Future of Lighting – Past, Present and Future

The creation of usable artificial light can be considered one of man kind’s greatest achievements because it allowed us to be productive well beyond the time the sun went down. We were no longer bound by the constraints the sun placed upon us. Now we could explore the deepest, darkest recesses of the earth with the ability to see what’s around us. Artificial lighting is an ever evolving technology, so let’s take a look at what brought us here today, and where lighting is going in the future!

Before we talk about the future, let’s look to the past for a little insight into what caused lighting to evolve into what it is today. The creation of artificial light dates back thousands of years when our early ancestors used fire to illuminate the dark world around them. This achievement allowed them to become more productive simply because they were no longer limited by the amount of time between sunrise and sunset. Both industrial revolutions happened in large part because workers could take shifts that went late into the night allowing us, as a whole, to manufacture more. Gas lighting made this possible merely because it permitted factories to illuminate large areas allowing workers to see much better.

The introduction of a reliable incandescent light bulb in 1879 by Thomas Edison took the lighting industry into a new era. Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Edison didn’t invent the incandescent light bulb, but rather improved on the design and developed a system that would replace gas lamps but still utilize the already present gas piping to carry the electricity to the light bulb. He developed the infrastructure that produced and carried electricity to the light bulb, and not much has changed in this process over 100 years later. What has changed is the way in which light is produced and the concern for its overall efficiency.

Today there are 4 main types of light bulbs. They are incandescent, fluorescent, HID(high intensity discharge) and LED(light emitting diode). All of these lamps were developed not because the incandescent light bulb couldn’t put out enough light, but because it couldn’t produce light efficiently enough. An incandescent light bulb gives of nearly 90% of the energy it consumers in the form of heat and only 10% in the form of usable light. The standard measure of light output called a “lumen”, is the measure of energy within the range of frequencies we perceive as light. A standard incandescent light bulb produces 13 to 18 lumens per watt. In comparison, a fluorescent produces 60 to 70 lumens per watt and a Low Pressure Sodium (HID) produces up to 200 lumens per watt but with a very poor light quality. LED’s on the other hand can produce over 200 lumens per watt of high quality, usable light with the current technology. The energy efficiency of each lamp is important, but the lifespan of lamp is also a key factor in its success. Incandescent light bulbs have a lifespan of 750 to 1000 hours. Fluorescents are rated between 6,000 and 15,000 hours, HIDs are around 24,000 hours and some LED’s are claimed to last over 100,000 hours.

Having said all of this, where will lighting go in the foreseeable future? If I were asked this questions, my answer would be towards solid state semi-conductors, or LED’s. Current energy legislation is phasing out incandescent light bulbs, which is ultimately forcing the market towards the other three types. Each type of light bulb has applications that it excels at, but LED’s have begun or have already surpassed incandescents, fluorescents and HIDs in performance for average consumer applications. Once the price of LEDs goes down due to advances in technology they will certainly own the market.

Great light output, long lifespan and lower energy cost aren’t the only things in the future for LEDs. We are in a world where everything we have around us is becoming “Smart”. Our cars, phones and even our microwaves are being manufactured with the ability to connect wirelessly to other devices and can be controlled anywhere around the world. Soon it will be common for someone to get on their phone and turn on all the lights in their house before they get there. Your lights will soon become integrated into your home security system to turn on all the lights in the house whenever a burglar sets off the alarm. We are already seeing this trend come to life. Right now there are products in the market that control the lights in your house much like a programmable thermostat in order to save on energy costs. Simply put, this is the direction lighting is headed in the future.

Never Shortcut the Presentation

People Reject What They Don’t Understand

Many sales are lost, not because the product or service didn’t fit the customer’s needs nor as a result of an inferior product line- and regardless of what they say, not because the customer couldn’t “afford it” or “needed to think about it”- but because the salesperson lost the customer somewhere along the way. They confused them. And, when a customer is confused, they will not buy, because people reject what they don’t understand!
 
Customers are providing you with a clear indication that your message lacked clarity when you hear something like this: “Well, you really did a great job and you’ve given us a lot to think about. We’ll talk it over and get back to you”. After all, what are they suppose to say to you? They probably won’t be so candid as to say, “You know, we were actually ready to make this decision right now, but frankly, you confused us when you were talking about that drop-interest financing option. We’re going to need some time to see if we can figure out what you were saying before we make a mistake that could cost us money.” 
 
To the uninformed, the “we need to think (or talk) about it” response is an “objection”, so they leap into the objection handling mode and hope that that last seminar on closing they attended was worth the money. It seldom dawns on them that it may be something else- that they may have simply confused the customer or failed to make a compelling argument for buying their products or services.
 
If something is missing, or seems vague, customers simply will not buy. This is one really good reason why you should never shortcut the presentation. Clarity is important. Customers need to hear the full story in order to make a truly informed decision. If you shortcut the presentation, skipping over points that later you find out may have been important to your customer, it will be tough as nails, if not impossible, to effectively rewind the presentation and straighten out any confusion you may have caused in your effort to speed things along earlier. Basically, the customer awards you a single opportunity to get it right. You don’t want to waste it by attempting shortcuts. 
 
Salespeople often have a tendency to want to speed through the presentation to get to the more exhilarating part, the close. Rushing through the delivery (essentially shortcutting the presentation) is a dangerous practice that risks confusing the customer; which in turn leads to substantially lower closing percentages, lower sales averages, and higher cancellation percentages. 
 
The solution is to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n! Always keep in mind that no matter how many times you’ve given the presentation, it is the customer’s first time hearing it. Make sure that your message is clear and your customers will have less to “think about” at the end of your presentation!  

Debt Negotiation Services – A Practical Option If You Can’t Pay Back Credit Card Bills

Living has never been that difficult after the economic crisis hit the world as many areas were affected and many people got under the stress and pressure that how would they payback their debts. We are living in a credit based economy where everything is purchased on the basis of plastic money. In the past, it was not an issue until the dilemma took us over and people were not aware that they would stick into such a viscous circle of debts that getting out would not be possible for them. In this regard, Debt Negotiation Services were introduced which gave hope that there are certain ways to get over this situation rather than getting bankrupt and rupture the financial image with bad credit score and no loan sanction for the upcoming 8-10 years. All this was not possible before as it is now.

High level of debt has led people to find ways to settle these debts and the ways are there in terms of bankruptcy, debt settlement and credit consolidation. We have seen that the most recommendable of all the programs is debt settlement as it has chances of reducing half of the total payables while half can be paid in easy installments. In debt settlement, you have to go through the process of negotiations and convince the creditor to agree on your terms of payments. These negotiations can either be done personally or you can hire a Debt Settlement company that can give you appropriate Debt Negotiation Services and guide you through the pros and cons of the debt settlement procedure.

Basically in the debt negotiation services, there are certain meetings of people of high expertise and experience who represent the debtor and negotiate on his behalf by telling him the situation of the debtor including his financial status and negotiate for the payments. It is a practical option to cut off half of the payables in this term as the debtors are not eligible to pay such huge amounts. Moreover, the threat of bankruptcy works as a tool in this negotiation as once a person is declared insolvent, not a single penny is given back to the creditor and he cannot pressurize the debtor as the debtor is protected by the Government.

Hence Debt Negotiation Services should be a wise decision to adopt them and have a healthy reduction of about 50% in the total payables. If you have unsecured debts worth $ 10,000 then go for debt settlement and settle your bills at half payments and live a peaceful life.