Updating Your Light Switches

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive

Odds are, you don't give your electrical outlets and switches much thought beyond safety and an occasional surge protector purchase.  However, many new kinds of switches and outlets are now on the market, any one of which could be a major boost to your home's convenience and ambiance, and could even make your home a little more fun to be in.

USB Outlets - Many of our cell-phones, laptops, tablets, and other personal electronic devices utilize a USB port for charging purposes.  With the addition of an outlet with a built-in USB port, the days of trying to find room to charge your electronic devices is over.  No more unplugging items in order to charge your phone or laptop.  If you choose to wire this new outlet yourself, you're only looking at spending $20-$40 dollars per outlet. This plug in model is available for $40.

Programmable outlets and light switches - Not only are these outlets and switches a great way to manage your home's power usage, they are also quite affordable.  These types of outlets safely turn off power after a certain amount of time, and most come equipped with a built-in surge protector.

Programmable light switches work in the same fashion, which makes them ideal for kid's rooms.  Both of these will run an average of $25-$50, depending on the features.

Hands-free light switches - These have been around for a while now, but while the idea isn't new, the technology has improved greatly.  Some come with body-heat detection, motion sensors, AND a time delay, which fixes the earlier issue of the lights shutting off once they didn't detect movement.

The infrared light switches are paired best with smaller rooms, but sound-triggered switches (remember The Clapper?) work very well in large rooms.  For versatility, look for a unit that offers multiple lights settings.  Also, be sure that spontaneous noises, such as a loud TV or crying baby, won't accidentally trigger the lights to shut off.  These switches start at $20 dollars for simple sound-trigger options to as much as $200 for the infrared models.

LED touch panel lighting - LED touch panels allow you to simply touch a panel to turn on a light, or a stroke of a finger to adjust the amount of light in a room.  Not only do these varieties make your home look sharper, they also save a lot in utility costs.  While these have been enjoyed in Europe for some time now, American manufacturers are starting to take a keen interest in developing these technologies here.  These can be ordered online for about $70-$100 per panel, and are starting to catch on here in the states.  The price will eventually become more affordable once domestic manufacturers start churning them out.

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Rainmaker
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
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John, besides the convenience of these outlets, its also an inexpensive and easy home update.

Dec 22, 2013 12:43 AM #1
Rainmaker
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John Savignano
RE/MAX Executive - Hopkinton, MA
Realtor - Hopkinton and Metrowest MA Real Estate

Hi Leah, yeah I think this is so kewl, I am going to update one or two in my house.

John

Dec 22, 2013 01:05 AM #2
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Sharon Parisi
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John, thanks for introducing readers to several easy ways to update their light switches.

Dec 22, 2013 03:51 PM #3
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John Savignano
RE/MAX Executive - Hopkinton, MA
Realtor - Hopkinton and Metrowest MA Real Estate
Glad you like this Sharon
Dec 22, 2013 08:27 PM #4
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Randy Shamburger
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John, excellent information, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,

Randy

Dec 23, 2013 04:21 AM #5
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Thanks Randy, I am glad you liked the article. Happy holidaze John
Dec 23, 2013 05:40 AM #6
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Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX

I've never really given much thought to light switches.  Thanks for informing me about the various types of light switches.  Merry Christmas to you and your family and Happy New Year!

Dec 23, 2013 12:57 PM #7
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Your welcome Rosie and Merry Christmas to you and yours. John
Dec 23, 2013 02:41 PM #8
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