There’s been a lot of buzz around the recent release of the new COAST Polysteel flashlight line. So we’re here to set the record straight by offering up all the inside details; from product concept and development to availability, you’re going to know Polysteel from top-to-bottom. First things first, the name Polysteel came from the lights strong, stainless steel core and lightweight poly casing, making the light virtually indestructible. It’s designed for professionals and serious recreationalists who use their lights in any and all elements; snow, rain, wind, mud, dust, along with extreme heat and cold. Like any ground-breaking invention, the idea for Polysteel emerged from a need which then cultivated into a life-changing product. (more…)
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We constantly come across interesting links online and decided to curate them into a new series. It’s a new outlet for sharing articles, items and people that are inspiring to us. Enjoy!
Most people have heard of the benefits of LED lighting. LED technology is the most efficient lighting option available, saving households hundreds of dollars in electricity bills. It does not utilize harmful chemicals, like mercury, to illuminate your daily life, and does not suddenly “burn out” because it does not have filaments like the incandescent light bulbs we all grew up with.
Shopping for a multi-tool is like everything else in life: It gets easier with practice. The more multi-tools you buy, the more you know what you prefer in a handy gadget. But what if you’re a greenhorn in this area? We’ve got your back. Here’s our guide on how to buy the best multi-tool for your needs. If you’re interested in multi-tools, but need some direction on what to prioritize in your purchase, read on.
At first, being snowed in is a novelty. It’s fun to be cozy indoors, watching the snow pile up outside. After a while, though, families may become bored and a bit stir-crazy. Creativity is the answer! Put your thinking caps on and brainstorm some indoor activities that will keep the whole family engaged until the snow stops. To get you started, we’ve listed a few of our favorite things to do when snowed in—as you’d probably be quick to guess, most of them include the use of LED lights.
Shadow Plays. Why not put on a shadow play for the family? Since ancient times, shadow plays have been delighting audiences around the world. Make your own shadow puppets using card stock, paper fasteners, and wooden rods. Cut out the different body parts for your puppet, and attach them at the joints using paper fasteners. Then tape the rods onto the back of the puppet at the points of articulation—where you want the puppet to move. You can recreate your children’s favorite stories as puppet plays. You’ll need a large piece of fabric to act as your scrim, as well as LED lights bright enough to create a strong contrast.
Social media continues to change our lives in myriad unexpected ways. Survival may not be the first application that comes to mind when you think of Twitter or Facebook, but the truth is that these and other social media outlets can make a big difference in disasters. For instance, during Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster, 20,000 tweets were sent per second. Likewise, in its 2013 National Preparedness Report, FEMA reported that “users sent more than 20 million Sandy-related Twitter posts, or “tweets,” despite the loss of cell phone service during the peak of the storm.“ Social media sites help bridge communication gaps when cell phone service isn’t available. And these services are shifting disaster management from a one-way affair, with officials broadcasting announcements, to a conversation between disaster survivors, emergency agencies, and people all over the country.
At COAST Products, we are proud of our light painters—those contemporary artists who use COAST LED flashlights to make innovative art. Rather than using paint, these artists pair time-lapse photography and flashlights to create incredible images. As our blog loyal readers know, we sponsor one light painter, Jason D. Page, by equipping him with the powerful LED lights he needs to create his stunning nighttime landscapes and portraits. This post takes a look at a couple of light painting pioneers, Man Ray and Gjon Mili. Not everyone knows about these artists, so a little background information might be handy.
Man Ray, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in 1890. He was an enigmatic Modernist from New York who later moved to Paris, where he spent most of his career. There, he made contributions to the Dada and Surrealist movements, both part of the Avant-garde art scene of the late teens and early 1920s.