LED lights add ambient light, and a cool look to desktop.
Recently I’ve been looking into updating the look of my desk using LED lights for ambient light.
LED strip lighting is one way to do this, with relative ease, on a budget.
With no tools, and a free USB port on your PC, you can add this cool blue accent lighting to your monitor, desk, PC tower or wherever you want it to go on or near your work space.
I liked it over my keyboard, and am considering a second one for behind my monitor, although I prefer white light for that location as it eases eye strain.
This is the product I’m using : Antec Advance Accent Lighting Blue LED 51 Inch Cable
I like it because it’s relatively cheap ($11 is what I paid), has a manual on/off switch on the cord, and can be powered up and down via a USB port on my monitor and/or PC. It was a breeze to install with 3M sticky tape on the back of the strip.
NOTE: The LED lights are very intense, and should not be placed in a direct line of sight. There’s also red if you prefer:Antec Advance Accent Lighting Red USB-powered 6 LED Strip
There are also LED Light Kits at Amazon for home and auto.
These kits usually come with controllers, which allow for light changing color and effects like chasing lights. But be careful and read the reviews on these. I purchased one and found it to be cheaply made and electrically unsound. (Sparks few out of my outlet!)
Creatively used, LED lights can be great for adding accent lighting to your desk or other spaces in your home.
Check out all the deals here:LED Lights on Amazon .
Funny name, great deals.
Outlet Savings Up to 80% Off!
If you’re getting a jump on holiday shopping, or simply looking for great deals on awesome brands, Dogfunk’s Outlet is a goldmine of savings.
Outlet Deals Under $30 at Dogfunk.com – Expires 11/16
Snowboards, bindings, and winter clothing and outerwear at Up to 80% Off now, at Dogfunk.
Here’s a few of the Savvy Sleuth’s favorites…
50% Off – Women’s Forum Aura ChillyDog Snowboard
80% Off – Men’s Volcom Jacket – Lots of Sizes!
Save 65% Off – Women’s Nixon Shutter Watch
60% Off – Arnette Big Deal Sunglasses
With ever-changing deals, Groupon is one of my favorite sites for grabbing up great online deals!
Here’s a few of the Groupon deals in ‘Goods’ I found today.
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 32GB 9″ Tablet
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 32GB 9″ Tablet. Free Shipping and Returns.
AtGames Sega Genesis Classic Console
AtGames Sega Genesis Classic Console with 80 Built-In Games. Free Shipping and Returns.
Vizio 2.1 Home-Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (VSB212)
Vizio 2.1 Home-Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (VSB212) (Third-Party Refurbished). Free Shipping and Returns.
Western Digital My Net N900 Central Router with Built-In 1TB Storage
WD My Net N900 Central Storage Router. Free Shipping.
Cat Hideaways. Multiple Designs from $19.99-$24.99. Free Shipping and Returns.
Outback Twin Peaks Large Doghouse
Outback Twin Peaks Large Doghouse. Free Shipping and Returns.
Barbie Glam Convertible
Barbie Glam Convertible. Free Returns.
Marvel Heroes Peel-and-Stick Wall Decals
Set of 26 Marvel Heroes Peel-and-Stick Wall Decals. Free Returns.
24 Oz. Copper Moscow Mule Mug 2-Pack
24 Oz. Solid-Copper Moscow Mule Mug 2-Pack. Multiple Styles Available. Free Shipping and Returns.
Flirty Aprons Women’s Holiday Aprons
Flirty Aprons Women’s Holiday Aprons with Red or Green Polka Dots. Free Returns.
‘Tis the season for Black Friday deals, nearly a month in advance of the actual event!
For online shoppers, that’s great news, but it can be a bit daunting to suddenly receive a flood of emails in your inbox, with each one trying to sell you something.
To help you navigate this tide of temptation, I’ve decided to share some things I’ve learned that help me to find the best online Black Friday deals now.
Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week – Deals Everyday on Amazon!
Black Friday Deals: All Month Long
Just finished with Halloween and looking at buying holiday gifts? That’s what the retailers are hoping you’ll do! Both online and off, this is when most of the large retailers make or break their year, so Black Friday deals are available now.
From my stand point, this is good. It allows me to make a gift list and budget, and start picking up gifts over the course of a couple months.
I know that holiday themed items ( candy, lights, decorations, and similar) will be half off almost immediately after Thanksgiving. If I have gifts I want to give that include ornaments or decorative dinnerware, I wait until after Thanksgiving to buy them, expecting to pay at least 50% Off. Kohl’s, Target, and Macy’s have all had tremendous savings on holiday items like these, immediately after Black Friday.
Big ticket items like electronics can be a bit more difficult because it’s tough to know when to pull the trigger. Low deal prices are available now, but wanting to get special bundles, gift card promos and knowing that the included warranty coverage starts the day I purchase it, I wait as long as possible to buy. I research the items I want to buy, taking note of their current prices and what I want to pay when deal shopping. I also choose an alternative item, just in case I don’t find the first one at the right price.
If you’re looking to buy newly released electronic items like the just released Apple iPad or the Xbox One, expect to pay the price for the latest and greatest. No great deals will come around on these items, but shortages or shipping delays may occur, so feel confident that whenever you buy it will be OK.
This year the best Black Friday deals online regarding electronics will undoubtedly be in that $200-$400 range, with laptops, 40″ plus HDTVs, PS3 and XBox 360 bundles leading the pack.
Getting started earlier, means a more leisurely shopping experience for you, with Black Friday deals available from now through the end of the year.
Tips for Happy Hunting
1. Sign up for newsletters at your favorite retailers online, to receive info on sales and promotions. Use a web-based email like Gmail for these sign-ups to eliminate receiving large amounts of ad laden emails in your primary inbox.
2. Use free apps to learn about new Black Friday deals.
3. Make a gift list with possible gifts for your family and friends, and use it as a guide. (I do a spreadsheet in Google Drive and fill it in as a shop.) This will help you avoid buying things you don’t need just because they were such a great deal!
4. Research big ticket items. Know what the current sale prices and specs are, and decide what you’ll be willing to pay for the item. If possible, have an alternate item in mind and be aware of warranties. Black Friday deals will be available now through the end of the year on items like furniture, vehicles and electronics. If you’re spending a lot and may have the opportunity to haggle, you need to know the specifics.
5. Be open to factory refurbished items for greater savings. Works well with electronics and small home appliances. The Apple Store is my favorite for these items, as their factory refurbished items are like brand new with the same warranty as new. You can also purchase these deals in advance of Black Friday, and get the same pricing as on that day.
6. Make a budget, and stick to it. This is the toughest part for me, but having specific amounts assigned to each person helps a lot. I see it as a challenge. How do I get the most for my money and still give a gift that I’d be happy to receive myself? Having no debt after Christmas with a little bit to play with at the year end sales events is a nice perk.
7. Don’t forget to check the Daily Deals. Many sites have them, and the Savvy Sleuth has easy access to several that you can check in one convenient place!
8. Keep it real. While it’s nice to give extravagant gifts, it shouldn’t be what the season of giving is all about. Make sure that in your hunt for bargains you also pick up a few gifts to give to those in need and be grateful that you have the means to do so. Satisfying the soul and the urge to hunt at the same time!