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In sub-Saharan Africa and other struggling parts of the world, many people suffer from preventable diseases – conditions that are rarely seen in first-world countries. For instance, it is estimated that almost half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from cataracts, a preventable, curable visual disorder that eventually leads to blindness. In such circumstances, charitable organizations can make a big difference by screening for preventable disease and by providing treatment if needed. One laudable charity that is having a great impact in this and other poor countries is Mercy Ships.
The goal of Mercy Ships is to “bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor.” With its fleet of watercraft, Mercy Ships delivers high-quality health care to needy individuals across the globe. COAST supports Mercy Ships by donating our G10 and A5 LED flashlights, which are utilized in visual screening tests, as we blogged about last November. Back then, Mercy Ships Eye Program leader John Foster reported that the COAST LED flashlights were “a critical part of our screening process, enabling us to check every person who comes to us for help.” Now, almost one year later, we’re checking in on how Mercy Ships is doing and how its patients have healed.
LED 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.
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.
September 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.
For 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…)
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.
The so-called “butterfly effect” is well and alive in today’s LED lighting market. This theory states that everything on this planet is interconnected, so the flapping of a butterfly’s wings could launch storms in another part of the globe. In the LED world, a butterfly effect of sorts has begun, in the form of an important development in the quest to conserve energy by switching to LED light bulbs – namely, the opening of new Cree technology centers in China.