Lantern Festival Marks the Finale of Chinese New Year

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While the world rings in the new year on January 1, the traditional Chinese New Year takes place over a month after the induction of the new year on the globally employed Roman calendar. The Chinese New Year culminates in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of celebrations, where families enjoy reunions, traditional foods and dancing, as well as releasing lanterns into the night sky. Despite its name, the festival isn’t exclusive to China; festivals that mark the beginning of the lunisolar new year can be found all over Asia in countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as countries as far away as the United States.

The Lantern Festival is a time to enjoy lights, new beginnings, and the company of others. Indeed, in the celebration’s early days, young people were sent to the Lantern Festival to find love, perhaps with the help of a matchmaker. While the festival does not carry the implication anymore, it would be difficult to say that so many beautiful lanterns and the party atmosphere does nothing for one’s romantic side.

Perhaps the most famous part of the festival, releasing lanterns has an important meaning: to let a lantern go is to release one’s old self and welcome a new attitude for a new year. It is an optimistic act that adds to the bright feeling of the night.

But perhaps you can’t hop on a jet to China in time for this year’s February 15th celebration, paperlanternstore.combut you’d love to celebrate at home. Before you start finding fireworks and planning the menu, find the some lanterns to make the night just right. Check out these minimal yet beautiful LED paper lanterns from paperlanternstore.com. The paper diffuses the clear bright light of the LED bulbs, making the paper appear to glow. Stringing some of these paper lanterns around a backyard or a dimmed room will certainly add that magical feeling to your Chinese New Year celebration!

 

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Product Highlight: Corrosion Grenade

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There are many perks to living near the coast: ocean winds, access to the beach, and a variety of water sports. What’s not a perk is corrosion that occurs when moisture attacks the aluminum fins on air conditioning units, causing them to become inefficient and costly to repair and replace.   This kind of corrosion is known as electrolysis or Galvanic Corrosion, where the weakest metal is damaged by a combination of electricity and the salt air. Since aluminum is the weakest metal in  most air conditioning systems, it is the first to be attacked by corrosion. It seems like an impossible problem to deal with if you live on the coast, but ADL Supply carries a product that can help you avoid such corrosion and keep your air conditioning system in tip-top shape for years to come: the Corrosion Grenade.

The Corrosion Grenade is made of 100% zinc and acts as a sacrificial anode to protect the other metals in the air conditioning system. What this means is that because zinc is the weakest metal in the air conditioning unit (which are mostly composed of aluminum, copper, and steel), it will bear the corrosion that the air conditioning unit would accumulate in its aluminum parts. With its simple screw-on application, the Corrosion Grenade will provide consumers and contractors alike with an easy solution to their corrosion problems.

 

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Light Sculptures Hit Art Basel Miami Beach

Just like oils, watercolors, granite, and marble, light is a medium for artists to manipulate into something beautiful. Beijing artist Li Hui will do just that that at Art Basel Miami this week. The Zadok Gallery in Wynwood is hosting his show, “Li Hui: Void and Substance”, during the city’s boisterous celebration of all things art.

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Hui’s work is an ethereal combination of LED lights, cracked glass, and shocking blues and reds. His work seems to hang in the air, intangible and somewhat magical. This ice-blue battleship, for example, invites you to come close and examine its features, to look at it closely to ascertain whether it is solid or purely light. The sculpture, Ark2 (right), is constructed of acrylics, neon lamps, and stainless steel. Internet Explorer logos projected inside the boat’s bow make one consider the relationship between the Internet and an instrument of war.

Another work from Hui, Amber (below), which is constructed out of LED lamps, acrylic, and stainless steel, places a a skeleton inside the frame of a sports car. It glows with the same iceberg-blue neon as Ark2 and seems to ask the viewer to consider the relationship between mammal and machine, the organic and the inorganic. The  shape of the ribcage within the sports car frame resembles that of a cheetah or a greyhound, animals built for speed, just like the car. Hui’s work shows that light isn’t just a necessity for living, but an essential part of contemporary art.

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Image courtesy of http://art-cartoon.blogspot.com

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Kitchen Lighting for the Holidays

Bright and warm kitchen light can set a great atmosphere

The lighting in your kitchen is as important as the holiday lights on your house.

The kitchen is an important place during the holidays. Family members gather together to cook favorite recipes that remind them of past celebrations and to enjoy their time with one another in the present. Grandmothers pass on time-honored recipes while new traditions are created. With moments this important on the horizon, you want to make sure you have the right lighting to see it all by.

Kitchen lighting can seem tricky. Bright lights are needed so that you can have clear sight while chopping food and cleaning spills, but light that is too harsh can ruin the friendly ambiance of a family kitchen. The modern kitchen needs a combination of bright, clean light that looks as friendly as it is on the consumer wallet.

It is for this reason that ADL Supply recommends lighting your kitchen with bulbs from Osram Sylvania’s Ultra LED family. With a variety of lamp styles retrofitted to existing socket specifications, these long-lasting and environmentally friendly bulbs will be a beautiful and practical update to your kitchen lighting setup.

One branch of the Ultra LED family with lots to offer is the BR30 and R20 lamps, which are meant to replace 30W R20 and 65W BR30 incandescent lamps. With a 2700K color temperature, these dimmable LED lights fill your kitchen with clean light that doesn’t feel clinical.

A stylish addition to the Ultra LED collection is the B12 Lamp, which is meant to replace 40W decorative incandescent lamps. With a tapered candle light shape and dimmable to 10%, this lamp is great for sconces, chandeliers, and setting a romantic atmosphere. The dimming feature isn’t hard on the pocketbook either.

Every kitchen has its own lighting needs, so if you have any questions about finding the right lamps for yours, be sure to call or send us an email. We’d be happy to answer your questions. If you would like to check out the LED lamps we have in stock, click here. For some quick kitchen lighting tips, be sure to check out this handy article from DIY Network. Happy holidays!

 

 

 

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