We have all experienced it, the dreaded power outage. One minute the family is enjoying their favorite TV show, and the next everyone is sitting in the dark and wondering what to do now that the tech toys are nothing more than paper weights. This is surely a major annoyance, but in some parts of the continent, it is much more than that. In locations with frequent severe weather, power outages are much more common occurrences and can last for much longer periods of time. What lasts half an hour at your house can last for hours, or even days, in remote locations or in instances of major storms. Never mind the bored and whiny kids and defrosting freezer: the lack of light makes every task at hand that much harder and more dangerous to complete; At least until now. A project found on Kickstarter is just the ticket to make power outages that much more bearable, even if they seem to last and last.
Watch industry news these days and one topic comes up time and again: LED lighting. And for once the talk is all positive. In fact, practically every sector that has something to say about it seems to be saying that it could be a saving grace in our struggling economy.
Obviously the lighting industry is stoked about the new-found popularity of LED lighting. According to the LED Lighting Market Report that was recently released, the global LED lighting market is expected to grow 45 percent each year through 2019. Considering the market was worth $4.8 billion in 2012, that would make it worth $42 billion annually by 2019. Even more, these figures are based solely on the current sales value of 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The numbers don’t even take other size and wattage bulbs into account in their figures. Recent developments in LED technology that have created viable LED options for higher-output options like PAR38 replacement bulbs are certain to boost these numbers even higher. This explosive growth is expanding LED lighting manufacture operations as fast as they can build and staff them, both in North America and across the globe in the facilities that supply raw components to companies here at home.
On the fringes of Islamabad, Pakistan, live thousands of migratory families that struggle to survive each and every day. These families fight so hard to make a living that many of their children are denied a basic education, which continues the cycle of poverty for generations. The non-profit organization JAQ Education Trust exists to stop this sad cycle and provide these kids with opportunities to improve their own lives and hopefully break the cycle once and for all. Their informal schools, known as Pelhi Kiran or “The First Ray of Light,” bring school to them in a way that fits into their unusual lifestyle. The schools are open when the children can attend around their work and family duties, and they even relocate when the community does.
Madison Square Garden has been the world’s most famous sporting arena since before the current structure was erected in 1968 and is home to well-loved sports franchises like New York Knicks basketball, New York Rangers hockey and the WNBA’s Lady Liberty. So it only goes to figure that it would become the venue with the world’s most state-of-the-art video screen system. GardenVision, as it is called, is a big part of the recently completed renovations that the iconic building has undergone. The main feature of GardenVision is the new state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind, center hung multimedia display.