In our 15+ years of selling unique lights & lighting accessories we’ve learned that our customers like it when we make things simple. They also like it when we make them super-affordable. So packaging our lighting products into easy-to-buy kits with special bundled pricing was a no-brainer. From the kitchen to the dorm room, the deck to the tornado shelter – these Mr. Beams Lighting kits have you covered.
Trends in lighting technology keep getting smarter. In fact, if the LED Light Bulb were a soccer mom, she’d have a bumper sticker that read “My Light Bulb is Smarter than Your Light Bulb.” Smart lighting systems are hot at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, an annual event that showcases the most innovative gizmos of the year. But for all the hype, what exactly do they do? Without a smart bulb, am I less intelligent?
What Makes a Light Bulb Smart?
Like every good parent, smart light bulb manufacturers have different ideas about what makes their product smart. As the trend starts to explode, new variations of the smart bulb are cropping up everywhere in an attempt to out-perform their predecessors. Though each smart bulb has its own set of features, I’ve put together a list of some popular characteristics that seem to make a smart bulb so much “brighter” than its peers (sorry, couldn’t resist):
Despite your best intentions and promises to yourself that this will be The Year You Shop Early — here you are, just 10 days away from Christmas and you’re down to the wire. You. Have. One. Weekend. Left. One weekend where every procrastinator on the planet will be scouring for last-minute gifts. You’ve seen them before — Desperate, they grab the overpriced items off the endcaps and pile them into their cart, feverishly crossing names off their list.
Maybe next year will be your year. For now, take heart in the fact that you’re not alone. 11.7% of Americans wait until the last minute. Luckily we’ve rounded up 12 easy-on-the-wallet gift ideas for last-minute shoppers that will still make you look like you shopped all year long. And you don’t even have to leave the house.
Note: For this guide we’ve included gifts ranging from $5-$50, however prices are always subject to change.
1. Mini-Bluetooth Grill Thermometer ($49.95, Sharper Image)
Bluetooth technology debuted just 15 years ago. I wonder if any of the attendees at COMDEX thought to themselves “One day, I can cook my steak with the help of a tiny glowing tool that changes colors when my meat is cooked to perfection.” Probably not. Thankfully Sharper Image did, so now you can cook your steak and monitor it from your smart phone.
Buying a first home is loaded with adventure. It’s also packed full of new responsibilities. For this week’s Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve come up with several useful gift ideas that the first-time homeowner will enjoy for many years. Five key themes encompass our guide: Kitchen, Home Decor, Lawn & Garden, Safety & Security and Home Improvement. Focus on one, or mix and match!
Deck out his or her new kitchen with a cast iron skillet that will last a lifetime and make learning to cook a breeze. LED puck lights provide bright under-cabinet task lighting when chopping and mixing, or ambient light when entertaining.
Do you need a gift for someone in your life that takes extraordinary pride in their lawn, coddles and nurtures their garden & scours the internet for optimal planting times? Then read on, because we’ve combined some of our best-selling lighting products with gadgets and accessories that your earth-loving friend will totally “dig.”
Coming up with meaningful gifts for the men in your life can be a challenge. Whether it’s my husband, my older brothers, my dad or my sons, I typically get one of two reactions to the question “What do you want for Christmas this year?”: A) A shrug with, “Ah, don’t get me anything” -or- B) His eyes light up, because he’s been waiting for this moment, and before I can even finish the sentence, he’s pulling out his iPhone with conveniently saved pictures of a custom Harley.
A Gift of Compromise
I revel in gift-giving, so the No-Gift idea doesn’t work for me. However, since I haven’t won the lottery yet, the over-the-top expensive gift isn’t realistic either. So how do you give a reasonably priced and unique gift that he will appreciate? The solution lies in finding a happy-medium that’s both affordable and gives him something practical that he’ll actually use and enjoy.
Whether mastering your ABC’s or getting your Master’s Degree, learning is hard work at any age. This holiday season, treat your favorite student to slick gifts that are both pleasing and practical.
The Younger Years (ages 2-12)
To the blossoming young student, everything is exciting and new. Encourage their growing minds with these smart gift ideas:
If you’re thinking about a home remodel or new home project, then you have some serious decision making to do regarding your ceiling lights. Some people don’t realize this, but few things make as big an impact on how your space looks and feels than lighting, especially ceiling lights. And there are many different types of ceiling lights. You might start out wanting recessed ceiling lights, and, despite other choices like flush mount, semi flush mount, or track lighting, etc, you might end up STILL wanting recessed lights. But have you given thought to what size pot lights? Low voltage or line voltage? Square trim, round trim, or no trim at all? What about finish? Plain old white, or maybe brushed nickel? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, asking five questions will make the process much simpler. So before you swipe that debit card, check out what’s below.
Step lights are both attractive and functional, as they illuminate stairs, paths, and hallways, in indoor and outdoor applications. Step lights are universally brilliant, but there are so many kinds of step lights, we figured we would help clarify your options in order to help you make an informed decision for your home, garden, or other space.
Spring has sprung. The weather is getting nicer. Time for a new pair of sunglasses? It was time for me. Even though sunglasses are not a regular topic of our lighting blog, I felt that my recent experience picking out new sunglasses warranted this post. I was disappointed at the number of myths about sunglasses that were told to me by multiple, yes, multiple, supposedly knowledgeable sales people. So, I figured that it might prove useful to others if I shared my experience and busted these myths with this sunglasses buying guide.