Summer Days and Family Outings for 2015

Summer daysWe are in full summer mode. Everyone is ready to go and planning all their activities for vacation. Are you all packed up? Where are some of the places you are going to visit this summer? Water sports is number one in family activities during these hot summer days. If you’re a water officiando like many, then you will love some the newest trends in water sports.

Waterpowered Jet PackWater-powered Jet Pack- this sport is typically a 30 minute adrenaline rush where patrons fly and hover three stories in the air, while gliding through the water like a dolphin.

Flyboat – an inflatable boat also for adrenaline junkies,Flyboard where they lay down and fly through the air at top speeds all while being pulled by a speedboat.

Did any of these new trends tickle your fancy? Tell us your summer plans, what’s on the agenda for your 2015 family summer outing or vacation. Leave us your comments below or post a comment to Facebook

 

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Improving your Home with Exterior Lighting

Front entranceEarlier this week we discussed some home improvements that can be done on the interior of your home to increase resell value and equity. Today lets focus on some exterior projects we can tackle that won’t break the bank, but have a huge impact on your home.

#1: Update the front of your home with elegant lighting fixtures.

#2: Build stone columns to add a rustic appeal

 

Dentril Molding#3: If your feeling adventurous, try dentil molding on for size.

#4: Construct and feature a charming walkway to grab the attention of guest.

#5: Add trim to separate your home from others in the neighborhood that it may resemble.

Looking for more home exterior inspiration? Check out this HGTV article on “7 Smart Exterior Upgrades” that mentioned updating your lighting. Lighting updates are smart, cost efficient resources that create quick and impactful updates. In this article we’ve featured the pendant light fixture with a decorative light bulb, the base type will vary based upon the lighting fixture. The front door has now created a welcoming and well lit entrance. Some additional options to consider for exterior lighting: LED pathway lights; they accent the walkway and add a scene of drama to the walkway.

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Where in the World is TCP?

cropped-53717-TCPIenews-banner-600x150-3.jpgTechnical Consumer Products Inc., also known as TCP, is a leader in the global engineering and manufacturing of light bulbs. We pride ourselves on being the most innovative and knowledgeable on industry trends and forecasts, as our team is always out and active in the industry. Is it on your bucket list to meet the team behind the product? Now you can scratch that one off the list, TCP is coming to a town near you.

Check out this list of upcoming events to see where TCP will be next. Join us on the road and be sure to stop by and say hello!

Interline Brands Annual Partners – August 26th – 28th – Orlando, FL

Lightshow West 2015 – October 21st – 22nd – Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA

LED Specifier Summit – November 16th – 17th – Hilton Chicago – Chicago, IL

We hope to see you soon!

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Does Lighting Affect Your Productivity?

Can lighting really affect your productivity throughout the day? Turns out color temperature is key.

Now lets dig a little deeper into the various types of color temperatures, measured in Kelvins (K),  available on the market today:

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  • Warm White or Soft White (2700K-3000K): Similar to the warm glow of an incandescent bulb.
  • Cool White, Neutral, or Bright White (3500K-4100K): Cool and clean color. Bulbs of this color temperature produce a whiter light.
  • Natural or Daylight (5000K – 6500K): Bulbs within this color temperature range produce a crisp, bluer white light. A great example of a 5000-5000K color would be a typical sunny day.

Connecting Color Temperature to Productivity:

So what lighting color temperature is the most beneficial for productivity? Research shows, the cooler the better for optimum productivity. Numerous studies have shown that sunlight can provide many health benefits. Natural daylight during the morning and evening has been found to improve mood, energy, alertness and productivity.

Want to learn more about how lighting can affect your mood and productivity? Read the full research article from MBA @ UNC here.

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Home Improvement/ What Lighting Goes Where?

As of yesterday, we are officially in our first full day of summer. You know what that means? We are about halfway through 2015. Have you decided what home improvements you will make this year? Every improvement you make towards your home goes to the overall value and equity of the home. Consumer Reports.org highlights a great way to make some DIY improvements that best maximizes the home’s resell potential, while generating a  higher resell value for your home.

What was one of the first tasks to tackle when making your updates? Lighting. Update the high traffic areas in the home with new lighting features. Check the fixtures you currently have in those areas and see if they can be converted to a popular or trending light feature without a large overhaul of the property. Not sure what goes where? Well, hopefully this helps. Find your fixture first, then see what options there are for light bulbs that work best for that fixture. Try a few different bulbs in the fixture and see which enhances the space beautifully. Let us know your DIY/home improvement plan!

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First Day of Summer

The month of June brings the official kick off to summer. This Sunday is not only Father’s Day, but the summer solstice, which marks the year’s longest stretch of daylight.

In honor of the start to summer, here are a few fun facts about the summer solstice:

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One thing to look forward to for many of our warm weather enthusiasts is that typically, the warmest days of summer generally come after the solstice. Why you ask? According to EarthSky.org, this phenomenon is called “the lag of the seasons”. The solstice marks the height of the sun, but the land and water on Earth requires a warm up time.

The solstice occurs twice a year due to the Earth’s axis or rotation. In June, the axis tilt is towards the sun in the Northern Hemisphere and in December, the winter solstice is tilted away from the sun in the Southern Hemisphere.

But what light stays on longer than a summer solstice sun? Think LED! TCP LEDs are built to last up to 22.8 years which means less time spent on a ladder changing those hard to reach bulbs or even your every day lamps. Unlike incandescent bulbs that generate over 90% of their energy in the form of heat, LEDs produce little to no heat, not only keeping your home cooler, but more energy efficient. Investing in LEDs is now more affordable than ever with A-lamp bulbs for under $5 and BR30 flood light bulbs for under $10. You can find TCP’s affordable LED line in stores at The Home Depot.BR30_BOX__W_BR30-Lamp_Mockupsmall a lamp

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Tech Friendly Father’s Day Gifts

Still haven’t decided what to get the special dad in your life for Father’s Day this year? Don’t stress yet! We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite tech friendly gift ideas to help make your Father’s Day the most memorable one yet.

Since Father’s Day and the official start to summer fall on the same day, why not give him a gift he can enjoy during the summer months? Take your gift ideas outdoors with some of the latest and greatest grilling accessories:

iGrill Thermometer – This gadget made The Huffington Post’s Father’s Day Guide, and its easy to see why. Take the guesswork out of grilling with a wireless, Bluetooth® smart thermometer.

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A great gift for the dad (or anyone) that is always on the go are USB portable battery packs. These battery packs are not only affordable, but are great for keeping your portable gadgets charged wherever you are. Check out Forbes’ list of “Best USB Battery Packs” here.

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Does your dad like to keep up with the latest TV shows and movies? Give him the gift of content streaming! There’s many affordable solutions on the market today that will let him keep up with his favorite shows (or start a new show) without having to purchase any expensive gadgets to do so. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great option that works with most HDTV’s, perfect to throw in dad’s travel bag for work trips51lskpca7sL._SL1000_

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Keeping in tune with the tech gifts on our list, we have the perfect option for the traveling or on-the-go dad – smart lighting! With Connected by TCP®, you can control your lighting from anywhere with just a smart phone or tablet. Connected by TCP allows you to easily connect up to 250 bulbs and set them to daily timers. The Connected by TCP product line features multiple bulb types that allow you to furnish your entire home with smart lighting. Learn more about Connected by TCP here.

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Need some more Father’s Day inspiration? Check out this list from The Huffington Post Tech for a few more gift ideas.

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