Bettijo posted on Household Hints Smart LED system lets you turn on lights from afar Never come home to a dark house again
If you could control your home’s lighting from anywhere using your smart phone or tablet, would you? Several manufacturers now offer remote-control LEDs and the lightbulb experts at Consumer Reports are testing Connected by TCP a smart lighting system for the home. Here’s what we’ve found so far.
We paid $50 at Home Depot for a Connected by TCP system that includes two LEDs and a gateway that enables you to control the bulbs. In our initial tests, it was easy to set up the hardware, install the app, and navigate the menus. The system was fairly intuitive but if you get stuck we found that the TCP website was helpful and so was their customer service when we had a question. You can use a smart phone, tablet, or personal computer and your wireless router or you can buy TCP’s battery-powered remote control for $20 to control the LEDs while you’re home. TCP says the remote works within 150 feet of the bulbs.
Remote control away from home, using a smart device, was a cinch to set up and worked smoothly. We were able to turn the lights on and off and dim them to low from wherever we were. The app provides timers so you can set up the bulbs to go on and off at different times and different days. TCP says you can control up to 250 bulbs, including the company’s smart CFLs. To buy more LEDs for this system you’ll pay about $17 for a 60-watt replacement for lamps and ceiling fixtures (A19 LEDs in lightbulb lingo ) and $25 for a BR30 reflector that replaces a 65-watt incandescent.
As replacements for 60-watt incandescents, these LEDs were just as bright and cast a warm light while using about 12 watts each in our initial tests. And when it comes to accurately showing the colors of objects, the LEDs were good at it and in line with others we’ve tested. They appear to evenly cast light in all directions but we haven’t tested them for this yet. And they’re supposed to last about 23 years when used 3 hours a day.
The TCP Connected LEDs are the pragmatic cousin to the Philips’ Hue smart device-enabled LEDs, which are fun and party ready and allow you to change the colors of the lights. Think of the possibilities. You’re too tired to go upstairs and turn off the lights. You don’t like coming home to a dark house. You’re on vacation but want to give the impression that your house is occupied. Your elderly parents or a disabled sibling have a hard time moving about. Remote controlled lighting is here.
In addition to testing these systems, Consumer Reports has lightbulb Ratings of the best replacement LEDs, CFLs, and halogen bulbs. —Kimberly Janeway
November 5 at 10:15 EST .
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Balogreene Thanks for the info. We never all three leave at the same time, but, as a techno-geek, I want one.
This short video may just be the most powerful message of the 2014 midterm election cycle. Lousiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, who made the courageous decision to switch from the Democrat party to the Republican, gives his reason why.
You can change the location in the video from Academy Street to any street in the black community and the result is the same — including my own Boulevard Avenue in Atlanta. It’s easy — actually cowardly — to attack Senator Guillory and hurl epithets, which will probably appear in the comments section here – I know them well. However, men and women such as Elbert and myself refuse to be modern-day slaves on the progressive socialist 21st century economic plantation where the harvest is all about votes.
November 4 at 09:53 EST .
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Bettijo posted on Health & Diet Deciphering Egg Labels Eggs are a nutrition powerhouse. They are a very affordable source of protein and nutrients. So eat eggs! Once upon a time, you would go to the grocery store and purchase a dozen eggs. Today, things are more complicated, as there are many different labels on the carton. The labels refer to the living conditions of the hens and how they are fed. But they are very confusing. Some are outright marketing gimmicks. Here's what you need to know. • Antibiotic-free, Medication-free - Unregulated term, can mean anything. • Cage-free - The hens "reside" inside large barns or warehouses. They are required to have outdoor access, but the amount, duration, and quality of outdoor access is undefined. • Certified Organic - "USDA certified organic" is a certain improvement over standard living conditions for hens. They are fed an organic, all-vegetarian diet free of antibiotics and pesticides. The hens are housed cage-free in large barns, and may or may not see the outdoors. They may be de-beaked (to prevent pecking their peers ), and starved (to induce molting, which leads to more egg production ). • Farm Fresh - meaningless. • Fertile - The hens were living with roosters, which means they were likely cage-free. • Free-range or Free-roaming - This is an unregulated term, but generally implies that the hens are not in cages, reside in a barn and have access to the outdoors. The extent of outdoor access is not defined. • Hormone-free - Marketing gimmick. Hens never get treated with hormones. • Natural, All Natural - this is a meaningless marketing term. • Omega-3 enriched - the hens were fed either fish oil or flaxseed. You get the omega-3 second hand. Omega-3 eggs are unregulated, so you won't necessarily know how much and what type of omega-3 you're actually getting. • Pasture-raised - Unregulated term, but usually means that the hen spends the majority of the year outdoors engaging in natural activities such as foraging. Debeaking and starvation are still allowed. • Pasteurized - the eggs were heated to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour or longer in order to pasteurize them. There is no regulation of this term. • United Egg Producers Certified - meaningless. • Vegetarian-fed - no animal byproducts in feed. Keep in mind that chickens are omnivores, and will eat bugs, mice, and any other animal small enough for them to peck and swallow. Beyond organic, there are several third party certification systems that you may encounter in specialty shops or farmer markets: • Animal Welfare Approved - flocks can be no greater than 500 hens. The hens are housed cage-free and must have continuous access to outdoor vegetation. Debeaking and starvation are prohibited, and the feed provided is vegetarian. • American Humane Certified - there are 4 levels of certification. Colony cages - larger cages than standard, but still tiny. Cage-free - hens are housed in large barns and no outdoor access is required. Free range - outdoor access is required, but no duration is specified. Pastured - Outdoor access with substantial vegetation for each hen. • Certified Humane - Divided to three levels. Regular: hens are cage-free, starvation is prohibited, but debeaking
November 3 at 12:03 EST .
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Bettijo • Certified Humane - Divided to three levels. Regular: hens are cage-free, starvation is prohibited, but debeaking is allowed. Free Range: at least 6 hours of sunlight required daily, but it can be without any vegetation. The highest level is Pasture-raised and requires at least 6 hours a day of pasture access - the hens eat off the land, not just feed. • Food Alliance Certified - cage-free hens and access to outdoors for at least 8 hours a day. Debeaking is allowed but starvation is not. Bottom Line Now that you know what the labels mean, choose the eggs that work within your values and pocketbook.
The Fooducate Team
November 3 at 12:04 EST .
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BirdsNest Our eggs don't have "no stinkin' labels". Since we have our own chickens we know what they eat and how they are treated. Bet those fancy organic people don't go out and dig up worms for their hens. Or pull chickweed or sneak stalks of Swiss chard for them. So far the new hens have not started laying, sometime real soon they should start, they are 5 months old.
November 5 at 18:32 EST .
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Balogreene I'm sorry, I loved fresh eggs from the farm, they are better than store-bought. But, since I live in the suburbs, I buy what I can afford.
Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby "... in the past year, nearly 130,000 immigrants have flooded across the Mexican border, taking advantage of taxpayer-funded benefits. Some experts believe that the hordes of people, primarily Central Americans, are bringing a different virus with them, enterovirus 68. How easily might unknown viruses, including Ebola, cross the southern US border as well?"
If we do stop flights from West Africa at our borders, what is to stop infected people from coming through our porous southern border? Those exposed to Ebola (and I can't blame them ) are going to do everything in their power to get to this country for our free health care and humane treatment (they heard about Duncan ). Is our government TRYING to kill us in the name of political correctness? At least two health care workers have been diagnosed with Ebola (I pray for them ) all because one infected immigrant was allowed to fly into out cities. It reminds me of trading five terrorists for one deserter. Except, of course, our dedicated health care workers (and anyone else who happened to be exposed ) are not terrorists--they are the good guys. Yet they are being traded for an infected immigrant who knew he had been exposed. And, in addition, to show their gratitude, I read that Duncan's family is suing claiming he was discriminated against. What about the health care workers? This makes me livid.
If anyone exposed by Duncan's (and our administration's ) irresponsible behavior, that death is on their hands and should be called what it is: homicide.
Bettijo posted on Photography Can one of you recommend a really good video camera? Thanks.
October 13 at 10:14 EST .
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Ole buzzard Most high end digital SLR cameras also take video. I haven't tried it yet with my Canon XSi, but have the capability.
October 13 at 13:19 EST .
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Bettijo Thanks, Buzz, let me know how this works for you. My daughter wants a dedicated video camera and I am looking for one for her for Christmas. Since I know NOTHING about cameras at all, I am asking for advice from my fellow LDotters who do know about such things. Thanks.
Bettijo Up to $300 max, hopefully closer to $200. Thanks.
October 18 at 20:49 EST .
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Ole buzzard You'll not find much in that range that will give you still and video at a high resolution. The Canon XSi can be found on eBay for under $200 now. Granted, it is used in most cases, but it is a high qualify camera. I love mine.
October 21 at 02:06 EST .
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Bettijo You are right. I did not realize how expensive they were. I found this for $499. Is this what you are talking about?
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 ($549.99 with 18-55mm lens ) is the latest entry-level D-SLR from Canon, and given the brand name, it's likely the one that first-time SLR buyers will gravitate toward. It's priced attractively, a full $100 less than the Nikon D3300, but it lags behind the D3300 in image quality, video options, and burst shooting. If you're set on getting a Canon, the SL1$599.00 at Amazon and the T5i$699.00 at B&H Photo-Video are better-performing cameras. Our favorite D-SLR that's priced at less than $1,000, the Nikon D5300$508.93 at Eglobal Central, is another option.
Ole buzzard Both of my SLR cameras (film and digital ) are Canon. I chose Canon primarily because of their quality reputation, although Nikon and Olympus are high quality as well.
October 23 at 20:20 EST .
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Bettijo posted on The Road Automobilia A week or so ago I posted the story of the custom car which was demolished. I deleted that post because it had some mistakes in it. Now, the rest of the story. The car was named Job One and built by Dave Crook in California. It did take 12 or 13 years to build because Dave was working full time designing for GM at the time. I was wrong about the selling price, sorry, it was $350,000....still a lot of money. To refresh, the owner and his wife were driving the car to a local car show. It was so close they did not bother with a trailer, while turning into the show grounds, they were rear-ended by a 16-year-old girl who was texting. The man was airlifted to Mt. Sinai Hospital; as far as I know both he and his wife are still in some rehab facility. The teenager was unhurt. Car was totally demolished. Thought I would post a picture of Job One. Some of you car enthusiast might know of it. Such a sad story.