Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tv install in south Philly PA

Tv install in south Philly PA

Tv install in south Philly PA

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Smoke Detectors: The Importance of Getting Yours Hardwired

Smoke Detector


The following is a guest post by Marcy Tate from
Networx

By now most Americans know the importance of installing smoke detectors.
Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, many states launched aggressive campaigns to
inform homeowners of the importance of smoke detectors. As house
fire-related deaths decreased due to the detectors’ effectiveness, Americans
got on board. Nowadays, smoke detectors have come a long way from the first battery-operated models in
the mid-1960s. Smoke detectors are now available with the option of a
hardwired installation – a feature which makes them safer and more effective
in the case of a fire.

What’s Hardwired?
Hardwired smoke detectors are wired into the electrical system in your home.
They are wired together so that if one detector warns of smoke or fire, the
others also go off. This way, all areas of your home are warned.
Additionally, hardwired smoke detectors include a battery backup feature. If
the power goes out, the battery starts working.

Why Hardwired?
Whether you have a large or small home, hardwired smoke detectors are the
way to go. Consider this scenario: You are cooking dinner on the stove and
go downstairs to the basement to change a load of laundry. You get
distracted, forget you have something cooking on the stove and a fire
starts. You are in the basement with the noise of the washing machine and
you are talking on the phone. You don’t hear the upstairs smoke alarm and
tragedy strikes. This scenario can be prevented if the smoke detectors are
hardwired. The basement smoke alarms will have sound and the fire will be
avoided.

How to Install Hardwired Smoke Detectors
Installing hardwired smoke detectors should be left to a professional,
licensed electrician. Even if you are an experienced DIYer, smoke detectors
are too important to trust your own installation. Have an electrician guide
you if you insist on doing it yourself. It’s always better to be safe than
sorry: Have an electrician do it.

How to Choose a Smoke Detector
There are three kinds of smoke detectors:
• Ionization alarms- They sound very quickly when there is a flaming,
fast-moving fire.
• Photoelectric alarms- They are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.

• Dual sensor smoke alarms- They combine ionization and photoelectric
sensing into one. In my opinion, this is the only way to go.

How Many Smoke Detectors do I Need?
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that homeowners install smoke
detectors on every level of their home, including the basement. It’s
important to place a smoke alarm near bedrooms. In case of a fire, they will
provide an early warning to anyone sleeping.

Smoke Detector Maintenance
Your smoke detectors won’t work unless they are maintained properly. It is
crucial that you:
• Replace the batteries at least once a year.

• Replace the smoke detector every 8-10 years.

• For hardwired smoke detectors, batteries should be checked monthly and
replaced at least once a year.

• Pick a holiday, birthday or the day you switch the clocks as the day to
replace the batteries each year in your smoke detectors.

Learn more about fire safety and home fire prevention at the U.S. Fie Administration.

Marcy Tate is a home improvement blogger at Networx. She is also a featured writer at
Electricians Networks.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Electric Shock Prank! (full length)

Sustainable Dance Floor????




The Sustainable Dance Floor™ is the first dance floor that captures the energy of dancing. The energy produced by movement is converted into electricity that is used to make the dance floor react to the dancer in an interactive way.
The floor provides a unique visual experience on every energy level, from 'loading' and 'average', to the maximum level of the evening: 'ultimate high'! All visuals are a continuous real-time interaction between the clubbers on the floor, allowing every individual's actions to contribute to the collective experience.
Sustainable Dance Floor
The Sustainable Dance Floor consists of separate tiles of 65 cm x 65 cm each. A mechanical system 'clicks' the tiles together, which makes it possible to set up the dance floor in every desirable size.
The floor can be set up at almost any location. The only limitation for outside use is that the dance floor needs to be covered by a tent. The different colours of the LED lights makes the generated energy levels visible on the Dance Floor.
The Sustainable Dance Floor™ is the first dance floor that captures the energy of dancing. The energy produced by movement is converted into electricity that is used to make the dance floor react to the dancer in an interactive way.
The floor provides a unique visual experience on every energy level, from 'loading' and 'average', to the maximum level of the evening: 'ultimate high'! All visuals are a continuous real-time interaction between the clubbers on the floor, allowing every individual's actions to contribute to the collective experience.
Sustainable Dance Floor
The Sustainable Dance Floor consists of separate tiles of 65 cm x 65 cm each. A mechanical system 'clicks' the tiles together, which makes it possible to set up the dance floor in every desirable size.
The floor can be set up at almost any location. The only limitation for outside use is that the dance floor needs to be covered by a tent. The different colours of the LED lights makes the generated energy levels visible on the Dance Floor.

made by Waanzee
Energy Meter
The Energy Meter encourages the dancer to attain the maximum possible energy level. This means that dancers are constantly reminded of the relationship between their movement and the result of their actions and that this is the sustainable experience. SDC offers two kinds of Meters: the 'Tower' model shows the amount of energy in percentages (25%, 50%, 75% and 100%) and controls the colours of the dance floor. The 'LED Battery' model shows the precise amount of Watts generated. The background of the screen shows the SDC movie of the dance floor and can be completely customised to meet the client's brand requirements.
Rental options
The Sustainable Dance Floor is available for rent, with options from 9 tiles as a showcase to a full dance floor of 70 tiles, and everything in between. The dance floor can be easily transported and set up, providing a fun and eye-catching way to showcase sustainability at events, exhibitions and festivals all over the world.
Purchase options
For permanent installations in your club, museum, company hall or for an exhibition or a public space, Sustainable Dance Floor tiles can be purchased. The minimum number of tiles is four, while no maximum applies. Purchased tiles come in a package with a ControlUnit (drive behind the technique) and Energy Meter.
Process & Development
The dance floor is a fusion of electronics, embedded software and smart durable materials. Every tile makes a vertical movement of up to 1 cm when danced on. These movements are transformed by an advanced electric motor into electric power. Every person is able to produce 2-20 Watt, depending on the dancers weight and activity on the dance floor. The generated energy is then used to power the interactive elements of the floor or can be used to power other systems. The technology of the dance floor is continuously being developed.
The technology of the floor can also be used for other applications such as gyms, railway stations and airports.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Soon you will have a power plant in your house.

Nippon Oil to Sell Residential Fuel Cells in Japan

by Michael Graham Richard, Ottawa, Canada on 01.21.09
Science & Technology (alternative energy)
Buzz up!

How a Fuel Cell works photo

Power@Home: Residential Fuel Cells
Fuel cells are almost always mentioned in the context of hydrogen-powered vehicles (like Honda's FCX Clarity), but that's not their only use. Japan has been studying their use for on-site residential production of electricity and heat for a while (a ten-year, ¥18 billion R&D effort ended in 2002, and more programs and subsidies are in place now).

But what are the benefits of residential fuel cells?

Tokyo Gas Residential Fuel Cells photo
Some residential demonstration fuel cells by Tokyo Gas.

While there are still many downsides, including high costs for now, residential fuel cells - even if the hydrogen is reformed from natural gas - can be very efficient. Some models by Tokyo Gas have a combined efficiency of 87%. Compared to burning natural gas for heat, you get the benefit of also producing electricity, and compared to burning natural gas for electricity in a power plant, you avoid transmission losses by producing the power where you need it. This can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

A recent study commissioned by Ballard Power Systems and Plug Power and independently verified by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) show that global greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions through the year 2025 from hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be in the range of 30,000 to 115,000 kilotonnes. The analysis focused on fuel cell applications most likely to achieve near-term commercialization, including residential cogeneration, distributed generation, and backup power systems.

I don't think hydrogen fuel cells will play a big role in the near future, but it's a good idea to keep doing R&D to lower costs, find new clean ways to produce hydrogen efficiently and store it, conduct real-world tests, etc.

The latest announcement in that vein came from Nippon Oil. It plans to "begin full-scale sales of home-use fuel cell systems in the year ending March 31, 2010". According to Nikkei (via GCC):

Switching to fuel cells reduces carbon dioxide emissions from homes by 30-40%, and the Japanese government is expected to start subsidizing fuel cell installations in fiscal 2009 as a measure for reducing Japan’s global warming gas emissions.

Nippon Oil’s fuel cell production joint venture with Sanyo Electric Co. is slated to start mass-production in April. By fiscal 2015, the company hopes to lower the price of its household fuel cell systems to around 500,000 yen [US$5,500] and bolster their sales to 40,000 units a year.

This 30-40% reduction in CO2 emissions is probably based on the power-source mix of Japan's grid. In some countries it might be lower, but in others that rely heavily on coal (like Poland), it might be much higher.

Via Nikkei, Green Car Congress

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Missing Secrets of Nikola Tesla




"Tesla lectured to the scientific community on his inventions in New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis and before scientific organizations in both England and France in 1892. Tesla’s lectures and writings of the 1890s aroused wide admiration among contemporaries popularized his inventions and inspired untold numbers of younger men to enter the new field of radio and electrical science"

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Don't forget to give the Easter Bunny a cookie.


Generation 3 Electric wants to wish everyone a happy Easter and an enjoyable spring. Santa is not the only one who like to get some milk and cookies after a hard day of work. Philadelphia remember Bunny wants a cookie.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Peco wind



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