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Switching to CFLs A Personal Viewpoint

A Viewpoint

Just a few years ago when these light bulbs were becoming mainstream, it was really a toss up between spending the money for one of these or just getting a couple of dozen incandescent bulbs instead. But as sales of these new fangled bulbs increased, prices began to drop. And as of the day you read this article, it has now become more cost effective to stop using a regular bulb and switch over to energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Whoever switches to compact fluorescents will save, perhaps, hundreds of dollars per year in electrical costs, depending on usage. Those are solid savings to be sure. But you cannot see it in your pocket, and you never will unless you calculate the savings bill by bill.  To see the dollar signs I mention above, you would need to add up the money over the course of the year!

In reality, it was always more cost effective to switch over, since CFLs last about 10 to 12 times longer than a regular incandescent bulb. The problem has always been between pocket money and saving money.

The biggest advantage to these bulbs is this. You can get these in package deals for less than 3 bucks a bulb, and they will last for years without needing to be replaced.  So, you won’t have to change them as often, and that’s the biggest advantage. Why…? Well, believe it or not, there are several hundred confirmed injuries every year resulting from someone changing a light bulb (particularly the bulbs that need to be reached by either a step stool or a ladder).  I mean, let’s face it folks, if you change a standard light bulb 2 or 3 times a year on a ladder or stool, imagine changing that same bulb once every 4 or 5 years.  You can see where I am going with this.

You see, I use CFLs, and they involve less hassle.  I rarely change them, and since they save me both time and money, these bulbs are the right choice for this guy!

One caution though… beware of cheap CFLs without warranty… Most of good brands come with 1 year replacement warranty and are available within 200 INR

CFLs come in many shapes and sizes. When purchasing CFLs, consult the seller for recommendations and consider the following:
• Choose the color temperature, if listed, that’s right for you; for example:
Approx. 2700K = Warm White (looks just like incandescent)
Approx. 5000K = Cool White (white/blue, often higher CRI)
• Choose the shape. CFLs are available in a variety of shapes to fit a range of lamps and lighting fixtures. See below on this page for the most popular CFL shapes.

• Match lumens to the incandescent being replaced. Lumens indicate the amount of light being generated. (Watts is a measure of energy use, not light strength.) To compare lumens and watts see chart below:

.Incandescent Watts….CFL Watt range… . . … .. Lumen Range
40
60
.75
100
150
8 – 10
13 – 18
18 – 22
23 – 28
34 – 42
450
890
1210
1750
2780

Limitations
Although CFLs are an excellent source of energy-efficient lighting, they are not always the best choice for all lighting applications. Here are a few limitations to consider:

* On/Off cycling: CFLs are sensitive to frequent on/off cycling. Their rated lifetimes of 10,000 hours are reduced in applications where the light is switched on and off very often. Closets and other places where lights are needed for brief illumination should use incandescent or LED bulbs.
* Dimmers: Dimmable CFLs are available for lights using a dimmer switch, but check the package; not all CFLs can be used on dimmer switches. Using a regular CFL with a dimmer can shorten the bulb life span.
* Timers: Most CFLs can be used with a timer, however some timers have parts which are incompatible with CFLs; to check your timer, consult the timer package or manufacturer. Using an incompatible timer can shorten the life of a CFL bulb.
* Outdoors: CFLs can be used outdoors, but should be covered or shaded from the elements. Low temperatures may reduce light levels – check the package label to see if the bulb is suited for outdoor use.
* Retail lighting: CFLs are not spot lights. Retail store display lighting usually requires narrow focus beams for stronger spot lighting. CFLs are better for area lighting.
* Mercury content: CFLs contain small amounts of mercury which is a toxic metal. This metal may be released if the bulb is broken, or during disposal. New ‘Alto’ CFL bulbs are now available with low-mercury content. These low-mercury CFLs are available at our online store. For more information about mercury and CFLs, see below.

sources

Eartheasy.com and Mygreenclick.com

TWO-FACED BABY

She was born on March 11 in the village of Saini, about 40 miles from New Delhi, India. She was born with two heads from a condition called polycephaly. At first she was revered as a reincarnation of the God Ganesh, half person and half elephant. Locals came to the tiny village of Saini to touch her feet, dance around her and offer her family money.

She was born naturally,and her family did not know anything was wrong until after she came out. Millions of rural women in India do not receive prenatal care. The family has not yet given the girl a name.

Her parents have so far ignored pleas by the local hospital to perform a CT scan. Until the scan is done there’s no way to know whether her condition is life-threatening or how she can be treated.

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Happy Holi

Holi (Hindi: होली), or Phagwa (Bhojpuri), also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India and Nepal. In West Bengal, it is known as Dolyatra (Doljatra) or Boshonto Utsav (“spring festival”).

On the first day bonfires are lit at night to signify burning the demoness Holika, Hiranyakashipu‘s sister.

On the second day, known as Dhulhendi, people spend the day throwing colored powder and water at each other. The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. Thus, the playful throwing of the colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors. A special drink called thandai is prepared, sometimes containing bhang (Cannabis sativa).

The Holi bonfire

The burning of fuel wood to create the bonfire for Holika dahan presents another serious environmental problem. Each bonfire uses around 100 kg of wood, and considering that approximately 30,000 bonfires are lit in the state of Gujarat just for one season, this leads to a staggering amount of wood.

Groups such as Sadvichar Parivar are now advocating one symbolic community fire, rather than several smaller bonfires across the city as a way to reduce wood consumption. Others are also suggesting that these fires be lit using waste material rather than wood.

In Vaishnava Theology, Hiranyakashipu is the king of demons, and he had been granted a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible for him to be killed. The boon was due to his long penance, after which he had demanded that he not be killed “during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or on sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra nor by shastra“. Consequently, he grew arrogant, and attacked the Heavens and the Earth. He demanded that people stop worshipping gods and start praying to him.

Despite this, Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlad, was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. In spite of several threats from Hiranyakashipu, Prahlad continued offering prayers to Lord Vishnu. He was poisoned but the poison turned to nectar in his mouth. He was ordered to be trampled by elephants yet remained unharmed. He was put in a room with hungry, poisonous snakes and survived. All of Hiranyakashipu’s attempts to kill his son failed. Finally, he ordered young Prahlad to sit on a pyre on the lap of his sister, Holika, who could not die by fire by virtue of a shawl which would prevent fire affecting the person wearing it. Prahlad readily accepted his father’s orders, and prayed to Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, everyone watched in amazement as the shawl flew from Holika, who then was burnt to death, while Prahlad survived unharmed, after the shawl moved to cover him. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.

Later Lord Vishnu came in the form of a Narasimha (who is half-man and half-lion) and killed Hiranyakashipu at dusk (which was neither day nor night), on the steps of the porch of his house (which was neither inside the house nor outside) by restraining him on his lap (which is neither in the sky nor on the earth) and mauling him with his claws (which are neither astra nor shastra).

In Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna). Lord Krishna is believed to have popularized the festival by playing pranks on the gopis here. Krishna is believed to have complained to his mother about the contrast between his dark colour and his consort Radha’s fair colour. Krishna’s mother decided to apply colour to Radha’s face. The celebrations officially usher in spring, the celebrated season of love.

There is another story about the origin of holi. Kamadeva is a god of love. Kama’s body was destroyed when he shot his weapon at Shiva in order to disrupt his penance and help Parvati to marry Shiva. Shiva then opened his third eye, the gaze of which was so powerful that Kama’s body was reduced to ashes. For the sake of Kama’s wife Rati (passion), Shiva restored him, but only as a mental image, representing the true emotional and mental state of love rather than physical lust. The Holi bonfire is believed to be celebrated in commemoration of this event.

Holi is a festival of radiance (Tej) in the universe. During this festival, different waves of radiance traverse the universe, thereby creating various colours that nourish and complement the function of respective elements in the atmosphere.

from Wikipedia and images from google

Tata NANO vs Renault YENI and Bajaj to follow

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Tata Nano Base model priced at 130000 INR

The Dlx model cost more than       175000 INR

nano dlx

Tata Nano DLX

Tata Nano : A comfortable, safe, all-weather people’s car, high on fuel efficiency and low on emissions [TATA]

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Tata Motors has just unveiled its hotly anticipated ‘one-Lakh’ car at the New Delhi Auto Expo. Officially called the Nano, the new vehicle is also known as the ‘people’s car’, as it aims to get the upwardly mobile Indian market motoring for a starting price of 100,000 rupees ($2,500).

Available in either Standard (red) or Luxury (yellow) guise, the 624cc, rear-engined four-door Nano has been designed for a four person family and is claimed to have generous interior space despite its compact exterior dimensions – the car is just 3.1m long, 1.5m wide and stands 1.6m high. The mono-volume design, with wheels at the corners, enables this combination of space while facilitating maneuverability in crowded urban areas.

Aside from its low price, a strong selling point of the new Nano will also likely be the ability to personalize the vehicle, like the Mini and the Fiat 500. Buyers will be able to specify different scoop trim (situated ahead of the rear wheels), decals, seat covers and dash colors. It is expected to launch in India later this year.

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yeni

Renault Yeni

130000 INR

Launched in India by Mahindra with Renaults Collaboration To compete with Tata Nano and Fiat 500

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The cheapest car available soon in India by the collaboration of RENAULT and Mahindra. The car will cost around Rs 1,30,000 which will compete TATA mini car and FIAT 500 . This car will be available soon in market at end of 2007 all these car s are in same segment and the price of these mini cars is really close to each other. These will effect the sale of bikes because these mini cars are much efficient and fuel effective and cost little more then a bike so every one would like to buy car rather than a bike, so these car will change the trend and every one will purchase these mini cars. This would also effect the mid range cars market.

These three companies are good at market and there will be very good competition after
releasing these car. Information for the car Mahindra – Renault Yeni will be available
on every showroom of Mahindra detail of this car. The car looks are futuristic design like
swift already in market. Mahindra-Renault also launched the Logan which is running at good
pace in market.

This segment is very tight there are many cars and big brand available like General Motors Lancer,  Ford Fiesta,  Swift Optra Magnum and much more. But in mini segment there is growth but yet it will boost sales record when these cars enter in market. These cars are affordable by price and running cost . Everyone wants to buy a car but price of car and running cost shatter their dreams but now dreams will come true for the middle class families. This new year will give you greatest gift of new Yeni car by the collaboration of RENAULT and Mahindra.

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bajaj concept

Bajaj Concept Lite

Bajaj Auto, India’s second-largest motorcycle maker, unveiled its diminutive ‘Lite’ concept car at the New Delhi Auto Expo, two days before Tata launched the Nano. The intra-city car is expected to be priced around Rs 1.25 lakhs (3,000 US dollars).

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With a tall body stance and five doors, the Lite measures approximately 3.3m long, 1.4m wide and stands 1.5m high. It is expected to be built in collaboration with Renault-Nissan within another two to four years.

The 600cc two-cylinder city runabout will be available in both petrol and diesel variants, with a new format semi-automatic transmission, which will be a mix between conventional manual and automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

The USP of the car would be highest range of mileage in the small car segment, which would allow low operational costs. The standard version of the car will come with air conditioning and will meet safety and emission requirements in the domestic market.

source http://www.cardesigninfo.com

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My Trash Can [just for fun]

my trash can

This was my trashcan some time back.I threw away all the junk which I used to kept previously hoping that it might be of some use in future [just in case]. But what I learnt from my experience is that such things are rarely used and when I needed them I could not find them coz I forget where i kept the useful junk.

So the moral of the whole story I let go off the old or else there might not be enough space for new around you. 

Now I just throw away any thing that is of no use. I and I dont remember a single thing that I needed among thos I threw away.

Five Lil’ Mice

This is about the five lil mice which came out in search of food when their mother died. These were so young that they walked unknowingly throughout my room and I was afraid that I might step on one of them during the night so caught each one of them one by one and in the morning they were taken to a place far from my home where they could live easily without being killed.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR

When the clock strikes twelve on December 31st, people all over the world cheer and wish each other a very Happy New Year. For some, this event is no more than a change of a calendar. For others, the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow. So, if you look forward to a good year ahead, spread happiness with these wonderful New Year wishes.
HAPPY NEW YEAR

NFS BlackList How it all started….

I am a die hard fan of NFS franchise and I have played every version released till date.

Since last few months I was a lot into studies and believe me it drove me mad as I never like to study much but I had to as I am Looking forward to do Masters in Business Administration and I have to make it to a good college this year. After writing all my exams but one I got a break of 3 weeks before the ultimate exam so i decided to utilize this gap to test my managerial skills. I always loved playing games and multiplayer drives me crazy so i thought of organizing a multiplayer gaming event.

And this is the result.

nfs blacklist poster

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