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August 27, 2013

Billboards on road

Filed under: LED Work Lights — Tags: , — solaroutdoorlight @ 8:49 am

“Five years ago when it rained constantly for 10 hours, a motorcyclist took shelter from rain under a billboard.We carry a extensive line of Parking Lot Lighting inventory. It fell down on him and a few other people who had gathered under it,” recalls Amber Alibhai, a representative of Shehri a not-for-profit organisation which looks into civic problems facing the city. The misery caused by the recent rains in Karachi would have multiplied if these billboards had fallen down.

“In no civilised city are billboards placed on main roads. Not only are they a traffic distraction but also a threat to life if they fall down during a storm or heavy downpour,” she adds.An emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that comes on automatically when a building experiences a power outage.

At the Ayesha Bawany School on Sharea Faisal putting up a 90-foot tall bill board on the rooftop caused quite a stir among the parents who considered it to be a threat to the life of their children. “What if it fell down on the head of a student?” claimed an anxious parent. The school already has two tall billboards perched at its rooftop. They belong to a brand of paint, which the school spokesperson claims, is owned by the owners.

“The school does not get paid for the two billboards, the paint brand belongs to the school owners,” he said, adding that work for the third billboard came to a halt after the cantonment board ordered against it.

At many places in Gulshan and NIPA, trees have been chopped to make way for billboards.

“From Hasan Square to the bus stand near my house, I used to walk under the shady trees which took up the entire service lane. Recently they have been chopped off and billboards have been placed there instead,” complained Fauzia Ali, a student at Karachi University.

Until recently huge billboards had been erected at the Kothari Parade, which had hid the fa?ade of the beautiful heritage site. Billboards with moving objects such as flash lights are a distraction, drivers claim. Opposite the Regent Plaza on Sharea Faisal, a washing powder company had placed a billboard with the flashing outlines of a water tub. “Sometimes I got so engrossed in looking at it that I missed vehicles,” said Aftab Ahmed, who drives from Saddar to PECHS everyday.

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has a strict size for billboards. In a pre-monsoon meeting held by former KMC administrator Hashim Raza Zaidi, directives to fix the billboards were given.

“Advertising devices, including billboards, should be installed in such a manner that their size and height doesn’t affect the traffic on roads and corridors and also do not cause accidents,” he had said.

But nothing happened after it. There is no controlling authority to keep a check on billboards in Karachi. It is distributed among the KMC, cantonment boards and the Karachi Development Authority. And that explains the different sizes of billboards spread all over the city. “Each body all has its own rules,” claims Alibhai.

WYNDHAM Vacation Resorts Coffs Harbour is the only Australian finalist in the prestigious “Go Green Awards” which recognise resorts that demonstrate extensive environmental initiatives.

Since placing third in the awards in 2010 Wyndham Coffs Harbour- Treetops has implemented a host of green initiatives, making it a strong contender for this year’s top prize.

The property is now at stage three of its LED lighting upgrades, taking the resort to 50% LED lighting. A second 10Kw solar system was installed this year to reduce energy consumption. Eight new speed controlled pool pumps have also been implemented, leading to an impressive 85% reduction in power costs in the resort’s pump room.

Together these initiatives have seen on average, a consistent 15% reduction in overall power usage.

The resort generates its own fertilizer for its extensive gardens, using a small tractor, a chipper-shredder and two bays for green waste and mulch.

An onsite worm farm assists the process, and is also used to dispose of food scraps. A new program is currently being developed which will also allow guests to contribute to the worm farm.

Apartments feature recycling bins,A solar bulb that charges up during the day and lights the night when the sun sets. water efficient washing machines and dishwashers and environmentally friendly taps and shower heads, while rainwater tanks are used for irrigation on the property.

Children at the resort are encouraged to learn about the environment, with each young guest receiving a “Wynnie and Friends” Adventure pack which includes games and educational material.

The childrens’ characters were developed as part of the highly-successful, companywide Wyndham Green program, which aims to conserve resources, preserve natural habitats and prevent pollution.

Read the full story at www.soli-lite.com!

August 13, 2013

A great starter project

Filed under: LED Work Lights — Tags: , — solaroutdoorlight @ 7:02 am

During the Civil War, Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters were sold to Union soldiers heading south to the battlefields. They were touted as a “positive protective against the fatal maladies of the Southern swamps and the poisonous tendency of the impure rivers and bayous.” The stuff was shipped west, too, where miners suffered their own spates of dysentery.

In Tonopah, Nev., William Peck discovered that Hostetter’s relieved his aches and pains, too.Shop funtional and elegant solar lights, outdoor solar lighting, solar garden lights, path lights and decorative solar lights. Evidently, he consumed about 10,000 bottles at the turn of the last century. It’s no wonder, because, when analyzed, Hostetter’s was 90-percent alcohol and 10-percent opium. We believe he consumed this much because he built an entire house out of Hostetter’s bottles and concrete.

Building with bottles originated in the deserts, where so many mining towns rose up amid Spartan ecosystems. Miners’ tents were soon in tatters and they had to find a new building material because shipping lumber by mule train was quite expensive. Those who had not yet struck it rich were left out in the cold. Literally.

Mining towns, however, had one thing in abundance, as you might imagine: bottles. Bars did a roaring business — and so did the peddlers offering patent medicines. Bottles accumulated all over the place, so it was just a matter of time before they were pressed into service as building materials.

Fast forward to the present,Soli-lite provides the world with high-performance solar roadway and solar street lighting solutions. and an interest in bottle walls is rising again. Rather than being lugged to the recycling center, bottles can be reused in the garden. Think layering bottles, just like bricks, onto wet mortar.

A few things to consider if you want to work with bottles.

First, leave the labels on because they’ll be hidden by the mortar.

Second, collect bottles that are all roughly the same size. This is really helpful for newbies who are still learning this art. Similar-sized bottles stack cleanly and hold together better than do bottles of various sizes.

Third, use bottles of the same shape. The square shape of Hostetter’s bottles made them easy to stack without rolling. Rounded bottles mixed with square ones will be more challenging.

Fourth,Most modern headlight designs include Wholesale HID Kit. consider using bottles of the same color. Consider using all blue bottles or all green ones — or just amber beer bottles — for a powerful design statement.

While bottles were commonly used in Nevada for houses, walls might be a better option today. The shorter the wall, the more stable it remains.

A great starter project is creating a bench out of bottles using wood or a stone slab on top for a comfortable seat.

Consider how light shines through such walls in the morning and at sunset when the sun is low. Your wall, accordingly, could lighten up on cue for cocktail hour. Another option is to arrange your landscape lighting to illuminate the back of the bench or wall so the bottles glow all night long.

The best place to learn how to build stuff with recycled bottles is on YouTube. How-to videos there will help you get started. Consider a bottle wall for part of your greenhouse or solarium. Many folks fill their bottles with water and seal them before stacking into a wall for a low-cost thermal mass to keep a solar greenhouse warmer.

Reusing bottles in masonry is one of the most beautiful ways to avoid trips to the recycling center and limit expenditures at the home-improvement store.

Click on their website www.indoorilite.com for more information.

June 5, 2013

A New Desk Lamp

Filed under: LED Lamp — Tags: — solaroutdoorlight @ 2:48 am

Energy efficient, elegantly designed and made in theUSA, the HeronLED Personal Task Light is shining a warm, white and sustainable light on hotel desks across America. Manufactured from recycled computers, printers, and other electronics, the HeronLED Personal Task Light is the newest green product from Pineapple Hospitality. The acknowledged leader in distributing greener products for the hospitality industry, Pineapple Hospitality is the master distributor of the HeronLED Personal Task Light.

The HeronLED Personal Task Light is the first made-in-USA hotel LED desk lamp to earn the ENERGY STAR and is the only one to be made from recycled computers and other electronics, known as e-waste. Its sleek, ergonomic design fits any room decor, providing better lighting for guests while reducing energy costs.

Manufactured by LittleFootprint Lighting, a pioneer of sustainably designed LED task lighting products, the lamp uses only four watts – seven to 10 times less energy than conventional desk lamps. The replaceable LED bulb lasts 15 years or 50,000 hours. The HeronLED’s adjustable, ergonomic design allows guests to focus the light were it is needed and provides a warm, white light of 220 lumens. Designed and manufactured in the USA, the lamp carries a five year warranty. Hoteliers benefit from substantial energy savings, low maintenance, and added LEED credits.

The HeronLED also casts a light on a property’s environmental efforts, according to Ray Burger, CEO of Pineapple Hospitality and a pioneer in the greening of the hospitality industry. “Guests want to stay at hotels that are green and committed to environmental initiatives,” Burger asserts. “And while back-of-the-house efforts are key to realizing cost and energy savings, they are not immediately apparent to the guest. The HeronLED makes a powerful, highly visible statement about a hotel’s commitment to sustainability, and support of green, American-made products while meeting the needs of the guest.”

Increasingly, guests are demanding not only sustainable products, but effective, well-designed lighting fixtures,” notes Burger. “The Great Recession’s impact on the hospitality industry is still being analyzed. But a lack of investment in guest satisfaction is clearly an issue.” Burger cites a 2012 JD Powers survey that showed guest satisfaction at a record low, with complaints about Internet service, excessive charges and poor or inoperative lighting at the top of the list. “Saving energy with inadequate lighting solves nothing,” says Burger.

Affordable, effective and elegant, the HeronLED is a viable alternative for properties of every size and category. Seattle’s Hotel 1000, known for its hi-tech, eco-friendly rooms and on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013, purchased the desk lamps to provide better lighting for guests while reducing energy costs and demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and green jobs in the US.

Founded by LEED AP Nancy Wahl-Scheurich and headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, LittleFootprint Lighting is a manufacturer of sustainable LED task lighting products that are made in the USA from recycled materials. Designed for hotels, commercial buildings and home offices, LittleFootprint Lighting’s products deliver the right amount of light where it’s needed, saving energy and helping to reduce eye strain.

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