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Time to fall back… as the end of Daylight Saving Time #CreateWithCree

60w_soft_white_wbThe end of Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner (don’t forget to turn your clocks back this Sunday 11/2/14!) and with it comes shorter days, longer nights, and plenty of reasons to leave your lights on more often. With all that extra light, though, why not save on energy costs by switching to cheaper, more efficient light bulbs in your home? Cree LED Bulbs, available at Home Depot, are the perfect solution to your energy cost crisis.

But what is a Cree bulb anyway? Cree bulbs are “The Biggest Thing Since the Light Bulb,” LED bulbs that look and light like a classic light bulb, but provide all of the savings, energy efficiency, and product longevity that comes with being LED. To do this, Cree pioneered three different innovations: 4Flow Filament Design, LED Filament Tower Technology, and Spectral Notching Technology.
Cree‘s 4Flow Filament Design is to thank for the Cree Bulb’s similarity to a classic incandescent bulb in appearance and light. It combines cross-flow ventilation and clever optical design to recreate incandescent bulbs’ timeless appearance within a shatter-proof housing. It’s durable and affordable!
Cree LED Filament Tower Technology is designed to emulate the look and feel of an incandescent filament but provide all the benefits of LED technology, long life and efficiency. The design of the Cree LED Filament Tower provides a compact, and optically centered and balanced light source (like the tungsten filament in an incandescent bulb) to deliver the warm, all-around light you and your lamps and fixtures love. You can get cheaper, more durable and efficient LED light without having to sacrifice the warm lighting that’s a staple of incandescents!
In addition to being up to 79% more efficient and lasting 25 times longer than a typical incandescent, the Cree TW Series LED bulb produces true and natural light with a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 93. To make this possible, Cree developed a new way to bring TrueWhite™ light to LED bulbs.Cree Spectral Notching Technology takes advantage of Neodymium glass and other optical innovations to produce light that makes colors look like they should. See the difference in the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the appearance of your skin.
Cree Bulbs are the perfect addition to your home– you’ll be surprised to see how much you save by switching over to Cree LED! Try them out this winter and find out for yourself!

 

How to win a $70 prize pack of Cree Bulbs… Contest ends 11:59am EST. November 4th, 2014.

You must comment telling us what light in your house do you hate to change? please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

You get 1 extra entry for following @DadaRocks on twitter –twitter.com/dadarocks

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: #DisneyOnIce @dadarocks –http://dad.am/1zRG7Q9 and you must also comment with the link to your twitter message.

Example: I want to win big box of @CreeBulb Thanks to @dadarocks – http://dad.am/1zRG7Q9 #CreateWithCree

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a Fan on facebook –facebook.com/dadarocks you must comment that you’re a fan (and leave a little note on the wall)

You get 2 extra entry for becoming a Fan on facebook –facebook.com/CreeBulb you must comment that you’re a fan (and leave a little note on the wall that you a fan because of DaDaRocks.com)

You will have 12 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

 

Disclosure: Cree partnered with DaDaRocks for a sponsored ambassadorship.  All opinions are my own.

Please note that for each entry you perform you must leave a comment below.

Daylight Saving Time: Springing forward

indexDaylight saving time is approaching again, arriving this Sunday. At first glance, it might seem enough to just remember to spring forward. But do you realize daylight saving time is one of the grandest social engineering experiments in America?

Almost the entire country moves their schedule up one hour. Every meeting, romantic dinner, and heart transplant occurs one hour later. Every business, court appointment and movie showing is one hour later. In virtual lockstep, the entire nation boldly takes a step into the future.   

To put it in perspective, all the millions of dollars, countless man hours, programs, and smart people’s best efforts spent convincing the public to stop smoking, has only reduced the smoking rate by 15 percent. And smoking gives you cancer – it should be an easy sell, right?

But almost by decree, we get nearly 100 percent of the people to move their entire lives an hour forward! 

Curious …

Modern society requires us to be a slave to the clock, a cog in the great machine. Organize almost any human activity and there is implicit agreement to the rule of time. But we are more than machines; we are complex biological organisms that sometimes rebel to even well-meaning change. 

Daylight saving time was conceived 100 years ago as a way to save lamp oil during World War 1. Moving the clock forward extended daylight later in the evening, and less whale oil was used in lighting the parlor, which was a noble goal.  

When we moved away from lamps that burn oil to ones that require electricity, the equation changed a bit. Now light could be made quite inexpensively, but heating and cooling was less efficient, so daylight saving costs us money.

Trade is modestly increased by daylight saving time. People are more willing to go out and spend money when it is light. A dinner out, a movie, some light shopping, they are all more attractive when you can see where you’re going and don’t need multiple clothing layers.  

As you might guess, there is also a biologic cost. There is a measurable spike in heart attacks in the weeks following daylight saving time. 

Many people are wandering around critically sleep deprived, and taking away one more hour spills the apple cart (a scary thought as sleeping is not one of my talents). When the clocks fall back in the autumn, heart attacks temporarily go down, and balance is preserved in some weird way.    

But most people have only mild challenges from the leap forward. If you are sensitive, it can take several weeks for your sleep cycle to straighten out. Like all human attributes, adaptability to sleep disturbance is quite varied. Some people are challenged and some don’t notice. 

But daylight saving is not really about saving money, saving whale oil or increasing trade. Daylight saving is about quality time.  

Arriving home from work every night in the dark tends to discourage family activity. That extra hour of sunshine can be the excuse for eating on the patio or going for a walk after dinner – anything to dislodge the family from the TV set is a good thing! 

Daylight saving is perhaps wasted on adults. Kids live for it. We all have fond memories of neighborhood gatherings on bright evenings. The chance to burn off a little energy and practice your negotiating and social skills. 

Daylight savings is a rite of spring, and a promise of more time to add something fun to our lives. A few fragile people may become unbalanced, but most of us find an extra hour to enjoy life.

Kick the can, anyone?