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Light Post Lighting News: LEDs Lowering Suicide Rates, Fireworks Safety, and More

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In this edition of Light Post, we’ve collected some great lighting stories from around the world, from LEDs lowering suicide rates in South Korea, to fireworks safety tips to ensure a fun and safe Independence Day. So, post up in your favorite spot and enjoy Light Post.

Bridge Equipped with LED Lights and Sensors Lowers Suicide Rates

South Korea has seen their suicide rates double over the past decade, giving them the title of having one of the highest rates in the world. However, Cheil Worldwide has equipped the Mapo Bridge in Seoul, where dozens of South Koreans jump every year with 2,200 sensors and LEDs within the bridge railings. The sensors detect when someone comes close to the railing, and the lights flash messages of hope, such as “How have you been?” and “What is troubling you?” Are the lights and positive messages working? Cheil Worldwide reports that suicide rates on the bridge have declined by 77 percent.

Purses and Handbags with Built In Lights?

This one goes out to all the ladies out there: tired of digging around in your purse, never being able to find the things you need quickly? Wish you had a light at the bottom of your purse? Well, you’re in luck. Glass Handbag, who announced they’ll be opening a corporate office in New York City in August of 2013, sells luxury handbags and clutches that have built in lighting systems to combat this nuisance. Many of these battery operated lights are water resistant have long lives of 25,000 hours.

Audi Introduces Matrix LED Headlamps

The German manufacturer is once again changing the face of LED headlamps with the announcement of their Matrix LED headlamps. These revolutionary LEDs increase driving safety by utilizing a camera to adapt to oncoming traffic and road topography data supplied by a GPS system. By using the camera, the matrix becomes dimmer, or part of the matrix is extinguished, until the oncoming car passes. The system uses the on-board GPS to navigate corners and other road features. For example, as the car approaches a corner, the lights are moved in the direction of the curve, right before the driver turns the steering wheel. This new system will be installed on the A8 models to be released later this year.

Fireworks Safety Tips

It’s hard to believe it’s already time to break out the fireworks and celebrate the fourth of July with family and friends. We here at 1000Bulbs.com love a great fireworks show, but here’s some tips to ensure you’re holiday celebrations go on without a hitch.

  1. Before buying or using any fireworks, make sure they’re legal. Also, look into any burn bans that may be in effect.
  2. Never place any part of your body over the item you’re trying to light. Fuses may burn quicker than expected, and the results could be disastrous.
  3. Make sure that adults supervise firework activities, even sparklers. Sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt some metals.
  4. Keep a bucket of water or a water hose handy in case of the unexpected. Fireworks may tip over during their display.
  5. If fireworks fail to light, don’t pick them up or try to relight them. Douse them (and all spent fireworks for that matter) with water.
  6. Finally, please don’t point fireworks of any kind of people. You’d be surprised how fast bottle rockets travel and how much they hurt.

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Jordan Loa

Jordan is a copywriter at 1000Bulbs.com. Check back often for new entries in his "Light Post" series of happenings in the world of lighting.