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Weird light tricks! January 30, 2009

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GadZooks! Its Dr Z, purveyor of light amidst lunacy! The above video speaks for its self. It shows someone turning a pencil into an emergency light.. Zoinks! I think it would be best not try this at home kiddies unless you want to chance a very severe jolt to your reality! Just sit back and enjoy somebody risking their life for your amusement!

Dr. Z

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Recycle those Compact Fluorescents! January 30, 2009

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Zoinks! Its Dr Z, the philospher of fluorescent, the grand poobah of bulb, and seeker of the light of truth…Gaspp*Compact Fluorescents! Did you know they contain mercury? You don’t want just throw these guys in the dumpster when their life has ended. Mercury is a hazardous waste so you want to make sure and recycle them! So what do you do to recycle them? Well, thankfully our heroes at the EPA (the Environmetal Protection Agency) have put up a website detailing where and how you can recycle these little guys! You don’t want throw out the environmental benefit of the bulbs out the window! Check out the link below for more info!

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/wastetypes/universal/lamps/index.htm

 

Zoinks! Mercury is Hazardous waste! Recycle those CFL's gang!

Zoinks! Mercury is Hazardous waste! Recycle those CFL's gang!

Dr. Z

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Painting with Light!-The Philips Imagination Light Canvas January 29, 2009

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Zoinks! Its me Dr Z! Light can be fun! Check this out..

Dr. Z

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A trip to the hospital can be frightening for anyone, especially for children. But now a leading health and technology company is brightening up trips to the doctor, literally!

The Philips Imagination Light Canvas is a 14 feet long, six feet high light wall that uses touch screens to animate more than 14 hundred LED lights in different colors. The lights can also be programmed to show different patterns and designs. Kids use their hands to activate the lights and paint on the canvas. Up to six people can draw on it at the same time, and despite all of the colorful and bright lights, it only consumes the daily energy equivalent of a toaster.

The new technology helps children and their families relieve some of the stress and anxiety of their visit. The prototype resides at the women’s and children’s waiting area of the new Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, Arkansas.

and now for something completely different.. January 29, 2009

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a very rare shot from Dr. Z's light bulbs cam

a very rare shot from Dr. Z's light bulb cam

 

ZOinks! its me again Dr Z. We just got my Bulb cam working!. Its a tiny camera that takes pictures from inside a special modified Compact Fluorescent lightbulb. Why would we do this you might ask?..Well.. If you have to ask.. This pic shows a very psychedelic looking Mr Y and and very blurry me. Dr Z! Enjoy!

 Zoinks! Z Best things in life come from Z!

Dr Z

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The story of the EPA and CFL’s- Does the EPA like the CFL? Maybe we should ask the CIA? January 29, 2009

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The Secret is out! The EPA thinks CFL's are ZBEST!

The Secret is out! The EPA thinks CFL's are ZBEST!

NO! You don’t need to talk to the CIA about CFL’s. But the EPA does know a thing or two about CFL’s (in case you don’t know what a CFL is ..it a Compact Fluorescent Light!)

So what does the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) think of CFL’s? Do they support the use of them? Do they believe we should use them to light our houses, homes, and businesses? Do they like their funny little shape?

The answer is :Yes. If you compare a CFL to a standard incandescent bulb, it offers many benefits. First and for mostit helps save energy and money. A CFL will use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb, and lasts up to 10 times longer if not more. If you replace a 60 watt incandescent with a 13 watt CFL you can see savings of at least $30 over the life of the bulb. These things pay for themselves! I think even the CIA ,FDA, and NBA could support something like that! The second thing about CFL’s is that they produce 70% less heat which means they can cut energy costs associated with home cooling! So EPA has found a find friend in the CFL..

ZOinks!

Dr Z

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P.S. Energy star has a zany new energy calculator that you can use to calculate the money you are going to save by switching to a CFL. Check out it out at the linke below!

http://www.energystar.gov/ia/business/bulk_purchasing/bpsavings_calc/CalculatorCFLs.xls

Lightbulbs in rock videos! January 27, 2009

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This was sent to me care of David Daydodge an audio engineer who loves light! He made me very happy by sending us this little video of the new wave synthpop sensations OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark )singing “Electricity”. Mr. Y loves to dance to this song. I’m happy to see they feature some vintage 4 foot fluorescent getting on down. Sit back and enjoy!

ZOinks!

Dr Z

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COMING SOON- The Great Light Bulb Weeny Roast Experiment January 26, 2009

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Forget all you previous conceptions of light bulbs. Reality as you know it is about to forever change. What is The Great Light Bulb Weeny Roast Experiment??? Stay tuned and you will have you mind blown as to what is possible and not possible in this universe. In the meantime meet our cast of characters..
Dr. Z
DR Z pushing the limits of science

DR Z pushing the limits of science

 

hirsute light bulb wild child..best friend of Dr Z

Mr. Y: hirsute light bulb wild child..best friend of Dr Z

compact fluorescent light bulb on 3-way lamps January 26, 2009

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Dr Z(with magnifying glass) analyzes bulbs while Dr Y gets his freak on.

Dr Z(with magnifying glass) analyzes bulbs while Mr Y..I'm not sure what he is doing.

Gadzooks! Dr Z is back from a long weekend of light bulb shenanigans with my friend Mr Y. Now for those of you who haven’t met Mr. Y..He is a bit of a party animal.. So he not only brought over some of his paparazzi friends to photograph my labratory and some of the things I have been working on.. Very Top Secret.  Anyways I have included a pic from our gathering last weekend(shown above) I’ll post more later.. Anyways! One of the questions that came up during the weekend was  concerning compact fluorescents and  their use on 3-way lamps. For some reason Mr. Y would snicker everytime “3-way” was said and distract me from my response concerning this very important question. 

Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb on my 3-way lamp?”  To start with check the package to see if it is made for 3-way application.  If a regular CFL is use in a 3-way switch, it will work on the middle setting and it should not damage the bulb. The 3-way switch should not alter the performance of the bulb. Of course the best thing to do is always use the right bulb for the right application.

Until next time..Keep using those bulbs!

Dr Z

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What happens when a Tesla coil meets a fluorescent tube and incandescent light bulb.. January 23, 2009

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GaZooks! Its Dr. Z

So Tesla coil goes into a room and meets a fluorescent tube and an incandescent lightbulb..nyuck nyuck nyuck. Not sure if there is any redeeming value to this video other than it has lightbulbs in it (which is enough for me) and a tesla coil (is a type of recircuit invented by Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla around 1891.[1] It is generally used to generate very high voltage, low current, high frequency alternating current electricity. Wikipedia) Nikola Tesla having a rather precarious relation to my friend Mr Y. More on that later.. Just sit pack and enjoy

Dr Z

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Why using regular Compact Fluorescents on dimmer switches make Dr Z sad.. January 23, 2009

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Sigh..If only they had used a dimmable compact fluorescent for that dimmer switch..the horror the horror

Sigh..If only they had used a dimmable compact fluorescent for that dimmer switch..the horror the horror

Zoinks! Its Dr. Z

Don’t use regular compact fluorescent on a dimmer switch. You may kill an innocent lightbulb! If you need to use a a compact fluorescent on a dimmer switch, buy a bulb that is specifically made to work with lightbulbs! All you have to do is check the package and it will say if it can be used with dimmers or not! The life of compact fluorescent is in your hands. Using a regular compact fluorescent bulb with a dimmer will not only nullify the bulb’s warranty it is a fire hazard.

Be safe and save a bulb!

gadZooks!

Dr Z

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