Monday, January 19, 2015

10 Top Reasons To Switch To LED Lighting Today

Everyone knows the fundamentals and basic reasons for choosing LED lighting over any other traditional lighting. You can also find the financial and environmental benefits of switching to LED bulbs by simply browsing the internet. Here we are going to discuss few less known reasons of choosing LED lights.

1. Depending on the number of bulbs per strand, with LED lights you can run approximately 20 strands end to end. This saves you the number of 3 way splitters and extension cords. While using these lights at any occasion you don’t need to worry much about the extensions because you can accomplish the task using the extension cords you already have, you don’t need to buy extra. 

2. When installing large amount of lights in commercial setting, working with LED’s is a lot easier option compared to incandescent bulbs.

3.  Unlike incandescent bulbs LED lights are less likely to cause fire. If you are considering electrical safety and want more light than LED is the perfect choice.

4. They are made of extremely durable hard plastic so you don’t need to think twice while putting them on the ground. 

5. Unlike incandescent mini lights, LED’s don’t rust out of the socket when water gets into the socket. They are overall more durable than any other traditional lamp.

6. They don’t start to dim because of voltage drop. LED lights can accept a large range of voltage variation and are perfect choice for Christmas lighting as well.

7. LED lights are deeper, richer and more vivid; consumers like the blue LEDs a lot. They are made of diode so they don’t need to be dipped into paint to produce colors.

8. LED light bulbs help you reduce your carbon footprints.  

9. There are LED lamps for almost every occasion like Valentine’s Day, wedding light, Halloween lights etc.

10. They are easy to use, energy efficient and are replacing all the traditional lighting systems.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What To Do After An Accident?

It is always best to drive safe and be steady on the road, but accidents don’t come invited. However, in case you have met with one, it is important that you follow certain guidelines and take the right steps. In situations like this, it becomes quite hard to think about what to do next.  Clearing your mind will not only help the authorities resolve the issues faster but also come to a sensible conclusion. Here are the important steps to be taken by every driver in the UK if he/she is involved in an accident.

1. Determining Extent Of Injuries / Damages

The first step that you should take after an accident took place is that you should help the accident victims and determine the extent of their injury. While panic is obvious, it is best for both the injured and other persons involved in the accident to stay calm and seek immediate medical attention.

2. File A Report With The Police 

If the cops haven’t arrived yet, go to the nearest police station and get a case registered. It is important to report even the minor accidents to avoid legal consequences. Also, don’t try to leave from the site of accident until the police files the report and completes all the obligations. 

3. Discuss The Details Only With The Police 

Don’t divulge intricate details of the accident to anyone except the police personnel. Obviously, an accident site attracts a lot of crowd and everyone will be asking the same questions and some may even try to investigate you. But it is very important that you avoid talking to the public. This also includes not claiming or admitting any liability or fault. After the police gets to know the situation, the next people you should be talking to are your insurance company professional.

4. List The Facts 

Explaining the accident in detail requires you to list everything that has happened pre and post the accident. It is common to forget and misread but this is also why you need to keep a clear mind and do not entertain the crowd. Apart from the details of the accident, you also need to accurately place addresses, phone numbers, names and details of the people involved in the accident, car description, description of other events that led to the accident and facts. If you are planning to reimburse your insurance, providing the license plate number won’t suffice. Most insurance companies don’t even keep the record. You need to completely describe the vehicle in question. 

5. Call The Insurance Agent

After the medical investigation is done and police has been dealt with, it’s time to inspect the material damage. Call the insurance company to the accident scene. This will be quite helpful because the police officials will be in a better situation in providing the information. Also, calling the agent directly to the scene will save you a lot of time and money. 

Among the vast majority of the road accidents that happen in the United Kingdom, most of them are minor events and don’t result in casualties. However, there have been few misfortunate accidents where the loss is insurmountable. It is important that every resident or visitor in the UK understands the road safety rules. It is best to be prepared than to panic later on.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Use LED Lights and Save Money This Holiday Season

Holiday season is fast approaching. We all are planning to decorate our homes with colorful lights. Holiday light decoration means higher electricity bills. 

But you can save money this festive season, How? Here we are sharing the secret:

Due to the higher living costs people are now searching for efficient options to light up their homes this season. They are opting for LED lights. These lights are durable and generate more light than traditional bulbs.

Instead of cutting back on decoration, you can choose these highly durable and energy saving LED lights to enjoy the festive week. While buying make sure to check the specification of the bulb, this way you can get an idea about the money you can save after choosing LED. A common box of LED light says that you can save about 88 percent on energy, and their lifespan is 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

LED Saves More Power than CFLs and Traditional Bulbs

When we talk about the power consumption, LED consume 10-12% of the power consumed by lighting bulb and about half the power consumed by the CFLs. Talking about their lifetime, compared to the light bulbs which lasts for hundreds of hours and CFLs which lasts for thousands of hours, the lifespan of  CFL is tens of thousands of hours.

The cost of LED lights can be seen high initially but in the long run based on their lifespan they are much more economical than the other options.

Make Your Surrounding Colorful With Colored Led Lights

Led lights not only come in white color but they are available in many different shades. Therefore these lights can be readily used for festive decoration. Not only they are durable but in the long run they are quite economical too therefore try them out this festive season.  Since they consume minimal electricity therefore you need not have to worry about their electricity consumption. They may be pricey initially but since they can work for the life time therefore they are extremely economical in the long run.

Led Televisions and Monitors

Unlike the old televisions which used the fluorescent bulbs and plasma for display, the latest ones use LED lights. There are many advantages of this. They consume way less electricity than the earlier televisions. LEDS are also capable of providing more clarity than its predecessors.

LED Flashlights 

LED flashlights are fast capturing the market of flashlights. There are lots of reasons for them becoming popular. They can work longer than their counterparts on the same sized batteries. They can easily endure high shocks and other resistance unlike their counter parts which can easily crack or break under shock. If handled properly the LED flashlights can last through your entire lifetime.

With the durability LED lights possess and the power they consume they are one of the best choices to use for lightning.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mazda Is Showcasing Its Next-Generation Adaptive LED Headlights

Car headlights can both be an assistive and dangerous on the road. While you cannot drive without putting them on, the traditional system also leads to blinding other drivers coming from the opposite direction. Many drivers have wished they could have done more with low beams and be more responsible and safe. A perfect solution has been provided by Mazda’s next generation adaptive LED headlight system.

Over time several auto manufacturers have researched and come out with headlight technology, that present you both high beams to see the road clearly and low beams that will not blind the vehicle coming in your direction. However, this would also mean that until and unless the car ahead crosses you, you are stuck with low beam and lower road visibility. As such, Mazda has come up with a technology that would selectively dim the portion of light beam that could be concerning the driver ahead, while allowing you to drive in full beam and a clear road.

What is adaptive LED headlight technology?

Most adaptive headlight technology is aimed towards improving distant sight at night. They are also programmed to respond automatically to presence of another vehicle, weather condition and similar factors. All throughout the automobile history, there have been various types of adaptive technologies. However, each adaptive headlight technology comes with its unique capability and is different from each other. As an example, the modern directional headlights are assisted by sensor inputs that determine vehicles taking a curve or changing direction. In such cases, the headlight rotates with the vehicle and illuminates the side of the road when cornering. Traditional designs don’t have this system and can be quite dangerous.

Other adaptive systems have sensors that can determine the intensity of the beam and adjust it to facilitate a safe driving. This system doesn’t require the driver to switch to manual adjustment of the beam and thus concentrate on the road. These systems can determine how far an incoming vehicle is and creates enough light to illuminate the road but without creating any glare.

Mazda’s current adaptive LED headlight system is integrated with a camera that can read images itself and identify vehicles coming from the opposite direction. Now, the system uses an array of high beams, wherein each of them can be dimmed and brightened individually. The area of beam that falls on the car coming from the opposite side will turn low while the rest remains the same presenting a consistent view of the road ahead.

Importance of adaptive LED headlight systems

Adaptive headlights have been conceived with the only aim to reduce accidents on the road, especially during the night. According to statics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, technology such as Mazda’s have been resulted in 10% less insurance claims and it can be directly linked to a safer driving standards. The institute has also found out that 7% of nighttime accidents reported by highway police are due to reasons related to headlights. Even real world data shows that adaptive LED headlight technology can have a significant positive impact on the safety of the car and fellow travelers. As they have been designed to work automatically, it helps the driver to focus better on the road and not get distracted. With many automobile manufacturers researching on better head lighting, it is really the time that car owners switch to a safer technology.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inventors of Blue LED’s Wins Nobel Prize

Two Japanese and one American recently won physics Nobel Prize for inventing blue light emitting diode. Before this invention, scientists had already invented green and red LEDs, but blue LED was needed and researchers were working for almost 30 year for creating the same. But the question arises here is why this invention was awarded a physics Nobel Prize? What is the importance of LEDs in our day to day life? Well the answer is clear; LED’s are energy efficient, durable and produces more light. Soon they will replace all the traditional light bulbs.   

LED’s have been in use since the time of their invention. There was a time when these advanced lighting options were only installed in high end cars. But now the picture is different. LED’s have become an essential part of households too due to their various advantages. 

Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura created the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s. Although this was not the beginning (as discussed earlier red and green LED’s were already there in the markets) but this invention was necessary as white LED’s were really needed. 

Big companies were trying to make the same but they failed but this trio tried again and again and eventually succeeded. 

Today blue LEDs are everywhere. With 20% of world’s electricity is used for lighting, it is estimated that optimal use of LED lights could reduce the same to 4%.

Have a look at this LED Infographic:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UK Automobile Industry Facts and Statistics [Infographic]

On average, the UK produces 1.5 million cars and commercial vehicles and over 2.5 million engines. Of these, around 80% of vehicles and 70% of engines are sold overseas. 

Buying patterns are shifting towards smaller, more fuel-efficient models, with "supermini" vehicles taking the largest market share of 35.9%.

With this infographic, created by Auto LED Shop, we are sharing some of the interesting facts and statistics about UK automobile industry. Don’t forget to hit the share buttons.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

How To Restore Yellow HID Headlights?

Have your HID headlight giving off cloudy, hazy and a yellowish light lately? Well, it’s about the time that you restore them. HID headlights can get damaged due to constant exposure to environmental pollutants. Further, the constant heat produced when they are powered on can result in discoloration and degradation of plastic headlight lenses. HID or High Intensity Discharge beam units always operate on a very high temperature and this intensity can easily result in degradation of the interior coating. Additionally, road debris, harmful UV rays from the sun, acid rains and toxic pollutants in the air can enhance the problem. In many cases, HID headlights can become unsafe for the road wherein you encounter an extremely low visibility condition.

While the way out will be to take proper care of the HID headlights after they have been installed, sometimes, you also need to go for a restoration. Following very simple steps, anyone can do a HID restoration within minutes.

It is important to note that HID headlights are very expensive and unless you happen to be a millionaire, restoration sounds easier compared to complete replacement. The plastic casing itself costs a couple thousand dollars. Restoration on the other hand can save you as much as $1000, depending on the severity of damage, the make of the HID headlight and the car model. 

Just follow these easy steps:

HID headlight restoration can get your lights to normal functioning conditions. The restoration process is meant to fix all the surface damages and increase the visibility through the plastic. Even with serious hazing and abrasion of the plastic, restoration can be of good use.

In case the damage is minimal, the problem can be fixed by polishing the headlight plastic casing. This should wipe out all the pollutants that have been deposited all this time. To start off, test a part of the plastic with plastic polish. To do so, dab a soft cloth in tartar control toothpaste (readily available in some households) and apply on the plastic. Note that regular toothpaste will be more abrasive. If you find that the process is actually working, go on to the other areas on the plastic casing. You may also use other polishing materials like the Meguiar’s PlastX.

(Never use products/cleaning solutions that are meant to use for glass windows. They will enhance the damage and the plastic will turn more yellow)

In case, toothpaste doesn’t work, you might want to try with a sand-paper polish and subsequent re-polish for a clean smooth surface.

Step 1: Always wear latex gloves before taking out the HID headlight carefully from the case/socket and clean it gently by rubbing alcohol. Always make sure that the bulb is cold before you apply any alcohol (the car should have been powered of for sometime).

Step 2: Clean the headlight case using soft cloth dipped in soap water.

Step 3: Cover the headlight lens with painter’s masking tape to ensure that no damage comes to the car’s paint.

Step 4: Apply soap water to your headlight lens and depending upon the intensity of the damage, clean them with ‘2000 grit sand-paper’. If the damage is excessive, you might have to use ‘600 grit sandpaper’. It is important that every HID headlight owner keeps a range of sand paper in the garage. These products are cheap and come in quite handy.

Step 5: Re-glaze the surface with plastic polish using foam or wool.

Step 6: Apply seal wax to finish off the process.