OK, call them “the enemy” if you like.

Certainly, if you’ve learned anything about the weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles — Drones — that the US is currently using, you might have wondered how long it would be until someone (or some group, or some group of nations) that we DID NOT LIKE would get the bright idea to launch drones.

They’re accurate. They’re cheap. There seems to be no risk in using them.

One could envision a group of terrorists setting up a drone piloting facility in South Carolina and sending these things to different places in the US and blowing them up. Maybe a nuclear power plant? A bridge? A bunch of bridges? A bunch of power plants?

Well, something along these lines is already happening . . . the Israelis are fighting off drones from Hezbollah. This isn’t a prediction, according to The New Republic — “it’s already begun.”

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It’s not big news, is it, that some weapons cut both ways?

From Guardian Industries

Read about it here on the Lighting Controls Association site. Included:

Ballast manufacturers will be reviewing their product lines and determining on a case by case basis whether the product already complies, must be redesigned, or will be discontinued.

If the magnetic ballast must be redesigned, or if an electronic ballast will be put forward in place of a magnetic ballast, the luminaire may need to be redesigned and retested, which may result in some gaps in availability.

That’s what a report, covered on Grist.org, had to say recently.

New product from Kim Lighting (unit, Hubbell Lighting).

. . . see mobile app demos (videos) here.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Demand for the 14 has been steady at Luminaire, the Chicago- and Miami-based contemporary furniture and lighting store started by Nasir and Nargis Kassamali in 1974. The retailer sells a single 14 orb for about $350, a canopy of 12 for $10,000 and one with 36 bulbs for $17,000.

Release here.

. . . or so an advocate maintains, writing on RenewableEnergyWorld:

Remote power systems need to be designed for the worst case scenario, which is typically in the dead of winter,” says Busenlehner.  “In winter, there is only an average of 4 to 4.5 hours of sun per day in South Texas, and only three hours of sun per day in the Dakotas according to the Department of Energy.  In the worst case, there is no sun for potentially long periods of time.”

Wind power complements solar power because it often produces the most power precisely when solar power is reduced or unavailable, such as at night, in inclement weather, and during winter.  Wind often blows during long winter nights and is, on average, actually stronger in inclement weather.  During winter, average wind speed is highest, as is air density, both factors that contribute to wind generating more power when solar power tends to be least available.

From SDMmag:

It seemed that the biggest buzzword to come out of last week’s ISC West was 4K — just as it was the biggest buzzword to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2012.

Like 720p and 1080p before it, 4K is making the leap from the consumer space to the security industry, bringing with it the promise of higher resolution, greater detail and better overall video.

What is 4K? It’s a generic term for resolution that contains approximately 4,000 horizontal pixels, offering four times the resolution of 1080p. Full ultra-HD is 33.2 megapixels, and ultra-HD is 8.3 megapixels. For a few years, 4K has been used in movie and TV production and has recently made the leap to home entertainment in the form of 4K televisions.

That’s what 4K means from a terminology standpoint. What it means to the security industry remains to be seen. However, there are a number of camera manufacturers who are betting on 4K and many more appear poised to do the same in the not-so-distant future.

ISC West is a trade show held annually in Vegas.

Here’s a 2009 commercial lighting rebate map from BriteSwitch. GO TO THIS PAGE, and you can watch the “greening” of the U.S. — as the lighting rebates offered increase over time.

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