Category Archives: LEDS

How do battery powered pico-projectors work?

Once upon a time, very long ago, the projector world was ruled by the intense light of arcs. As they were rather unwieldy, xenon lamps took their place. With the unrelenting march of innovation, the era of OHPs or overhead projectors that could project images of transparencies, came into existence. These soon became obsolete as computers evolved and could be directly connected to projectors with LCD screens. The latest in line is the Pico-projector, which uses tiny batteries and the light from LEDs Read more [...]

Are OLEDS better than LEDS?

Chances are, you still own a TV that is bulky, has a picture tube and is kept on a table. Well, with advancing technology, TVs have become slimmer and lighter, can hang on the wall and do not have a bulky picture tube. The new TVs have an LCD or a Liquid Crystal Display in place of the earlier picture tube. Now, unlike the picture tube, LCDs have no light of their own, and have to be lit with a backlight. Until recently, most LCD TVs were backlit with plasma discharge tubes or CCFL lamps. The Read more [...]

Holiday Hours for West Florida Components

West Florida Components 2012 Holiday Hours Monday, December 24, 2012 - closed Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - closed Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - regular hours and shipping schedule (9:00AM - 4:00PM EST) Thursday, December 27, 2012 - regular hours and shipping schedule (9:00AM - 4:00PM EST) Friday, December 28, 2012 - regular hours and shipping schedule (9:00AM - 4:00PM EST) Monday, December 31, 2012 - closed Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - closed Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - regular hours Read more [...]

LED Wallpaper! What will they think of next

In our quest to find new and unusual products that feature our products, we came across this LED wallpaper from Architects Paper. This wallpaper will not only look good hanging on the wall but can also be used as part of the lighting scheme in a room. The creator of the LED wallpaper, Ingo Maurer says in his web site video, "I've always dreamed of glowing walls." He, along with an electrical engineer and his sales manager spent five years developing the wallpaper and the production process. Read more [...]

Self-adhesive mini LED flashlight by Thumb-lite now available!

This is an amazingly handy little light - thin enough to use on your house key or car key. Think of it as a stick-on LED! The Thumb-Lite’s compact design makes it easy to turn anything into a flashlight. Whether you use it for unlocking a car door or finding something dropped in the dark, the Thumb-lite is a convenient way to provide extra light when needed. What makes this stand out from the other tiny LED lights is that the Thumb-lite can be used effortlessly with one hand. Pressing the button Read more [...]

Google Doodle Honors Robert Noyce – “Mayor of Silicon Valley”

Robert Noyce is being honored by Google for his contributions to the electronic components industry on what would have been his 84th birthday. To commemorate his birthday, Google's homepage has a doodle which etches the Google logo onto a microchip, a technology that Noyce is credited with co-inventing. Known as the Mayor of Silicon Valley, Robert Noyce was the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel and is credited along with Jack Kilby with the invention of the integrated circuit. Read more [...]

West Florida Components in the community making LED Throwies

West Florida Components was recently invited to participate in a science experiments fair held in conjunction with the USF Education Department. Each business staffed a booth where elementary school aged kids along with their families could conduct science experiments. The community event was an opportunity for families to enjoy and see the benefits of science in a fun atmosphere. The West Florida Components station was one of about 18 stations at which participants could interact and have Read more [...]

Go Invisible: How to protect your privacy on Facebook

There have been a lot of news reports and discussions surrounding Facebook's privacy policies. Of course, if you are worried about web privacy, canceling your Facebook account is an option, but since many other sites have joined the Facebook Connect network and are utilizing the site's tools, you will need a Facebook account to be able to use these sites in the future. Plus, not everyone wants to give up their ability to connect with long lost high school buddies or share their latest baby pics Read more [...]

IKEA completes solar installation in Tempe; 8 more planned

Yesterday, IKEA announced it had flipped the switch on newly installed dual rooftop solar units at its Tempe, Arizona store. The new system is one of the largest solar systems in the Phoenix area and the third such solar energy system for the Swedish home furnishings retailer; they have similar units already in place in Brooklyn, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. The 300 kW solar energy system will generate 960,000 kWh of electricity annually from 2600 solar panels. It is the equivalent of reducing at least Read more [...]

Combining online and offline: the future of cash registers

Hate going shopping in person but don't want to buy everything online? Consider the future of shopping where cash registers will not just be able to ring up your purchases, but be able to tell you what other items would match the sweater you're buying that day....including a review of your past purchases. Love the idea or hate it, that is the future of brick and mortar checkout. Combining the online catalog with a streamlined checkout process, the goal is to help you shop smarter, better and of Read more [...]