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Welcome to Circuits At Home, your source for information on all manner of home electrical equipment, from wiring to light fixtures, and from security cameras to video gear. Whether you need to light up a room, fill it with sound, or secure your perimeter – we have you covered. Circuits At home offers general information on how different types of home electronics operate, so that you understand the advantages of different technologies. And we provide detailed gear reviews and comparisons, so that you can make an informed decision when you decide to purchase.
Lights play a number of critical roles in any home. Interior lighting is a necessity if you hope to do anything productive at home in the evenings. And some areas of your home without natural light – like closets and bathrooms – require lighting 24×7 in order to be useful. Be sure to check out our list of the best garage lighting to make sure your workspace is always properly lit.
But lights also play a part in the decoration of your home. Everything from accent lighting to highlight pieces of art, blacklights that set a party tone, to beer pool table lights that bring the man cave together are vital parts of how your home looks and feels.
Lighting draws your attention, it sets the mood, and it can make the difference between a house and a home. That is why we spend a lot of time covering various types of lighting fixtures and bulbs here. We want to make sure you know about the latest lighting gear and how it can impact your everyday life.
While there are exciting wireless technologies available – from WiFi to Bluetooth – the reality is there are still a lot of wires and cables necessary for the average home. Wireless phone chargers now exist, but all they eliminate are the wire to your phone. Those chargers still need to plug into an electrical outlet to provide any juice. The same goes for all manner of devices, from electric toasters to energy efficient space heaters – they all require proper wiring to provide electricity.
Audio cables are still very much alive and well in most homes, as many devices require a physical connection between source and speaker. The same goes for network and video cables. Ethernet cables are still run in many homes, along with coaxial cable and HDMI cables to sent Internet and video signals to the proper devices.
Devices outside your home need cables too. Video surveillance systems often run a hard line back inside your house. And many accent light systems need the right wiring – often underground – to bring power to external illumination. And for times that you need to temporarily extend power beyond your home or garage you might try a retractable extension cord reel. All of those reasons are why we still write about the many wiring and cabling needs people face in their homes.
The modern home is literally filled with electronic devices. Of course we all use portable electronics – laptops, tablets, smartphones, smart watches, cameras, and even LED lights for photography and video. But there are many ore electronic devices scattered around most homes.
The kitchen is often ground zero for electronics, with everything from large appliances like refrigerators and microwave ovens down to smaller items such as mixers and grinders. Everyone is busy these days, so modern electrical devices are brought into our homes to save us precious time doing mundane tasks. For example, the best electric fireplaces will save time chopping wood for a traditional fireplace.
Entertainment is the primary use for all that time we save with kitchen electronics, so we need more electronic devices to help us relax and amuse ourselves. We have flat screen televisions, video game systems, and high quality audio systems to give us the sights and sounds that we love.
Computing is another big source of electronics, with things like routers, printers, scanners, and more now commonly found in homes around the world. These electronic devices are critical to help us learn, work, and communicate with the rest of the world from the comfort of our own homes. And electronics can even help keep your home safe – like the best electronic door locks that can give you key-less access to your home.
And all of them need to attached to the Internet to reach their full potential. So every home needs the best wireless access points, routers, and range extenders possible to ensure your entire property has coverage. And don’t forget to protect your network with the best firewalls for home use. As well, all of these devices need to be maintained, so make sure you have the best mechanic tool set and best multimeter to monitor voltage in these electronics.