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Rep. Fabian gets PEEP underway in Zambo City

Úterý, Září 25th, 2012

The DOE campaign, which seeks to lower power consumption in the country by at least 10 percent was met with enthusiastic response from residents in Barangay Santa Catalina last Saturday morning as residents went to avail of the free CFL bulbs being handed out to households.

Mechanics as earlier explained would simply entail any member of a household to present their latest paid power bill for list up and two CFL bulbs will be given out free courtesy of the DOE.

In Zamboanga City, the energy department shipped 10,000 CFL bulbs for distribution through the office of Rep. Fabian for the simultaneous nationwide launch of the program Saturday.

The east coast solon who was tapped to launch the project in the city personally led in the distribution of the CFL or compact fluorescent lamps to eager residents of the barangay of Santa Catalina.

He was ably assisted by Barangay Chairman Belman Malandi, barangay kagawads and members of his congressional and support staff.

Rep. Fabian’s Political and Barangay Affairs Officer Junie Camins said in Sta. Catalina, close to a thousand households were served at two CFL bulbs per household.

Camins added a similar number was also handed out in Barangay Talon Talon where a similarly large enthusiastic crowd greeted the party of Rep. Fabian, Sunday.

Household members from the other barangays will be served by the office of Cong. Fabian in the next couple of days, Camins added.

Meantime, residents who wish to avail of the benefits of PEEP may come by and visit the congressional office of Rep. Fabian to avail of the free CFL bulbs.

All they need to bring is their latest paid Zamcelco bill as proof of validation to get two CFL bulbs for themselves during office hours this week.

The 2nd District Congressional Office is located at the 2nd floor of Yang’s Tower along MCLL highway near where the present bus terminal is located.

Meantime, Rep. Fabian lauded the Department of Energy for launching the program nationwide.

It is very timely as costs of electricity in the city and elsewhere in the country continue to escalate and households could ill afford additional expenses on an already burdened family budget.

The solon called on the public to support the program and urged the judicious use of electricity in homes to help keep energy bills at manageable levels.

“You are not only helping yourselves but the government as well in managing electric power usage, especially at present when capacity is severely constrained resulting in periodic brownouts in the city and the region.”

For his part, Santa Catalina Barangay Chair Belman Malandi thanked the DOE and the Office of Rep. Fabian for bringing the program to his barangay and the city.

Malandi said this is of great help especially in areas where most of the residents are marginally impoverished like Santa Catalina.

Malandi re echoed Fabian’s call for the public to support PEEP in his barangay and other parts of the city and the country as well.

The Tablet For The Rest Of Us?

Středa, Srpen 1st, 2012

We’ve waited a long time for the Nexus tablet; for proof that Google really wants to compete against the iPad. Hardware with the flagship Nexus moniker is co-designed by Google and granted not only the latest and greatest versions of Android, but tend to be high-quality hardware as well. Google said they wanted to spread the Nexus branding amongst their partners and Asus is the latest to join the stable of privileged. While Android dominates in the smartphone market, shoehorning it onto tablets has net lukewarm results, proving that the iPad success story is far more exception than rule. But does the Nexus 7 make enough headway as a tablet to lead Google’s hardware partners to the promised land of tablet dominance? And does it cure my indifference to tablets altogether?

When I said that Nexus hardware is no slouch, I meant it. Owning both a Galaxy Nexus and now the Nexus 7, it’s easy to see that Google wants a device that still feels premium without necessarily breaking the bank on materials. The Nexus 7 is the size of a DVD case with a heft that indicates it means business, but is light enough that it doesn’t fatigue your grip over long periods. On standby with light usage, the battery can last for days and even with heavy usage and video watching (like a 3AM screening of The Prestige while lying in bed) it still gave me a full day of Android-y goodness.

The tablet comes with wi-fi connectivity only, which is puzzling to me. I’ve read and heard so much about how iPad owners never used their 3G/4G connectivity and would opt for a wi-fi model in the future, but it seems antithetical. This is a device that’s designed to be mobile and small enough to keep with you anywhere, but even with access to all the same social and connectivity apps that the phones enjoy, you can’t use it everywhere (that is, unless you’re under a wi-fi umbrella). As a result, much of the tablet’s functionality (including Google Now, which I’ll talk about in a minute) is disabled as soon as I leave the house, much like it is on my laptop (although I can tether my GNex to my laptop and get it that way, but I digress.) Sure, I suppose I could download content to it, but maybe you have to intentionally draw the line on what you’re using the device for: a PC replacement or as a phone replacement.

The tablet’s display is a 7″ LCD running at 1280×800 which, while just a hair over the native resolution of the smaller Galaxy Nexus, equates to roughly the same experience when holding it at arm’s distance. At 216 pixels per inch, it’s not quite the density of the iPad 3′s “Retina Display” (264 pixels per inch), but I’d dare most anyone to discern between them. In short, the screen is detailed and gorgeous. Unfortunately, Samsung devices have spoiled me on the power of OLED. Even the best LCDs fall victim to their backlights, so the darkest blacks on the Nexus 7 still have the slight tinge of whitewash. Since it’s running Android 4.1 (and this applies to any 4.x device, for that matter), the home screen buttons are integrated into the OS rather than the bezel, but while they fade into the device on the Galaxy Nexus, they pop out here. It’s more a nitpick than anything, but the vibrancy and contrast of OLED displays have spoiled me.

Just like the iPad, the thicker bezel seems weird, but that’s simply the nature of the tablet: you need that extra space to grapple the thing. If you’ve never used a tablet, you’ll realize its usefulness immediately. The bezel also hosts the tablet’s single 1.3MP front-facing camera, which is for your Skypes and your Instagrams, but you’ll find no dedicated camera app here. A nice layer of Gorilla Glass is laid on top and, y’know, it’s indestructible and stuff. So that’s cool. Sadly missing: an LED notification light or haptic motors.

White Light

Středa, Červen 13th, 2012

At this week’s ABTT Theatre Show, newly relocated to the Old Truman Brewery at Brick Lane in London’s East End, entertainment lighting specialist White Light will be showing some of the very latest advances in lighting technology - some brand new, some already put to use on recent high-profile events.

The highest profile of these was the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, which featured the new i-Line battens from i-Pix. Building on the success of the renowned BB range, the i-Line 600 and i-Line 1200 RGBW battens are incredibly bright with beautifully smooth output, a true ‘next generation’ LED fixture.

The next generation of profile spotlights from Robert Juliat will also be on show following their debut at PLASA Focus in Leeds a few weeks ago. Tibo is a compact, lightweight dual zoom range profile with light source options including tungsten, warm white LED, neutral white LED and cool white LED all in a new compact, lightweight body. Zep is a high-output LED-only profile spot with a 150W white LED array available in two colour temperatures and with three different lenstubes.

A wide range of LED wash and flood fixtures will also be on show, including the RevEAL Studio Fresnel 3, the JB Lighting LED A12, and Leader Light’s Stage and Proline ranges, all offering energy-efficient, high-output colour mixing, while the Galaxia LED softlight provides variable colour temperature white light in a compact package that is proving hugely popular with television lighting directors.

For those working outdoors, the new IP65-rated Flood30 white light uplighter from Core Lighting will be on show along with the company’s established Point20 and Point30 battery powered, wirelessly controlled outdoor fixtures.

LED isn’t yet the right choice for every application, and White Light will have a wide range of other fixture types on show, including Coemar’s Infinity Spot and Infinity Wash moving lights, the Robert Juliat Buxie 575W MSD followspot, Rainbow colour scrollers on ETC Source Fours, and the ever-popular VSFX3 optical effect system shown with the Juliat 350LFX effects projector.

Those who still love tungsten will also enjoy the award-winning Gleamer nine-way low-voltage dimmer rack, perfect for controlling Aeros, Svobodas and similar fixtures. Other control products on show will include the MDR 10-way DMX splitter, LSC Lighting’s e24V3 touring dimmer rack and Clarity VX20 wing, Interactive Technologies’ family of advanced lighting playback devices, and the powerful Arkaos A30 media server.

Staff from White Light will be on hand throughout the show to discuss all of these products and the full range of services the company offers including lighting hire, sales, installation, service and training.

House adopts measure to halt light-bulb efficiency law

Čtvrtek, Červen 7th, 2012

Republicans in the U.S. House adopted a provision designed to save traditional incandescent light bulbs by blocking what one lawmaker called the “energy police” from enforcing an efficiency standard.

Even if the House language approved last night survives in the Democratic-led Senate, the impact for consumers probably will be limited because manufacturers such as Royal Philips Electronics NV (PHIA) and General Electric Co. (GE) have revamped manufacturing to comply with the law, making bulbs that use less electricity to generate the same amount of light.

The first phase of the federal efficiency standard, which was passed in 2007 during President George W. Bush’s administration, went into effect this year. It has become a symbol of government excess to Tea Party-aligned lawmakers, who say consumers should be able to buy the bulbs they want.

“People are sick of the government treading where it just doesn’t belong,” said Representative Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican who sponsored the light-bulb amendment, which was added to a broader energy-spending bill.

Burgess’ provision was adopted last night by voice vote. A similar provision was in the spending bill covering the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, which was passed in the House in December.

“The law couldn’t be enforced,” Burgess said of his amendment in an interview. “‘We don’t need no stinkin’ badges. We’re the energy police.’”

A vote on the overarching bill was expected as soon as today.

Democrats, environmental groups and lighting manufacturers such as Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE support the efficiency law.

Blocking the Energy Department from enforcement might let unscrupulous foreign manufacturers push non-compliant products, including to bulk buyers such as builders. Those sales are difficult to track.

“Some in Congress are willing to put U.S. jobs at risk for political positioning,” said Joseph Higbee, a spokesman for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, a Rosslyn, Virginia-based group. “This is an example of a few politicizing light bulbs at the risk of American workers and the economy.”

Companies have retooled plants to make compact fluorescent lights, light-emitting diodes and a halogen version of the pear- shaped incandescent product that meets the efficiency standard. Some of the more efficient bulbs are made in the U.S.
Burgess said consumers should be able to choose for themselves which bulbs they want to buy.

“I’m smart enough to make my own decisions about the purchase of energy, and the government should not feel the need to do that for me,” he said.

The underlying bill would spend $32.1 billion on energy and water-development programs, about $965 million less than what President Barack Obama requested, according to the House Appropriations Committee. It would put more money into fossil- fuel programs than Obama’s budget.

The president’s advisers said May 31 they would recommend the president veto the bill because of cuts to efficiency and clean-energy programs, including to the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy that funds innovative technologies, and language intended to keep Yucca Mountain in Nevada viable as a repository for the nation’s nuclear waste.

6 Questions with Assembly Candidate Michael Cacciotti

Čtvrtek, Květen 31st, 2012

Michael Cacciotti, one of five candidates for the 41st Assembly District, has worked for the state of California for more than two decades.

First, he served as Deputy Attorney for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and then Deputy Attorney General with the State of California Department of Justice handling consumer fraud.

He says this experience combined with four years working for former Speaker Pro Tem of the California Assembly Mike Roos has given him the institutional knowledge to excel as an Assemblyman.

Cacciotti is also a passionate environmentalist, who serves as a board member on AQMD and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. As a city council member of South Pasadena over the past decade, he has helped save the city thousands of dollars in conversions like compact fluorescent light bulbs, drought tolerant plants and hybrid fleets.

Patch: You began serving as a councilman of South Pasadena in 2001 and are on your third term as Mayor. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment while in office?

MC: Turning the city around fiscally. When I got on the council, there was no money being spent on infrastructure. There were millions being spent on fighting the freeway, which you have to fight the freeway—but in a smart way.

It’s a great council, and we have worked together to embark on a massive infrastructure program—basically rebuilding the entire city from scratch. The leases—stuff like that is very important. Cities have these concessions in municipal leases where at the state level, here’s what I can do:

They did an audit just last year, and the state has thousands of leases, and they only audited about 32. They found out the state was losing tens of millions of dollars by not reviewing—like we did here in the city [of South Pasadena]. There’s potential for hundreds of millions of dollars in savings.

Patch: Let’s talk about your stance on Caltrans homes. What do you feel the state could gain from selling the approximate 500 homes it owns along the 710 corridor?

MC: When I worked at Caltrans, I’m the one who did all that stuff with eminent domain. I handled a lot of lawsuits when people tripped and fell at those properties; the state got sued for a million dollars—because someone was electrocuted or [there was a] faulty wire, an explosion … a roof caved in …that costs us millions of dollars a year, so the savings there would be in the millions. … in staff to oversee that, litigation in the legal department and then the sale [would put] $500 million to a billion dollars in the State Treasury for transportation projects. The cities and municipalities will get that tax increment back, which was lost for the last 40 years. Everyone wins all the way around.

Patch: You are the only candidate who has been a teacher. How would this affect your role as Assemblyman if elected?

MC: I’ve been in classrooms. My first year, most classes were 25 students, but some were over 35, [and in those classrooms] I was a babysitter almost. I couldn’t teach. Class size is very important. I experienced it personally. It was a nightmare for teachers and nothing gets done for the students. I know the importance of technology and resources.

If it were three years ago … I worked for the state three years ago, I knew the snap shop then when we had a billion dollar budget, and I wouldn’t have supported a tax increase. In those three years, we’ve cut to $700 million. We’ve cut jobs; we’ve furloughed people. My caseload went from 40 to 80 cases.

6 Questions with Assembly Candidate Michael Cacciotti

Čtvrtek, Květen 31st, 2012

Michael Cacciotti, one of five candidates for the 41st Assembly District, has worked for the state of California for more than two decades.

First, he served as Deputy Attorney for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and then Deputy Attorney General with the State of California Department of Justice handling consumer fraud.

He says this experience combined with four years working for former Speaker Pro Tem of the California Assembly Mike Roos has given him the institutional knowledge to excel as an Assemblyman.

Cacciotti is also a passionate environmentalist, who serves as a board member on AQMD and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. As a city council member of South Pasadena over the past decade, he has helped save the city thousands of dollars in conversions like compact fluorescent light bulbs, drought tolerant plants and hybrid fleets.

Patch: You began serving as a councilman of South Pasadena in 2001 and are on your third term as Mayor. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment while in office?

MC: Turning the city around fiscally. When I got on the council, there was no money being spent on infrastructure. There were millions being spent on fighting the freeway, which you have to fight the freeway—but in a smart way.

It’s a great council, and we have worked together to embark on a massive infrastructure program—basically rebuilding the entire city from scratch. The leases—stuff like that is very important. Cities have these concessions in municipal leases where at the state level, here’s what I can do:

They did an audit just last year, and the state has thousands of leases, and they only audited about 32. They found out the state was losing tens of millions of dollars by not reviewing—like we did here in the city [of South Pasadena]. There’s potential for hundreds of millions of dollars in savings.

Patch: Let’s talk about your stance on Caltrans homes. What do you feel the state could gain from selling the approximate 500 homes it owns along the 710 corridor?

MC: When I worked at Caltrans, I’m the one who did all that stuff with eminent domain. I handled a lot of lawsuits when people tripped and fell at those properties; the state got sued for a million dollars—because someone was electrocuted or [there was a] faulty wire, an explosion … a roof caved in …that costs us millions of dollars a year, so the savings there would be in the millions. … in staff to oversee that, litigation in the legal department and then the sale [would put] $500 million to a billion dollars in the State Treasury for transportation projects. The cities and municipalities will get that tax increment back, which was lost for the last 40 years. Everyone wins all the way around.

Patch: You are the only candidate who has been a teacher. How would this affect your role as Assemblyman if elected?

MC: I’ve been in classrooms. My first year, most classes were 25 students, but some were over 35, [and in those classrooms] I was a babysitter almost. I couldn’t teach. Class size is very important. I experienced it personally. It was a nightmare for teachers and nothing gets done for the students. I know the importance of technology and resources.

If it were three years ago … I worked for the state three years ago, I knew the snap shop then when we had a billion dollar budget, and I wouldn’t have supported a tax increase. In those three years, we’ve cut to $700 million. We’ve cut jobs; we’ve furloughed people. My caseload went from 40 to 80 cases.

U.S. Lighting Fixtures Market $25 Billion by 2016

Čtvrtek, Květen 17th, 2012

Upcycling and lampshade making were popular suggestions, it seems, and as it happens I am in middle of upcycling (some might say ruining) an old standard lamp that I bought yonks ago on Trade Me. I’ll be sure to give you my tutorial once I have finished making the lampshade, which should be soon, very, very soon.

In the meantime, here’s a before and after photo of a little lamp I made over as a trial before taking on the bigger shade for the standard lamp. Like or loathe?

MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of the new report “Lighting Fixtures,” to their collection of Lighting & LED Market market reports.

Demand for lighting fixtures in the US is projected to increase 7.4 percent annually to $25.1 billion in 2016. This represents a recovery from the declines posted between 2006 and 2011, as both motor vehicle production and construction activity recover from low 2011 levels.

The commercialization of light emitting diode (LED) lighting is also having a significant impact on the industry. LEDs are longer-lived and more energy efficient than incandescent lamps but currently only account for a small share of demand. LED-based lighting fixtures are expected to provide especially strong growth through 2016 due to the rapid pace of technological advances in the LED light sources which will make them more energy-efficient, brighter and more affordable. In addition, while some LEDs can be used in place of traditional incandescent bulbs, lighting fixture manufacturers are also developing fixtures which are specifically designed for LEDs and help to optimize their performance.

Lighting fixture products include non-portable and portable fixtures, as well as separately sold parts and accessories such as aftermarket lamp ballasts, fittings, switches, globes and shades. Demand for lighting fixtures is dominated by non-portable fixtures, which accounted for nearly two-thirds of total lighting fixture demand in 2011. Non-portable fixtures derive their dominant position from widespread use in the full range of construction and vehicular applications. Demand for non-portable fixtures is also expected to post the strongest gains through 2016, benefiting from the rebound in construction activity and vehicle production.

The residential market is expected to post the strongest gains, nearly doubling between 2011 and 2016, as new residential construction activity rebounds. While demand in new housing will provide the larger share of growth, the residential repair and improvement segment will also rise from low 2011 levels, supported by both increasing housing sales and greater consumer spending.

Throughout every major market segment, products that reduce the energy consumption of lighting will see the best prospects for growth. Much of this can be attributed to regulations banning the future sale of less energy-efficient lighting products, including the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s restrictions on the sale of incandescent lamps. These regulatory efforts will spur increased demand for lighting fixtures designed to work with fluorescent, halogen, high-intensity discharge and LED light sources.

TheFireStorecom Has Pelicans New LED Flashlight

Čtvrtek, Květen 10th, 2012

The NEW 3715 Right Angle LED Flashlight from Pelican, available from TheFireStore, is packed with unique features that will be invaluable on-scene. Available in three body and shroud combinations, the 3715 LED Flashlight is proudly made in the U.S.A. and comes with Pelican’s legendary Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence.

The 3715 LED flashlight features a new downcast lighting mode which incorporates three 5mm LEDs (32 lumens) to safely light your every step, enable first responders to read and write documents and reports, and converse without blinding fellow responders. Pelican has incorporated the next-generation main LED light that generates up to 174 lumens. A second set of powerful LEDs combines to cut through smoke and to light up to 278 meters.

Four light modes–high (174 lumens), low (95 lumens), downcast (32 lumens) and signaling/flashing (142 lumens)–are powered by four AA batteries (sold separately). Run times range from 4 hours 45 minutes on high to 8 hours 30 minutes on low, 10 hours on signaling, and 31 hours in downcast mode.

A push-button switch at the top of the light allows for quick mode changes without fumbling and displacing your light source, even while wearing gloves. Its wide body and heavy duty clip prevent flopping and unstable lighting.

Another worry-free feature is the low-battery indicator showing battery strength at a glance. Four blue LEDs are built into the switch for instant updates. A tethered battery door keeps it securely fastened to the flashlight body for worry-free battery changes on-scene.

The NEW 3715 Right Angle LED Flashlight is available from TheFireStore in three color combinations: safety yellow with black shroud, black with black shroud or safety yellow with photoluminescent shroud. The photoluminescent shroud collects ambient light and will glow in the dark for up to 30 minutes after the light is off.

Pelican’s 3715 Right Angle LED Flashlight has proven itself against the hardest conditions. Constructed of nearly indestructible polymer, this flashlight has been rated for a drop test of two meters. It has also earned IPX4 water resistance rating and Class I, Division 1 advanced safety approval. This flashlight will light your way through some of the most dangerous environments.

LED lights on duct tape prom dress

Pátek, Květen 4th, 2012

Whoever makes the best prom dress out of duct tape could win up to $20,000 split upon the applicants and schools that they represent.

Creating art comes natural to Lindale senior Carmen Montgomery.

“I like being different, I like looking different, I like doing different things, it’s a hobby I guess,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery started working with duct tape in eighth grade.

“I made purses to wallets and then I made a giant mural out of duct tape and I actually sold one on commission,” said Montgomery.

But this year she decided to take things to the next level. A prom dress and suit with 3-D objects.

“My fingers would got raw from ripping the tape off and sticking it into place,” said Montgomery.

The highlight of the outfit are the LED lights. Carmen’s date, Myles Stewart says they were definitely the center of attention prom night.

“I went to go get some food, I couldn’t find Carmen and someone moved, and I was like, ‘there she is,’. I just saw a bunch of lights coming off of her,” said Stewart.

Montgomery picked “Day and Night” as the theme, she says it suited her relationship.

“We have this ongoing joke that I’m very bright, I have light hair and light skin, and he’s very dark, likes to wear dark colors and he’s got dark hair,” explained Montgomery.

But on the dance floor, it hardly seemed to be “night”.

“When we were dancing there would be a three foot perimeter around us that was just bright light just from our own personal lights,” said Stewart.

Montgomery says even though it took a lot of work it was worth it.

“I had a lot of fun doing it, and even if I don’t win the scholarship, I’m glad I did it,” said Montgomery.

The voting period has not begun yet for the 2012 “Stuck At Prom” scholarship winner.

It begins in June.  Carmen says she wants to hold off posting her picture, for the chance the LED lights will stay unique.

Pedestrian safety stressed at Kings Bay

Čtvrtek, Květen 3rd, 2012

Whether jogging, walking or bicycle riding keep safety in the front of your minds.

Per OPNAVINST 5100.12H, certain guidelines must be followed to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Jogging and walking should be done on sidewalks and bicycle riding on bicycle paths to the greatest extent possible. Pedestrians and bicyclists should always be aware of auto traffic.

During times of restricted visibility, such as darkness, fog, or heavy rain, all efforts must be made to become more visible by wearing light-colored clothing, reflective vests and other bright or lighted items. The use of flashlights can help individuals be more visible.

Bicycles used between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on front which has a white light visible for 500 feet to the front, and a red reflector visable 600 feet to the rear. The light may be a blinking or steady light.

While bicycling, all personnel shall wear helmets approved by the Consumer Safety Product Commission, ANSI and Snell while riding anywhere on base.

Only workers operating bicycles in industrial areas that require the use of ANSI approved helmets for protection from falling and flying objects are allowed to use hard hats, with chin straps, instead of bicycle helmets.

Wearing of portable headphones, earphones or other listening devices while jogging, walking, bicycling or skating on roads and streets on Naval installations is prohibited. A road is defined as that part of a traffic way which includes both the roadway and any shoulder alongside the roadway. These items may be used on bicycle paths as long as they are removed when crossing roads and streets.

When operating a privately owned vehicle, it is your responsibility to be mindful of pedestrians. You should approach crosswalks with caution.

Remember pedestrians have the right of way while crossing the street. Yield to pedestrians.

“For most uses,” Corcoran adds, “having a general purpose, emergency flashlight, ready in a drawer at home or in your car, 50 to 80 lumens is adequate. With a focusing flashlight — going from spot to floodlight — then more lumens will provide a much better beam, with what we call spill which allows you to see well around the periphery of the centrally illuminated area.”

There are more flashlight manufacturer today — both foreign and U.S. based — than ever before, making selection a bit complicated, because of newer LED’s and quantum leaps in light transmission optics.

Coast packages their flashlights in a way that permits testing, right in the store — a definite advantage. We like their PX-45, which goes for around $45. It is very bright, has a twist focus, and runs for seven hours on three AAA batteries.