TBSS International, Inc. Announces Commercial Lighting Applications for …
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/PRNewswire/ – TBSS International, Inc. (OTCQB: TBSS) announced today the company has completed the design phase of the new commercial lighting applications for office workspace and outside path lighting.  The company’s design maximizes the visible light while minimizing wattage usage. Mass production of the newly designed 2′ x 4′ lay-in fixtures began today.

Todd Spinelli, CEO of TBSS International, noted, “As Congress forces all of us to gradually discontinue use of incandescent lighting in deference to the new compact fluorescent bulbs, we will all pay more and worry about the dangers and strict regulations that surround disposal of the expensive CFL’s. The Velella Lighting System (VLS) is already in use through a number of pilot trial programs in street lights in half a dozen neighborhoods across the country. Utility statements indicate that the VLS is 85% more efficient than incandescent lighting and at least 50% more efficient than last generation fluorescent lighting. When compared to the environmental headaches that surround the new compact fluorescent screw-in bulbs, the TBSS neon light will be 60% cheaper in initial cost, will not contain deadly mercury, and require no special procedures for disposal. We anticipate having a consumer (screw in) version of the Velella lights by…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Pet Q&A: Is lighting linked to birds’ feather woes?
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Are fluorescent lights bad for birds? I have read online that they cause feather-picking.

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I asked board-certified avian specialist Dr. Brian Speer (my “Birds for Dummies” co-author) for help with this one. He has his doubts that there’s any problem with having birds in rooms lit by energy- saving compact fluorescent lights.

“Although there is a different flicker frequency that birds see as compared to ourselves, there is no confirmed direct causation between feather-damaging behavior and fluorescent lighting,” says Speer, who owns the Medical Center for Birds, a birds-only practice in the Northern California town of Oakley.

He doesn’t rule out fluorescent lights completely, however, at least as a contributory factor to the problem. Feather-picking is complex behavior, he stresses.

“This type of light may function as a stressor, and it is possible that some stressors may trigger anxiety,” says Speer. “Anxiety may be addressed by displacement behavioral activities, and of these, feather damage could be seen.

“But this is a bit of a simplistic ’cause and effect’ assumption for a problem that more often than not is multifactorial in nature,” he says.

Stopping feather-picking, in other words, will remain a difficult road for many bird owners, with a lot of strategies employed alon…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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