Five Things to Look Forward to in 2012

2011 was an exciting year for the Luma Comfort team, and if all goes well, 2012 will be even bigger! We’re not alone, however, as this seems to be a common theme across many different industries. And with good reason! There is a lot to look forward to over the next year, whether you’re a sports fan, movie buff or political hound. Here are the Top 5 things we’re looking forward to in 2012:

The Summer OlympicsLondon Summer Olympics 2012 logo

The best athletes in the world from more than 200 nations take center stage in London for the Games of the XXX Olympiad. Predictably, most of the US will be focused on Michael Phelps and the nations Swim Team. But we’re personally much bigger fans of the track and field events, especially the shot put and javelin.

February 29

That’s right, 2012 is a leap year, which means we all get a bonus day, absolutely free! While for many it will be a day like any other, we recommend taking advantage of the extra day to do something fun and outrageous. After all, this day only comes around every four years!

The Election

The year 2012 also means the next US Presidential Election. Based on the coverage of the primaries thus far, we expect to see record voter turnout this year, as well as a record number of political sketches on Saturday Night Live over the next 10 months.

The Dark Knight Rises

Do you know anyone that didn’t enjoy Batman Begins or The Dark Knight? Yeah, we don’t either, which is why we’re sure you’re psyched about the upcoming release of The Dark Knight Rises in July.

Our New Products!

You didn’t think we could go a full blog post without talking about ourselves, did you? 2012 will be a huge year for Luma Comfort, as we launch our initial line of products.   Stay tuned for more information in the coming months, and keep an eye out for Luma Comfort in your local home improvement store!

 

Our New Site is Now Live!

If you’ve haven’t already noticed, we’re changing things up around here, and
we’re pleased to announce the release of our newly redesigned website!  By
updating our site, we’ve been able to improve navigation to the different
sections of www.lumacomfort.com

We’ve also made signing up to be a Luma Comfort dealer easier by providing
both an online dealer registration form and a printable PDF version. 
Another highlight of our new site is that we’ll be constantly updating our
content with helpful information and resources for all things related to home
improvement and indoor environmental issues.  Keep checking back in for
more exciting changes to come – and for the unveiling of our new Spring 2012
product line! 

There are also other ways to stay in touch and informed about the latest Luma
Comfort happenings.  Check us out on
Facebook or follow us on Twitter @lumacomfort

“Smart” Appliances at CES 2012

January has been a busy month for us at Luma Comfort, and unfortunately our
team wasn’t able to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas this
year. But that didn’t stop us from constantly refreshing our favorite tech blogs
for hour-by-hour updates on this year’s hottest products.

LG Thinq Technology

Source: LG

For the uninitiated, CES is the industry’s annual showcase where companies hawk their hottest new electronics. Whether it’s the flattest flat screen or the smartest smart phone, chances are you’ll probably find it at CES. In terms of product offerings, although appliances don’t have as huge of a presence as consumer electronics at CES, big name appliance companies still take the opportunity to show off drool-worthy home gadgets. And this year was certainly no exception.

One of the companies that had everyone talking in 2012 was LG. Last week at CES, the electronics giant unveiled a new line of appliances with their
proprietary Thinq technology. This line of “smart” washers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators and ovens have built-in wifi capabilities that allow users to do what they never could with their regular home appliances.

With a Thinq appliance, you’ll be able to remotely operate your appliance
from your iPhone or Android, program your appliance to run only on off-peak
hours or even have a customer service representative troubleshoot a product from
across the country.

LG wasn’t the only company to showcase a smart appliance this year. Whirlpool
debuted a $1,500 washing machine that will be connected to your home network and
a device like an iPad. You’ll get alerts on your device when your laundry is
done and you’ll be able to do cool things such as schedule a repair appointment
from your wireless device.  Whirlpool estimates this smart washer to be available in
2013.

Whether or not these high tech functions are more gimmicky than useful is
really up to the consumer to decide, but here at Luma Comfort, the one product we were really wowed by was LG’s new “Blast Chiller” compartment found in one of their new high-end refrigerators, which also debuted at this year’s CES.

This handy slot actually chills down a can of soda or a beer in less than
five minutes (we can already imagine the possibilities). To be fair, stand alone instant beverage chillers utilizing this technology have been available on the market for years now, but we’re glad to see that this invaluable feature is now something you can find in your kitchen’s most essential appliance. Now if only we had an extra $3,000 to spend on a new, fancy LG refrigerator….