29 October 2016
Information about LED light bulbs (What feels warm and what doesn't)
This website has a wealth of information available:
The page shows:
* Bulb Shapes and Base Types Reference Guides.
* The Reference Guides are interactive. Click on the bulb or base image to visit the product category.
Kelvin temperatures - What the lighting looks like. (Also see the floor lamp further down this page):
Be certain to do your homework so you will know what the bulb's package information is saying.
Always look for the bulb's Kelvin temperature indication on the labeling. See the chart of the color range to choose the rating that's best for your needs.
Some are dimmable; some are not. Dimmables are generally more expensive.
Though prices are falling rapidly, there is a great variance in prices and quality. It's a good idea to view with suspicion those names you never heard of and stick with names you know. Quality and life-span do vary. Of course, be on the alert for sale prices.
It has been my experience that a “60-watt equivalent” LED bulb emits light that is every bit as good as a 75-watt incandescent bulb. It does this while using only about 10 watts of electricity.
Example: A lighting fixture over a dining room table uses five bulbs. Five 75-watt bulbs equal 375 watts. Five LEDs equal 50 watts.
Further, LED flashlights are somewhere near awesome! They also give great light while using a minimum of current drain on the batteries. For instance, if you have a standard incandescent flashlight that is so dim that the batteries need replacement, you could put those batteries into an LED flashlight and the light would be bright. LED flashlight “bulbs”, because of their low-current demands, squeeze every possible bit of current from the batteries.
Having said all this about switching to LED lighting, there still might be times that you will want to use a standard incandescent bulb. They are cheap to purchase and you will likely have a number of them that you have removed when you installed LEDs. The old bulbs can be used in areas where the light will be on intermittently, such as closets, storerooms, or hallways.
10 July 2016
Winter can wreak havoc on a person’s internal clock. Energy tends to fade along with the sunlight, and a subset of the population experiences a form of depression that takes hold when sunny days all but vanish around November. A startup called Ario wants to help those people with a smart lamp designed to emulate optimal sunlight and, potentially, keep the winter blues at bay.
Ario has turned to Kickstarter to help it realize that goal. The company wants to raise $50,000 through the campaign, and it plans to get the first lamps to backers by the end of 2016, after it works out any kinks in the manufacturing process. It has also raised an undisclosed amount of outside funding — the lamp’s existence doesn’t hinge on the success of the Kickstarter campaign.
The lamp itself boasts an Internet connection; LEDs that change their hue in accordance to the ideal sunlight patterns, as determined by the company; and on-device controls that mean anyone can use the product without having to fumble around with a smartphone application or dedicated remote control. All of this is supposed to make it the ideal gateway to the future of lighting.
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CareLine, from Vtech, is designed with seniors in mind, but is just as good for disableds' use.
Portable Safety Pendant. One-Button Emergency Calls.
Program up to two phone numbers to call for help with one-button dialing or voice commands—connect directly with 9-1-1, family or a friend.
No Monthly Fees. Unlike other safety pendants, the CareLine pendant doesn't require a subscription to a third party. Use it as often as you want with no monthly monitoring fees.
Lightweight and compact, the pendant comes with convenient wearing styles and a built-in speakerphone so you can take base or handset calls with you—no matter what you're doing.
NOTE: Nothing much seems to be happening with this product and the website hasn't been updated in some months.
Here's a new one-person, wheelchair-ready, electric vehicle that's due to come on the market during the 2nd quarter of 2016. Its price is projected to be around $25,000.
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