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High gas prices invoke heightened theft deterrent tactics

Our solution, the Smart Light 1000. This 12 volt RV motion light illuminates those areas around your RV for safety and security. Helps to prevent accidental slips, falls, and theft by giving you light where you want it, when you need it.
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High gas prices invoke heightened theft deterrent tactics

As fuel prices continue to escalate, thieves are taking advantage of traveling inventory- Recreational Vehicles. Since many RV’s carry up to 100 gallons of regular or diesel fuel, gas crooks have found them to be extremely profitable targets. Over the past year, gas siphoning crimes have gone through the roof, causing many recreational enthusiasts to buy locking gas caps, park exclusively in well-lit areas, or simply forgo family RV vacations.

Locking gas caps are a good idea, and lighted camp grounds are typically safer than dark sites. That said, RVers now have a more effective option. It’s called the Smart Light 1000, and it’s the only 12 volt motion light in the world. In an effort to combat gas piracy, many RVers are installing this motion light above their gas tanks. When a person is detected within a 20 foot field of view, the light illuminates, and the would-be intruder is scared off. “We initially developed this light to be mounted where standard porch lights are placed” explains Jason Weaver, President and CEO of Starlights, Inc. “We wanted to increase the safety and convenience of fellow RVers. Recently, however, more of our customers are buying the lights to mount over their gas tanks. It makes perfect sense, just not something we thought about originally”.

The Smart Light 1000 is motion activated, works off of the coaches’ 12 volt source, has a battery monitoring system, and it even filters out humans from other objects in order to reduce false triggering throughout the night. The SL 1000 also has a 14 day money back guarantee. “If you aren’t satisfied for any reason, simply return it within 14 days for a full refund”, states Mr. Weaver. The Smart Light 1000 also comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. For more information about the Smart Light 1000, please visit them at www.starlightsinc.com.

200 Revolution LED bulb included

12 volt motion light for RV Industry

What LED Color Temperature Do YOU Prefer?

By Jason Weaver, C.E.O., President of DELux LED

During my travels, I’m often asked about the type of light (color) LED’s emit.  Years ago we had but one choice, a bulb which gave off a blue hue when illuminated. Due to many scientific breakthroughs over the past decade, we now have a myriad of choices available with respect to LED bulb colors. In fact, many of the most popular bulbs that DELux LED produces today match the golden hue of a typical incandescent bulb. When behind a lens, most people aren’t able to differentiate between our ‘warm white’ LED bulb and a regular incandescent light bulb (until one looks at one’s power draw). Of course, we still offer ‘cool white’ bulbs, some with the blue hue (which to my surprise many people prefer), and others that are almost completely white. But the question is, when shopping for LED bulbs, how do you know which bulbs offer which color?

Here’s the secret. You have to look for what we call color temperature. This term has nothing to do with the cool temperatures at which LED bulbs run, but rather the color that the light emits.  Kelvin scales range from 0-1000. Most blue hue LED bulbs lie in the 6500K range. A typical yellowish light is around 3000K. And the whiter light (my favorite temp) is about 4200K. As with any subjective topic, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

NEW BLOG: The Energy Revolution is Coming- Part II

By: Jason P. Weaver- President & C.E.O, Starlights Inc.

Millions of years ago, the Sahara desert was a lush rain forest. The trees absorbed billions of tons of carbon dioxide through their leaves. These leaves would fall to the ground, decompose, and feed energy back into the rainforest canopy. Much of the captured carbon dioxide, however, settled into the earth and lied dormant as carbon deposits. This process repeated itself over millions and millions of years. Obviously, the Saharan rainforest is now long gone, but what remains are the pools of carbon we all know as oil.

Fast forward to the 18th Century, and the ascension of the modern day oil lamp. Initially these lamps were powered primarily by whale oil. This would change, however, by the mid-1850’s. Drilling for petroleum oil was gaining momentum, and it was much cheaper than whale oil. Soon thereafter, petroleum oil became the dominant fuel used to light the world. In 1870, John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil, which would become the world’s largest oil refinement company. Early on, crude oil was pumped from the ground, and refined into petroleum oil. The refining byproduct was gasoline, and it was discarded into large open pits next to the factories. At the turn of the 20th Century, Henry Ford created the Model T. Ford’s original intent was to power the engine with alcohol, but Rockefeller and his trusted confidant Thomas Edison convinced Ford that gasoline was the way to go. Shortly thereafter, the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) put a stop to the alcohol powered vehicle for good. Ford switched gears, campaigned for consumers to buy this “waste”, and use it to power his line of automobiles. Now, instead of waste, this gasoline byproduct became a commodity, and the modern automobile era began.

All seemed to be rather serendipitous. Energy could be extracted from the ground, refined into two primary usable sources (crude and gas), engines would hum, and waste would be a thing of the past. We had a full circle, right? Wrong! What our energy pioneers ignored, was the simple rule of physics, which dictates that energy is neither created nor destroyed, it is simply transferred. So, when we extracted the oil, refined it, and “burnt” it through our internal combustible engines, the smoke which was released contained carbon monoxide. In small amounts this proves to be innocuous enough, but on a large scale this can be catastrophic. It took Mother Nature more than a billion years to collect that carbon, turn it from a gas into a liquid (or rock in the case of coal), and bury it beneath the earth’s surface. Now, we are digging up that carbon and releasing it back into the earth’s atmosphere much faster than it can be processed. Think about it. It took more than a billion years for our earth to create these carbon reserves, and we will have burnt most of them in 200 years- releasing the carbon back into the environment. Our ecosystem relies on balance, and this unnatural act is clearly affecting nature’s balance.

Some pundits argue that global warming is merely a coincidence, and that may be true. Every 10,000 years or so our earth oscillates between ice ages. So climate change is definitely a natural occurring phenomenon. But, how do these experts explain holes in our ozone layer, accelerated melting ice caps, acid rain, worsening air pollution in populated areas, and other natural abnormalities? How is all of this a coincidence, when we know energy is simply transferred, and we are releasing more energy into our atmosphere than our world has seen since Trilobites wandered the earth? To continue at this pace is irresponsible and extremely dangerous to our long term survival. We must take measures now to reduce these carbon emissions. As I’ve said, I have some ideas… Stay tuned.

An Energy Revolution- whether we like it or not, it’s coming…

As humans evolved into intelligent bipedal creatures, necessity was the mother of invention. For two hundred thousand years, and through the agrarian revolution as well as the Industrial Revolution, this fact remained a constant. As we evolved from the Industrial Revolution and entered the Computer Revolution, however, things began to shift. No longer was necessity the mother of invention… it was comfort/convenience. With indoor plumbing and penicillin in the books, man has turned his attention to Cappuccino machines and male enhancement drugs. Instead of hunter gatherers, we have become consumers. Now big business is driven primarily by wants rather than needs.

Through the 20th Century, this fact was largely ignored. We had plenty of resources, and many fewer homo sapiens inhabiting our planet. In fact, at the turn of the 20th Century, the world’s population was 1.9 Billion. 100 years later, that number stood at over 6 Billion, which represents a 315% increase. If that number were to hold through the 21st Century, our world’s population would balloon to nearly 19 Billion. Most experts project a more conservative number of 10 Billion. But consider this. It took our species approximately 200,000 years to grow to a population of ½ Billion at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In less than 300 years, that number has skyrocketed by 5,500,000,000,000. A better way to think of it, is in 200,000 years our population grew to the current size of the US, Mexico, and Russia. In the last 300 years, our population has grown an additional 17 America’s.

This massive population growth has depleted our natural resources in a big way. Currently, we sit at a precipice. Like the pendulum of a grandfather clock, we are going to see a swing from comfort, back to necessity as the mother of invention. Any reputable scholar agrees that the world’s oil, coal reserves, and natural gas supplies will be depleted at some point in the near future. Whether it’s 70 years, or 250 years, it’s coming. No longer will we be able to refine any oil to fill up our cars at a gas station, or burn coal in order to turn on our household lights. Once these natural resources are depleted, they are gone for thousands of years, until the earth processes the carbon back into a liquid (oil) or a solid (coal).

We know that our population is going to continue to grow, and that our resources are going to run out. Which brings us to the next Revolution– an Energy Revolution. Unlike any of the 3 previous revolutions, this one will be thrust upon us, whether we like it or not. The good news, however, is that we see it coming, and like our predecessors, we can adapt. So, what do we do? I have some ideas, and I will share them with you in coming blogs. To be continued.

Jason P. Weaver- President & C.E.O Starlights, Inc.

QR Codes have entered the RV Industry

What exactly is a QR code? QR is an abbreviation for Quick Response Code. It is a two-dimensional code that was first designed for the automotive industry. Yet due to its fast readability and large storage capacity (compared to standard UPC barcodes), this system has become very popular among nearly all industries. You probably have seen these codes in magazines, on billboards, cars, and on product packaging. The code allows the consumer to quickly access a video, website, or online message by simply using their Smartphone.

FACT: 43% of all phones are Smartphones, and 87% of them use it to access the internet

HOW TO:  It’s easy to download using a Smartphone.

  • Step 1 – open your App store/ function.
  • Step 2 – search for “QR code reader” & download the free version.
  • Step 3 – simply scan the code
  • Try this one –>

How does this apply to shopping for RV products?

The Consumer- By scanning a QR code on a product package prior to purchasing, the consumer has the opportunity to view a commercial, and/or the manufacturer’s website to obtain more info. This helps to facilitate a more educated and confident purchase.

The Dealer/Store– Having QR codes on products is like having a Sales Representative out on the sales floor with every customer every time. This means more sales for the store.

The Wholesale Distributor- More store sales means more inventory turns, and thus increased profitability.

In the LED lighting industry, it is very challenging to describe the benefits of LED technology and explain the reasons why the technology is expensive all on a 2×4 package. By creating product specific commercials and linking them to our QR codes, we are employing a cutting edge marketing strategy that will support dealers, and empower the consumer to make an informed decision.

Why are LED’s so expensive?

By Jason P. Weaver, President & CEO of Starlights, Inc.

Here are 5 main questions to ask when shopping for LED bulbs:

1. Is there a Voltage Regulator? This is important (and expensive) to have in a bulb especially when using the bulb on a 12 volt circuit in an RV. When an RV house battery spikes (and they do), the voltage fluctuation will cause the LED components to fail prematurely….

2. Will the bulb shine the light in the direction I want? Just because a bulb is higher in lumens, doesn’t mean that all of the lumens are shining where you want them. Some bulbs have a rotating housing that will direct the light. Some have omnidirectional light output. It all depends on the fixture that you have.

3. Will the LED componentry overheat? Even though LEDS don’t product much heat, they still produce some. When the bulbs are put in small housings (such as the halogen fixtures), they have the risk of heat buildup, which is harmful to LED components. Look for bulbs that offer a heat sync, such as a copper ribbon or metal ‘fins’. These features will help dissipate the heat. They add to the cost of the bulb, but the longevity and sustained brightness is well worth the money.

4. What type of LED components are used? If you have ever baked a cake, you know that the best tasting cake is made from the best ingredients. The same is true with light bulbs. Thus, we us the best components in the world. We spend a little extra money to make sure our product is the highest quality on the market. We are so confident, that we offer a 3 year warranty on all of our bulbs.

5. How long will the LED bulb last? Although this is all speculation since no one has actually been able to test a LED bulb for 100,000 hours (that’s over 10 years of continuous use, and designs are changing faster than we can burn them out!), it is important to buy quality to ensure a long life expectancy and sustained brightness.

Remember, not all bulbs are created equal. You get what you pay for.

www.starlightsinc.com

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