Thursday, May 31, 2012

Introducing the Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom

The Home Intercom that’s Serious about Security:

Introducing the Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom  
Combines Live Video, Home Automation Control & Communication in One Package

Carlsbad, CA (May 7, 2012) – Winner of the 2012 SIA New Product Showcase
‘Best In Residential & Monitoring Solutions’ Award at ISC West in March, the new
VMC1 Video Security Intercom from Linear LLC is serious about security. It is the
one residential system that combines intercom, live video and basic home
control, giving homeowners multiple communication and security features in one
efficient package.

  • Ideal for medium to larger-sized homes and smaller commercial businesses, the new Intercom and accessories offer functions that far exceed basic door-to-videoscreen entry systems:
  •  Integrated video security – Up to three color video camera stations allow users to view activities inside and out from the master unit, any TV screen, or via a snapshot or video signal sent to a smart phone or computer monitor.
  • Home security via smart home control – Users can turn lights on or off  remotely or automatically; see when doors are left open; remotely close a garage door or activate an alarm system panic alert.
  • Intercom communication and monitoring – The system enables users to speak to a single room, a group of rooms or the whole house (up to 20 rooms). One or more rooms can also be monitored or kept private.
  •  Whole-house music – The VMC1 supplies exceptional sound quality and volume levels for rooms of all sizes using three-inch, 16 ohm speakers.  An AM/FM radio is integral to the system, with inputs for an MP3 player.

For more information about the VMC1 Video Security Intercom, contact your
Linear sales representative, visit, or call 1-800-421-1587.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

iVision: Wireless Two-Way Intercom System with Video

iVision: Wireless Two-Way Intercom System with Video 
Security should be more than just protection;
it should be peace of mind as well. The new iVision achieves both by giving you the ability to not only know when somebody is outside your home, but to view and talk to them from the safety and comfort of any location in the house. The iVision package includes a convenient hand-held wireless receiver with 2.25" LCD monitor and battery operated doorbell/camera unit with over 300ft. transmission range. In addition, the doorbell/camera unit can be hardwired into existing doorbell power supply to allow the user to utilize a "browse" feature on the handheld unit. This feature allows the user to monitor the view from the doorbell/camera unit on the LCD display.
  • 300ft transmission range, line of sight
  • Two way Intercom 2.25" LCD Color Monitor
  • Live browsing feature when door / camera unit is hardwired
  • System can store up to 163 images
  • Camera unit instantly captures image when doorbell button is pressed 
  • Day/Night Operation
  • Rechargeable battery pack and charging cradle included 
Field ApplicationOutdoor & Indoor
Operating Temperature-4°F to 122°F
Storage Temperature -4°F to 158°F
Operating Humidity (max)max 90% RH
Mounting Height4.9ft typical
Product Dimension5.23in.(H) x 3.85in.(W) x 1.58in(D)
Power Input1.) Battery powered, 6x AA size Lithium battery. Battery life time :12 months for 1 event per day with 10 seconds talking duration per event. 2.) External power: AC 8~16V
Low Battery IndicationBattery Low Indication below 3.9V to 3.6V
Standby Current< 80uA at full battery capacity, @ 77°F
Max Talk Current (Day)<  270mA at full battery capacity @ Rx  75dB, 77°F
Max Talk Current (Night)<  340mA at full battery capacity @ Rx  75dB, 77°F
Max DingDong Sound Current (Day)< 320mA at full battery capacity, @ 77°F
Max DingDong Sound Current (Night)< 380mA at full battery capacity, @ 77°F
Communication2.4GHz Digital 1 way video and 2 way audio
Effective Communication Range300ft. Min. line of sight
PairingVia hidden button to make the pairing
Video Ability
IP RatingIPX4
Image SensorCMOS, Color VGA resolution (640x480)
Image Format1/4"
Field of View68 Degree
SIde View46 Degree
Top View59 Degree
Focal Length3.6mm 
TV Distortion < .65%
F. NoF 2.8 
Pan /  Tilt Pan: ~15 deg L/R
Tilt up: ~15 deg Up
Image Color at NightB/W 
Light SourceIR LED X 2  pcs parallel 
Target Distance6.6ft 
Night Level Lux5~15 Lux 
Answering Call Duration10 seconds live video then operating at sniffing for conserving the battery energy 
Effective Detection RangeIndication tone 75dB @ 1.64ft 
Low Battery Power Alert send to LCD unit, low battery icon display at screen, empty red icon blinking indication
Local Low Battery Indication Push button LED in slow blinking continuously for more than 3 days
Push the Talk ButtonDing Dong sound plus the LED On for 1 second 
 Field ApplicationIndoor 
 Operation Temperature32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -4°F to 158°F 
Operating Humidity ( max. )max 90% RH  
Product Dimension6.14ft ( H ) X 2.72ft ( W ) X 1.10ft ( D ) 
Adaptor power input AC100-240V, 50/60Hz , 6V/1A  L Shape, FCC mark, Length = 6ft, Color = White
Battery Low IndicationBattery Low Indication below 3.8V to 3.5V 
Batterylife time 1) Standby: more than 72 Hrs
Standby current< 6mA at full battery capacity @ 77°F 
Max Talk current (77°C) < 260mA at full battery capacity @ 77°F
Max DingDong sound current (77°C) < 300mA at full battery capacity @ 77°F
Display Screen2.36" TFT LCD  
LCD OrientationLandscape 
Video AbilityMax. QVGA 15 frames/ sec. 
Calendar Display"2009-01-01  12:00 AM/PM" 
Type Rechargeable battery
SizeAAA size Ni-MH X 3 (wraped) 
Nominal Capacity750mAH 
Nominal Voltage3.6V 
Charging Duration 6hrs
Low Battery Indication of LCD UnitRed blankLow batteryiconblinks on screen 
Charging IndicationsBattery icon ( full ) blinking and charging LED On in charging, stay at full icon with charging LED off when fully charged 
Capacity Indication IconBlank, 30%, 60% and Full  total 4 indications 
Specification Same as Door/Camera door unit
Output Volume75 dB/1.64ft. 
Ring Tone Volume AdjustmentPress the Up or Down button to adjust the volume level while in standby, total 4 levels 
Chime SoundDing dong  sound 
Key ToneA low level volume Bi tone as indication when access of the keys 
"Answer"Accept the incoming call and Live browsing with talk 
"Off" End the call or end the activities of Snapshot review, No. of snaps selection, calendar setting
"Decrease / Down"
"Increase / Up"  1) Increase the voice volume while talking
2) Increase the ring tone volume in standby
3) Increase the number of shapshot setting
4) Advance the calendar
5) Scroll up the recorded snaps
"Snap" Push to take a snap while in talkingor Touch and stay for 3 seconds while in standby to enter the No Of Snaps adjustment
"Browse" Push once while in standby to browse the camera, the time out duration is 60 seconds (Only for AC power)
Recorded Image IndicationWith new image(s) is recorded the indication LED for Playback On 0.3s per 1.2S , to press the Playback key less than 2s to cancel the indication 
 Delete Stored ImagesTo press the "Off" button then the "Snap" for 5 seconds to delete the stored images, Bi tone X 5 and "No Images" on screen as indication 
 Power InputDC 6V (from  AC adaptor 100~240VAC) 
Power OutputDC 6V
Contact for Charging CradleVia 2 spring type contacts, adaptor should have short circuit protection to prevent abnormal short circuit
Field ApplicationWall mount and table free standinng
Dimensions5.53in (H) X 3.7in (W) X 4.4in (D)
RF ApprobationFCC

Safety Precautions
Indoor Display Unit: Do not use within 8in / 22cm of a preson wearing a cardiac pacemaker. The operation of the pacemaker could be affected.
Outdoor Camera Unit: Do not mix old and new batteries, lithium and alkaline batteries, as leakage or possible explosion can occur.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Have you checked the updates to Cadet’s SOFTHEAT line?

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Have you checked the updates to Cadet’s SOFTHEAT line? The new design improves durability, is lighter weight, includes a 7 year warranty, and now uses an environmentally friendly fluid (no plumbing required). Perfect as a supplemental heat source, these hydronic baseboards provide the lowest operating surface temperature and softer, more uniform warmth. The fluid filled system retains heat, even after shut off, so you save energy. Update your old heaters today!

Softheat® Electric Baseboard Heater
  • Improved durability and reliability.
  • Self-contained sealed hot water system – requires no plumbing, piping or other water supply
  • Made in the USA
  • 7 Year Warranty
  • Easy to Install.
  • Lower surface temperatures than standard baseboards.
  • Over-temperature safety shut-off
  • Permanently sealed, with no refilling required.
  • Softer, more uniform warmth
  • Retains heat longer with extra large capacity chamber and fewer on/off cycles
  • Perfect for supplemental warmth for a cold room, or to replace your old heaters
  • No fans, soot, odors, or scorched airborne dust
  • Recommended for allergy sufferers.
  • Whisper quiet operation.
Softheat Exploded
  • Fluid filled system cools slowly, continuing to retain heat and generate warmth, even after shutting off
  • Excellent supplemental heat source: Turn down the heat in the rest of your home, and heat only the rooms you need, to save on your utility bill

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist

Have you ever wanted a quick reference for aging-in-place issues? Are you wondering how to incorporate some aesthetically pleasing designs into your projects? If so, the Aging-In-Place Design Checklists might be suited to your needs.

The checklists below contain features you may want to consider for your next new construction or renovation project. They also give you a quick reference for various aging-in-place issues. While these lists are not all-inclusive, they will get you thinking on the right track.

Low-maintenance exterior (vinyl, brick)
Low-maintenance shrubs and plants
Deck, patio, or balcony surfaces are no more than ½ inch below interior floor level if made of wood

Overall Floor Plan
Main living on a single story, including full bath
No steps between rooms/areas on the same level
5-foot by 5-foot clear/turn space in living area, kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom

Minimum of 36 inches wide, wider preferred
Well lit

Accessible path of travel to the home
At least one no-step entry with a cover
Sensor light at exterior no-step entry focusing on the front-door lock
There needs to be 32 inches of clear width, which requires a 36-inch door
Non-slip flooring in foyer
Entry door sidelight or high/low peep hole viewer; sidelight should provide both privacy and safety
Doorbell in accessible location
Surface to place packages on when opening door

Flush preferable
Exterior maximum of ½ inch beveled
Interior maximum of ¼ inch

Interior Doors
There needs to be 32 inches of clear width, which requires a 36-inch door
Levered door hardware

Plenty of windows for natural light
Lowered windows or taller windows with lower sill height
Low maintenance exterior and interior finishes
Easy to operate hardware

Garage or Carport
Covered carports and boarding spaces
Wider than average carports to accommodate lifts on vans
Door heights may need to be nine feet to accommodate some raised roof vans
Five-foot minimum access aisle between accessible van and car in garage
If code requires floor to be several inches below entrance to house for fume protection, can slope entire floor from front to back to eliminate need for ramp or step
Ramp to doorway if needed
Handrail if steps

Lever handles or pedal-controlled
Thermostatic or anti-scald controls
Pressure balanced faucets

Kitchen and Laundry

Wall support and provision for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets
Upper wall cabinetry three inches lower than conventional height
Accented stripes on edge of countertops to provide visual orientation to the workspace
Counter space for dish landing adjacent to or opposite all appliances
Base cabinet with roll out trays and lazy susans
Pull-down shelving
Glass-front cabinet doors
Open shelving for easy access to frequently used items

Easy to read controls
Washing machine and dryer raised 12 to 15 inches above floor
Front loading laundry machines
Microwave oven at counter height or in wall
Side-by-side refrigerator/freezer
Side-swing or wall oven
Raised dishwasher with pushbutton controls
Electric cook top with level burners for safety in transferring between the burners, front controls and downdraft feature to pull heat away from user; light to indicate when surface is hot

30-inch by 48-inch clear space at appliances or 60-inch diameter clear space for turns
Multi-level work areas to accommodate cooks of different heights
Open under-counter seated work areas
Placement of task lighting in appropriate work areas
Loop handles for easy grip and pull
Pull-out spray faucet; levered handles
In multi-story homes, laundry chute or laundry facilities in master bedroom

Wall support and provision for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets
Contrasting color edge border at countertops
At least one wheelchair maneuverable bath on main level with 60-inch turning radius or acceptable T-turn space and 36-inch by 36-inch or 30-inch by 48-inch clear space
Bracing in walls around tub, shower, shower seat, and toilet for installation of grab bars to support 250 - 300 pounds
If stand-up shower is used in main bath, it is curbless and minimum of 36 inches wide
Bathtub - lower for easier access
Fold down seat in the shower
Adjustable/ handheld showerheads, 6-foot hose
Tub/Shower controls offset from center
Shower stall with built-in antibacterial protection
Light in shower stall
Toilet 2 ½ inches higher than standard toilet (17 to 19 inches) or height-adjustable
Design of the toilet paper holder allows rolls to be changed with one hand
Wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect user from pipes
Slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower

Stairways, Lifts, and Elevators
Adequate hand rails on both sides of stairway, 1 ¼-inch diameter
Increased visibility of stairs through contrast strip on top and bottom stairs, color contrast between treads and risers on stairs and use of lighting
Multi-story homes may provide either pre-framed shaft (ie. stacked closets) for future elevator, or stairway width must be minimum of 4 feet to allow space for lift
Residential elevator or lift

Slope no greater than one inch rise for each 12 inches in length, adequate handrails
Five-foot landing provided at entrance
Two-inch curbs for safety

Adjustable closet rods and shelves
Lighting in closets
Easy open doors that do not obstruct access

Electrical, Lighting, Safety, and Security
Light switches by each entrance to halls and rooms
Light receptacles with at least two bulbs in vital places (exits, bathroom)
Light switches, thermostats, and other environmental controls placed in accessible locations no higher than 48 inches from floor
Electrical outlets 15 inches on center from floor; may need to be closer than 12 feet apart
Clear access space of 30 inches by 48 inches in front of switches and controls
Rocker or touch light switches
Audible and visual strobe light system to indicate when the doorbell, telephone or smoke or CO2 detectors have been activated
High-tech security/intercom system that can be monitored, with the heating, air conditioning, and lighting, from any TV in the house
Easy-to-see and read thermostats
Pre-programmed thermostats
Flashing porch light or 911 switch
Direct wired to police, fire, and EMS (as option)
Home wired for security
Home wired for computers

Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces, interior and exterior
If carpeted, use low (less than ½ inch high pile) density, with firm pad
Color/texture contrast to indicate change in surface levels

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
HVAC should be designed so filters are easily accessible
Energy-efficient units
Windows that can be opened for cross ventilation, fresh air

Energy-Efficient Features
In-line framing with two by six studs spaced 24-inch on center
Air-barrier installation and sealing of duct work with mastic
Reduced-size air conditioning units with gas furnaces
Mechanical fresh air ventilation, installation of air returns in all bedrooms and use of carbon monoxide detectors
Installation of energy efficient windows with Low-E glass

Reduced Maintenance/Convenience Features
Easy to clean surfaces
Central vacuum
Built-in pet feeding system
Built-in recycling system
Video phones
Intercom system

Other Ideas
Separate apartment for rental income or future caregiver
Flex room that can used as a nursery or playroom when the children are young and as a home office later; if combined with a full bath, room could also be used for an aging parent/aging in place

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Ventilation Fan That Doesn't Look Like a Ventilation Fan

Panasonic's New Combination Fan/Light Provides Benefits of Ventilation with the Look of an Architectural Grade Recessed Light

WhisperRecessed fans debuted at KBIS 2012Ventilation Fan
• ENERGY STAR rated 80 CFM fan/light combination fan that provides high-performance ventilation
• Ventilation fan is virtually hidden in the ceiling, offering the look of an architectural grade recessed ceiling light
• Features a dual duct adapter, quiet operation and has received Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) labels
At the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Panasonic Eco Products Division introduces ENERGY STAR® rated WhisperRecessed™ ventilation fans – a new 80 CFM fan/light combination that is recessed into the ceiling offering quiet, energy efficient, and powerful ventilation without the usual glare from standard fan/lights. The ENERGY STAR rated compact fluorescent lamp provides diffused, uniform illumination.
“With an increased focus on aesthetics in the home, we wanted to provide architect and design professionals with a high-performance ventilation fan with a luxurious look,” said Anita So, Marketing Manager, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “The ventilation portion of the new WhisperRecessed fans effectively exhausts pollutants that are retained in air-tight homes, but virtually disappears in the ceiling, offering an ideal design solution for fan/light combinations.”
Ventilation Fan InstalledThe specification-grade, 80 CFM WhisperRecessed includes Panasonic’s Dual Duct Adapter which gives the contractor the ability to install it in a 4” or 6” duct without having to purchase an additional adapter. It operates at exceptionally quiet noise levels as low as 0.8 sones, and is the only recessed combination fan/light on the market to include an ENERGY STAR rated 18 watt CFL bulb.
Additionally, Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) labeled WhisperRecessed as IC-rated, a label that indicates to professionals that the lighting fixture can be installed with direct contact with insulation. Panasonic Eco Products Division stands behind WhisperRecessed with a three-year warranty.

For more information about Panasonic ventilation fans, please visit

Monday, May 21, 2012


Panasonic Home & Environment Company earns award for its innovative and energy efficient ventilation fans

Secaucus, NJ (March 1, 2012) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Panasonic Home & Environment Company a 2012 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in manufacturing innovative and energy efficient ventilation fans. Panasonic’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.

An ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2011 and 2010, Panasonic Home & Environment Company will be honored with the EPA’s most prestigious award for its long-term commitment to sustainability. With the highest efficacy (up to 23.3 cubic feet per minute/Watt) of any ENERGY STAR rated ventilation fan, Panasonic continues to exceed standards with its entire product line where guidelines exist.

“Panasonic is proud to partner with ENERGY STAR in protecting our environment through energy efficiency,” said Anita So, marketing manager, Panasonic Home & Environment Company. “The Sustained Excellence Award, not only acknowledges our continued dedication in providing innovative products, but recognizes our commitment to sustainability through our education initiatives and corporate outreach.”

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future through participation in ENERGY STAR.

The 2012 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize Panasonic Home & Environment Company with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Panasonic and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health, and our future.”

About Panasonic Home & Environment Company
Panasonic Home & Environment Company, a division of Panasonic Home & Health Company, which is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. The company has a full line of ventilation fans featuring models for nearly every type of home-building need. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Panasonic Home & Environment Company 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STARÒ Partner of the Year, and all Panasonic ventilation fans are ENERGY STAR qualified where guidelines exist. Panasonic is a leader in developing and marketing the most comprehensive lineup of energy-efficient consumer electronics, information technology products, home appliances, and HVAC products, and continues to set the pace for consumer electronics manufacturers.


ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Monday, May 14, 2012

Getting Ready for the Outdoors!

After an unseasonably warm and snow-free winter, and with record-setting temperatures in the mid-20s and beyond already occurring in March, many cannot wait to get their outdoor spaces prepared for the coming season. In the Toronto area, people have been taking full advantage of the warm, sunny weather to clean up their backyards and gardens. But once the garden and other debris is removed, what do you do with the space?

Space is a key determinant. If it happens to be at a premium, I still love the variety of stackable furniture options that are on the market. For even smaller spaces, bistro sets never fail!

But if you’re looking for something new, here are the top 5 outdoor options designers were looking at in March.


Made from Canadian and northern US red cedar and dressed in Sunbrella fabrics, Exteta’s Zen line includes everything from furnishings, lighting, kitchen and bath elements, as well as structural components to create truly unique and customizable spaces.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest offers outdoor furniture, fountains, basins, lanterns, accessories, and one-of-a-kind pieces in a variety of styles. Naturally, stone is the primary material used, with granite, basalt, and serpentine being the most popular. Custom design is always an option.

Deesawat Industries

Using teak, Deesawat handcrafts the Bottle lounges (shown below). Also take a look at their Summer Cabanas and Wave line.


The intricately patterned, powder-coated white aluminum privacy panels of the Caprice provide structure, visual interest, and peace of mind from curious neighbours. The cushions and hardware can all be mixed and matched to create your ideal space. The Wave Pergola, built from bent wood over a galvanized iron frame, is also worth a peak!

Forms + Surfaces

This stunning bench — The Duo — can be used indoors or out without looking out of place. Made from FSC-certified Pure Jatobá and stainless steel, it also gets marks for its nod towards the environment.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A TV in your Table

Do not mistake a TV in your table for a table TV; it is quite literally a TV hidden within a chrome table!

Hidden Television specializes in mirror televisions. The Table TV features a 55″ Samsung LED TV embedded into a sleek, modern table of chrome and glass that measures 59″l x 35-1/2″w x 29-1/2″h. When the television is turned on, it appears on the tabletop surface.

Samsung Apps are included with the TV, which has wireless and internet capabilities and comes with a remote that features a built-in keyboard.

For the sake of your potential or existing domestic relationship and bliss, I’m not sure that I would recommend installing this unit as an actual dining table. But in a sleek and minimalist office space, it might make an incredible desk or meeting table, especially for presentation drawings or architectural plans!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Top 5 Benefits That TV Lift Cabinets Offer

TV Lift Cabinets are pieces of furniture that you really can’t fully appreciate until you actually have one. At this point, you will never want to be without one again. They are stylish and unbelievably practical! When you really stop to think about how often you watch television, most people with busy schedules will agree that there is no point keeping one on display all of the time. This is especially true in the bedroom! Many people have a TV in their room that they are lucky to relax and watch once a week on a rainy Saturday morning. Here at TV Lift Pros, we have cabinets that are as practical as they are beautiful.

Reduce Clutter – Too many items in a room quickly make it look cluttered, even if everything is exactly where it is supposed to be. Having a television on display simply adds to the chaos of a room. It is suggested that every item in a space generates its own energy, which is why some rooms actually feel busy when you enter them. Not only do TV lift cabinets reduce clutter from the TV, all of the cords and cables are hidden as well. This is beneficial if you have young children that may be tempted to pull on them or pets that could chew them.

Protection – All it takes is a little rough-housing or for a ball to get tossed in the house, and your television could easily be destroyed. When it is tucked away inside the cabinet you don’t have to worry about it getting broken. Not only this, you may be surprised at how many people forget to shut a window when they leave for work. Sure, the sun is shining, but then a storm rolls in that results in their TV getting soaked. If this has happened to you, you are certainly not alone!

Comfort – Many of the cabinets that we have here at TV Lift Pros feature a swivel function. This means that you can place the cabinet where it looks best in the room, even if it is not the ideal location to place a TV. When you have the power to swivel the direction of the TV, you can get the perfect view from anywhere.

Storage – You will find that there are cabinets with an abundance of storage. Some are traditional cabinets with doors while others have dresser drawers. Then, there are some that have both. Some manufacturers even make products that feature an electric fireplace, so you can enjoy the warmth and ambiance that a dancing flame offers in any space.

Space Saver – Whether you wish you had extra space to add a fireplace to your room, or if you don’t have floor space for an entertainment center, the products here at TV Lift Pros are excellent space-savers. For this reason, they are extremely popular not only to use in bedrooms, but also in small studio apartments as well!

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Office Spaces Continue to Shrink

    The average individual worker office space in North America was approximately 225 sq ft in 2010. According to a study by CoreNet Global conducted in February, the average allocation of office space per person will decrease to 100 sq ft (or less) by 2017.

    This may sound shocking, though it has been the norm throughout Europe for the past several years. As the work environment continues to shift, it makes sense that changes will occur.

    Richard Kadzis, CoreNet Global’s Vice President of Strategic Communications, said: “The main reason for the declines is the huge increase in collaborative and team-oriented space inside a growing number of companies that are stressing ‘smaller but smarter’ workplaces against the backdrop of continuing economic uncertainty and cost containment. There are number of additional factors contributing to the decline… More companies are adopting open floor plans in which employees do not have any permanently designated space at all; rather they use unassigned space when they are in the office, settings that often change daily. This trend is enabled by technology and by cost measures, as they require smaller foot prints.”

    Many furniture manufacturers already have plenty of solutions lined up for this shift. Haworth, for example, has an “Idea Starters” section on its website where you can begin your search for the ideal office furniture solution based on size:<6 (<36 SF) 6×6 – 8×8 (36 – 64 SF) 8×8 – 10×10 (64 – 100 SF) 10×10 – 12×12 (100 – 144 SF) >12×12 (>144 SF)

    Small does not have to mean cramped and dull. Breathe life into small spaces and maximize employee productivity!