The difference in turn-on time between LED bulbs and incandescent bulbs suggest that rear-end collisions, accounting for 28% of all accidents could be significantly reduced if all automobiles used LED bulbs for their brake lights. http://wp.me/p2eHXe-3S
By Jason Weaver, C.E.O., President of Starlights, Inc.
Could switching brake lights from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs significantly reduce auto accidents? The difference in turn-on time between LED bulbs and incandescent bulbs suggest that rear-end collisions, accounting for 28% of all accidents in 1996 and 32.2% in 2010, could be significantly reduced if all automobiles used LED bulbs for their brake lights. Two studies show “…that LED signals provide a braking response time advantage between 170 and 200 ms [milliseconds] under favorable lighting conditions and up to 300 ms under adverse lighting conditions…Note that a 200 ms improvement in braking response is equivalent to a 19.1 feet reduction in stopping distance at a speed of 65 MPH. “1 LED bulbs illuminate faster, providing the next vehicle more time to safely brake and avoid a rear-end collision.
1,745,000 rear-end collisions occurred in 2010. Of those, 73% resulted in property damage without injuries or fatalities. Repairs to the vehicles involved can range from a few hundred dollars to as much as $10,000. Property damage from rear-end collisions is a burden hopefully lessened by auto insurance, but what about personal injuries and deaths? Rear-end collisions account for almost 6% of all vehicular fatalities and 31% of all vehicular injuries.2 It’s amazing to think that simply switching from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs in brake lights could save lives in the real world. Many auto manufacturers have already started offering vehicles with LED taillights standard or optional, but that leaves hundreds of millions of vehicles already on the road without this safety upgrade.
Like checking tire inflation, checking brake lights is a task few drivers undertake on a regular basis, but it can pay large dividends in safety. Since incandescent bulbs have shorter lifespans than LED bulbs, check your brake lights regularly. When you apply the brakes, the brake lights must illuminate brightly or they need replacements. Remember to always replace your automobile’s bulbs in pairs and consider a switch to LED bulbs.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO: We are now offering 110 volt LED light bulbs. These bulbs are engineered to last for 20 years (under normal use) and use up to 90% less electricity than the incandescent/halogen bulbs which they replace. In addition, they contain no hazardous chemicals (like the compact fluorescent) and are even more efficient than the CFL’s. These bulbs are simple to install (just plug them in exactly as the ones that they replace). No need to change fixtures or rewire anything.
As an introductory promotion, we are offering an across the board 10% discount on all of the bulbs, or we will supply them to you for 12 equal monthly payments. The monthly electric bill savings should more than make up for the monthly cost of the bulbs, and at the end of the 12 months they are yours forever- no more changing light bulbs (at least for the next 20 years).
We have developed a calculator which analyzes your current energy costs and can calculate your approximate monthly energy savings if you were to switch to the energy efficient LED bulbs. I can send you a detailed proposal showing you the monthly savings, lifetime savings, and ROI you would capture by making the switch.
If this is of interest to you, please contact me for more information, and/or supply me with some basic information, and I will send you a customized action plan. The information I would need is as follows:
- 12 month Average KWH cost for your location.
- 12 month Average KWH usage.
- Number of hours your lights are turned on and number of days per week.
- The types of bulbs you currently use, in particular:
- Halogen, incandescent, etc…
- Are they PAR lights, standard Edison, etc…- this information is easiest to find on the replacement bulb packages which you may have in stock.
- Which, if any, must be dimmable.
- Watts used by the current bulb
- If you pay an outside company to change the light bulbs when they burn out, how much do they charge per bulb?
With this information, I can show you savings in real dollars (I can also take a look at your electrical bills and calculate numbers 1 and 2 for you if necessary). I have attached an example proposal below for your reference. This is a customer who owns an optometry practice and changed out their halogen, CFL, and incandescent bulbs to our LED’s. Their average monthly electrical bill is $155. In the proposal, you can see the total cost, ROI in months, and monthly savings by switching to LED’s. We recently finished another job for a hair salon in which their average monthly electrical bill was $565, and is now down to $374 as a result of switching to our LED’s (their ROI was 8.4 months).
Again, thank you so much for your past business. Please let me know if you would like me to send you a detailed proposal, and I will do so ASAP. Happy New Year!
Jason P. Weaver; President & CEO
Office: (805) 685-8500
Our solution, the Smart Light 1000. This 12 volt RV motion light illuminates those areas around your RV for safety and security. Helps to prevent accidental slips, falls, and theft by giving you light where you want it, when you need it.
As fuel prices continue to escalate, thieves are taking advantage of traveling inventory- Recreational Vehicles. Since many RV’s carry up to 100 gallons of regular or diesel fuel, gas crooks have found them to be extremely profitable targets. Over the past year, gas siphoning crimes have gone through the roof, causing many recreational enthusiasts to buy locking gas caps, park exclusively in well-lit areas, or simply forgo family RV vacations.
Locking gas caps are a good idea, and lighted camp grounds are typically safer than dark sites. That said, RVers now have a more effective option. It’s called the Smart Light 1000, and it’s the only 12 volt motion light in the world. In an effort to combat gas piracy, many RVers are installing this motion light above their gas tanks. When a person is detected within a 20 foot field of view, the light illuminates, and the would-be intruder is scared off. “We initially developed this light to be mounted where standard porch lights are placed” explains Jason Weaver, President and CEO of Starlights, Inc. “We wanted to increase the safety and convenience of fellow RVers. Recently, however, more of our customers are buying the lights to mount over their gas tanks. It makes perfect sense, just not something we thought about originally”.
The Smart Light 1000 is motion activated, works off of the coaches’ 12 volt source, has a battery monitoring system, and it even filters out humans from other objects in order to reduce false triggering throughout the night. The SL 1000 also has a 14 day money back guarantee. “If you aren’t satisfied for any reason, simply return it within 14 days for a full refund”, states Mr. Weaver. The Smart Light 1000 also comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. For more information about the Smart Light 1000, please visit them at www.starlightsinc.com.
By Jason Weaver, C.E.O., President of Starlights, Inc.
During my travels, I’m often asked about the type of light (color) LED’s emit. Years ago we had but one choice, a bulb which gave off a blue hue when illuminated. Due to many scientific breakthroughs over the past decade, we now have a myriad of choices available with respect to LED bulb colors. In fact, many of the most popular bulbs that Starlights, Inc. produces today match the golden hue of a typical incandescent bulb. When behind a lens, most people aren’t able to differentiate between our ‘warm white’ LED bulb and a regular incandescent light bulb (until one looks at one’s power draw). Of course, we still offer ‘cool white’ bulbs, some with the blue hue (which to my surprise many people prefer), and others that are almost completely white. But the question is, when shopping for LED bulbs, how do you know which bulbs offer which color?
Here’s the secret. You have to look for what we call color temperature. This term has nothing to do with the cool temperatures at which LED bulbs run, but rather the color that the light emits. Click here to see a Kelvin Scale chart: KelvinScale. Kelvin scales range from 0-1000. Most blue hue LED bulbs lie in the 6500K range. A typical yellowish light is around 3000K. And the whiter light (my favorite temp) is about 4200K. As with any subjective topic, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My suggestion is to visit one of your local retailers and ask them to show you the difference between a high Kelvin bulb and a lower one. Any of the dealers that carry Starlights, Inc. LED’s have the capability and eagerness to demonstrate these bulbs and further educate you on the subtle nuances which differentiate one LED bulb/manufacturer from the others.
By: Jason P. Weaver- President & C.E.O, Starlights Inc.
Millions of years ago, the Sahara desert was a lush rain forest. The trees absorbed billions of tons of carbon dioxide through their leaves. These leaves would fall to the ground, decompose, and feed energy back into the rainforest canopy. Much of the captured carbon dioxide, however, settled into the earth and lied dormant as carbon deposits. This process repeated itself over millions and millions of years. Obviously, the Saharan rainforest is now long gone, but what remains are the pools of carbon we all know as oil.
Fast forward to the 18th Century, and the ascension of the modern day oil lamp. Initially these lamps were powered primarily by whale oil. This would change, however, by the mid-1850’s. Drilling for petroleum oil was gaining momentum, and it was much cheaper than whale oil. Soon thereafter, petroleum oil became the dominant fuel used to light the world. In 1870, John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil, which would become the world’s largest oil refinement company. Early on, crude oil was pumped from the ground, and refined into petroleum oil. The refining byproduct was gasoline, and it was discarded into large open pits next to the factories. At the turn of the 20th Century, Henry Ford created the Model T. Ford’s original intent was to power the engine with alcohol, but Rockefeller and his trusted confidant Thomas Edison convinced Ford that gasoline was the way to go. Shortly thereafter, the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) put a stop to the alcohol powered vehicle for good. Ford switched gears, campaigned for consumers to buy this “waste”, and use it to power his line of automobiles. Now, instead of waste, this gasoline byproduct became a commodity, and the modern automobile era began.
All seemed to be rather serendipitous. Energy could be extracted from the ground, refined into two primary usable sources (crude and gas), engines would hum, and waste would be a thing of the past. We had a full circle, right? Wrong! What our energy pioneers ignored, was the simple rule of physics, which dictates that energy is neither created nor destroyed, it is simply transferred. So, when we extracted the oil, refined it, and “burnt” it through our internal combustible engines, the smoke which was released contained carbon monoxide. In small amounts this proves to be innocuous enough, but on a large scale this can be catastrophic. It took Mother Nature more than a billion years to collect that carbon, turn it from a gas into a liquid (or rock in the case of coal), and bury it beneath the earth’s surface. Now, we are digging up that carbon and releasing it back into the earth’s atmosphere much faster than it can be processed. Think about it. It took more than a billion years for our earth to create these carbon reserves, and we will have burnt most of them in 200 years- releasing the carbon back into the environment. Our ecosystem relies on balance, and this unnatural act is clearly affecting nature’s balance.
Some pundits argue that global warming is merely a coincidence, and that may be true. Every 10,000 years or so our earth oscillates between ice ages. So climate change is definitely a natural occurring phenomenon. But, how do these experts explain holes in our ozone layer, accelerated melting ice caps, acid rain, worsening air pollution in populated areas, and other natural abnormalities? How is all of this a coincidence, when we know energy is simply transferred, and we are releasing more energy into our atmosphere than our world has seen since Trilobites wandered the earth? To continue at this pace is irresponsible and extremely dangerous to our long term survival. We must take measures now to reduce these carbon emissions. As I’ve said, I have some ideas… Stay tuned.