Re: a couple cool looking power strips:
I am not sure, but it seems like the first unit works by: Plug in the "Control" (such as a TV) and place the dependent loads (VCR, DVD, Sat Box, Cable Box) in the switched outlets. Turn on the TV, and the other loads turn on too.
Kind of interesting, but I can see issues. Want VCR to tape off Sat Box--you would need to bypass so that both are on while the TV is still off. Etc...
We had occupancy sensors at work for our office lights 10 years ago. One engineer sitting at a desk quietly thinking/working, and 5 minutes later the lights go off... Don't know how much energy they saved--but pretty much ticked off the engineers.
Also had a version in another company that turned off the lights at 6pm and every hour afterwords (no occupancy sensors)--also ticked off everyone that worked late (found out that the emergency lighting did not turn on--so we had a bunch of folks tripping over stuff in the labs, etc.).
It always seems that training folks to turn things off when not being used is the best way (however, that is hard to do in an office/work situation).
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