Advantages of Electronic HID Ballasts

Jun 06, 11 Advantages of Electronic HID Ballasts

Electronic HID ballasts are a growing part of the market. These units combine the capacitor, ignitor, and mounting brackets into a single unit along with the ballast itself. There are advantages to this design that many companies are starting to use to their benefit. One benefit is up to 25% better energy efficiency than traditional magnetic ballasts, which can add up to significant savings every year.

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Going Green for Spring

Mar 07, 11 Going Green for Spring

Using Bulbs that Use Less Electricity

By using light bulbs that use less electricity, you are reducing the amount of energy you use in a given day. And the options for bulbs that are more energy efficient continue to grow. Recent legislation in California banned the sale of 100W incandescent light bulbs. The main reason for this was the energy wasted with incandescent bulbs. Over 90% of the energy the bulbs use is heat waste, not light. Less than 10% went to creating the visible light. This is a very inefficient use of energy. To fill in the gap created by the loss of these bulbs, manufacturers are offering a number of options.

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CFL Mercury Concerns

Feb 28, 11 CFL Mercury Concerns

Many people have concerns about mercury present in CFL light bulbs, but we are here to discuss why the mercury concern has been blown out of proportion. The fact are very simple, nobody wants to expose their family and home to possible mercury contamination, but how can we alleviate these concerns with the growing popularity of CFL bulbs? The best way to address these concerns is to look at the reality of the situation. According to the Energy Star program, the average CFL bulb contains 4 milligrams of mercury. To put that into context, this amount of mercury is equivalent to the amount of mercury in a bite of albacore tuna. Also, an old-fashioned thermostat would have at least 500 milligrams.

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Organic Luminescence Takes Advantage of Naturally Glowing Compounds

Feb 07, 11 Organic Luminescence Takes Advantage of Naturally Glowing Compounds

Organic luminescence is an interesting marriage of technology and natural materials. You can find a number of substances and compounds in nature which naturally glow with light, even in the dark. Science is trying to marry these natural compounds and processes with technology to create organic sources of light.

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Motorcycle and ATV Batteries

Feb 07, 11 Motorcycle and ATV Batteries

Motorcycle and ATV batteries are just the beginning of our battery inventory here at We carry a wide range of batteries designed to fit into motorcycles, ATVs, and scooters. This will allow you to keep your ride running any way you want it to. We provide batteries for utility vehicles, snowmobiles, RVs, boats, and lawn and garden equipment. Our battery inventory is one of the most comprehensive on the market today. When you add this in with our inventory of lighting options, you can get many of your needs at one location online.

Our inventory of motorcycle and ATV batteries covers just about anything you can think of. No matter what size vehicle you have, we carry a battery that will handle its power equipment needs. Many people use their motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, and other personal vehicles for recreation. Even though they may not commute to work in them, they still need these vehicles to be reliable. That is why it is important to know where to get batteries to keep them running. When you shop through our inventory here at, you will find exactly what you need at lower than retail prices.

Specialty batteries are one of those things that many people do not need until the power runs out. Once they realize that they have no power, they start finding that they cannot get these batteries easily in their local communities. That is why it is important to know what type of batteries your personal vehicles use and then find a reliable source for those batteries just in case you need it. That is why many people are turning to for their battery and lighting needs. We carry such a wide selection that most people do not have to look anywhere else.

Our battery inventory does not stop at motorcycle and ATV batteries. We carry typical household batteries in sizes ranging from AA to 9 volt. We also offer a range of rechargeable batteries as well as lithium models. We carry batteries for watches, remote controls, flashlights, golf carts, medical equipment, emergency signage, security alarms, and toys. Our inventory also includes surge protectors and UPS devices for computers and other electronics. When you look to the inventory at, you will be pleasantly surprised at the many options available to you. If you have the need for batteries, look over our inventory today and get your order in.

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LED Cooling Options

Feb 01, 11 LED Cooling Options

In order to extend the life of LED light bulbs, manufacturers are looking at a couple of LED cooling options. The first of these options uses a heatsink. A heatsink is a separate component which absorbs heat from the LED fixture. The second option on the market is convection. Convection uses a fan or other device to pull cool air over the LED fixture. Both of these options are currently on the market today. LED lights do not emit a great deal of heat towards the front. Much of their heat comes out the back of the lamp itself. In order to deal with this problem, manufacturers have had to come up with solutions to keep this heat out of the components.

Excessive heat in an LED fixture can lead to shortened lamp and fixture life. One of the biggest advantages to LED fixtures is the long life of the lamps. Some of them hold ratings of up to 100,000 lamp hours. In order to achieve that longevity, it is imperative for the heat that comes off of an LED light to go someplace else. Excessive heat can shorten the lamp life and do damage to the underlying components in the lamp. Looking at these two LED cooling options, you are looking at passive and active cooling technology.

Passive cooling technology uses the heatsink. A heatsink transfers heat from any solid material to a fluid medium like air or water. One of the challenges in using a heatsink is the fact that you need the ability to absorb the heat and dissipate it at a rate which keeps up with the amount of heat coming off the LED. If the heatsink does not have the optimal amount of capacity, the heat can gradually build up behind the LED light and start causing damage to the components. For those fixtures that use the heatsink technology, innovation is the only way to make it work.

Active cooling technology uses convection to move heat off of the LED. By moving air across fixtures, heat moves away. By using an active fan, the amount of air passing over the LED fixtures is high enough to keep the fixture cooler. The more volume and velocity of air moving across the fixture, the better the heat dissipation is. When it comes down to looking at these two LED cooling options, both of them work. However, active cooling technology seems to be the more efficient option.

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