Enter the remote-controlled light bulb
Danvers, Mass.-based Osram Sylvania signed a deal with Comcast to offer energy-efficient light bulbs that can be controlled remotely from anywhere through the Xfinity Home platform.
The program will put the spotlight on Sylvania’s new energy-saving LED smart light bulbs that can be plugged into any standard light bulb socket. The benefits of the bulb include up to 83% savings in energy costs and the ability to last up to 17.5 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, according to Osram.
Comcast says it becomes the first service provider to offer an integrated remote-controlled light bulb.
“With Osram Sylvania, we are bringing innovative lighting solutions that integrate with the Xfinity Home platform and provide home control and green technology features to our customers,” said Mitch Bowling, senior VP and general manager of New Businesses for Comcast Cable. “Home automation is a growing trend that takes complex ideas and turns them into simple solutions that can be delivered to thousands of people. This is another example of how we are continuing to evolve our Xfinity Home product by creating more innovative home control solutions for our customers to enjoy.”
“We are proud to work closely with Comcast to develop sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, lighting solutions for Xfinity Home,” said Tim Lesch, senior VP of Osram Sylvania. “These energy-saving light bulbs allow consumers to remotely control their lighting via a smart device when they need them, and set the desired level of brightness, while helping to save power and electricity costs “
According to Sylvania, the Ultra iQTM LED BR30 flood light bulb has a life of 35,000 hours, which reduces maintenance and lamp replacement costs. In addition, it has integrated dimming controls that use the Zigbee Home Automation standard to create a system that can be controlled wirelessly for quick and easy adjustments using a smartphone or the Xfinity Home app. The 11w ULTRA iQ BR30 bulb emits 700 lumens providing 63 lumens per watt. Utilizing warm white 2700K color temperature light with a color rendering index (CRI) of 80, the Sylvania ULTRA iQ LED bulbs are dimmable to 5% and can help use up to 83% less energy than the incandescent bulbs they replace.
Lowe’s injects Disney into workshops for kids
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has begun nationwide movie-themed Build and Grow clinics for kids, featuring projects from animated films, including the new “Monsters University,” and the 1995 hit “Toy Story.”
The special hour-long clinics, recommended for children in grades two through five, will take place on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. throughout the summer, the company announced.
Participating children will receive a kid’s apron, goggles and a take-home, customizable wooden project.
The program is scheduled for two weekends in June and two weekends in July.
Town & Country Hardware opens in Benson, N.C.
Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group, LLC (CNRG) opened a new Town & Country Hardware store in Benson, N.C., just south of Raleigh.
The company now operates nine stores in the Raleigh/Chapel Hill area.
The new store has a 6,200-sq.-ft. sales floor and a 3,200-sq.-ft. garden center. The store features a broad assortment of hardware, lawn and garden, outdoor living, paint, electrical, plumbing and home organization products.
“We are excited about the continued growth of Town & Country Hardware,” said Jim Smith, chairman of CNRG. “This is the second store we’ve added to the Town & Country Hardware brand that we acquired last year."
CNRG also acquired Etheridge True Value Hardware in Natchez, Miss. on June 1. The store is being consolidated into Home Hardware Center’s main store, two miles south. Former owner, Glenn Etheridge, is now the store manager of Home Hardware Center.
“I’m glad to bring Glenn’s business and expertise to Home Hardware Center,” said Smith. “This is really a win-win for all of us.”
CNRG currently operates 43 home center and hardware stores in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia under the Home Hardware Center, Morrison Terrebonne Lumber Center, NFL Home Center, Elliott’s Hardware, Town & Country Hardware, Habersham Hardware & Homecenter, WT Harvey Lumber, and Town & Country Farm & Hardware brands.