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Halo Recessed LED Surface Disk Light Review

September 20, 2015

After moving into my new home, I envisioned having a generous, well lit size entry room/mudroom to serve as a place to hang coats and store footwear. The previous owners had essentially left the entry room in its original state, complete with drop ceiling tiles and baseboard heat. I took the liberty to lightly renovate the room to my liking, complete with the perfect solution for easy to install recessed ceiling lighting. Enter the Halo LED Surface Disk Light!

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This isn’t what I had in mind. Wasn’t there something simpler out there?

After browsing the isles of my local Home Depot, and knowing virtually nothing about recessed lighting options, I came across your standard ceiling lighting cans and bulbs (see right image). These looked like my only option for achieving the clean recessed look but looked like a ton of work.

As soon as I was ready to pack it up and forget about my DIY ceiling lights, a helpful employee came down the aisle, seemingly aware of my failed state, and directed me over to the Halo LED kit. After explaining that I didn’t need the heavy lighting cans, he showed me how simple it was to mount the lights given my current setup. I was sold and bought a pair on the spot! Continue Reading

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The 2nd Generation Nest Protect Review (Battery + Wired)

September 9, 2015

About the Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

No doubt you’re probably aware of the smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarm from Nest. It’s sleek design and smartphone integrated features had me wanting one for quite some time! Put simply, the first generation Nest Protect was bit of a disaster. Review after review blasted the unit for reporting false alarms, testing during inopportune times during the day and the inability to hush the piercing alarm. If you’ve been thinking about investing in the new 2nd generation Nest Protect, you’ll be joining a group of satisfied customers  as virtually all of the problems with the first Nest units have been resolved.

As soon as the 2nd generation Nest Protect’s were released, I ordered two immediately — one hard wired and one battery powered. The newest generation of Protects offer up a redesigned detection sensor to eliminate false positives, the ability to hush the unit from your smartphone, self-test themselves (400 times per day, silently of course), and last up to a whopping 10 years.

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