With the fluid landscape of product innovation, scientific advancement, and boundless consumer trends, it should come as no surprise that a Batteries Plus Bulbs store offers more than 60,000 lighting and battery products to meet the demands of retail and business customers. We are proud to have delivered more than 80 million battery and light bulb solutions to our customers in 2015, through our expanding store locations across the U.S. Thank you to all who have chosen to Trust the Plus. As we move into 2016, we wanted to take a look back at 2015 and analyze some of the top trends and innovations in lighting and batteries, as well as field our predictions as to what 2016 holds in store for consumers, in relation to our industries. LIGHTING Smart Lighting Connected lighting became a hot topic of discussion in 2015. With its initial introduction late in 2014, multiple manufacturers continued innovating in this space, offering bulbs with abundant connectivity functions. Some companies introduced smart bulbs that change color based on preset times or user mood. Leveraging advanced control settings within “If This Then That” (IFTTT) architecture, users can now manipulate and control smart bulbs more than ever before. LEDs Thrive LED technology has made huge leaps in the last year, with more manufacturers offering LED colors in softer hues. When LEDs were first introduced, consumers were slow to adopt, likely because of lack of awareness and sharp/cold hues. Today, with the introduction of white light LEDs in a range of softer colors, including hues like “soft white” or “warm white,” consumers have begun to make the transition to the more energy efficient and longer-lasting LED lights. LED Fixtures 2015 introduced the full LED fixture, which is starting to gain momentum in both new construction and commercial replacement markets. Rather than featuring a replaceable light bulb, these fixtures are fully integrated and can be hot swapped into existing systems, as an upgrade. BATTERIES Automotive Batteries Doing More In 2015, cars coming off assembly lines were equipped with even more features, including complex GPS systems, larger stereos and rear-view cameras. As a result, car batteries were met with added power requirements, which required more performance capabilities than just starting power. Embedded Batteries and Shrinking Battery Size This past year, the consumer electronics industry labored to produce new, sleeker models of past generation devices as a means to deliver innovation. As a result of slimmed-down devices, manufacturers made sacrifices when it came to the original equipment (OE) battery life. With consumer electronics’ usage continuing to skyrocket, the OE batteries were unable to keep up with user habits. Additionally, as manufacturers continued to embed their batteries into devices in such a way that consumers were unable to easily change them, we saw an increase in battery add-on products, such as rechargeable cases for smartphones. Amazingly, a survey we performed indicated that 61% of Americans do not realize that embedded batteries can be replaced, by a qualified technician. Lithium Coin Historically, in the small cell arena, silver oxide batteries have been king. These tiny batteries are often found in watches and other small electronics. However, in 2015, the evolution of electronic products for the home has spurred huge growth in the lithium coin market. What an exciting year it has been and what an exceptionally bright (and energized) future to behold! Visit your local Batteries Plus Bulbs in 2016 to stay connected with the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb and smartphone/tablet repair franchise.
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We repair broken Apple® devices, including iPads®, iPhones® and iPods®, most Samsung® devices and many more. Plus, we have screen protectors for cell phones and tablets.
In-store services include (among others):
• Cracked Screen Replacement
• Button Replacement
• Camera Repair
• Charge-port Repair
• Headphone-jack Repair
• Speaker Repair
• Battery Installation
• Screen Protector Installation
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Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. Roark invests primarily in consumer and business services companies, with a focus on the franchise, food and restaurant, specialty retail, environmental services, waste management, and business services sectors.
With the opening of the first all-battery retail store in 1988 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus, as the brand was then known, quickly became the uncontested leader in the battery market, differentiated by superior product knowledge, product availability, helpful service and advice.