If you’ve ever wished that the sight of a simple plastic cord cover could make you go “oooooooooooooohhh!” the way twinkle lights do, then it looks like you’re about to meet your match. Allow me to introduce you to one of my personal favorites, the Transparent Cord Protector. This crystal clear, ultra-flexible cord cover has been designed with visibility (and Christmas lights) in mind. But this cool little number isn’t limited to the holidays – it’s perfect for decorating any floor or walkway you want to illuminate with strings of lights. And because it creates a protective barrier between your feet and the delicate light strands, it both preserves your lights and prevents you and your guests from tripping.
The transparent cord protector is very simple to use: just slit the bottom channel open with a utility knife, pop in the lights of your choice, flip the whole thing over onto its flat side, and you’re ready to go. And because it’s available in three different lengths (5 ft, 10 ft and 25 ft), you can choose the length that’s best suited to your decorating/cord protecting project. To cover longer distances, just buy a few and arrange them end-to-end.
While I generally suggest using your imagination with this product, I’m going to cheat a little and give you a few ideas on where you can start, based on what our customers have told us they use them for. Aside from decorating for holiday parties, these cord covers are also terrific for skater-proof floor illumination at roller rinks, and add a beautiful glow to home theater aisles, walkways, and patios.
*Please keep in mind that the Transparent Cord Protector does not come with lights – those are up to you. We suggest using either standard indoor/outdoor Christmas lights or rope lights.
I’ve since moved into a workspace with wood laminate flooring, but the floor in my first office was covered in carpet — as well as a cable that stretched all the way from my coworker’s phone to the jack across the room. I’ll tell you, it’s pretty tough to glide gracefully across one’s office when a killer phone cord is laying in wait to ambush one’s unsuspecting feet. Okay, maybe I’m being a little overdramatic… but we did get snagged on a regular basis.
My office-mates and I tried to make things a little safer with a plastic dropover cord cover, but no luck — while you can usually apply a little double-sided tape to keep dropovers in place on smooth floors, that trick doesn’t work on carpet, and the thing just kept sliding around.
One day not long after, I was planning a project that resulted in the SafCord cord cover coming across my desk. It never had the chance to stray far from my desk after that, because I wasted no time in slapping it down over that phone cable running across the floor. “What is it about the SafCord,” I’m sure you’re asking, “that let it do the job no other cord cover could?”
First of all , it’s made specifically for loop-style carpets, the family of floor coverings to which the commercial-grade carpet on my office floor belonged (I should mention here that it also works on Berber and looped rugs). When you put it down, it doesn’t budge — not even if you vacuum over it. Yet you can pull the SafCord up at any time, without any sign that it had ever been there. Would you believe me if I told you that there is no adhesive involved? The magic that locks it into place on carpet is actually just the “hook” side of hook-and-loop, which grabs onto looped carpet fibers.
Other cool features include the fact that SafCord has a completely flat profile (because it’s made of Cordura Nylon fabric), can be cut to length with scissors, is machine washable, and can be reused countless times. Oh yeah, and it also hides cords and prevents you from tripping…
I came in to work an hour early this morning, and boy, am I glad I did. No more than 2 weeks ago, I read about a really cool glow-in-the-dark cord cover, but had yet to get my hands on one. Turns out that today was my lucky day: not only is it Friday, but I got to sit in on a training session with Joe Proto from Electriduct, and it just so happens that he brought along a real live Nite Hawk (the cable protector, not the bird) to show off.
It’s easy to appreciate the functional attributes of heavy duty cable protectors - after all, they keep power cords, data cables and hoses from being crushed, even when they’re trampled by pedestrians and run over by vehicles. But the thing is (and call me shallow) they’re generally nothing special to look at. But the Nite Hawk caught my eye – it’s made out of the same super strong polyurethane as its competitors (same molded-in traction bumps and everything), but it’s a really nice dark blue, with a flip-open lid in a neutral-colored, photoreactive polyurethane.
It was good looking in daylight, but the real magic happens when the lights go out. Just like those glow-in-the-dark stars you plastered on your bedroom ceiling as a kid, the Nite Hawk’s lid “charges” while the Sun is up or lights are on, but when everything goes dark, it really starts to shine. Thanks to its luminescent “Wow, look at that!” quality, the Nite Hawk can’t be ignored, and makes for much safer pedestrian and vehicle crossings in dark environments.
Have I mentioned that I get a huge kick out of fireflies? This one’s almost as fun.