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Direct Water Culture (DWC) and You

Aug 25, 14 Direct Water Culture (DWC) and You

So you’ve taken a look at how to set up a drip irrigation system and decided that it’s not for you.  Well the good news is that there are plenty more hydroponics systems for you to experiment with.  So let’s talk about direct water culture (DWC) today.  DWC systems – also known as deep water culture systems – submerge the roots of your plants in a nutrient solution.  This sounds, at first, like a bad idea since you can overwater plants, but that’s where the all-important aeration component comes into play.  Aeration is simply the act of adding oxygen to the water to sustain the roots.  The way you aerate your system defines the type of DWC it is, whether you use a bucket reservoir, prefer bubbleponics, or enjoy a re-circulation system.

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Flickering Lights: When You Need to Worry

Aug 22, 14 Flickering Lights: When You Need to Worry

In previous blogs, we discussed possible causes for lighting problems such as unexpected dimming and repeatedly burned out bulbs. In this week’s blog, we’re going to talk about yet another common lighting problem: flickering. Sometimes flickering can be fun and decorative, such as in these flicker flame chandelier lights, but in most practical scenarios it is both unintended and undesirable. There are many reasons light bulbs flicker, and while flickering isn’t often a cause for alarm, it is always best to make sure it’s not part of a larger issue. Below, we discuss the most common reasons for flickering bulbs and which ones you need to be worried about.

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An Explanation for CFL Pin Types

Aug 18, 14 An Explanation for CFL Pin Types

It’s never a bad idea to use energy-efficient lights, but a quick search for a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) can show far too many different types of CFLs to make the selection easy.  One of the most notable differences the type of base used by each bulb.  In fact, the standard screw-in bulb you’re looking for is the minority when it comes to base types on CFLs.  Commercial CFLs don’t typically find their way into homes, but for the new shop owner or the rare occurrence of a commercial CFL in a residential building, you’ll find a strange socket that’s unlike the typical housing bulbs you’re used to.  Let’s unpack the differences so you’ll be ready to get the right replacement bulb if you find yourself here.

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Soraa Expands LED Lineup with PAR30 and PAR38 Options

Aug 16, 14 Soraa Expands LED Lineup with PAR30 and PAR38 Options

Soraa, the LED lighting company who is best known for their line of high quality MR16 LED light bulbs, has expanded into the increasingly competitive category of (parabolic aluminized reflector) PAR flood and spot lights.  They will be available in PAR38 as well as PAR30 bulb shapes with the PAR30 lamps to be sold as both short neck and long neck variations.  These new lamps from Soraa provide some key competitive differences which could make it the new choice for home and businesses looking to provide better color reproduction and tighter light beams for their next flood or spot lighting project.

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Lighting Tips for Good Feng Shui

Aug 15, 14 Lighting Tips for Good Feng Shui

Many people think of Feng Shui as an ancient Chinese furniture rearrangement plan, but there’s much more to it than that. According to Feng Shui consultant Ann Bingley Fallops, Feng Shui is the art of how you are affected by your environment. Good Feng Shui makes you feel nourished, comfortable and secure in your space, allowing you to live a happier and more stress-free life. The benefits of Feng Shui include creating positive energy for your health and finances, attracting romance and healing troubled relationships, helping you get promoted and find a job you love, and (if you’re a woman) becoming pregnant and nurturing your child. So how does this ancient art relate to lighting?

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1000Bulbs.com Supplies Banned T8 700 Series Lamps and Replacements

Aug 14, 14 1000Bulbs.com Supplies Banned T8 700 Series Lamps and Replacements

Online lighting retailer 1000Bulbs.com will continue to sell its full line of T8 700 fluorescent lamps despite the ban on these products which went into effect on July 14, 2014. With the ban in place, manufacturers will be forced to cease production of 4-foot medium bi-pin, 2-foot U-shaped, 8-foot Slimline, and 8-foot high-output 700 series lamps due to their inability to meet the energy efficiency requirements implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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