Our Father’s Day Favorites!

Father’s Day is this month and boy do we have some ideas for gifts! Whether you’re shopping for dad, grandpa, or any other man in your life – or if you’re sending this to the family group chat for hints of what you actually want for Father’s Day– you’ve landed in the right place!

We’re only going to show you our top 5, but you can find the rest on our Father’s Day Pinterest Board!

Klein Tools Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker

Listen to all the best dad rock on the Klein Tools Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker. This speaker is magnetic and has a hook so you can hang it anywhere you are. It’s rugged, portable, dust and water-resistant, and best of all you can charge your phone all while listening to your favorite tunes!

 

Caseta by Lutron

Does your dad walk around adjusting the thermostat and turning lights on and off in the house? If so, smart devices by Lutron may be the perfect gift for him. Whether your dad is concerned about saving energy at the touch of a button, or your dad is like mine and uses it to mess with the lights when one of us is home alone, the Caseta by Lutron puts the power in the palm of his hand!

Klein Tools Multi-Bits/Multi-Sockets

A typical conversation every father has with their kid is when they need that one socket or that one bit that has magically gone missing since their kid borrowed a tool. Klein has got your back with a variety of multi-bit tools that are a true wonder with how versatile they are. A few options even allow the various bits to fit in the socket so here is to fewer lost items around the house.

Milwaukee Hard Hat Headlamp

Tired of having to yell when the light isn’t in the right spot? This headlamp is the perfect fix for that. Use it at work, use it on your home projects, or use it how my dad does: for grilling outside when it gets too dark. There are so many different places you can use this headlamp that it’s a no-brainer!

 

Ideal Hex-Key Set

This hex-key set is the Ideal gift for this father’s day. It’s perfect for those IKEA drawers that they “will totally put together themselves” but you end up spending a few hours doing it on your own. This multi-key has 9 different hex-keys and the handle won’t make your hands go numb like they do when using that tiny little Allen wrench they provide.

 

Bonus Gift Idea! 3M Heavy Duty Duct Tape

Now, I know you’re saying “you said five, not six gift ideas”. Well, we’re tossing a bonus one in there! 3M heavy duty duct tape is great to just have around for when you need it. And when you need it may be when you’re wrapping up the next gift so they really take their time with the unwrapping!

 

 

Let us know what you’re looking forward to getting this Father’s Day!

~Samantha

Partner Spotlight: EC&M Product of the Year 2021 Nominations

Every year, Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine hosts a competition for the top product of the year where readers can vote for the winner; voting ends on June 28th. This year there are 32 nominations with some familiar companies and products that make it difficult to choose only one Product of the Year.

We want to share congratulations to all of our partners who were nominated. Thank you for your innovation and hard work!

~Kristine

Be Careful What Buttons You Press!

5952554So, you’ve finally worked up the nerve to ask the girl that works at your favorite 8-track, vinyl album, and vegan yogurt shop! She has agreed to come to your place for a movie and drinks.

The evening starts great, a few glasses of wine, music and you finally got to make your move and sneak your arm over her shoulders. An hour goes by, great conversation, another glass of wine, and you decide it’s time to change to mood.

You grab your phone with your free hand and say “Create Scene”. Suddenly, the lights dim, the shades close and the temperature in the room drops. You look into her eyes but her face turns to terror and she jumps up!

You try to grab the TV remote, but there is no feeling in that arm you’ve had over her shoulders for an hour. Fumbling, you get the remote and hit the wrong channel. Suddenly you hear out of the surround sound “It puts the lotion on its skin, or it’s gets hose again”.

Your date runs screaming out the door…

The wonderful technology that controlled so many aspects of your home, just by using your voice was Lutron’s Caseta Wireless System! …Just be careful how you use it.

Smart Bridge PRO with HomeKit – P-BDGPRO-PKG1W

 

  • Enables control of lights, shades, and temperature using the Lutron App
  • Compatible with Caséta Wireless dimmers and switches, Serena battery-powered shades, Lutron Wireless Thermostat, Nest Learning Thermostat, and select Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats
  • Easy to install; just plugs into your Wi-Fi router
  • Uses Clear Connect® wireless technology— no callbacks
  • Also compatible with Lutron Triathlon® battery-powered shades and select styles of Sivoia QS Wireless shades
  • Adds integration with third-party A/V remote controls and security systems

Lutron App for smart devices

  • Works in conjunction with the Smart Bridge and Smart Bridge PRO
  • Control individual lights, shades, and thermostats—even when you’re away from home
  • Add scenes to control multiple lights and shades with a single touch
  • Schedule scenes to adjust lights and shades automatically
  • Download for free from the App Store or Google Play
  • Works with the Apple Watch for control right from your wrist
  • Use the geofencing feature to automatically turn lights on as you arrive home/turn them off as you leave
  • Receive notifications on your smart device if you’ve left the lights on when you leave home
  • Use the Widget feature to set a scene without unlocking your phone
  • Tell Siri to turn your lights off and close your shades just before bed, or dim the lights for movie time

~Woody