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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, January 31, 2014

While most people look forward to the weekend, I know that you actually look forward to Friday for one reason, and one reason only –  Weekly. Roundup. So let’s dig right into our list of new and interesting products.

Let’s start off by talking Green. Through the years, we’ve installed countless recessed lights in our houses. Pixi Lighting, out of Orange, CA, has a line of residential LED light fixtures with a flush mounted installation similar to recessed lights call Flatlight. These fixtures are square or rectangular and are actually said to provide better performance and are longer lasting and less expensive than LED competitors. Flatlights are also as Green as they come. With normal household use, one can last as long as 17 years. When it finally comes time to dispose of the LED’s, they contain no Mercury or other harmful chemicals, minimizing their environmental impact.

From time to time, we install windows or doors that have integral blinds between the glass. This is a pretty convenient glass option, but we always have to make sure that this option is included with the original window order. Otherwise, our client is going to be out of luck because this type of blinds can’t be added to a window later. Marvin just released a similar new product called Integrated Shades. These shades install on the interior side of the glass in a track system that perfectly matches the window or door. They can open from the top or bottom and even side to side for certain door applications. I’ve actually seen this product up close and it looks great. One of the best features is that these shades can be installed in a window or door at any point as long as it’s a Marvin product. Check out this video for more info.

This last product is still in its pre-release stages, but has a great deal of promise. Many of us have a number of different mobile devices that end up laying all over the place when need to charge them – many times on the Kitchen counter. JTech Solutions has come to the rescue with Docking Drawer. This product is basically a low profile mobile device charging outlet that can be installed in the back of any cabinet drawer while not negatively affecting the drawer’s function. I’m not exactly sure when this product will be released to the public, but I’m thinking the Docking Drawer may get traction pretty quickly. Here’s a video if you want to see it in action.

Have a great weekend!

 

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com