CFL Mercury Concerns

Feb 28, 11 CFL Mercury Concerns

Many people have concerns about mercury present in CFL 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.

By calculations, you actually have a role in releasing mercury into the environment whether you use CFL bulbs or not. When you use a traditional incandescent bulb, you need four times the amount of energy that you need for a CFL. Since the electrical plants are the biggest contributor to mercury release, you have the potential of four times the amount of mercury released when you use an incandescent bulb instead of a CFL. Even adding in the small amount of mercury inside the CFL bulb, this does not add up to even one-third of what releases when using an incandescent.

One concern many people have is that the mercury inside the lamp will get out if you break the bulb. Even though the bulb is made of glass, these bulbs are not fragile and can take normal handling. If a bulb breaks, then follow recommended guidelines for cleaning up. It is a simple process and does not require special cleaning materials or a call to your local HAZMAT. One reason why the mercury concern has been dramatized is because people do not understand the minuscule amount of mercury in each bulb and the simple cleaning process for removing it.

If a bulb burns out, make sure you recycle the bulb instead of sending it to the landfill. That is one way you can prevent mercury from entering the environment. Many solid waste agencies and even home improvement stores provide options for CFL bulb recycling. All you need to do is specify a special container to collect your bulbs. When you plan a trip for recycling or going to the home improvement store, take the bulbs with you and recycle them. Taking a few precautions and educating yourself will show you why the mercury concern is not as bad as it seems.

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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.

The basic design of these lights involves passing electricity through a layer of the organic compounds to make them glow. When the electricity is off, the glow is gone; when a small current begins to pass through the compound, the organic luminescence happens. Scientists are looking for ways to use this simple organic process in technology today. Many see it as a way to get light with very little carbon footprint.

Organic luminescence can bring many advantages to the marketplace. Today, most of this type of lighting is only used in small electronics. However, scientists are working to make this type of lighting work on a larger scale. Most of these lights are less than 2mm thick, and they emit little heat, which makes them ideal in a number of situations. When used in a graphic display, for example, the lights are bright and clear, even in the daytime.

The technology behind organic luminescence is expensive at this point. However, as with many other technologies, demand and advances in technology will bring the price down. Some interior designers are already starting to use them on concept displays. While they are not ready for prime time yet, these lights will be a real force in the light world of the future. Understanding how they work as well as their versatility is the first step in making their potential known.

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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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Panasonic AA Industrial Batteries

Jan 20, 11 Panasonic AA Industrial Batteries

Performance when it counts! Panasonic Industrial batteries are specially designed with a power reservoir that enables them to last longer – even under the abuse they’re likely to take in industry and professional applications. High current and large capacity are standard in all Industrial line batteries, which means high performance and a 7-year shelf life.

Panasonic Industrial Alkaline products are dependable batteries that are specially labeled and commercially packaged for end users, businesses, organizations, agencies and distributors in the OEM/professional/industrial and government marketplace. Available in bulk and rugged contractor packs, Panasonic Industrial Alkaline batteries are designed to provide reliable power for a wide range of industrial/commercial devices.


  • Shelf life up to 7 years when stored at 68°F (20°C) 80% capacity – except for 9V batteries which are a 5 year shelf life
  • Date coded to guarantee freshness prior to use
  • Operates reliably in a temperature range of -20°C to 54°C (-4°F to 130°F)
  • Economical bulk packaging

Battery Uses:

  • Flashlights
  • Radios
  • Meters
  • Medical devices
  • Wireless microphones
  • Smoke alarms
  • Remote hand-held devices
  • Security systems
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Dimmable CFL vs. CCFLs

Jan 20, 11 Dimmable CFL vs. CCFLs

In the battle of dimmable CFL vs. CCFLs, you need to understand what each one is before you can choose your side in the battle. Most know that CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamp. A dimmable CFL is a special form of this bulb that allows the consumer to use a dimmer switch to reduce the amount of light coming out of the lamp. CCFL stands for cold cathode fluorescent lamp. This is a form of CFL. It uses a cathode that does not receive direct heating. Many people are looking at these two options for keeping energy costs even lower.

Dimmable CFL bulbs were the original solution people turned towards when the shift started away from traditional incandescent. But, they come with a major problem. Most people want to adjust their lighting from dark to light. A CFL needs to start at full power before you can adjust their light down. To accommodate this, you need dimming switches that can handle this warm up requirements. On the other hand, CCFLs work much the same as incandescent bulbs. They do not require a warm up before they are ready for dimming. You can use them with conventional dimming switches. This is an important aspect of the dimmable CFL vs. CCFLs debate.

When looking at the dimmable CFL vs. CCFLs, you need to keep a few things in mind. CCFLs offer some advantages that the dimmable CFLs do not. CCFLs have a longer life. They average four times the life of a typical dimmable CFL. They emit less heat as well. They come on instantly instead of taking a second to warm up enough to illuminate. They come with less flickering than a typical CFL does. They offer dimming with any dimming switch on the market and do not require special equipment. One of the major advantages is that manufacturers have been able to reduce the amount of mercury significantly in CCFLs in comparison to a dimmable CFL.

Before you make your decision in the dimmable CFL vs. CCFLs debate, you probably will look at price. A CCFL is typically more expensive than a dimmable CFL. However, with the longer working life, this brings the cost down significantly over time. They also come in many sizes and shapes not available in a CFL bulb. When making your decision, you should look at what works best for you. Save some money and see which lamp will fit your home best by shopping with us at

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