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Sun Shine the Original Solar Power

Solar Power has been increasing in popularity for some time. Due to their popularity, solar panels are in everything from road signs to houses. What are the most popular solar power items? Also, what really makes their functionality so promising?

Sun Shine the Original Solar Power

How Does Solar Power Work

The basics of solar power are very cut and dry. When sunlight shines onto a solar panel that panel either stores the light’s energy or it expels it immediately. The best way to think about this is to picture a car that has been sitting outside under direct sunlight all afternoon. Every part of that vehicle will be very hot to the touch. Therefore, that heat is the car expelling the solar energy. What solar panels do is collect that energy and expel it into devices as a power source.

Many New Products

There is so much new technology being developed every day. Due to these new technologies, there are products constantly joining the market. Some of these new products seem very strange at first. However, all of the new products are serving a purpose. With all of these new products what are the most popular ones?

  • Cell Phone Chargers
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Activity lanterns: for camping, fishing, or BBQs
  • Blue Tooth Speakers
  • Flashlights
  • Backpacks

Promising Products

Out of the products above, there are some that we can see in use in our own towns. When traveling at night it is easy to see solar outdoor lighting. Often these lights are illuminating front porches, flags or walkways. Also, these lights have become so common that you can find low priced versions of them in smaller stores.

Another popular product is solar blue tooth speakers. Most outdoor patios have a version of solar speakers where they can feature their favorite music. These speakers are convenient for parties. Those times that you want to be able to set playlists and not have to worry about switching CDs or having the commercial interruptions of a radio station are what these speakers were made for. Also, with the many different designs, everyone is able to find one to fit their own style.

Finally, a favorite solar-powered product is the cell phone charger. These chargers are not only for the outdoor enthusiast but for anyone who wants to have a charged phone on the go. Often while traveling there is not always access to power outlets. By having a charger that can power itself through solar you can be sure to always have a full charge on your cell phone during all of your running around.

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1. In this holiday display, Something just doesn’t seem right….?

Poor Blitzen- Holiday Display

2. They always say the simpler the better…..but this is just taking it to far!

Sad Tree- Holiday Display

3. LIGHTS…. Maybe just a few too many…

Lights- Holiday Display

4. Ketchup is good on everything, right? Just maybe not as a gift?

Whats the return policy?- Holiday Display

5. Is he part of Santa’s Reindeer?

Fancy Leg Work- Holiday Display

6. Everyone needs some batteries to go with their toys right?

Where's the Toy?- Holiday Display

7. Shatterproof? I THINK NOT!!!

"Shatterproof"- Holiday Display

 

"Shatterproof" Holiday Ornaments- Holiday Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Yrrem Samtsirhc Aka Merry Christmas! Head Stand!- Holiday Display

9. The Easter bunny wants his part in the Holiday season as well!

Holiday

10. One of these things is not like the other….. Looks like the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Holiday

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The Holiday Tree  

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Everyone knows Christmas isn’t the same without a tree. There are things you can do this holiday to ensure that your tree stays a beautiful decoration and does not become the subject of your disaster holiday stories. If you are purchasing an artificial holiday tree make sure that it is listed as being “Fire Resistant”. Therefore, making it more likely that in the case of an electrical shortage within the lighting a tree will not burn so quickly.

Also, if you have a real tree you want to make sure that you keep it watered. Due to the nature of trees if they are dry they have a tendency to catch fire easily. Some lighting can create heat and a dry tree is susceptible to heat damage.

Holiday Lighting

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Using lights for decorating can add an extra flair to any holiday. However, you want to make sure that you are using them properly. Check lighting for breaks in the electrical lines. If there is a broken electrical wire there is a heightened chance of a fire or electrical shock. Also, if there are any broken or bents plugs do not use them. These broken plugs can not only short out the light string or any other lighting but, can cause damage to the socket they are plugged into.

Outdoor Decorations

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When decorating the outside of your house for the holidays there are some things to remember. Do not touch overhead power lines. They can electrocute you. Also, you could fall a long distance which could result in a serious injury.

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LED vs. Incandescent lighting

  

With the changing technology, there is a lot of question as to what is the better choice when it comes to lighting. The main question is which is better; the new lighting option of LED (Light Emitting Diodes) or the well known Incandescent lighting that we all have become accustomed to. There are four main focuses in the argument of what is the better choice: the lifespan of the bulbs, the cost difference, how much power the different bulbs consume, and how much light they actually give off.

Life Span of the Lighting 

One of the strong arguments in favor of LED lighting is their longer lifespans. At just over forty times the longevity of incandescent lighting, the newer LED lights are quickly proving their worth to consumers. This longer lifespan makes it easier for consumers who would have been purchasing numerous amount of the incandescents throughout a year’s time. There is less concern by consumers that they will have to have a continuous supply of light bulbs on hand at all times.

Everyone has had that drawer or cupboard with boxes of light bulbs. They sit in waiting for the next time of darkness, that will come too soon. LED lighting can cut down on the amount of bulbs that consumers need to keep on hand by providing light for a longer amount of time. By installing the LED lighting and not have to worry about replacement for a longer time period there is a good reason to believe that LED lighting would therefore also be more cost-effective.

Price of Bulbs and Cost Lighting

The longer life of the LED bulbs implies that there will be fewer times of replacement. Over time this will save the consumer money. However, if you look at the initial cost LED lights are a noticeable amount more expensive than incandescent bulbs. Incandescent lights can usually be purchased for around $1 or even less in some stores. The $8 or more that LED lights can be found for can make consumers leery of savings.

The initial purchase can seem a frightening amount higher to consumers. However, when they break down the facts about LED bulbs they will more than willing to pay the extra amount. The lifespan of the bulbs already saves the consumer money by cutting back replacement costs. The consumer can also look at the price decrease with the decrease in their electricity use. In some cases the LED bulbs have been known to use five times less the amount of electricity than that of Incandescent bulbs. That decreased use of electricity can add up to a decrease in electricity bills.

Power of the Lighting

There is one major difference between an incandescent bulb and an LED bulb. The incandescent bulbs that everyone has become so accustomed to being purchased on their amount of wattage. While the LED bulbs are measured by their lumens. The idea is that the amount of power running through the bulb affects the brightness of the light. This, however, is only true with the incandescent lights and not the LEDs.

LED bulbs are made to use a lower wattage but have a higher output of lumens. Lumens are the more accurate way of measuring the strength of a bulb. Watts only measure the power running through a bulb, not the amount of light that is given off. LED light bulbs are able to function at a lower wattage. LEDs are able to maximize the amount of light that is given off for use. For example an Incandescent bulb that is rated to be at 150 watts would have the same amount of lumens that a LED bulb rated to be between 25 and 28 watts. The two bulbs are using very different amounts of power. They, however, are achieving the same amount of light that is being seen.

Looking at the differences between the bulbs it is easy to see the benefits of using LED over Incandescent. LED bulbs not only save money but attribute to saving energy. They do this all while doing a better job of lighting up the darkness. Comparing the two types of lighting shows the changes that technology is bringing to everyday objects.