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Motion-activated outdoor lights recalled

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HeathCo of Bowling Green, Ky., is recalling its motion-activiated outdoor lights due to the possibility of electrical shock hazard. 

The internal fixture wiring can energize the entire surface and fittings of the fixture, posing an electrical shock hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The recall affects bout 210,000 units in the United States and 13,000 in Canada. This recall includes multiple Heath/Zenith Motion Activated Outdoor Lights used for porch lighting. The product comes in 21 designs with a variety of finishes and is designed to turn on at night when motion is detected. 

No injuries were reported. 

The product, manufactured in China, was sold a large home improvement retailers, lighting, electrical and other retail stores nationwide and online from December 2006 to July 2013 for between $50 and $120.

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Former hedge fund manager Jeff LaCava is setting his sights on the startup realm: specifically that of the remodeling industry, where there’s opportunity to bring digital tools into the contractor selection process.

TotalHousehold.com is an Angie’s-list type website where homeowners can go to find local home contractors, share their experiences and access an online forum related to home improvement topics. The site also features a dedicated blogroll, an evolving contractor FAQ and more.

The site works both ways, however, with contractors marketing their services via profile pages that include project galleries, client reviews, videos, testimonials and promotions.

LaCava was inspired to build the site after trying his hand at home improvement — he flipped four homes since his first purchase in his twenties, but realized that finding professionals wasn’t an easy process.

“As a homeowner, I was always frustrated that there wasn’t a reliable online resource I could use to research both a contractor’s credentials and customer ratings and reviews,” said LaCava. “The ones that do exist either do a disservice to the homeowner, the contractor or both. At TotalHousehold, we recognize that those are two distinct groups with different needs, but that they also depend on each other. Our mission is to make all manner of home improvement more efficient for both.”

The home improvement industry is taking some strides toward digitizing and streamling the consumer experience. Other recent examples include the BulbFinder tool from Bulbs.com, which helps customers pick the right bulbs for their lighting needs.

As a means of setting itself apart, TotalHousehold promises zero in the way of a subscription fee and no unwanted calls from contractors.

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