week we’re talking about gifts for grandparents, both old and new.

Grandparents are notorious for spoiling their grandkids rotten and sending them home to mom and dad. Today I have rounded up a list of practical, fun, and sentimental gift ideas that will let you spoil them this year.

Fun, unique gifts for grandparentsUnique, Fun Gifts

For the globe-trotting grandparents that traverse the great wide open in a sedan, an RV or even on a set of Harleys, custom bobble heads designed to look like the recipients are a fun gag gift that is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

If your active grandparent hasn’t discovered the outrageously fun sport that I can only describe as a cross between tennis and ping pong, then gifting them with their own beginners Pickleball set is a must. Pickleball is fun, easy on the joints and great exercise.

You’re never too old to learn something new, and gifting your grandparents with a new experience might be just the thing. If they’ve never been to the theater, buy them tickets for a local play or musical, or splurge on Broadway tickets. Some other ideas for great “new experiences” are wine tastings, kayaking lessons, or lessons to learn how to play the guitar! (more…)

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2015 Holiday gift guide for co-workers

Holiday Gift Guide: Co-Workers

Holiday gift guide for your coworkers

This is the first in our 2015 series of Holiday Gift Guides, pulling together some of our most “give-able” lighting products with unique items from around the web.

Office gift exchanges can be tricky, especially when they involve some type of Secret Santa game. They usually include each employee randomly drawing a name, and often go one of a few ways:

A) You and your pal finagle a way to draw each other’s name, so that you can mutually agree NOT to participate in this ridiculous game. (Bah-Humbug!) You’re only reading this post because you can’t get out of getting something for your boss.

B) You overhear your office mates whispering about you in the break-room, “Man, I hope he doesn’t draw my name. Did you see those lame gifts he gave last year?” and you vow that this year you will be the BEST. SECRET SANTA. EVER.

C) Last year you gave gifts SO EPIC that you have the Secret Santa Superstar reputation to uphold but you’ve run out of clever ideas.

Whatever the case, here are a handful of ideas that can help for around $25 or less.

2015 holiday gift guide for coworkers (more…)

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Under Cabinet Lighting From Start to Finish - A Guide

Under Cabinet Lighting, From Start to Finish

Under Cabinet Lighting From Start to Finish - A GuideLast week I shared an infographic that detailed four key considerations when choosing under cabinet lighting: light source, shape, installation type and power source. Today’s post takes it a step further with a deep dive into some of our most popular under cabinet lighting resources, rounded up in one convenient place.

Wherever you are in the process, whether you’ve narrowed down your options or you’re still in the research stage, here’s a roadmap to under cabinet lighting success, broken down into three phases: Choosing, Purchasing and Installing.

Phase One: Still Deciding

It happens to the best of us – analysis paralysis. You want to know what’s out there so you can decide what you want, but with so many lighting choices it’s hard to weed through them all. Here are some resources that can help you with the decision-making process:


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Must-Have Lights for Your College Dorm Room

Are lights on your dorm room checklist? They should be.

College dorm rooms are not known for their style and charm. They serve but one purpose for the budding student – a place to study and (occasionally) sleep. Equipped with little more than a bed and a desk, an empty dorm room requires some essential supplies. I’ve put together a list of several different types of lights — some fun and some functional — that need to make it on your back-to-school checklist.

Night Lights

The ever-popular Motion Sensor Stick Anywhere Night Lights are a dorm room must. They are wireless night lights. They detect motion. And you can stick them anywhere. I know, we really got creative with the name, but the fact remains that these little powerhouses of light are one of our best sellers for a reason – they can be used for so many things. Put them inside your closet or wardrobe, by the door, or even inside a desk drawer. They light up about 10 square feet and turn off after 20 seconds of no activity.

Wireless motion sensor night lights shown on stairs, bookcases and as decoration.
Wireless Motion Sensor Stick Anywhere Night Lights

Safety Lights

A glowing keychain fob is perfect to clip on a backpack or toss in a purse, and since it’s always emitting a low-level of light, it’s easy to spot. When you need more light, just push the button on the fob to increase the brightness. (more…)

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10 Solar deck and patio lights under $10

10 Solar Deck and Patio Lights Under $10

Creating a stunning deck or patio doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are 10 no-maintenance solar lighting options for use in and around your outdoor living space — all under $10.00.

10 solar deck lights under 10 dollars
1. Solar LED Mini Deck Light$7.90

2. Solar LED Decorative Jar Light, $9.90

3. Solar LED Post Cap, $8.90

4. Remmington Solar LED Deck Light, $7.90

5. Solar LED Mini Deck Light, Round, $7.90

6. Solar LED Mini Postap for 4×4 Posts, $5.90

7. Saguaro Solar LED Deck Light$8.90

8. Marion Solar LED Deck Light, $4.90

9. Solar Umbrella Clip Light, $6.90

10. Solar LED Color Changing Flame Light, $7.90

Note: Prices are subject to change. Visit our website for current pricing and to view all of our solar outdoor lighting products.

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Ultimate Garage Lighting, A Buyers Guide with Infographic

The Ultimate Guide to Garage Lighting [with Infographic]

A great garage lighting strategy requires a great garage layout. So how exactly do you achieve that? Whether your garage is your lair, your storage room, a place to park your car, or all three, we have some ideas that will help you define the space, along with lighting product suggestions for each one.

Expert organizers recommend that you think of your garage in terms of zones:

Divide the garage into zones for optimal organization
Source: EasyClosets, a division of the Stow Company
  1. Transition Zone
  2. Need it Now
  3. Long, Tall and Thin Storage
  4. Large Item Storage
  5. Frequently Used Items
  6. Workspace

The Best Lighting for the Garage

Once you’ve determined your zones, it’s time to start brightening the space up. Each area of the garage will have different lighting needs, and different products that fit them the best. Let’s take a look at each zone and your best lighting options for each one:

  • The Transition Zone (Zone 1) is located right outside the door leading into and out of your house from the garage. It may have a few steps up, with or without a handrail. For this area we recommend battery operated, motion activated lights around the entry door and steps with auto on/off features, so you aren’t fumbling for keys or tripping up the stairs while carrying in a load of groceries.
  • Need it Now (Zone 2) usually consists of cabinets or shelving and is where things are stored that you want easy access to on a daily basis – like dog food, or canned goods and paper products overflow. For garage cabinet and shelf lighting we recommend microfluorescent strip lights, especially when located inside deep garage cabinets, where items can easily get shoved far back into dark corners. Wireless motion sensor in-cabinet lights with adhesive backing can stick anywhere and don’t require an electrical outlet.


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LED solar hanging planter basket for the garden.

This Solar Light May Have Turned Me into a Green Thumb

With the bounty of Spring upon us and Summer right around the corner, I decided to shine some light on a product that I’ve been itching to unbox: A hanging garden basket with ultra bright solar LEDs.

Just one problem…

I’m not much of a green thumb (truth be told, I’ve been known to kill a cactus) so I was a bit hesitant to – literally – put a spotlight on my inability to keep anything green alive.

What it Is
Solar LED hanging basket

  • A solar-powered LED light is suspended above a hanging garden basket.
  • Kit includes a solar panel, a coconut husk-lined basket, bracket and chains.
  • Automatic dusk-to-dawn solar light illuminates your plant.
  • Provides about 12 hours of warm white light when fully charged.
  • Currently priced at $49.00 (Note: The light is also available for purchase without the basket)

Where to Hang It

One of the features of solar lights is that they need to be positioned, well, in the sun. But the blazing hot Southern summers (and this non green-thumbed gal) can spell tragedy for plants. I’m much more likely to keep a shade loving plant alive. Thankfully, the remote solar panel can be installed up to 8 feet away from the planter which means I can hang my flowers in a shady area while positioning the panel in the sun for optimal charging.

Tips for Installing the Light

When you’re searching for the right place, make sure you have a nice sunny spot available within 8 feet of the basket to install the solar panel. For bright light throughout the evening, the panel should be exposed to direct sunlight for several hours a day. (more…)

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Battery powered camping lights

15 Gifts that Put Dad in the Spotlight on Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, get out of the tie and money clip routine with 15 bright gift ideas that shine a light on Dad’s favorite past times. Is your dad a grill master, an adventurer, an artist or a hardcore movie buff? Or is he one of those guys that has his own personal style that can’t be nailed down to just one? Whatever the case, chances are good that we’ve got a lighting gift to match his style:

1. The Grill Master

Battery operated grill light
Clip on Stainless Steel LED Battery Operated Grill Light

2. The English Professor

LED reading light with touch dimmer
Read in style with a 6-Watt Contemporary Reading Light with Touch Dimmer

3. The Gear-head

Motorcycle work light with flexible neck and 24 LEDs
Flexible LED worklight with 24 LEDs clamps onto the surface of his bike or car with a bendable neck.


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Weekend Warrior: Installing NETBRIGHT™ Wireless Motion Sensor Networked Spotlights

Today begins our newest series: Weekend Warrior. It’s part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY projects around the house. This week we’re tackling one of our most innovative new products: The NETBRIGHT™ Wireless Motion Sensor Networked Spotlights. 

Weekend Warrior | Security Lighting Project

The Problem – lack of security lighting for rear of home.
The DIY solution I chose – Mr. Beams Netbright Wireless Spotlights.

I recently moved to a part of North Carolina where many of the homes in the area are vacation homes that are vacant throughout much of the year. Unfortunately, during the off-season months break-ins are common and I thought it would be wise to install security lighting around the perimeter of my home.

Currently, we have a fantastic motion sensor floodlight that gradually increases its light level installed at the front of my home. I have gotten into the habit of making excuses to walk near it just because I think it’s so cool.

Front floodlight image
My front entrance with existing floodlight

The back entrance of my home … not so much… (more…)

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10 Reasons Mom Might Want a Night Light for Mother’s Day

10 reasons mom might want a night light for mother's day

Peanut butter and jelly, baseball and summer, flowers and spring, Mother’s Day and night lights …Wait, what? OK so maybe it’s a stretch, but we think there are at least 10 reasons Mom might want a night light this Mother’s Day:

#1  To see the toy on the stairs that she’s about to trip over.

#2 To be ready for a game of flashlight tag at any moment.

#3 To detect motion when her teenager is trying to sneak out.

#4 To detect motion when her husband is trying to sneak to the fridge.

#5 To avoid sharing the bed with a scared-of-the-dark toddler.

#6 To add to her massive collection of seashell themed decor.

#7 To bring back the days of her disco dancing youth.

#8 To guide her to the restroom in a haze of sleep.

#9 To guide her steps to the car after her child tells her at 11:30pm that a project is due tomorrow.

#10 To navigate a stealthy, army-crawl exit from the nursery after the baby finally falls asleep.

Not convinced? That’s okay, we’ve got a few more ideas up our sleeve that can still make you a hero on Mother’s Day.

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