4 Lighting Upgrades for Summer

Warm weather is here, kids are out of school and everyone is looking forward to summer relaxation. Make the most of the season without leaving your house with lighting and home automation upgrades! Whether you’re planning to renovate the landscape or have a big party coming up, keep them comfortable with practical lighting updates that enhance your home.

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Light Pathways

outdoor patio lightingOne of the best parts of summer is more daylight. Although the sun sets later, guests should be able to walk up and down your pathways safely. Create a beautiful footpath that highlights the best features of your landscape, like fresh flowers or new stonework, with path lights, in-ground well lights and more.

Landscape Lighting

Outdoor patios and other seating areas should be well-lit for convenience and security. We have a variety of styles to choose from, including deck lights, step lights and post mount lanterns.

Concerned about running up the electric bill? Low-voltage lighting is an energy-efficient choice for the landscape. All you need is an outdoor GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet, a large transformer and cables to connect lights.

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Baby Safe Technology for the Home

When many of us were born, smart home technology did not exist. Today, companies keep the safety of your family in mind when designing new products that make our lives more convenient. Scot Haney of Better Connecticut recently visited our Vice President, Todd Director, at his home to see some of our great home automation products in use.

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Nest Video Doorbell

Whenever someone gets in close proximity of your home or hits the doorbell, your phone receives a notification. The Nest video doorbell immediately begins recording and you can see live activity on your front step, from anywhere. Whether you’re inside or away from the house, you can open or keep the door closed.

Schlage Keyless Entry

The Schlage keyless entry system keeps your family safe inside the home with one-touch lock technology. Simply press the button on the lock or use your smartphone to activate the deadbolt. To open the door, key in a four-digit code on the keypad or use your smartphone – from anywhere.

Lutron Window Shades

Parents no longer have to worry about hazardous cords hanging from the shades. Lutron’s battery-operated window shades can be opened and closed via remote or phone. Create automated time sequences and tie everything into your Lutron lighting control systems. We also sell cordless manual shades!

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Benefits of the Skybell Video Doorbell

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Check your smartphone to find out – from anywhere! As home automation and security continue to evolve, Connecticut Lighting Centers is proud to stock smart locks, keyless entry systems and other advanced technologies that keep families safe – like the Skybell Wi-Fi Video Doorbell.

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What Is Skybell?

The Skybell system gives homeowners the ability to see and converse with people on their doorstep from inside the house or miles away! When connected to your Apple or Android phone, a live feed from the Skybell app shows you all activity at your door in high-definition (HD) display. When someone approaches the house, you can also speak to them!

Why Choose Skybell?

Skybell gives homeowners more control over their property wherever they are. Families can monitor the door at all times, greet their guests and go on vacation without worrying about a break-in! What are some other benefits of installing this video doorbell system in your home?


If a visitor is not supposed to be on your property, you can ask what the person wants without opening the door. Even if the doorbell is not rung, the Skybell video doorbell helps keep your home and family safe with motion sensor technology.


If you’re expecting a package, you can tell the deliveryman where to leave the box so it doesn’t get stolen before you arrive home. Parents of young kids also appreciate the quiet mode feature, which can turn off the doorbell’s chime during naptime!

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Spring Ahead with a Nest Home Security System

Spring is almost here and that means what’s been stuck inside will soon be outside: People, pets – and outdoor valuables. Whether you have a brand name patio set, LED path lights or post lanterns at the mouth of the driveway, your home’s outdoor accessories could soon be at risk. What if there was a way to stop these thefts? With burglaries occurring every 14.6 seconds, your family needs a product like the Nest Home Security System.

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Nest Security Systems

What Is Nest?

Nest is a home automation and security company whose team believes that families should have peace of mind and safety in their own homes. Smart home technology is all the rage these days and Nest has been one of the big names to expand on this idea of connectivity.

Nest carries an elite line of thermostats, Wi-Fi cameras, doorbells and smoke/CO detectors that integration with each other and other home automation devices like Google Home.

Connecting Your Home

Using the Nest app, you can control the lights and temperature in your home from anywhere. Not does this offer convenience, but you may end up saving money on utility bills! Homeowners can also monitor activity inside and out with Nest Wi-Fi cams, which come with a “Talk & Listen” feature.

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Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter for Smart Deadbolt

As technology continues to evolve, the tasks we complete from day-to-day without a second thought are becoming more simplified. How many times do you open and close your front door? With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you no longer have to search your pockets or purse for the house keys. Using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, you can open your front door or lock it with the touch of a button.

What Is the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt?

Schlage Wi-Fi Adapter The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt offers a quicker and more convenient way to get in and out of your home using your cell phone or a touchscreen code. Plus, you can send personalized lock combinations to family and close friends. Can’t recall if you locked the door this morning? Simply check your Schlage Sense™ app and have the home secured in a matter of seconds.

Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter

With the Wi-Fi adapter, you can lock and unlock up to two doors from anywhere. Homeowners no longer have to worry about the security of their property while away. The Schlage Sense™ adapter plugs into an outlet in your home and begins working as soon as you pair it to your deadbolt through the Schlage Sense™ smartphone app. You can also receive lock and unlock push notifications to know when other people with your code have taken action. It’s recommended that the adapter is placed within 40 feet of the door for accurate remote use.

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