Archive for January, 2013

Will Tomorrow’s Light Bulb be Made of Plastic?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

White Bokeh on Black Background

Every industry has its own buzz, or the latest developments that could potentially change the playing field. In LED lighting, the current rumor is that plastic light bulbs could soon be on the market. According to a recent press release, Wake University professor David Carroll has applied FIPEL technology to create a plastic, buzz-free light bulb. FIPEL stands for Field-Induced Polymer ElectroLuminescent – that’s quite a mouthful. Basically, it means these bulbs are created with several layers of white-emitting polymer (plastics) that have been blended with special nanomaterials. These nanomaterials naturally glow when stimulated by electricity.

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How to Turn Any Flashlight into a Bike Light

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Fixed-gear IRO Commuter - 2010

If you’re an avid cyclist, you probably see lights as a necessary nuisance. Clearly, your two-wheeled ride must be outfitted with bright, impossible-to-ignore lights; otherwise you risk a nasty (and potentially deadly) run-in with a car. However, since most affordable bike lights are cheaply made battery hogs, bikers abhor the fact that they must replace their lights and batteries so frequently. Well, no more! There is a different option: strapping an LED flashlight or two to your bike’s handlebars.

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COAST Unveils Rechargeable LED Flashlights at Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Wrenchin’ Roger visited the COAST booth at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) last November for a tour of our latest LED lights. As you can see in the video below, our own Kevin Corcoran introduced three professional use LED flashlight options, all of which are rechargeable.

A9R: First up was the A9R rechargeable penlight – the perfect torch for inspection gigs. You can recharge this handy light by simply plugging it into the charging cap. A green light is illuminated when the A9R is fully charged. It’s hard to find a handier, sleeker inspection light.

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Congratulations COAST HP21 December Winner

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
HP21 LED Flashlight

HP21 LED Flashlight

Let’s face it: If you’re reading about LED flashlights, there’s a good chance you’re a flashlight junkie. Not that we blame you! We’re obsessed with creating the world’s best LED flashlights, and we love to share that enthusiasm with others – so much so that we have been giving away a free HP21 LED flashlight every month to one lucky winner. Last month, Mike B of Lambertville, NJ won our giveaway. You could be January’s HP21 LED flashlight winner – all it takes is a few seconds to fill out our online entry form. And this month is your final chance to get in on this incredible giveaway, as February’s drawing will be the last.

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Emergency Lantern Comparison: COAST EAL10 vs. EAL15

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

COAST EAL10 LED Lantern and EAL15 LED Lantern“I don’t need no stinkin’ LED lantern! I already have an awesome LED flashlight!” If this is your attitude, think again. An LED flashlight is perfect for lighting your way around the campground or emergency shelter, but it doesn’t provide ideal light for changing out a tire or weathering a power outage. Emergency area lights – in the form of an LED lantern or two – are superior in these situations for several reasons.

First, an LED lantern is designed to hook overhead in your tent or stand solidly upright as you carry out emergency tasks. Second, our LED lanterns include flashing red emergency settings, perfect for alerting rescuers and rarely included in your average LED flashlight. Finally, LED lanterns are designed to shine light in all 360 degrees, while the beam of an LED flashlight is really meant to light a smaller area.

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3 Reasons to Choose an LED Flashlight for Your Emergency Kit

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Hopefully, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy has made every American a little more aware of his or her level of emergency preparedness. If the “Frankenstorm” has inspired you to create or supplement your disaster readiness kit (or “bug out bag,” as it is known in some circles), we recommend including an LED flashlight for the following reasons:

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HP14 LED Flashlight Passes Survival Bros Stress Test

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

HP14 LED Flashlight“The HP14 is solid, reliable, easy to use, and best of all, it’s a COAST Product, so you know it will never fail.” We were thrilled to read this concluding sentence rounding out a glowing review of our HP14 LED flashlight at the Survival Bros blog. Here are a few more highlights from the review:

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