Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Do You Know? Program Introduction (Chapter 1)

How do you know if your workforce is properly protected from electrical hazards? The How Do You Know? safety awareness program from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) can help you answer this important question.

This video provides a brief introduction to the problem of occupational electrical injuries and fatalities and explains the components of ESFI's new How Do You Know? program.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

How to Properly Dispose Used CFL Lights

Compact fluorescent lights or CFL lights are the new breed of low energy consumption, high light output light bulbs in the market today. It's long lasting, it's energy efficient, and it's cost effective, that is why more and more households all over the world are switching to CFL lights from traditional incandescent lights. CFL lights are also environmental friendly in the sense that it reduces energy consumption. However, CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury which can harm the environment once it breaks. Disposing the bulb properly helps prevent the mercury from seeping into our natural resources such as the water that we drink. Recycling a CFL bulb might take quite a little more work than merely tossing it into a recycling container or taking it to your local recycling facility, but it's definitely not a difficult task to do. With this, let me share to you the steps on how to properly dispose used CFL lights.
1. Switch off your CFL bulb. This will allow your bulb to cool and it will also prevent electric shocks from happening when you take out the bulb from its socket.
2. Remove the light bulb to its socket by gently rotating the bulb counterclockwise until it loosens up. You may need a ladder or a sturdy stool to be able to reach and remove the bulb safely.
3. Wrap the light bulb with an old newspaper and put it in a box to bring to the recycling center. You have to be careful not to break the glass part of the bulb as this contains the hazardous chemical.
4. Place the bulb in its appropriate bin or better yet give it to the person in charge of the recycling facility. Once it's in its correct place, your used CFL bulb will be recycled safely.
If for some reason your CFL light bulb breaks, it is very important to clean it by sweeping and not by vacuuming. Experts say that there isn't much danger from the mercury as long as you don't inhale it or cut yourself. You can also use rubber gloves to pick up the glass shards safely. It is very important to use a pair of gloves when handling the fragments because direct contact with mercury could definitely cause you some serious trouble. A damp towel can also be used to collect the smaller fragments of the glass. You just have to make sure that you safely dispose the towel and the broken shards of glass once you're done. Once you've cleaned up all the glass fragments, let the room air out for about an hour to remove any mercury vapors left. If there's no window nearby, you can use a fan to air it out.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sea Gull Lighting Surface Mount Downlight - Powered by JuiceWorks

Sea Gull Lighting Surface Mount Downlight is an alternative to recessed lighting using the latest advances in LED technology, powered by JuiceWorks. Learn more about this easy to install, energy effcient, and dimmable LED product in this video hosted by Gary Rosenfield.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sea Gull Lighting Products

See the latest home lighting products from one of the leading lighting manufacturers in North America. Take a look at the newest styles from Sea Gull Lighting Products, and check out their web site at to find your local American Lighting Association retail showroom.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Philips MASTER LED Installation Video

For every conventional lamp theres an LED solution. Watch how easy it is to install the energy saving Philips MASTER LED lamp

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Philips Lighting - A Whole New World with LEDs - v6

NEW. This is release 6 of A Whole New World with LEDs by Philips Lighting. It features some of the latest and greatest LED projects that Philips have completed around the world.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Philips Lighting - A Whole New World of LED's - v4

This is release 4 of A Whole New World with LEDs by Philips Lighting. It features some of the latest and greatest LED projects that Philips have completed around the world.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bronzelite : Underwater Lighting 5000RGS

The 5000 Series freestanding underwater fixtures are designed for use in smaller shallower decorative fountains and reflection pools. These nickel-plated fixtures are barely visible during the day but their engineered optics are fully adjustable by way of a swivel yoke assembly to provide stunning lighting effects at night. The versatile 5000 Series fixtures offer a variety of lamp options in both low voltage and line voltage; from 75W MR16 to 500W T4 quartz. Fixtures are factory lamped.

Friday, March 2, 2012

LED or Compact Fluorescent Kitchen Lighting Fixtures: Weighing Your Options

Deciding on the best kitchen lighting fixtures is a real concern for many people. This is because of the information they get regarding the qualities of different types of lighting fixtures. It can be very confusing for someone trying to make a good decision relating to the best type of lighting fixture to use. Among the popular lighting available, the most confusion is in the decision between LED, and fluorescent kitchen lighting fixtures. The main reason for this confusion is that these two types of fixtures are presented as the most efficient alternatives in terms of energy consumption. However, each one of them seems to have other qualities that a homeowner must look at before settling for any of them.
Compact Fluorescent Lighting For A Kitchen Lighting Fixture?
The fluorescent lamp is not a very new concept in illumination. However, the ones that have been in use are the fluorescent tubes. They have been the most efficient form of indoor lighting for many applications. However, due to their relatively higher installation costs, many people settled for incandescent bulbs. As long as energy prices were low, they worked just fine. In the last few years, a new type of fluorescent bulb- the compact fluorescent light has come into the market. It is designed to fit in the existing lighting fixtures previously used for the incandescent bulbs. They are more efficient and hence they have been marketed as a green option. The main concern with the compact fluorescent lights is that they contain mercury, which is hazardous. They require careful handling both at home and at disposal centers because of the risk of mercury poisoning.
LED Lighting
LED kitchen lighting fixtures are the newest addition to the lighting options. They too have very outstanding efficiency credentials. However there are questions about their reliability because the technology is still in development. There are units which have been developed that can fit in existing fluorescent light fixtures but use much less power.
The choice of the most effective lighting between LED lights and fluorescent lights is really a choice between safety on one hand, and reliability on the other. LED lights are easy to handle and to dispose. They are slightly more expensive to acquire but they also promise a longer operational life when compared to fluorescent lights. On the other hand, fluorescent lamp technology is more stable because it has been polished over time. The two major disadvantages of the lamps are that they need careful handling and in case of breakage, they can cause mercury poisoning in the home. In addition, they are sensitive to power quality hence they can burn out easily under conditions of over or under-voltage, such as during a storm.
In the kitchen or in your home in general, safety should take precedence over anything else because a lapse in safety may result in exposing your family to mercury poisoning. The choice of LED lights seems best because of the elimination of any potential threat that could occur from breaking the bulb or the kitchen lighting fixtures themselves. Of course, this is a rare occurrence but a potentially lethal one nonetheless. It justifies the choice of LED Lights as the best kitchen lighting fixtures.

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