What electronics did you use this holiday season to decorate your house? Did you put up Christmas lights? Did you buy inflatables to decorate your lawn? Did you use a Christmas light projector outside on your garage door? Perhaps you wanted to “test out” a new ladder and got some roof decorations. Did you program a laser light show on the exterior of your home? Maybe you kept it simple and put up a Christmas tree and strung Christmas lights around it. Or, maybe you did it all!!!
The holidays are a great excuse to get your creative juices flowing and spruce up the exterior and interior of your home. Whether you are an apartment dweller or home owner, the options are endless.
When it comes to holiday decorations, while I absolutely love all the color and lights and cheer, a few negative things pop into my mind. First there’s the put up and take down. Putting up, although time consuming, is fun because you know the end result will be spectacular. But the take down is more of a chore, because when you’re done you’re just left with a bunch of cords you need to organize and stow away for the next 10 months. Some people don’t even take their lights down!!
Then there’s the dreaded January electric bill that reflects not just running your heater more, but also all the lights you had up for decoration over the holidays.
But perhaps what’s overlooked more than anything else, is the safety issues of lighting, running wires and cables here and there to power all your decorations and toys. It’s hard to keep your floors and walls from looking like a road map with all that needs to be plugged in these days. Tripping hazards are so common, especially for children and the elderly. It’s important to keep safe, not just when you’re decorating for the holidays, but all year long.
There are several solutions to organizing and securing cords so that safety is less of a concern. The main ones I want to talk about are floor boxes and cord covers.
I’ll start with cord covers. Something that covers cords accomplishes several things. First, it keeps all the cords together and out of the way, making it less likely that you’ll get tripped up. Second, it keeps cords from getting tangled. Third, it ensures the cords last longer, because they are not exposed to people stepping on them, getting bent, etc.
A surface raceway is a décor-friendly cable that opens and closes lengthwise for you to cram all those unsightly cables inside.
You install them directly to a surface such as a wall, ceiling, or counter, and it protects the cords while keeping them out of the way and untangled.
Surface raceways are a simple and quick DIY project because you don’t need to drill holes or hammer nails. They come with a pre-applied adhesive tape. Just use a utility knife to cut to the length you need, and in minutes you have a mess-free solution to your cluttered wires.
Similar to surface runways are corner ducts, that come with a 90 degree angle build and even double as crown molding. They fit perfectly to corners and you can paint over to match your walls perfectly.
Tuck away those unsightly cords and ensure safety by using corner ducts.
There are other basic cord covers that are effective in preventing people from tripping over a cord. They also keep the cord from being damaged, and getting tangled. Cord covers come in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials. For basic home cord covers in moderate cable management situations, look at Wiremlod’s Cord Mates.
Installation is simple with just self-adhesive backings. The finish of each cord cover is such that they can be painted to match the color of your wall perfectly.
The elbows come in different shapes and sizes to accommodate several covering needs and applications. They are easy to cut to customize to ensure you are getting the coverage you need. You can also get covers of varying diameters to accommodate more or less cords in one cover.
You might be in need of something more like a protector ramp in high traffic areas or where more cords are being run in one place. A protector ramp is a good way to go. They are great for indoor and outdoor use and can withstand heavy impact.
I imagine a lot of people used outdoor wiring for their Christmas decorations this year. Safety is so important. Daylight is shorter and it starts getting dark earlier every day. With so many cords out to power lights and lawn ornaments and other decorations, it’s a good idea to invest in some kind of cord protector not just to ensure cords are safe, but more so to ensure that loved ones and passersby enjoying your display are also safe. It’s so easy in the dark to be walking and trip over a discreet cord. No one wants to spend their vacation days in the ER nursing a broken leg or sprained wrist.
As I mentioned earlier, floor boxes are another great product for cord safety. The thing I love about them is they keep things looking even more organized and discreet than lengthy cord covers, and they allow for more on – demand powering needs rather than permanent ongoing powering.
Top Greener offers a wide variety of floor boxes. These take a little more on the installation front than cord covers, typically it is recommended that an electrician install these, but they’re a lasting solution for year-round cord organization and safety.
The most common types of floor boxes come with coin open covers. Relatively new to the market are flip open covers and sliding cover floor boxes. They are made of different material. Most commonly they are found in bronze, stainless steel, nickel, and nickel plated brass. The floor boxes made by Enerlites come in all these materials and all these opening options.
Floor boxes can actually be used in hard wood, carpet, and tile flooring applications, as well as granite/marble kitchen counter tops.
The Enerlites 705506-SS is a single gang coin open cover floor box. It is made of stainless steel and is water tight, tamper and weather resistant.
For a brass option, go with Amazon’s Choice Enerlites 705506-C. This is all the features of the 705506-SS, but made with brass.
The main thing to know about picking the right floor box is how many outlet options you need, the size you have available, the opening options you want, and have a plan for where it will be installed. The wiring needed for these floor boxes are hot, neutral, and ground wires. Use floor boxes as a way to organize cords, accommodate on-demand powering needs, and rest assured that they are safe and user friendly once installed correctly. Search for more Enerlites floor box options on Amazon.
Using extension cords and power strips make an area look cluttered, allow for wires to become tangled, and often pose a tripping risk. A floor box, whether on the floor on installed in a table or wall will remedy these problems.
Take the next step in securing your cords. Cable ties only do so much these days. Cord covers and floor boxes take it a step further to organize and modernize charging stations and power needs.