LCD TV – For Longer and Better Home Entertainment

The technology of LCD, Liquid Crystal Display, has made a huge impact on the market and most people have replaced their old CRT televisions with an LCD TV. And this is just the right thing to do. Manufacturers do their best to please the customers and they manage that a lot. One thing that makes LCDs stand out from older televisions is their life span.

They can last in time longer, despite the wearing out of the time. If you maintain your LCD TV properly and keep it in a suitable environment then your LCD will not fail you through the years. Most of these televisions can last up to 60,000 hours. And with the new technologies that have come some of them go up to 80,000 hours. With the appropriate use your LCD TV will be a true friend for many years to come.

You should know that new products should not face any problems. But if something happens to the TV at an early stage then you should use the warranty that must have been given to you at purchase. Do not hesitate to claim what you deserve. After a few years though, and that should happen if you don’t take good care of your TV, you may see some blurring on the lights. Make sure that you maintain your TV correctly so problems as such will not occur.

A lot of attention should be placed on the light source. The bulb must be of high quality in order to be able to achieve the ideal white balance. You should consider seriously to pay a little more buy a more quality product, than buying something that will die out soon and make you lose money in the long run. Some brands, like Samsung, sell their light source separately from the main unit while other have it integrated in the set.

You will choose which source you trust more and make the purchase accordingly.
Apart from the light source you should take into consideration the contrast level. There is the belief that higher contrast levels will wear out your TV more quickly. While lower contrast will provide enough light sources for a longer period of time.

One more major factor that you should pay attention to is the backlight, that will determine if your TV will work OK or not. Make sure that you get the warranty for this, as well as for the maintenance of your TV. If you are careful then no problems should arise with your LCD TV.

Your Home Right Now Can Be Killing You

How Safe Are you in your bed room?

Home – just the mere word makes you think of comfort and relaxation. That would naturally enter your mind as the home is where people usually sleep and relax. Moreover, did you know that there are products in your home that pose danger to your life and safety making them not so safe home products. Ordinarily, these products are used everyday which makes it not so obvious that they are unsafe and dangerous. Included in the list of potentially dangerous products are carpet cleaner, dry cleaning products, furniture cleaner, furniture polish, glass and window cleaner, moth balls, shoe polish and smoke detector.

Now, what could be the reason why they are not considered as safe home products? One of the major reasons is the hazardous substances that make up those products. Let’s start with the carpet cleaner. Perchloroethylene and Naphthalene are two of the harmful elements that are considered as toxic and carcinogenic. In the same way, it is also proven to damage the liver. For dry cleaners, Carbon tetrachloride is considered as the most toxic. It has been banned from the list of household products but still, there are many companies that still offer products with this chemical. How about the other cleaners such as the glass and window cleaner and the furniture cleaner? Ammonia and Isopropanol are two of the most commonly used elements for such. Ammonia is proven to irritate eyes and lungs and can cause rashes and burns on the skin. Isopropanol on the other hand can irritate the mucous membrane. Ingestion of which can cause drowsiness, unconsciousness and even death.

Moth balls and furniture polish are products that can be tempting to children. Furniture polis especially the colored ones look like a tasty drink. Moth balls on the other hand may tempt children to eat it. These dangers, along with the harmful substances that comprise these products make them unsafe and dangerous. And the shoe polish? Trichloroethylene and nitrobenzene are the common used materials for a shoe polish, and they are totally carcinogenic. That makes them absolutely dangerous. These are just but a few of the harm that these products can cause. But if you want to stay away from those effects, better opt for Green natural cleaning product, non toxic cleaners, green product, and of course, safe home products.

I have been using these cleaners and have experienced no lung problems since.

Great Entertaining Ways For Better Home Security

When I look at some product reviews these days – cars, flat screens, laptops, I’m surprised to see how they often start off talking about how they look. Cars have to be sleek, flat screens have to be sleeker, and laptops have to be thin and shiny. At first I thought that abandoning any pretense of a serious review by starting off with the looks was a little laughable. But then, it occurred to me that to most people (and I grudgingly include myself in this category), any kind of purchase has to look the part. I mean, people rave about the iPhone, even if it doesn’t have very good call quality (the latest version of the iPhone apparently has serious problems in this area too). A phone is to speak on; and the iPhone has issues in that area. So why bring this all up to explain home security? It’s just that this is a new theory that’s doing the rounds with security experts. Whatever it is about your stuff that you love the most, is what attracts the thieves too. If you could dowdy up your most valued stuff, that would be something that would discourage potential thieves from sizing it up.

To people who have a passionate interest in keeping their home intruder free when they are out on vacation, the best home security system they can afford is sometimes not enough. In some ways, it seems too easy to simply throw money at the problem. To get creative, they go for the “previously broken into” look. What they do is, right before they leave on a vacation, they tear through their home to make it look like it got hit by hurricane. Drawers get pulled out and their contents spilled, cupboards get emptied on the floor, mattresses get tossed on the floor, and they leave a couple of pretty useless looking pieces of electronic stuff, old computers and the like, in plain sight. The hope is that should a burglar come in, he’s going to think right away that this house has been hit already he’s going to look at the worthless electronic stuff on display, and decide that this isn’t a house worth robbing.

This actually does work as a home security measure. But there are other ways to protect your stuff too. As awful as it sounds, there actually is a kind of fringe following for this method of property protection. Let’s say that you have a bike that costs something like $2000. You know that taking it apart and tying it to a lamppost doesn’t always work. So what you do is, you take a pieces of sandpaper, and liberally apply its effects all over to destroy its look; you slash the seat a bit and tie it up with masking tape. Park out in plain sight on a bike rack on any street, and no thief is going to take a look at it, because he knows it’s not marketable. It will work like the top of the range bike it is, but it will look like something you stole from the dumpster.

There is a blog by traveling photographer Jimmie Rogers where he talks about the lengths he goes to disguise his expensive camera when he travels to some of the disreputable parts of the world. You can read all about it on his blog, but basically, he says he got mugged, but they left his camera alone, and because he made sure it looked such a nightmare. It doesn’t have to just work for home security; it could work for you wherever you go. Would you believe that they make and sell ready-made ugly face plates for things like your cell phone and your car stereo?

There are other great ideas for home security and the security of your other stuff that doesn’t involve actually scratching up the new things. Want to protect your nice new iPod from potential thieves? How about a case for your iPod that looks like an old cassette Walkman? Or if you want to protect your money, how about buying a pair of underwear that will come pre-stained? It comes with a little money pocket. The one I like best is the moldy sandwich bag. These are plastic Ziploc bags that have a moldy looking stain printed in the middle. You leave your sandwich in this kind of bag in the office fridge, and no one’s going to want to even come near the fridge.