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Nov 12

Decking your halls (with power surge protection)

There's quite a few Christmas Lights. Hopefully there's some power surge protection buried in there!

There’s quite a few Christmas decorations. Hopefully there’s some power surge protection buried in there! (image used under Creative Commons. Photo by donielle.

This week at Vann’s, we’re getting ready to deck the halls! (Or more specifically your halls, with the new products we’ll be seeing soon)

Over the years I’ve seen some impressive displays of Christmas lights. Even Missoula has its own unofficial tour of lights if you know the right people.

Of course, when I look at a house as decked out as some, the second thing I think about (after the ooh’s and aah’s wear off) is about how much power is running through those systems. And when I think of power, I start thinking about surges. Or, more specifically, surge protection.

We’ve talked about the importance of a good power surge protection for your home theater system, your office, and even your bedroom before. If you’re plugging Christmas lights into your home, that amount of extra electrical power being used might cause some oddities for the rest of your home.

Here are our top 5 picks for the best holiday surge protectors for your home electronics.

APC C10 power surge protector

APC C10 12-Outlet Surge Protector

This is one of my favorite surge protectors. It’s fairly large, but it puts its impressive 22.7-inch length to use with 12-outlets. So, even if you’ve got quite a few components (or are planning on building up to quite a few) you won’t have to worry about running short on outlets. Despite its length, this power surge protector is thin enough to easily fit behind a TV stand or entertainment center (or mount it on the side with a little ingenuity).

Panamax M8AV 8-Outlet Surge Protector

Panamax M8AV 8-Outlet Surge Protector

Looking for something a little smaller (but still doesn’t compromise on protective power)? Panamax has you covered. Or more specifically has your electronics covered from power surges. Protectors like this one don’t just keep surges at bay, however, they also provide line conditioning that may actually help improve picture and sound from your electronics by making it more stable. This has the side effect of making your electronics last longer, because there’s less strain being put on the power supply from excess energy use.

Monster Cable 9-Outlet Power Surge Protector

Monster Cable 9-Outlet Home Theater Power Center

Serious about protecting your system? So is Monster Cable, especially with this 9-outlet power surge protection center. Power filtration, switched outlets (check out our video on how to set these up), and even 2 convenient front-USB ports (iPod and iPad charging anyone?) make this a system worthy of protecting your home theater. Plus, it has cool blue LED lights! I cannot fully express how important that is in this space.

APC 8-Outlet UPS Battery Backup and Power Surge Protector

APC 8-Outlet UPS Battery Backup and Surge Protector

I love battery backups. They’ve saved my burrito (and my computer and my files) on more than one occasion at both home and work. I know, battery back-up may not be critical for your light show, but it is critical when you consider that some of the best home theater systems also have computers hooked up to them these days. Even in world where video streaming and built-in web browsers are ubiquitous, there’s nothing like hooking up a computer to best flat screen TVs around.

Monster Cable 8-Outlet Power Surge Protector

Monster Cable 8-Outlet Surge Protector with Green Power

You might be on a budget. I understand — it’s the holidays, and you’ve got to find some great gifts while you worry about surge protection. But, if you still want those green, power-saving switched outlets alongside your power surge protection, this 8-Outlet protector from Monster Cable might be right up your alley.

Do you have a surge protector story (or just a favorite holiday lights display)? Let us know in the comments!

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