Staff Feature – Colby Harris
At Del Mar Fans and Lighting, our employees are our most valuable asset. Each month, we'll be featuring a different employee to highlight his or her value and find out what makes him or her tick. This month, we're featuring Colby Harris, one of the founders of Del Mar Fans and Lighting.
Colby is the in-house health and yoga guru. Here's what he had to say about working at Del Mar.
1. What do you like most about your job?
Being able to express my creativity in a team environment.
2. What 3 words best describe you?
Driven, analytical, helpful.
3. If you won a shopping spree at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, what would be the first thing in your cart?
4. When you’re not at work, where can we find you and what are you doing?
Surfing or hanging with my wife.
5. What is your hidden talent or super power?
Smart, Automated and Modern: the Haiku SenseME
Smart home automation is no longer a quirky phase of the 1950s. You can control the lighting, temperature and a plethora of appliances in your home from your smartphone or tablet. Now add the humble ceiling fan to that growing list. The Haiku SenseME by Big Ass Fans promises to revolutionize the ceiling fan with built-in occupancy and temperature sensors.
The Haiku SenseMe is one of the most unique ceiling fans in the market because it adapts to your unique behavior and environment. The innovative SenseME technology detects when you enter or exit a room and turns the fan on and off automatically. The device also monitors the room’s temperature and automatically adjusts the fan’s speed when there's a change in temperature and humidity. The Smart Mode learns your preferences and automatically adjusts the speed to what you find most comfortable.
Drift Off to Sleep with Smart LED Lighting
What does a warm bath, a good book, and a smart LED bulb all have in common? They all prepare your body for a restful night’s sleep. The Drift Light by Saffron promises to help you fall asleep naturally by casting warmer lighting and mimicking the setting sun.
Some screw-in LED bulbs can help you save on your monthly utility bills, but they could also rob you of a good night's sleep. The energy-saving bulbs emit a blue hue that suppresses melatonin production, a hormone that promotes sleep and activates only when it's dark. Sleep or lack thereof affects mood, productivity, and health.
The Drift Light emits less blue light than traditional LED bulbs, producing instead a warm incandescent-like light. This allows users to enjoy the beauty of incandescent lighting and the energy savings of LED lighting without compromising their sleep.
The Drift Light features an innovative auto-dimming function that sets it apart from other smart LED bulbs. The bulb slowly dims over a period of 37 minutes, the average time of a sunset, gradually transitioning a room from light to dark. The idea behind the faux sunset is to encourage relaxation and increase melatonin in preparation for sleep.
Why Is Security Lighting Important?
Outdoor lighting adds beauty and dimension to a home. Lighting is also an integral part of an effective home security system. Outdoor security lighting discourages would-be intruders from targeting your home by increasing the risk of being caught. The best lighting design allows physical detection and facial recognition, minimizes hiding spots, and increases your sense of safety.
You don't have to light your home like a Christmas tree to feel safe. Over-illumination can draw unwanted attention to valuable items in your home or business. Here are some simple tips to help you identify potential safety and security risks, select the best security lights, and determine their placement to ensure your safety and security.
See which type of security lights works best for your home.
Andrew Coleman, a lighting designer for McKay Landscape Lighting in Omaha, NE, reveals the purpose of residential outdoor lighting is threefold. First, it must be aesthetically pleasing to the homeowners. Second, it must help the residents safely navigate the landscape and the perimeter of the home, and allow them to identify obstructions and potential hazards such as a change in elevation. Third, it must provide security by discouraging trespassers. A well-lit home is less likely to be broken into, he says.
A 2007 Washington Post article found burglars search for homes that appear to be unoccupied. Lighting adds an element of surprise and establishes an occupancy pattern that deters intruders from targeting a home in the first place. Residents that use outdoor lighting as part of their security plan significantly decrease their changes of being burglarized.
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) further explains that good security lighting anticipates potential threats and predators, and increases the means necessary to commit a crime, discouraging would-be criminals from breaking into a home. This security approach is known as target hardening. In other words, the longer it takes to plan and execute a break in, the less likely criminals are to target that home. According to the IES, home security lighting must have the following aims:
- Provide a clear view of the area; including people and objects such as fences, walls and barriers
- Allow facial recognition at a minimum distance of 30 feet
- Make tasks such as finding your keys, retrieving the mail, or walking the dog easier and safer
- Help people avoid criminal threats and/or defend themselves when a threat is perceived
- Enhance your sense of safety when spending time outdoors
8 LED Bulbs Leading the Way to a Bright Future
Light-emitting diode (LED) technology is advancing rapidly, leaving other energy-efficient lighting technology in the dust. Future LED bulbs will cost less, consume less energy, last longer, and do much more than illuminate your home. The LEDs of the future will be able to create lights in multiple colors, stream music, and communicate alerts and data. You do not have to wait much longer to experience this technology, here are eight LED bulbs lighting the way to a brighter, healthier and more convenient future.
The SlimStyle bulb by Philips Lighting makes transitioning from incandescent lighting to LED lighting easy and affordable. The SlimStyle LED bulb is a modern, energy-efficient alternative to any 60-watt incandescent light bulb and costs about $10 per bulb. The slim light bulb features a flat A19 design with LED lights arranged in a unique horseshoe shape for even illumination. A durable rubber coating protects the bulb from shattering. The bulb turns on instantly and emits 360 degrees of soft white light similar to that of an incandescent light bulb. The bulb can also be used with most light dimmers to create mood lighting. The SlimStyle bulb lasts about 22.8 years and saves up to $136 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. This LED bulb is suitable for lamps, pendants, and wall-mounted light fixtures.
The MiPow PlayBulb allows users to easily adjust the lighting and play music in a room from their mobile devices. The A-Type LED light bulb has 80 LED lights that emit cool and warm shades of white light equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent light bulb. A built-in Bluetooth 4.0 speaker allows users within 30 feet to stream music directly to the PlayBulb. A dedicated smartphone app controls the light brightness and music. The app also includes four advanced settings - wake up, energy saving, night mode, and sleep mode for added convenience. The wireless, versatile device saves space and is ideal for dorm rooms, home offices and other small spaces. The MiPow PlayBulb is available for purchase for $79.