Posts Tagged ‘Christmas lights’

Practicality rules with kids’ rooms

Pátek, Červenec 27th, 2012

WHEN it comes to designing younger children’s rooms, there’s little need for designer touches– chances are they will want them replaced in a couple of years as their tastes change. What young children really need is a practical space that allows them to easily access their toys, books and clothes.

Unless the child has a separate play room, their bedroom is likely to be the place where they spend a lot of their play time, so the room layout needs to maximise floor space, too.

Bed: As the child progresses from the nursery to a “proper” bedroom, try to buy furniture that grows with them. A high bed isn’t appropriate, so look for one that expands lengthways from cot bed to a full-size single. Use bed rails to prevent the child rolling out.

Painted walls: There is no need for fancy wall coverings for this age group – paint works best as it is easily touched up.If you have wallpaper, make sure there are no corners or edges sticking out – they are perfect tearing fodder. A room border of the child’s favourite character is an easy way to add some fun and colour and is easily replaced with a different theme as the child gets older.

Bunting is such a happy accessory and a great way to “bring down” a high ceiling. If the room doesn’t have this issue, you can string it along book shelves and window sills.

Book shelves and baskets: Include lots of low shelving or small baskets, which are ideal for holding books and they can be moved around too.

Bed: If the child is old enough to manage a ladder, then a cabin-style bed makes bedtime fun and is great way to create extra floor space. The space underneath the bed is great for constructing train sets, marble runs, car races or shops without the worry of Mum tripping over them. As the child gets older, they will also appreciate the space as a “quiet” area for reading.

Dens or tents: Hang fabric to create a “den” or invest in an indoor play tent. Kids this age love hiding places where they can let their imagination carry them away, so anything that creates a secret place is ideal.

Wall art: Use the wall area for stimulating pictures but you don’t need to splash out on expensive art. Consider getting some of the children’s own work framed and mounted or create a collage of photos.

Minimal theming: Most children love having their heroes or favourite characters in their bedroom, but if you’re not a fan of garish duvet covers or wallpaper, opt for a border or frieze and restrict Buzz Lightyear and Fireman Sam to pictures or stickers. Don’t cover the entire walls in a character theme – children soon grow out of favourite characters.

Toy Storage: A really important consideration for a kids’ room is toy storage. Use brightly coloured containers as open “drawers” in an open-fronted unit that are easy to reach and means that toys can be quickly scooped away. A clutter-free room promotes good sleep practice for younger children, as there’s nothing to distract them. I believe toy boxes are fine for slightly older kids but my experience is that youngsters don’t choose to play with toys they can’t see.

Fun lighting: Lighting in a kids’ room is where you can have some fun and let your creative juices run. You can buy LED lights that change colour automatically, so consider making a funky light fitting as a point of interest. Finally, many young children like a night light. The Tooli Night Lights from Oxo are ideal as they are cool to touch and can be picked up and moved around. They last long all night and are simply recharged by placing back on their stand.

Dialight Unveils 100 Lumen-per-Watt High Bay Fixture

Úterý, Únor 14th, 2012

Dialight has launched its 17,000-lumen, 170W DuroSite LED High Bay luminaire, designed for a wide range of industrial lighting applications.

The new 100 lumen per watt luminaire offers the maximum light output available in an LED fixture, Dialight says, combined with superior energy efficiency. Instant-on capability allows the units to be paired with an occupancy sensor and/or dimmable components for enhanced efficiency.

The units operate on an integrated universal power supply at 100-277VAC, and are well-suited for easy change-out from conventional HID light sources, such as metal halide and high pressure sodium, Dialight says.

The model, which will be available for delivery in March, is the latest addition to Dialight’s expanding High Bay product line. This now offers lumen outputs ranging from 8,000 to 17,000, including several models certified for hazardous location use. LED low bay models are also available at 6,000 lumens for lower ceiling height applications, such as parking garages and cold storage facilities.

In addition to being UL1598/A and CSA 22.2-certified, the 17,000 lumen product is also IP66-certified for use in outdoor and wash down locations, in addition to indoor use for warehouses, manufacturing facilities and cold storage applications. At just one-fourth the overall fixture height of conventional HID fixtures, the low-profile high bay reduces dust and dirt accumulation, as well as interference with air circulation or other structures, Dialight says.

The fixture is set to undergo CE compliance testing to broaden availability in the coming months.

Each unit is backed by Dialight’s 5-year full-performance warranty, which encompasses the entire luminaire from fixture housing, lens and finish to LED light engines and integrated power supply.

Two Applebee’s locations in New York City used Dialight 150W LED High Bay lights to illuminate exterior canopies in a lighting retrofit project, and the restaurant said it planned to make the same changes at all 31 locations in the city.

Astronics profits rise 16 percent

Středa, Únor 8th, 2012

Astronics Corp.’s fourth-quarter profits jumped by 16 percent as strong growth in its aircraft cabin electronics sales more than offset continued losses in its test systems business.

The East Aurora aircraft lighting and electronics products maker’s profits easily topped analyst forecasts, although the company predicted that its sales this year would rise by about 6 percent, below analyst predictions.

“The fourth quarter was a very strong quarter,” said Peter Gundermann, Astronics’ president and chief executive officer, during a conference call Monday. “We are enthusiastic about our prospects going forward.”

Astronics said its profits strengthened to $5.2 million, or 40 cents per share, from $4.5 million, or 35 cents per share, a year ago.

The earnings included a$2.5 million write-down, equaling 12 cents per share, of good will and other intangible assets at its long-struggling test systems business in Florida, which learned during the quarter that a key military program is being canceled. Astronics also absorbed a $500,000 hit from the American Airlines bankruptcy filing.

Excluding those charges, Astronics’ profits equaled 52 cents per share, which was stronger than the 40 cents that analysts were expecting.

The company’s sales grew to $61.2 million from $51.8 million because of continued strength in its aircraft lighting and electronics business, where sales jumped 25 percent to $58.2 million, from $46.8 million.

Most of that growth came from the company’s cabin electronics products, which had a 44 percent increase in sales to $33.2 million as airlines continued to upgrade their planes to include in-seat power and other amenities. Airframe power product sales also grew by 16 percent to $5.3 million.

At the same time, the company’s test systems business lost $3.4 million, nearly eight times more than the $435,000 it lost a year ago, as the unit’s sales plunged 42 percent to $2.9 million.

Even more disappointing for Astronics executives, the U.S. Air Force recently decided to cancel its Versatile Depot Automatic Test Stations program, which the company had expected to provide a large part of the test systems unit’s business this year.

“Eventually, the U.S. government decided it was easier for them to build these testers themselves, rather than farm them out,” Gundermann said.

Astronics executives, however, said they still see value in the test systems business, despite its struggles and its difficulties in winning key government orders. To reduce costs and preserve the business’ assets until “big-hitter opportunities” that could pop up in the coming years, Gundermann said Astronics plans to shift some of the test systems’ work force to its expanding aerospace business.

Try these new home-brightening gifts

Pátek, Prosinec 9th, 2011

As you decorate and shop for gifts this holiday season, check out these options:

Solar-powered rock star. The rock spotlight is a energy-efficient way to brighten up your nighttime garden. The spotlight is solar powered, so you can place it in any sunny spot without having to hassle with extension cords and power outlets. The solar panels charge the rechargeable batteries (which are included). The energy-efficient white LEDs will then light up at night. But wait, there’s more. The spotlight also has a hidden compartment where you can store spare keys.

Gift keeps on giving. The glass globe tillandsia terrarium is an attractive living arrangement for a kitchen, covered porch or anywhere there is indirect light. It can even be hung as an ornament on a Christmas tree and then placed elsewhere for year-round enjoyment. Inside the glass globe are three lovely tillandsia plants: a red Capitata Select, a feathery green Tillandsia Ionantha and a silver-gray Harrisii. The glass globe, which measures 6 inches in diameter, has a 2-inch front opening to remove the plants for watering. Just soak the easy-to-care-for plants in water once a week to ensure their optimum health.

Snowman goes high-tech. The snowman mosaic lantern is cheery and festive during winter days; when night rolls around, simply turn the mosaic snowman over and turn on the built-in LED light. Handcrafted with mosaic tiles, the color-changing Snowman is finished with iron top hat, complete a with lantern handle.

Old world meets new world. Each rustic winter lantern is crafted of ornate metalwork for timeless appeal.Inside is a battery-powered flameless ivory resin pillar candlethat is completely dripless, pet-safe, kid-friendly and waterproof. The candle looks real, but it has high-tech features including a timer that will automatically turn the “flame” on for 4 or 8 hours each evening. Shown is the classic oil-rubbed bronze finish, it is also available in white. The lantern measures 4 3/4 inches wide, 4 3/4 inches deep and 12 inches high.

Make time-lapse videos. Looking for the perfect gift for a high-tech junkie who already has every high-tech gadget? The TimelapseCam 8.0 offers an easy way to showcase all types of events and projects from beginning to end. The innovative, high-resolution digital camera takes photos at set time intervals and then automatically converts them to time lapse videos. The videos can be used to showcase everything from decorating a Christmas tree or making a snowman to giving the dog a bath or documenting a home improvement project from start to finish. These videos can be shared among friends and family - and even posted on social networking sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

Solar Christmas lights. The festive look of holiday lighting is now possible without electrical outlets and ugly extension cords. Solar Light Strands use ultra-efficient LED lights, not old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. LED Solar Light Strands save energy because they are powered by the sun. They offer lots of design options, such as lighting up a tree that is hundreds of feet from the nearest electrical outlet. LED Solar Light Strands come in two lengths, 50 or 102 bright LEDS. Each strand has seven different blinking settings. These lights can also be used year-round for patio and deck accents.

Birmingham police to patrol around-the-clock to protect city’s Christmas tree

Úterý, Prosinec 6th, 2011

Birmingham police and city leaders were caught off guard last year when copper thieves inadvertently torched the city Christmas tree at Linn Park. That won’t happen this year, they said.

Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said that while no extra patrol officers will be assigned to downtown, some of those already on duty will patrol the park around the clock to make sure no one touches the 40-foot Norwood spruce.

Last Dec. 15, predawn thieves attempting to steal copper from the wires of the Christmas lights set fire to the tree, leaving just a blackened remnant.

Copper theft has become more common over the years, and thieves often steal copper from schools and homes to make extra cash. But nobody was prepared for what occurred at Linn Park.

“You just don’t expect that kind of thing to happen to a Christmas tree,” Williams said.

The torched tree was removed and city officials said they would not be able to replace it, but Cox Radio donated a replacement tree and the city held a second tree-lighting ceremony that drew supporters from several area cities.

This year’s tree arrived from Newland, N.C., last week. It will be decorated with more than 5,000 lights by the city’s Department of Public Works.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be Tuesday at 5 p.m., and will include music, arts and crafts, and prizes.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell said the tree — which is the city’s hallmark during the holidays — holds special meaning this year, and that means protecting it is vital.

“This year it is even more significant as we remember all that was lost in the April 27 storms while we continue to rebuild and give thanks for the kindness and generosity that we have seen throughout the year from all walks of life, from around the country and even from around the world,” he said.

“We were almost completely booked every weekend,” said Tom Hyslop, director of sales and marketing for the resort.

Now, during the holiday season, the resort is featuring Lake Lawn-themed Christmas show, hosting several Christmas parties and has sponsored a “breakfast with Santa.”

The remodeled Frontier Restaurant is once more full.

More than 200 trees were planted during the fall, and many of them are now shining with Christmas lights.

When the snow finally arrives, guests will be able to cross country ski, snow shoe, ride snowmobiles and take part in bonfires under the winter sky, Hyslop said. .

Even without the snow, the resort continues to be almost completely booked every weekend, he said. Hyslop said.

“Overall, we were satisfied with the year we had,” Hyslop said.

Jackie Busch, executive director of the Delavan Chamber of Commerce, couldn’t be more pleased.

“Lake Lawn has a huge impact on our community,” Busch said. “In terms of employment, at full capacity they employ well over 300 people. They hire cleaning staff, boat staff, kitchen staff—and that’s just to name a few.”

The city is “less than a tankful of gas” from Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. Delavan Lake is known for its fishing. With those kinds of credentials, Delavan is perfectly positioned to reap the benefits from what is called “resort living.”