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Honoring all that have served and currently serve.

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How To Stay Green While Living In Quarantine

Source: How To Stay Green While Living In Quarantine

REF: Forbes

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UI team uses ultraviolet light to vanquish coronavirus on PPE | Local | dnews.com

Source: UI team uses ultraviolet light to vanquish coronavirus on PPE | Local | dnews.com

REF: Moscow-Pullman Daily News

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California Will Enforce The Energy-Efficient Lightbulb Rule Trump Wants To Reverse

Updated on Jan. 2 at 4:55 p.m. ET

California can now begin enforcing new minimum standards for light bulb efficiency, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. It’s the latest split between the state and the Trump administration, which has moved to reverse the same standards on a national level.

The judge rejected a petition for a temporary block by two industry groups, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the American Lighting Association. The ALA says it’s “conferring with counsel on next steps.”

The standards were adopted by the California Energy Commission (CEC) after the Trump administration recently moved to roll them back.

The light bulb efficiency standards originally passed under President George W. Bush, then were expanded during the Obama administration. That expanded version includes specialty light bulbs like those used in bathroom vanities and recessed lighting, as well as candle-shaped lights.

The Obama-era rule aimed to phase out all incandescent and halogen bulbs and replace them with LED bulbs that meet a minimum energy efficiency of 45 lumens per watt. (Still not up on your lumens-watt conversion? Here’s some help!)

According to the Energy Department, LED bulbs are among the most energy efficient in the market today, using 75-80% less energy than regular ones.

In November, 16 states, including California and New York, sued the federal government over its reversal of the latest standards, and the California Energy Commission decided to adopt the original federal legislation. That’s when the two industry groups petitioned for a temporary restraining order.

The judge denied that petition Tuesday, saying the efficiency standards have “garnered significant support from consumer groups.”

REF: NPR

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Happy Holidays!

Commercial Lighting Tampa would like to wish everyone a great holiday! Merry Christmas!

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LED Christmas Lights Give You The Power To Save

DUNMORE, Pa. — Heading into the holiday season means your electric bill is about to spike, especially if you’re trying to pull a Clark Griswold. We spoke with a couple of experts at Jerry’s For All Seasons in Dunmore to help save you a couple of bucks on your electric bill this year.

“The best thing that you can do, the most cost-effective and energy-efficient thing is to purchase and use LED lights,” said Alana Roberts, PPL regional affairs director.

“Lawn ornaments all come in LED. The tree toppers, stars, they’re all LED. Virtually anything that comes incandescent now comes in LED,” said jerry Longo, owner of Jerry’s For All Seasons.

Those LED bulbs aren’t just cost-effective. They’re built to last, too.

“They last for years and years and years. The screw-in C7, C9, they have a 20-year life,” Longo said.

If you’re still using incandescent bulbs you can still find ways to save.

“If you’re using a timer on your lights, that’s a good way to save, too. If you’re going to run your lights 24/7 even when it’s light out and you can’t see them, you’re definitely using more electricity,” Roberts.

Roberts also has some advice if you have one of those giant blow-up Santas.

“Those inflatables are awesome. When I go around looking at lights, I like to see them, but they’re probably the least energy-efficient item in your holiday display, so consider that your splurge item,” Roberts said.

PPL officials remind you to stay safe while putting up your lights by being mindful of electrical lines if you’re working outside, and not overloading outlets inside.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2019!!!

Wishing your family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving from our family at Commercial Lighting Tampa!

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Thank you Veterans!!

We would like to thank all of our Armed Forces for everything you do. Thank You!!

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Incandescent Light Bulbs Stink (and Other Hard Truths)

Don’t take pride in inefficient appliances.

The other day, one of the obnoxious little incandescent light bulbs in my bathroom went out. Every time I run out of the damn things, I have to take an old one to the store with me to find a match or spend 20 minutes hunting around online to figure out exactly what kind they are. I took the latter route this time; turns out the shot bulb had a “globe” shape with a “candelabra” base.

This kind of bulb, as it happens, is currently caught up in a dispute over changing environmental standards. So while most people would have ordered some new bulbs and gotten on with their day, I got to thinking about how we regulate the various resource-sucking appliances around our homes.

Back when the government banned incandescent light bulbs — forcing us to use those awful swirly things for a while before the far-superior LEDs came around — it exempted goofy-shaped bulbs like the ones in my bathroom. Indeed, that fixture is the only one in the house that still has incandescents in it, because it loses a bulb only once a year or so, and in the past I had trouble finding reasonably priced, dimmable LEDs in the right size. But as new options are gradually becoming available, including the LED six-pack I ended up buying this week, the Obama administration had planned to extend the ban to new light-bulb types, effective in 2020.

President Trump is basically canceling that expansion of the ban, and some lefty activist groups might sue. (Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.) I support Trump’s move. I prefer to let market forces, not regulation, drive changes in what products are available. But I’m also frustrated by the conservative rhetoric in these debates, which frequently takes the form of outright defense of wasteful products.

So I’ll come out and say it: Incandescent light bulbs suck. We shouldn’t ban them, but no one should use them voluntarily, either. Their sole purpose is to emit light, but 90 percent of the energy they use creates heat.

When you replace an incandescent bulb with an LED, the electricity savings can pay for the bulb in a matter of months. Running an incandescent 60-watt bulb for five hours a day costs more than $10 over the course of a year, and LEDs cut that price tag by about 85 percent. Lesser-used bulbs will take longer to pay for themselves, but they still will, many times over, before they burn out. If you’re taking pride in using incandescent bulbs, you’re taking pride in losing money and harming the environment at the same time.

The same dynamic can be seen in debates over all sorts of other technological advances that improve the efficiency of a product, increasing its up-front purchase price and sometimes making it marginally less effective, but saving consumers money in the not-so-long run. Rather than just saying people should be allowed to waste their own money on the less-efficient, older version of the product if they want, many on the right actually defend that version as superior. (See the furor over whether the one-hour “quick” cycles on modern dishwashers are effective on heavily soiled dishes, and whether we need to loosen standards so these contraptions can hose our plates down with maximum speed and aggression: Make dishwashers great again!)

And you know what? Even regarding that libertarian point that people should be allowed to waste their own money, which I wholeheartedly endorse, two big concessions are in order.

First, when you use electricity, you’re not just driving up your own electricity bill. You’re also harming the environment, because you’re requiring power plants to make more power and emit more carbon. Similar problems attend to other resources like water.

Second, people really do make a lot of dumb and short-sighted decisions. Some will save money in the short run even if over time a product that burns less energy would save more. Others don’t even pay attention to how much a product will cost them to operate, focusing only on the initial price tag. Sometimes, in other words, paternalism can work in a certain sense, whether those of us with libertarian inclinations like it or not.

The way to address these problems is not, in my view, to ban specific inefficient products. Instead, you could address climate-change externalities through a revenue-neutral carbon tax, which would make sure that people who use incandescent bulbs pay to offset the harm they’re causing while still allowing them to use incandescents if they want. Such a policy would also avoid targeting small aspects of our energy consumption (lighting is just 6 percent of residential electricity use) and hit everything that emits carbon equally, so we’re not eliminating 60-watt bulbs while ignoring my brain-rotting, 150-watt PlayStation 4.

Similarly, if we want to make sure people are fully aware of how much money they’re wasting, we can require bigger and more prominent warnings about annual energy costs on products like light bulbs, rather than banning the ones we don’t like. We could also bake some of the carbon costs into the price of the bulb itself.

But I have to admit it’s not completely crazy to see all this the other way around: If we’re not, realistically, going to have a carbon tax in the foreseeable future, one can argue that we should regulate energy use in other ways instead — and that regulations that help the environment while saving consumers money are the least objectionable way to do this.

In the end, I’d prefer to have the freedom to get whatever light bulbs I want. But no one should pretend it actually makes sense to buy an obsolete product that wastes your money every time you turn it on — and needlessly damages the atmosphere to boot.

REF: National Review

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Labor Day 2019

Wishing everyone a safe and fun Labor Day weekend! Our thoughts are with you and the communities who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. We hope you stay safe.

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