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Take Advantage of Ultra Led Bulps

Take Advantage of Ultra Led Bulps

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Take advantage of ultra-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) to add a little safety and peace of mind to hallways, kid's bedrooms, bathrooms and other spaces
Take advantage of ultra-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) to add a little safety and peace of mind to hallways, kid's bedrooms, bathrooms and other spaces

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Light emitting diodes (LEDs)
 
Take advantage of ultra-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) to add a little safety and peace of mind to hallways, kid's bedrooms,
 
bathrooms and other spaces.The technology behind laptop computer screens, LEDs are greener than standard incandescent, and even fluorescent, lightbulbs
 
because they generate almost no waste heat. Most of the electricity used is output as light. LEDs remain cool to the touch, so theydon't add excess heat into living spaces, which means less cooling is needed. They last for literally hundreds of thousands ofhours, meaning they can go years before they need to be changed, thereby cutting down on landfill waste.In terms of cost, size and brightness, LEDs are getting better all the time, and are seeing many new applications. Even the bestLEDs still aren't really bright enough for use in primary indoor or outdoor lighting, but they work great for accent and decorativeapplications.Many companies now sell LED nightlights, which are competitively priced with standard nightlights, and can be found at most homeimprovement, value and even drugstores. They cost only pennies a year in energy, and result in much lower carbon emissions overtraditional lighting.Since their introduction in the early 1960s, LEDs have evolved from simple indicator lights and alphanumeric displays to an excitingnew source for general lighting. LEDs differ radically from traditional light sources in that there are no glass bulbs or filaments to
 
break, or electrodes to decay. Instead, LEDs are solid state light sources – basically, a chemical chip embedded in a plasticcapsule. When the chip is energized by applying a voltage, it emits visible light, the color depending on the chip's chemicalcomposition. The light can then be focused, routed, or scattered using lenses, waveguides or diffusers.Due to the tremendous pace of technical developments, LED efficacy now rivals or surpasses that of standard incandescent lampsas well as the newly minted CFLs. For example, white LEDs are now producing more than 20 lumens per watt, compared to 8 - 15lumens per watt for incandescent lamps. White LEDs are actually blue LEDs with a phosphor coating, which converts a portion ofthe blue light to yellow – the combination resulting in white light.OSRAM SYLVANIA (OSI), the lighting division of engineering conglomerate Siemens AG, is integrating LEDs in a number ofunique modular systems, including flexible and linear modules, marker lights, and powerful "effect" modules with focusing lenses.
 
Flexible and linear LED modules can provide uniform backlighting for signs and contour lighting for architecture, while occupying afraction of the space – and consuming a fraction of the energy – required by traditional light sources. Similarly, low-profile markerlights can highlight steps or edges, guiding or alerting users to hazards in areas like auditoriums, stairways and subway platforms.Effect lights combine an array of ten LEDs with individual lenses in a single compact module, focusing the combined light outputinto an intense and narrow beam, which can provide colorful accent lighting for architectural features.Given the current pace of development, even general room lighting with LEDs is not a distant consideration. Indeed, the uniquecharacteristics of LEDs invite designers, consumers and organizations alike to "think beyond the bulb," and ponder a more
 
seamless integration of lighting and building materials.
Sure, work might be the most boring part of your life — perhaps you routinely count the seconds until eachworkday is over and dread coming in the following day. But so long as you're there, why not do your best tonot spoil the environment?Here are 10 ways anyone can get started:
10. Use energy-efficient lighting
 Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.Both CFLs and LEDs give off less heat than incandescents, plus they last longer. Even Fidel hasmade sure every Cuban office is using more efficient lights. If you haven't already, it's time to make the switch!
9. Get rid of water bottles
 We've known about it for years, but never done a thing. Millions of plastic water bottles are being thrownaway daily, and removing them from the office & surroundings will help! Try using tap water, refilling oldbottles, or even buying a water purification device. You can also purchase reusable beverage containers suchasNalgene(soon to be bisphenol A free) orSigg.
8. Advocate your company's switch to renewable energy sources
 
 
Over 70 percent of electricity in the United States is generated through the use of fossil fuels such as coal,oil and natural gas. Try being the voice that gets your company to switch to cleaner, renewable sources —talk to your boss, start a petition or, but at least you'll make your point. For a practical guide on switching togreen energy, check out the World Resources Institute's "Switching to Green: A renewable energy guide foroffice and retail companies."
7. Join a carpool
 The average automobile burns over 12 liters of gasoline in just one hour. Whether you're going to the sameoffice, or just the same neighborhood, carpooling makes a heck of a lot of sense. It's not only easy on thewallet (particularly in light of current insane gas prices), but will reduce harmful CO
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and fossil fuelemissions. Sites likeerideshare.comare cool if you're looking for potential carpool companions.
6. Power off your computer
 Instead of putting your computer in sleep mode when you leave for an extended period of time, go aheadand shut the puppy off. Believe it or not, powering off completely can save up to 10 times the energy. And if you want to be a hero (and potentially piss off your co-workers), make sure their computers are also turnedoff after they've gone home for the evening. A word to the wise, however: first make sure everything issaved.
5. Use a laptop
 On average, a laptop uses 10% less energy than a standard PC. Plus, if you're accustomed to spending a longtime in the hall you can multitask by bringing in your laptop.
4. Keep a keg under your desk
 Not sure how it helps the environment, but it sure would make work a lot more fun!
3. Recharge your batteries
 When possible, buy rechargeable batteries — so they can be used time and time again and ultimately, createless waste. According to rechargeable battery makersUniross, rechargeable batteries have 32 times lessimpact on the environment and use less than 1/23rd the natural resources of their disposable counterparts.
2. Turn off the AC and wear lighter-weight fabrics
 Although the thermostat is usually governed by committee, turning off the AC is a quick and easy way toreduce your carbon footprint in the office. If your co-workers aren't happy to accommodate by wearinglighter clothing, you can either insulate heat by drawing blinds and curtains (roughly 40% of unwanted heatcomes through windows.
1. Use paper wisely
 This is the big one. Start printing documents double-sided, save scrap paper to jot notes on, and of course,recycle whenever possible. On the more novel side of things, those offices that still use paper time cards (ahuge waste of paper!) should consider going electronic with a company likeT-sheets. As a general rule of thumb, if you can move paper correspondence online, then go for it.The kitchen may be the best room in the house to some, but it can also be the most wasteful. According tothe U.S. Department of Energy, lighting, refrigeration and cooking are responsible for 41.5% of a home's

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