Repairing, Upgrading or Recycling Electronics: Tips for Everyone

Choosing which test and tag course is appropriate for you

Testing and tagging electrical appliances is something that needs to be done in order to keep your work environment safe from danger. The procedure basically consists of making sure that all appliances are working like they should and that there are no malfunctions or broken parts that might corrupt the safety of using the electrical device or outlet. The most common way to have this done is to hire an experienced electrician, as it has to be performed by a capable person. However, if you wish to perform this yourself, or at least have a person in the company that is licensed to do it, you need to take a course. There are two different types of courses you can take to prove your capability of performing test and tag. There are a few things you should know about these different courses before deciding on which one you should take. The short course If you work in a company that doesn’t use very complex electrical equipment, or if you just want to obtain the certificate to use in the future if you would ever need it, the shorter course might be the best option for you. It’s cheaper than the long course, and it will qualify you to perform test and tag in all states. This type of test and tag training can be done in groups—in the case that more than one person in your company wants to perform the training. Doing it in groups might be cheaper for every participant individually, and it can benefit your company as you will never have to get an electrician to perform the testing and tagging, even if the first person who has the certificate is not available. The nationally accredited course However, if you are working under certain circumstances, the nationally accredited course might be a better option. The most prominent reason to take on this course instead of the short one depends on what type of company you work for. If your company has a lot of complicated or highly risky electrical equipment, like if you are working in a power plant of any kind, the nationally accredited course will give you more information and a higher level of certificate. Another reason for taking this course rather than the short course is if you are assigned to test and tag equipment that many people use every day. This especially applies […]

How to Choose an LED for Lighting

LED (Light-emitting diode) bulbs are commonly used for lighting due to their impressive lifespan and cost-effectiveness compared to incandescent bulbs. They are also more environmentally friendly and energy saving than conventional bulbs. Manufacturers have made great advancement in the manufacture of LED light bulbs over the years by making it possible to produce white LED light using a single semi-conductor chip as opposed to prior years where the same could only be produced through mixing three different chips. This has led to greater efficiency and reduced cost of these bulbs. When choosing an LED light, there are various things that you need to consider. These include the following. Features of LED light bulbs When buying LED light bulbs, there are various terms that one is accustomed to that are used to define the efficiency and performance of the bulb. It is important to understand them when purchasing LED for lighting in order to get highly efficient bulbs. These include the following. Watts. Watts or wattage refers to a measure of how much energy a light bulb draws, as opposed to the belief that it is the measure of brightness. With LED light bulbs, watts are not an indicator of the bulb’s brightness, since they draw less energy compared to incandescent and traditional bulbs. Lumen (lm). This is the measurement of the brightness produced by an LED bulb and is what you should look out for when purchasing a light bulb. A bulb with higher lumens will burn brighter; therefore, get a sense of the level of brightness you want before purchase. You can always have the bulb tested for this. Color of light bulb One latest feature of LEDs is that the light can be adjusted to the full spectrum of colors. Some manufacturers have designed LED bulbs that can be controlled through a smart phone allowing one to choose the desired color of light from a full palette. The color factor is an important consideration when choosing these bulbs. The color will depend on the room where it is used and the desired mood to be created. Yellow and white lights are common; however, other colors such as purple and red are also available. They range from soft to warm and bright lights. Type of dimming switch In some cases, LED bulbs may not be compatible with traditional dimming switches. You may need to have the switch replaced or get […]

Understanding NiHM and Li-ion Batteries

Most people know that they need camera batteries for their camera to function. However, with the numerous features that modern digital cameras come with, battery run times keep decreasing. Some of the features that deplete battery charge include the liquid crystal displays, the camera’s image storing system, the flash, the exposure system and more. The moment your camera starts to behave sluggishly, chances are you need to replace or recharge your camera batteries before they completely run out. Here are some of the different camera batteries you could find in the market if you are looking to purchase new ones. NiMH camera batteries These are the most common option for people who require rechargeable AA batteries for their camera. One of the greatest advantages of these batteries is that they are non-toxic. This makes them an environmentally friendly option. Additionally, since they are rechargeable, you will not be throwing them out and replacing them, thus reducing your impact on the environment. Although the purchase price of these batteries may seem a bit high, they are actually a good investment, because, as aforementioned, you will not have to keep buying batteries. However, it should be noted that the more charge and discharge cycles that they have, the less charge they will be able to sustain. As such, with extended use they will eventually have to be replaced. It should be noted that to keep you rechargeable camera batteries at optimum, you should only charge them after they have completely run out of power rather than recharging them on a regular basis. This is because topping off the charge heats the chemicals that are found in the rechargeable batteries casing. This eventually causes the reduction in their longevity. Li-ion camera batteries Li-ion refers to batteries composed of lithium ion. These are commonly referred to as battery packs and are the main source of power in an array of modern digital cameras. These battery packs are rechargeable and will have a case they are secured to for direct recharging from a power socket. Lithium ion camera batteries are also preferred due to their long shelf life, meaning you do not have to keep purchasing batteries for your camera. However, it should be noted that these batteries also pose a risk of leaking especially if not stored in a cool and dry place. As such, if you are not using your camera, it is […]