Sometimes It’s The Little Things

Little ThingsOne of my most vivid childhood memories is of my dad, running around the house turning off light switches, hollering at the top of his voice: “Why are all these <bleep> lights on? How hard is it to turn a <bleep> light off? I’m going to start charging your allowance for the electric bill.” (You will notice that I did not claim this was one of my “fondest” memories.)

Fast forward a number of years…It’s sometime around 8:30am, every single day, and I find myself walking or running through the house after the chaotic, hurricane-like efforts of getting four people ready and out the door on time turning off one light after another, muttering under my breath those same exact words. Including the bleeps. Except my husband doesn’t have an allowance so I can’t really make good on that threat. It seems ridiculous that our morning routine requires every single light in the house to be turned on. And what is it about light switches that makes it so incredibly simple to turn them on as you run upstairs and down the hall for that one last thing you forgot, and so impossible to turn off as you barrel back out of the house? I don’t know. Some scientists need to get on the root cause of this phenomenon.

In our case, we finally got smart and put some smart lighting in our house. The “upstairs off” button? A Godsend. The “good-bye” button by the door to the garage that turns off all the lights in the house? My favorite. Even the hubby and the kids think it’s cool. My son calls them “magic lights.” And they kind of are.

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It’s Awards Season …

AwardsAnd Control4 is cleaning up. 2012 has been a wonderful year for us. We’ve launched several new products including two blazing fast controllers – our new flagship HC-800 and the HC-250. New Touch Screens – both In-Wall and Portable – and a Door Station. This combination brings our customers a truly unique and innovative whole-home communication experience.

We are very proud of these products and are happy that we are being recognized for hard work, innovation and creativity. Congratulations to each and every Control4 employee and a big thank you to our customers for your support. Here is a list of the awards we’ve collected to date. Click the links to find out a bit more about how each award was determined.

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It’s Almost Impossible for People to Detect….

Carbon Monoxide – Colorless. Odorless. Tasteless. = Almost IMPOSSIBLE for People to Detect

Now that the weather is cooling and we’re thinking of staying warm this fall and winter, it’s a good time to be reminded of the dangers posed by carbon monoxide.

UnFun Fact 1:  A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.

UnFun Fact 2: The most CO exposures occur during the winter months with the highest numbers occurring during December and January.

UnFun Fact 3: Domestic sources of Carbon Monoxide include:

  • domestic heating systems
  • blocked flues/chimneys
  • inadequate ventilation in living areas
  • inadequate ventilation in adjoining car garages
  • leakage from faulty appliances and chimneys/flues.


The best course of action is to take steps that prevent carbon monoxide becoming a problem in the first place.Be aware of the sources of carbon monoxide especially in domestic properties where a number of appliances could be responsible. (Generators are a huge cause of Carbon Monoxide poisoning – unvented gas or kerosene space heaters also.)

  • Get appliances professionally installed and regularly serviced to ensure they work efficiently and safely.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation for all fuel burning appliances.
  • Install monitoring devices for the early detection of excess carbon monoxide.
  • Recognise the early signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly when more than one family or work member is affected, and seek medical advice promptly.

Protect yourself and your family this winter.

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