Archive for September, 2012

Boeing Uses LED Lighting to Combat Jet Lag

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

787 First FlightLED lights have been used in a variety of applications since their invention in 1961. From inexpensive appliance display lighting to automobile daytime headlamps, light-emitting diodes seem to be everywhere. Indeed, LED lighting could even change air travel as we know it. The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s new jetliner, includes LED lighting designed to positively influence passengers’ circadian rhythms.

How could LED lights possibly affect the body’s diurnal rhythms? The answer hinges on the fact that LEDs are “programmable.” Unlike filament-heating incandescent bulbs, LEDs are tiny semi-conductors, fueled by electricity-stimulated electrons crossing a field to fill electron holes. The chemistry here is pretty complex, but suffice it to say that engineers can affect the light wavelengths an LED produces by changing the semi-conductor material. Zinc selenide, for instance, is used to produce blue LED lighting.

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Product Comparison: LED Micro Pliers Multi Tool vs. LED Pocket Pliers Multi Tool

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

COAST's LED Micro Pliers Multi-Tool and LED Pocket Pliers Multi-ToolToo many choices – that’s how many modern consumers feel. The grocery store leaves us overwhelmed. The malls are so large and full of potential buying decisions that the elderly among us traipse through them for exercise. Well, we feel your pain, shoppers – and we want to make your multi-tool decision a little easier. The chart below compares two of our most popular multi-tools: the LED Micro Pliers multi-tool and the LED pocket pliers multi-tool. Our hope is that listing the basic information about each multi-tool side-by-side will help you figure out which is the best option for your needs.

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COAST Products Showcases Lighting and Multi-Tools at Snap-On Franchisee Conference

Monday, September 24th, 2012

A Sailor welds a bracket in the sheet metal shop.

Snap-On franchisees, associates and suppliers like COAST converged in Las Vegas Aug. 10-12 at the annual Snap-On Franchisee Conference. This conference is geared toward technicians, service workers and the companies that supply them. COAST participated as a leading supplier of multi-tools and LED flashlights.

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National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared with LED Lanterns, Flashlights and More

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Near LandfallSeptember is National Preparedness Month, and although it’s almost over, it’s not too late to start preparing your home, car and office for a potential emergency. Americans run the gamut in terms of how they approach disaster preparedness. For some, creating an emergency kit means stashing a few LED flashlights around the house. On the other end of the spectrum, staunch survivalists known as “preppers” spend small fortunes on building and stocking their own emergency bunkers.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages families and businesses to aim for something between the two extremes: creating a disaster plan and stocking enough food, water and supplies for a three-day emergency.

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New HP2 and HP3 Lights now in Stock

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

COAST's HP2 and HP3 LED FlashlightsFor technicians and repair professionals, a well-designed LED flashlight can boost productivity and comfort on the job. Many such experts abhor spending too much time rattling around in their toolboxes, looking for the best LED light. When you must be able to see into dark, dusty, cramped spaces in order to make repairs, achieving the right brightness, beam focus and run time is crucial.

Our new HP2 and HP3 lights make it easy to adjust these variables on the fly, making them ideal for handy men and women everywhere. Indeed, with an HP2 or HP3 flashlight, most technicians will only need to use a single light when on the job – talk about easy! These new LED flashlight models are now in stock and available for purchase. Let’s look a little more closely at each LED light: (more…)

Congratulations COAST HP21 August Winner

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
HP21 LED Flashlight

HP21 LED Flashlight

Just a few seconds and a couple of mouse clicks – that’s all it takes to sign up for our monthly COAST HP21 LED flashlight giveaway. The latest winner, Tom A. of Red Oak, Iowa, has discovered that a few seconds of digital paperwork can be quite worthwhile! To sign up for our drawing yourself, fill out and submit this entry form.

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COAST Products Remembers: Emergency Responders on 9/11

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

American Flag at Site of 9/11 Memorial in Queens, NYHere at COAST Products and across the country, people are feeling mixed emotions about the 11-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. That planes should strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon seemed unthinkable then, and many people are still struggling to understand what the attacks meant and whether the subsequent war in Afghanistan has been justified. One thing is not up for debate, however: the heroism and sacrifice of the 9/11 emergency responders.

Communities across the country are honoring the firefighters, police and other remarkable individuals who ran toward the smoldering towers when everyone else was running away. Here are two examples of some of the memorial ceremonies that have taken place to honor 9/11 emergency responders:

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