Plumbing & Electrical

Rerporting from the National Hardware Show – Central Hall

May 3, 2016

Hardware & Tools Power tool batteries have seen the most improvement in 2015 and 2016. At the Show, retailers should look for power tool batteries with extended life, increased performance in below zero degrees Fahrenheit conditions, wireless...

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Multipurpose Lighting

April 13, 2016

When is a light more than a light? When it can pull double duty and do more than just illuminate a space. Light therapy is one area in which the dual-purpose concept has taken hold. Whether for skin care or combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder...

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New Lighting Specs

March 23, 2016

According to a recent Gizmag article (,...

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Simple Facelift: Light Switch Faceplates

March 2, 2016

Small finishing touches really pull the overall look of a room together, and one finishing touch that consumers sometimes don’t think about is the light switch faceplate. This utilitarian item is often thought of as just a bland necessity—a...

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Linear Shower Drains

February 3, 2016

Today’s sleek and modern bath designs seek to eliminate disruptions to the visual flow of a space, and this includes the interruption caused by traditional drains in showers. One way for consumers to achieve a modern look without this break in...

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Trends in Water Reclamation

January 13, 2016

While the use of captured rainwater is a tested and popular trend, the demand for other water reclamation techniques and products is growing, especially in drought-prone regions and among environmentally minded households. One such trend in...

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Latest in Power Generators

December 16, 2015

Strong storms and winter weather have high potential for causing power outages, some of which can be long-lasting. To maintain a limited amount of electrical service, many homeowners turn to generators for powering critical appliances and...

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In-Home Water Purification and Filtration

November 25, 2015

From the chemicals they use to the food they eat, today’s consumers are concerned about keeping things inside the home as healthy as possible, and this is especially true when it comes to their drinking water. Everything from stories about...

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Winter Prep: Proper Outdoor Lighting

November 4, 2015

As the days grow shorter, preparing home exteriors for winter becomes a priority. Not only does this include fall yard cleanup and winterization of irrigation systems, it also means taking stock of outdoor electrical projects, especially home...

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High-Tech Showerheads

November 4, 2015

The morning routine is changing with the introduction of high-tech showerheads. Ranging from wireless connectivity to the complete sensory experience, showers can be customized to fit any lifestyle, providing ample opportunities for retailers to...

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