The Emergence of Automotive LED Lighting

Hanging LED Light Fixtures
The light emitting diode (LED) is technology that actually goes back more than a century, but only in the past two decades has it emerged to become arguably the most popular type of energy-saving illumination. Today, LED lights are replacing the incandescent bulbs all thanks to their energy efficiency, longevity and surprising durability.

One area where LED lighting has really made strides is in the automotive world where LED light fixtures for headlights, taillights and everything in-between are quickly becoming standard features. The question is why LED light manufacturers have pursued this type of lighting for vehicles which are not normally thought of as being in need of energy efficient light bulbs.

Why LED Lighting Works for Automobiles

There are a number of reasons why you’ll find more LED lights being put to use in cars and trucks as standard equipment as well as specialty lighting kits.

Longevity: A typical incandescent headlight bulb may last for 1000 – 1200 hours while a typical LED headlight will last for over 50,000 hours of continuous use. This difference alone combined with the price drop of LED lighting has caused people around the world to switch over to LEDs for their headlights and taillights.

Durability: Incandescent bulbs are fairly fragile and even one solid bump may be enough to cause them to fail all due to their construction. However, the LED versions are built differently so that they are naturally shock resistant. It takes a far greater impact to affect the performance of an LED bulb.

Reduced Glare: The light from LEDs is better directed than their incandescent counterparts and they create less glare as a result. This makes it safer for oncoming drivers and creates fewer accidents as a result.

Versatility: LED light manufacturers have created their bulbs in a number of different colors to help accentuate vehicles of all types. While the laws governing the colors of headlights, turn signals and taillights are very strict, additional lighting that may be used to illuminate the vehicle can take advantage of the color variations.

Finally, the energy usage of LED lighting is but a fraction of their incandescent counterparts which means far less pull on the vehicle’s battery when using the lights, air conditioning and stereo all at the same time. In turn, this provides greater performance as less energy is being consumed by the lighting system.

All in all, LED light fixtures in cars and trucks are changing the way people are thinking about their vehicles when it comes to illumination.

The Benefits of Having Control Room Furniture Over Standard Office Furniture

Command Center Furniture Design

People often wonder why they need to go for the special control room furniture, when they already have the standard furniture. Well, there are a lot of benefits of having these specialized furniture and one cannot disregard them. Given below are some of the key points for making use of the NOC furniture.


  • Convenience: Network operations centre furniture offers a great deal of convenience to the operators. They are comfortable, efficient and take very little space on the floors. These are designed especially for the specialized equipment. Also, these are quite rough and tough and can take up an intensive load as well.
  • Ergonomic features: Command consoles for the operators have ergonomic features, which other standard furniture do not have. People, who have to spend greater deal of time in front of the computer screens, require more comfortable seating. The standard office furniture are not equipped to seat people in a round the clock setting.
  • Positioning: In the control room, the desks are positioned in such a way that the computer monitors are placed at an optimum height. The viewing angle is also different for the operators. The regular furniture takes more space and limited flexibility.
  • More space: The control room furniture are designed in such a way that the tools are kept within easier reach for the operator. So, Command consoles can easily accommodate two monitors, a phone, a task light, trays, keyboard space, mouse and other reading materials. And, there is also enough space for keeping the CPU and storage below the desktop.
  • More consoles in limited space: The consoles are designed in such a way that they do not use a lot of floor space. So, more number of operators and consoles can be accommodated in the limited space. This would not have been possible with the regular furniture.
  • Easier relocation: It is easier to relocate NOC furniture. It does not require assembling and disassembling activities. But, the standard furniture are made up of metal parts and will require an expert technician for dismantling them.
  • Flexibility: Network operations center furniture offers more flexibility. These can be placed in any direction. So, you could face them in a row or back to back, or against the wall. This flexibility is not there in the standard furniture.
  • High-tech look:  Control room furniture has a completely high-tech look and can make the office space look magnificent.


These were some of the benefits of command consoles and NOC furniture. If the furniture is great, the employee productivity will also increase. If the employees are not able to focus on the work because of improper seating conditions, the work will get affected.

New Hampshire Movie Theaters Vital To Local Industry

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In the silent era of film it was just as likely to find films being produced in New England as in New York or Hollywood. Early examples, taking advantage of the rich local history, include Benedict Arnold (1909), Ralph Once’s Battle of Bunker Hill (1911) and Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1914). The benefits at the time were the varied landscape, the cooler climate and—this would change—easy access to local or regional film distributors. Thomas Edison’s film company was one who opted to schedule film shoots there during the summer. This trend continues to this day, with films as recent as David Mamet’s State and Main (2000).

Such unique aspects offered by the land and nature of New England have also inspired others, particularly in the genres of suspense and horror. In fact, one of the earliest films to mine this vein was 1900’s Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel, in which the title character finds himself forced to spend a night in a haunted building. Only ten years earlier there was a child born in Rhode Island who would grow up to be a legendary influence on horror fiction: H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft’s numerous tales of terror in pulp magazines often took place or were influenced by the history and land of his home region. In 1963, director Roger Corman adapted a novella by Lovecraft, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” to become the film titled The Haunted Palace. The Dunwich Horror (1970), Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986) and The Whisperer in Darkness (2011) are some of the other films set in New England towns which are taken from the pages of Lovecraft’s writing. It isn’t just Lovecraft himself that worked to flesh out his Cthulhu Mythos but a range of others who have added to this fictional universe through their own work, such as directors Sam Raimi and John Carpenter and writers Mike Mignola and Robert E. Howard. Carpenter used the fictional, Lovecraftian town of Hobb’s End, New Hampshire as the setting for his homage to the author, 1995’s In the Mouth of Madness.

Drawing comparisons to H.P Lovecraft, author Stephen King has created a shared universe for his own characters. New England, specifically King’s home state of Maine, features prominently in nearly all of his works. Some have said that Stephen King has “probably done more to shape popular culture images of New England than anyone since Eugene O’Neill.” Both Lovecraft and King heavily used the supernatural in their stories, possibly drawing on the literature written by predecessors like Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote “Young Goodman Brown” in 1835, using the type of satanic meetings that were alleged to have taken place in the Salem Witch Trials. This shameful part of the region’s history has been featured frequently on the big screen, starting with Maid of Salem (1937) and continuing with films such as I Married a Witch (1942), The Devonsville Terror (1983), Warlock (1989) and The Crucible (1996).

Some dramas also took inspiration from other times and addressed problems in New England’s past. The films Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951), concerning labor complaints, and Lost Boundaries (1949), about bigotry—filmed in and around Portsmouth, New Hampshire. New Hampshire movie cinemas dot the map and Portsmouth is home to the iconic New Hampshire Film Festival. In efforts to preserve New England’s history in film and continue it, such expositions are planned annually across the New England countryside.

Progress is helped along with the development of inexpensive but quality recording equipment and software. Historian Phil Hall attests, “The digital video revolution has encouraged a great many filmmakers, particularly in New England…” Hall does have some concern as about a flooded marketplace, especially in regional or local markets, such as movie theaters in Portsmouth, NH. Technology still, it must be admitted, is making it easier to film, edit and distribute films made in New England not just in Hollywood but worldwide.

Cloud Based Computing Services – SaaS

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It’s probably about time we had a talk about SaaS. Perhaps a little explanation of SaaS is in order first. Cloud services have been popping up in the news a lot recently and it seems like everyone is talking about it more than ever. But when I try to talk to the average computer user about SaaS, I’m often met with blank stares. Let’s delve into the topic of SaaS and tease out just why this technology deserves mre attention.

To begin with, SaaS simply means “Software as a Service.” If you’ve been using computers for decades now as I have you’ll probably be a tad unfamiliar with the concept. I remember as a teen, buying video games in large cardboard boxes with ten or more floppies inside. If memory serves me properly, Windows NT 3.1 was about 25 disks worth of data. Software definitely got more condensed over time, but Software as a Service is the farthest you can go from those golden days of big boxes software. And yet there are plenty of advantages to SaaS aside from this physical downsizing.

SaaS is particularly attractive to companies that employ enterprise software in their daily operations. The basic parts of software-as-a-service are contained offsite at the service provider’s facilities. This takes off some of the demand for IT services by lessening the amount of hardware and also by decreasing software maintenance. Granted, this is reinventing the wheel a bit; other industries have already applied similar concepts with successful results. As a quick example, think of a print shop. The necessary equipment is too great in cost for any individual client to accept; and as a result businesses popped up that were willing to shoulder the cost and provide access to these specialized machines for a fee.

Take a look at the numbers for Software-as-a-Service industry-wide and you’ll get the picture of a flourishing industry. This is reflected in a report from Siemer and Associates who cataloged a 17% expansion in the industry between the years 2011 and 2012. This ought to be of particular interest to IT Managers working in the United States, since 60% or more of 2012 revenue was recorded in American markets. In addition to these impressive numbers, a Right Scale survey of technical professionals found that 94% of the organizations surveyed were “running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.” Infrastructure-as-a-service here refers to the hardware that runs software-as-a-service, and so we can take the good news about IaaS as equally good news for SaaS.

Regardless of the hesitancy that some consumers and CIOs have to adopt IaaS or SaaS, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It is clear to me, that any slight resistance from consumers, and especially CIOs, is due to improper education with regard to cloud based computing solutions and surrounding technologies. The Right Scale survey mentioned earlier also found that professionals and novices alike are less concerned about cloud security in 2014 than they were in 2013. The concerns of cloud computing professionals like Critical Space Associates are more focused on issues with compliance between data in disparate locations. If you are a CIO or a consumer who has been slow to get on the IaaS/SaaS train, take this article as a warning; these technologies are not going anywhere, it behooves you to get familiar.

Buying Comfortable and Reliable Control Room Furniture

Control Room Furniture Design Center

Working with command consoles, managing everything from a control room, is a lot of work. You have to make sure that you are on top of everything to avoid mistakes, to avoid missing anything, and to do the job in the best manner possible. While this might seem easy at first, it can quickly become tiresome. This is true in all cases, but even more so for people with terrible furniture. Control room furniture has to have a certain level of comfort in order to be usable. If there is any reason why it hurts to use or why it is annoying in general, then you are not going to work at your best.

Network operations center furniture is used continuously throughout the day. You are not stopping, walking around, and speaking with people face to face often. It’s mostly a desk job, keeping you focused on screens and focused on what is happening within your network. If the furniture is not comfortable, you cannot do this happily. You cannot focus on the job, you cannot keep up with everything, and you cannot do your job as well as you should do it. This, of course, can lead to problems. Having good furniture can avoid a lot of the mess that basic office furniture, or just low quality furniture, can cause.

On top of comfort, you also need quality. Never sacrifice one for the other as that may lead to troubles at some point. You want your chosen NOC furniture to feel great over long, continued use and you want it to last a long time. This is part of your job, which means that it cannot lack in any area. When you are working for hours straight, and when this is furniture that you are using over most of your employment, you need to trust that it will stay strong. Choosing something that is low quality makes it hard to have that trust.

When you choose appropriate, comfortable, and reliable furniture, it is a lot easier to focus on your job and to do well. You are not going to have the discomfort and distractions that come along with poor quality furniture, nor are you going to have any concerns popping up. Choosing basic office furniture may lead to such situations, taking your mind off your work and possibly losing you money. Do not let this happen; instead, have good furniture from the start.