What types of Solar Panels are there?

Once you have ascertained what size solar panel system you want, the next step is to judge what kind of solar panels will meet your needs. This shouldn’t be a decision based solely on price, because power efficiency, longevity, warranty, and space needed are all important factors.

All too often people base their purchasing decisions on cost only, and then in two years wonder why no-one picks up the phone from the “fly-by-night company” they bought their solar panels from when the inverter dies or their output is cut in half. It’s also very important to know that there are different qualities of panels on the market and you should compare “apples with apples”.

There are 3 main types of panels: Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, and thin-film or Amorphous, and you should recognize the advantages and disadvantages of each. If your only hurdle for buying panels is price, then I suggest you compare “like with like”. It’s crazy to compare the price of Mono with the most recently developed Amorphous panel and make your purchasing decision based only on the cost alone. Most Solar Hot Water Systems are using Mono panels

One very important distinction to make with regards to solar panels is the differing wattages available. Watts are related to the output of each panel, so a 200W panel would output 200 watts per hour. You should expect to pay twice the price of a 100W panel.

Solar PV (photo-voltaic) panels have a performance warranty that can last up to 25 years, and a guarantee of five to ten years. As well, installers can provide a warranty on workmanship, which is typically five years. Ask your solar specialist who is providing the warranty, the name of the importer and/or manufacturer, and what steps are likely to happen if something goes wrong.

If a cheap solar panel importer stops trading in the future, their warranty obligation ceases. You are going to feel far more peace with a well-known brand which has service agents for warranty work in Australia.

These are three main types of solar panel available, each with their own benefits:

Monocrystalline Cells
Monocrystalline panels are a proven and reliable technology, used over the past 50 years and still popular today. They have the best conversion efficiency at 12-18% of all sunlight. As these have the highest power to size ratio, they are the best option if you have limited roof space. They also degrade very slowly, generally losing 0.25 – 0.5% per year. Their lifespan can be 25 years, and even up to 50 years if looked after.

Monocrystalline cells don’t perform as well as other panels in shady conditions, and they are quite fragile. They can be more expensive to manufacture due to their complexity.

Polycrystalline Cells
Polycrystalline compares quite well in performance and longevity to monocrystalline, and provides an efficiency of 12-13%. Well known brands include BP SX, Sharp and Kyocera.

Polycrystalline panels withstand great longevity (around 25 years). They work optimally at 25 degrees C but will lose some efficiency at higher temperatures (over 50 degrees C), which is common in the Australian summer.

Amorphous Thin Film
Thin film panels typically have a much lower efficiency at 6%, however, Cadmium Telluride Thin-Film panels (CdTe) have progressed to 11% efficiency. These are more suitable for inland Australian conditions where space is no problem and temperatures are hot. Amorphous panels don’t lose energy in higher heats.

Disadvantages are: Expected lifespan is reduced; there is a 3-6 month breaking-in period; and they typically require double to triple the roof space for the same output of crystalline cells.

When choosing solar panels remember to focus on the aim of recouping your initial costs through savings in electricity. The more efficient and higher watt panels can achieve this faster. However, if you are looking at solar farms in Outback Australia where temperatures routinely go higher than 40 degrees celcius and there is some cloud cover (these panels also work much better in the shade}, then these panels could be suitable.

The Requirements of Solar Panels
With all types of solar panels, the owner must ensure they are maintained and kept free from dirt and shade, because these factors affect solar power output.

Panels are placed facing north and at a roof angle of a minimum 10 degrees. Do the solar panels you’ve budgeted for actually fit in the space you want to place them? Each solar panel is about 1.6 m long by 0.8 m wide. A 1.5kW solar panel system requires around 12 m² of north-facing roof space. As mentioned, this footprint varies depending on the type of panel. Don’t worry if you can’t work out the amount of unshaded space the roof has for your panels, because your specialist can calculate it precisely when quoting. You may want to be conservative with the space, though, in case you want to add more panels later to cover more of your energy needs.

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February 1, 2011 • Posted in: Uncategorized • No Comments

Sydney – Australia’s Harbour City

If you believe an evening in the Harbour City is mainly clubs and pubs, think again. Be creative and you’ll discover another side to Sydney nightlife. There are several spooky evening options in this most historic of Australian cities – a history of ghosts! One of Sydney’s haunted and historic areas is The Rocks, the former favourite stomping-ground of whalers, sailors, convicts and gangs.

To discover a different kind of Sydney at night, experience Kings Cross. Kings Cross has a rich social and cultural history and yet is a notorious suburb. It is filled with true crime scenes and clubs, with lurid tales of wheeling, dealing and corruption.

If your idea of a good night out involves something with a lighter theme, try Luna Park. The amusement park is well lit up and you can let loose on the wild rides.

Thrill seeking of another kind awaits those who are game to venture high above the harbour with a bridge climb. For an evening on the harbour rather than above it, hire an experienced skipper who can sail you to a private bay in the harbour and drop anchor. You may dine in magic when the lights of the city reflect magically on the water, and witness the sensational views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

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Wilderness Escapes in Tasmania

If anyone enjoys escaping into the wilderness, surrounded by native life, then they should definitely visit the Australian island of Tasmania. For holiday details about the island including accommodation, attractions and activities, visit the Tasmania Visitors Bureau. This island is lucky to have an amazing combination of lush wilderness escapes, a long and captivating heritage and endless scenic views. International travellers will need to make prior arrangements for accommodation and transport, so planning is essential. The Tasmania Visitors Bureau saves travellers from going through all those hassles connected with holiday bookings. Quick and in-depth answers to many questions regarding a visit to Tasmania are given gratis.

People who are fond of high impact sports and other adrenalin-pumping activities will love Tasmania. Activities like rafting, jet boating, diving, horse riding, sea kayaking, climbing/abseiling and cable hang gliding are guaranteed to keep you on the edge and in high spirits. Rafting can be done on several rivers in Tasmania including the Derwent River, Arthur River, Picton River and Franklin River. Particular mention needs to be made about white water rafting on the Franklin River as it is a great multi-day adventure spot. A minimum of 10 days would be required to complete a full trip along the Franklin. On this trip adventurers will come across the incredible rapids of the Great Ravine. Visitors keen on a one-day rafting adventure from Hobart, can do so at Picton River.

If horse riding is your love, there are lots of riding opportunities over the Tasman Peninsula, Central Highlands, Strahan, Ben Lomond and Coles Bay. Sea kayaking is another activity that is really popular in Tasmania and kayak availability can be found in Strahan, Hobart, Freycinet, Bathurst Harbour and Bruny Island to name a few. The Tasmania Visitors Bureau also elaborates on such adventure sports as abseiling/climbing, caving, and cycling/mountain biking. Tourists who are looking for some abseiling/climbing buzz in their holidays should enquire about the guided trips in locations like Tasman Peninsula, Coles Bay, Cataract Gorge (Launceston) and Ben Lomond. For keen cyclers, bikes are available for hire to cycle around Hobart. Bikers can also trek through the mountains and the national forests of Tasmania.

Some visitors will not be keen on adventure sports so they can look at fishing and cruising opportunities. Cruising provides a very relaxing experience for tourists and is an enjoyable way of exploring the wonderful rivers and harbours of Tasmania. Gordon River Cruises is one of the most popular tours on the island. Any trip to Tasmania is incomplete without a captivating sail on the beautiful Gordon River. For visiting heritage locations and finding the best fishing opportunities, tourists are advised to check out the West Coast of Tasmania.

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January 28, 2011 • Posted in: Uncategorized • No Comments

The Development of the Diesel Engine

The principal outstanding feature of the diesel engine is its efficiency. By compressing air rather than using an air-fuel mixture, the diesel engine isn’t limited by the preignition issues that affect high-compression spark-ignition engines. Thus, higher compression ratios may be achieved with diesel engines than with the spark-ignition variety; equally, higher theoretical cycle efficiencies, when compared with the latter, can often result.

It should be noted that for a given compression ratio the theoretical efficiency of the spark-ignition engine is more than that of the compression-ignition engine; but in practice it is possible to operate compression-ignition engines at compression ratios high enough to produce efficiencies greater than those attainable with spark-ignition systems. Furthermore, diesel engines do not rely on throttling the intake mixture to control power. Therefore the idling and reduced-power efficiency of the diesel is far superior to that of the spark-ignition engine.

The main drawback of diesel engines is their emission of air pollutants. These engines typically discharge high levels of particulate matter (soot), reactive nitrogen compounds (commonly designated NOx), and smell, compared with spark-ignition engines. As a result, in the small-engine category, consumer acceptance is low.

A diesel engine is started by driving it from some external power source until conditions have been established under which the engine can run by its own power. The easiest starting method is to admit air from a high-pressure source, about 1.7 to nearly 2.4 megapascals, to each of the cylinders in turn on their normal firing stroke. The compressed air becomes heated sufficiently to ignite the fuel.

Other starting methods involve auxiliary equipment and include admitting blasts of compressed air to an air-activated motor geared to rotate a bigger engine’s flywheel; supplying electric current to an electric starting motor, similarly geared to the engine flywheel; and applying a small gasoline engine geared to the engine flywheel. The selection of the most suitable starting method depends on the actual size of the engine to be started, the type of the connected load, and whether or not the load can be disconnected on starting.

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January 19, 2011 • Tags:  • Posted in: Uncategorized • No Comments

Which method of carpet cleaning gets the best results?

carpet cleaning brisbaneCarpet is such a wonderful addition to any Brisbane home, but just like all textile products, the looks and longevity of a carpet mainly depends on professional cleaning and maintenance.

Generally, proper carpet care involves regular vacuuming and cleaning using these methods: shampooing, foam cleaning, dry cleaning, bonnet cleaning, and steam cleaning, or hot water extraction.

Now, the question is, which one of these techniques deliver the best results? Most carpet makers, including professional carpeting and cleaning organisations, are unanimous with their answers.

They state that steam cleaning or hot water extraction is the most thorough way to clean even the dirtiest carpet. Steam cleaning is the most common technique used by professionals. In fact the Australian Standard even states that other methods are only interim cleaning methods and that hot water extraction is the primary method.

Steam cleaning uses a hot water cleaning solution that is sprayed on the carpet via a high pressure jet spray. A truck-mounted or portable machine is then used to thoroughly extract the solution (together with the dissolved dirt). However, note that the truck-mounted equipment is more powerful than the portable one and should be used where possible.

Steam cleaning also consists of a number of phases – from pre-vacuuming to remove the dry soils in the carpet before wetting and turning to mud, treating stains and spots (if any), pre-spraying with a cleaning solution, agitation (hand or machine operated) of the cleaning solution into the carpet, hot water extraction, rinsing with a neutralising aid, and speed drying.

But why is it considered the best? Because only steam cleaning does the following:

As we all know, carpets are very expensive – so you want them to always be in great condition and to last as long as possible.
Highly recommended by professionals, steam carpet cleaning is the best way for you to maintain your valuable investment in soft floor coverings.
Now that we know the best method for keeping your carpets clean the question most asked is how long will my carpets take to dry after cleaning?

The time frame for carpets to be totally dry depends on several factors, such as the level of soiling and the cleaning method used. Generally, it can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours. The Australian Standard states that up to 24 hours is acceptable.

If you use steam cleaning or hot water extraction by a professional, drying should take 2 hours to 12 hours. Take into consideration the following factors to determine how long it will take for your carpet to dry, and what you can do to make it dry much faster.

The type of fibre- This is by far the most important thing. Wool carpets take a lot longer to dry then synthetics. Wool carpets are about 30 % absorbent compared to the few percent range for synthetics.

Thickness and Weight of the Carpet – The thicker the carpet, the longer time it will need to dry.

Exposure to Air – If your room doesn’t have windows, or if the windows are shut, to create ventilation, evaporation will be lessened. Turn on the fan in your room to improve air flow, making your carpet dry faster. During warmer months, turn on the air conditioner instead.

The Humidity and Weather conditions- Obviously the higher the humidity the longer it will take for carpets to dry. Is it a hot fine day or a cold wet day for example?

Now, if you really need your carpet to dry at a much faster rate, opt for professional carpet cleaners that offer speed drying services on top of state of the art equipment and years of experience.

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Art in Oceania

The visual art and architecture of native Oceania, includes media such as sculpture, pottery, rock art, basketry and personal decoration. In these cultures, art and architecture have often been closely connected, for example, storehouses and meetinghouses are often decorated with beautiful carvings, and so they are presented together in this discussion.

Up until the 16th and 17th centuries when European cultures arrived upon the scene, Oceanic cultures maintained several types of Neolithic technology. One exception was in the northwest of New Guinea, where the people living around Geelvink Bay (Teluk Cenderawasih) imported very small quantities of metal from the Indonesians of the Moluccas (Maluku). The technique of forging was zealously guarded, virtually as a cult secret; some tools were traded but only in quantities too small to have made much impact on usual working conditions.

Throughout the rest of Melanesia and in Polynesia and Micronesia, the basic tool was the stone blade, which was hafted as an adze or an axe, and at times interchangeably as both. Tridacna shell was sometimes used for blades in those parts of Oceania where stone was in short supply, including Micronesia and the Solomon Islands. When obsidian became available, it was chipped into blades for use as both weapons and tools. Other working materials included bamboo and bivalve shells, which allow extremely sharp edges. Some fine cutting and engraving was performed with unhafted boar tusks or with hafted shark and rodent teeth. Animal bones served as gouges, awls, and needles. All these tools were used in working wood, which with very rare exceptions was the main medium used throughout Oceania.

Clay was also employed, in the main for sculptures, for some of the smaller musical instruments (whistles), and for pottery in Melanesia and New Guinea. The creation of clay vessels was nearly exclusively women’s work, apart from in several areas in New Guinea and the northern Solomons. A typical method involved spiral coiling of rolls of clay. The decorating of the pot was the work of men.

Some working of shell and turtle shell was done with simple drilling and abrading tools. The carving of stone, although obviously providing far more arduous and time-consuming problems than wood, was employed remarkably often and occurred throughout the Pacific Islands; hammering, pecking, and polishing were the main methods. Even so resistant a material as greenstone was mastered by sanding with abrasives.

Paint and painting were thought to animate sculpture, often literally, in religiosymbolic terms, as paint was considered to have magical, vivifying powers. Paints were usually ochres, with other vegetable-derived pigments. Water was the typical medium, on occasion added to with sap. Brushes were made from the fibrous ends of chewed or frayed sticks, small feather bundles, pieces of wood, and sometimes the most basic applicator of all, the finger. Apart from sculpture, the surfaces used for painting were rock faces, bark, and tapa (cloth made from pounded bark). Rock painting was most common in Australia, where panels of bark were also used. In Melanesia, paintings were made mainly on sago-palm leaves and sheets of tapa cloth. In Polynesia the women manufactured great amounts of tapa, which they then decorated with traditional designs using vegetable dyes. The techniques they used included painting, stenciling with leaf templates, rubbing over relief-design tables, stamping, and printing with carved bamboo rollers.

The only areas where weaving was practiced were the Caroline Islands, the Polynesian outlying islands east of the Solomon Islands, some of the Santa Cruz Islands, parts of Vanuatu, the Saint Matthias Group (northwest of New Ireland), and several places on the northern coast of Irian Jaya. Spinning was unknown; instead of yarn or thread, strips of banana fibre were used on a simple backstrap loom. Weaving was a woman’s craft in the Caroline and Saint Matthias islands but was employed by men elsewhere. A form of “finger weaving,” as in net making, was used by Maori women in creating textiles from flax fibres.

The architecture of the Pacific Islands was varied and sometimes large in scale. Buildings reflected the structure and preoccupations of the societies that constructed them, with a great deal of symbolic detail. Technically, most buildings in Oceania were no more than simple assemblages of poles held together with cane lashings; only in the Caroline Islands were complex methods of joining and pegging known.

Oceanic artists’ quest for media was consummately opportunistic; they regarded almost anything from the lavish natural world that surrounded them as potentially usable. The sea provided shells of all kinds, particularly conus, cowrie, and nassa shells. Birds gave down, beaks, and plumes (those of the birds of paradise were particularly prized); animals provided teeth, tusks, and skins; insects supplied their brilliant wing cases. The vegetable realm was drawn upon for flowers, leaves, and fibres. The assembly of such materials into single objects was rare in Polynesia and Micronesia, but the practice was typical of Australian and Melanesian styles, and added brilliantly to their more spectacular effects. The most basic medium of all was the human body, which allowed for both removable and permanent decorations, including scarification, enhanced by treatment to raise keloid welts in New Guinea, and tattooing with needles and pigments elsewhere.

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How to get the most from your Grid-Connected Solar Power System

Ok, so you have just had your brand new grid-connected solar panels connected by your friendly accredited solar power installer.

Now, remember the first meeting you had with the sales consultant around the kitchen table. Do you recall talking about your prior energy use in the home, and what habits you ought to alter if you decided to get solar? If you answered yes, then you probably organised your solar quote through mysolarprice.com.au, as we only deal with solar companies that we are certain will provide information to the consumer about their typical power use and give them a good understanding of what power output the system is capable of. Some ‘fly-by-night’ solar panel companies who have only recently arrived on the scene have misled the public in the performance capacity of their grid connected systems. This has led to some mistrust and confusion in the Solar arena. Mysolarprice.com.au knows of these companies, and will not deal with the solar installers found to be giving misleading information or involved in any dishonest sales tactics.

Have you forgotten the power saving tips the solar consultant gave you? If so, don’t worry, as we provide here the TOP 15 tips for reducing your power consumption to get the most out of your tariff feed, whether that be Net Tariff feed or Gross Tariff feed. Some people with larger systems from 2kw (2 kilowatts) or more may not have to modify their behaviour at all and will still be in positive territory, that is, getting a surplus or credit for their power. This depends on the home, roof type, shade, number of people in the home, appliance usage, and most importantly the behaviour in the home or in other words how they interact with their home. Some people work during the day and turn their standby power off, whilst doing their washing and household chores at night time. Whereas some people have an air-conditioned home office and use a massive amount of power during the day and which does almost nothing at night. How does this make a difference you may ask? If you are in a state like Queensland that has a “Net Tariff Feed” this is extremely important. A Net tariff feed basically means you get the balance of the power you send to the grid from the amount of power youhave used during the day but not at night, as solar panels don’d generate power at night time. Therefore, if you are using a great deal of power during daytime when your solar power system is working the hardest, you are competing or cancelling it out with the amount of power you are feeding back to the grid, or “Net” Feed. If however, you are out during the day and turn off all your appliances at the wall to eliminate inactive and active standby but only leave the essential items on like the fridge, you will be streets ahead of the rest and get more of a “net” balance which means one thing: more $$$$$$ in your pocket!

These top 15 energy saving tips range from modifying the building fabric of the house, to being more energy efficient, to minor behavioural modifications like turning off the lights when you leave the room. This list will be in the order of the simplest minor behaviour modifications to bigger structural changes to the building material.


1.Turn the lights off when you leave the room. This is especially important if you have energy-guzzling old-fashioned incandescent lights or worse, halogen lights. I have seen people leave on 4 x tastic 500w heat lamps on in the bathroom all day. That’s an incredible 2KW or 2000 watts of power being consumed for no reason.

2.Allow natural light into the rooms. This will reduce the requirements for lights during the day.

3.Replace your incandescent light bulbs and halogens with CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) or LED’s. They use only around a quarter or less power than the standard 75watt incandescent or 60watt halogen, and can last much longer than the standard incandescents or halogens.

4.Use Sensor CFL spotlights outside, instead of the old energy-inefficient spotlights of yesterday.

5.Turn off all standby power. This is probably the best tip I can give you for reducing your daily electricity consumption. A typical home generally operates at around 10-15% standby power, so if you have a quarterly bill of $400 that means $40-$60 of that bill is standby power -which does nothing! It may not seem like a great deal but that’s around $120-$240 a year just for not turning appliances off at the wall. A good way to control your standby is to install a proper standby power board.

6.Choose energy-efficient appliances. This doesn’t have to mean throwing out your 5-year-old fridge because it only has 2 stars, and spending $2,500 on one that is 4 star. It means if you are presented with an option of buying a new appliance, then make sure it has the highest star rating available. So if you have the money and the choice is over a 2 star 50 inch plasma TV or a 5 star 50 inch Led TV you should get the LED.

7.Turn off any second or third fridges not in use. I have found in my energy audits that a great number of people have a spare chest freezer or 20-year-old rusting fridge with deteriorated seals in a hot garage. This will account for a considerable chunk of your electricity bill. Often I’ll open the door and there’s nothing even in there, so the fridge is running -and working overtime- for no reason.

8.Turn off your computer screens and speakers when not being used. This is so easy, but most people I come across forget to do this. If you have a Sub-Woofer with a separate power supply be sure to turn that off also when not in use.

9.Draft Sealing in Winter. If you use electric heating in winter, then be sure to stop any drafts, otherwise you are definitely wasting money.

10.Use ceiling fans or pedestal fans instead of air-conditioning. Air-conditioning can be one of the most expensive appliances to use in summer. If are going to use air-conditioning in summer, make sure that the room is well-sealed, the windows are covered and you have insulation in the ceiling.

11.Air-Conditioning Tips for Summer.

- Buy the optimum sized air-conditioner for your room -not house, unless it’s ducted. If buying ducted make sure it can be zoned.
- Buy an energy efficient inverter air-conditioner with a high star rating for both cooling and heating.
- Set the thermostat between 18-21 degrees. Every degree celsius higher that you set the a/c increases your consumption by 10%
- Re-circulate cool air from within rather than drawing hot air from outside. If the compressor is outside be sure its not sitting exposed in the western sun.
- Make sure the windows have both internal and external shading.

12.Air-Conditioning Tips for Winter.

- Set the thermostat to 23-26 degrees
- Wear warm clothes to insulate your body so you don’t need mechanical heating
- Insulate your space as with Air-Conditioning in Summer Tips.
- Because hot air rises, a ceiling fan can be turned to the lowest setting -in reverse- as this actually pushes the warm air down towards the house’s occupants
- Avoid electric radiator heaters and electric fan heaters as they are massively expensive.
It is better using reverse cycle air conditioning as it’s far cheaper (most people don’t know this).

13.Insulation. Reflective foil type insulation is best in sub-tropical climates such as Brisbane receives, whereas thicker, bulky insulation such as wool/fibreglass or polyester is best suited to more temperate climates such as Toowoomba.

14.Windows. There are a number of things you can do to insulate your windows to stop the heat entering the dwelling during summer, and keep it in in winter. In summer it is important to keep direct solar radiation off the east and west windows by vertical screening, and keep it off north facing windows with big eaves or horizontal shading. This is so you can allow the sun in during winter when it’s lower in the sky. These are principles known as solar passive design.

15.Hot Water. If your home has an electric hot water system and you have it on the wrong tariff this can be the bulk of your bill. Generally, your hot water should be on an off-peak tariff depending on your location and retail provider. A hot water bill is normally a quarter of the electricity bill if the system is electric. If it is a relatively new heat pump it will be much less. The most efficient water heating device is Solar Hot Water, with a natural gas boost.

These are just a few of the basic energy-saving tips that I have come across when doing household energy audits which I find a lot of people need help with. If you can reduce your daily consumption it’s going to make it a lot easier to:
1. Keep your bills down, and
2. Make it easier for the Solar Panels to work and provide you with a bonus or credit on your next bill.

One other thing I have yet to mention is panel care. Your panels should be kept free of dirt and grime, as even a small build-up of dust on the panels can significantly reduce the panel’s performance by up to 30% or more. I will look at the process of solar panel maintenance in my next article.

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All About The New Red Laser Application For iPhones

The iPhone features a number of applications available for it and more are being produced and added to the app store every day. Just about anybody can create an application for the iPhone and place it in the app store; all that one has to do is show the app to Apple for screening and approval.

One helpful application would be the red laser which comes available with the Apple iPhone. The red laser lets consumers to scan a product and instantly see the available prices of that specific item online. Alongside the online comparison shopping which the barcode scanner provides, the red laser also has several other very useful features. For instance, you can scan a dvd noticed while walking around a shopping mall and the red laser will locate a copy of it online and will also allow you to have the entire movie sent to your TiVo.

The red laser is also able to add items to your shopping list. For example, whenever somebody is going to discard their toothpaste, they can scan it and it will be added onto their shopping list reminding them to buy it next grocery shopping trip.

One can use the red laser to scan just about anything and find information that is applicable to their interests. You can try using it on a book and the red laser can locate a copy of it in a nearby library. It is capable of this due to its deep integration with the world’s biggest library catalogue -WorldCat. The red laser is also capable of looking for a copy of any book scanned and locate all the online retailers that hold it in stock.

Other than discovering prices and locating products, the red laser will also let you to scan food. If anybody is allergic to an ingredient, one can scan a product and then tap on the allergen info. Instead of having to scan the long list of ingredients in the packaging, red laser will show you a list of all the ingredients within the product and present the most common allergens within it. On top of all that, red laser can also help you eat better by showing you the full nutritive contents within the food.

Red Laser has several other useful features -you may be surprised at the number of items you can scan and find helpful information on. This is definitely an application worth getting.

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Why you should turn to stone cladding when building your dream home

If you talk to anyone who’s familiar with stone cladding, they’re likely to tell you one thing over anything else: it’s the bee’s knees. Really, a stack of rocks and stone never looked so good. If you’re looking at building your own dream home, you’ll want to consider including stone cladding in the final design of your house.

Far from appearing like your typical pile of rocks stacked on top of each other, most constructions that use stone cladding look very aesthetically pleasing, not to mention dependable and extremely easy to construct. Stacked stone examples exist far and wide and can be found in a multitude of places. Take for example a certain country retreat in the Daylesford Hills in Victoria, where they opted to use stacked stone instead of the usual sandstone walling. The architect used Craft Stone European Castle Stone Golden Sand as the alternative.

The result of this was a much more pleasant design and they avoided additional footings, particularly by using timber frame & fibre cement as a substrate. This was done for use in an outdoor portion – a rock wall if you will – so it’s something that will easily catch the attention of passersby .

But of course, usage is not limited to outdoor parts of a house. Indoor use is also permitted, and when it comes to cases like these, its benefits can be experienced in a number of ways of ways, whether it ends up in the kitchen or in the bedroom.

A stacked stone fireplace can take advantage of such an architectural marvel, where a timber frame clad with fibre cement sheet can be used to construct a stone gas log fireplace. A 12mm Standard mortar joint can be used to fit the Craft Stone Stacked Ledgestone Merlot for the construction. The best part is the whole thing usually takes a day to construct which brings to light the amazing cost and labor saving incentives . Face it – less construction time means less construction worker costs, and fewer expenses in general.

With clear benefits such as those mentioned above, it’s no wonder the stone cladding method is becoming more and more popular. Add the fact that resulting designs can compliment just about anything, and suddenly it’s not to see why people say it’s the perfect design feature. Stone cladding is what dream homes are made of!

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December 16, 2010 • Tags:  • Posted in: Uncategorized • No Comments

The Importance of Decorative Night Lights in Interior Design

Lighting is am essential aspect of any room. It takes a lot of effort and consideration to choose the right night lights, as it can make or break a room. Decorative lights can easily liven up a room, regardless of how average the furniture is. Lighting plays a crucial role in orchestrating the ambience in a room. Where you place these lights should also be well researched, as wrong placement can ruin the mood in a room.

Interior design has significantly improved throughout the years, as decorative pieces and furniture have come to employ a more modern feel to them. With the development of interior design trends came the similar evolution of ambient lighting. Designer night lights have become one of the most important aspects of a interior design project. Choosing decorative lights that announce a statement fulfills the aesthetic and functional side of the designing process. Whether you want classic designs or modern ones, there is definitely a lighting piece that will suit your needs and preferences.

The addition a lampshade or two in a bedroom can make a huge difference. Drop lights are also pleasant additions to the living room and the dining room and string lights are now becoming a necessity when decorating. There are so many different choices for night lights today that it can be quite overwhelming to make a decision. Decorative lights add an attractive feel to the room and depending on the kind of light you decide to use, it can set the overall theme of the room. More contemporary designs include LED colour changing lights, large drop lights and metallic lighting fixtures. No matter what your optimal theme is, you can find a lighting fixture that will complement it. This even extends to the gardens and water features with outdoor lighting.

A lot of the modern lights these days are also more cost-efficient they don’t consume as much electricity as they used to. It is beneficial to decide on one center light and add several accent lights so that you are able to dim the lighting in the room should you want to. Warm lighting can greatly influence the ambience in the room, as it is a lot more comfortable than white lights.

Chandeliers have also greatly evolved through the years. From elaborate tear drop chandeliers, they now come in a variety of different colours and designs. Dark wrought iron chandeliers offer more simplistic options for homes, as they are not as extravagant as traditional chandeliers but can be as beautiful in concept and effect. Decorative night lights are most certainly a wonderful investment, as they can improve the aesthetic element of any home.

December 6, 2010 • Posted in: Uncategorized • No Comments