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Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on

Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on the box. But during a recent trip to the hardware store the longest advertised lifetime I found was 25,000 hours. Others claimed only 7,500 or 15,000 hours. And yes, these are brand-name bulbs from Cree and GE. So, what happened to those 100,000 hour residential LED bulbs? Were the initial estimates just over-optimistic? Was it all marketing hype? Or, did we not know enough about LED aging to predict the true useful life of a bulb? I put these questions to the test. Join me after the break for some background on the light bulb cartel from the days of incandescent bulbs (not a joke, a cartel controlled the life of your bulbs), and for the destruction of some modern LED bulbs to see why the lifetimes are clocking in a lot lower than the original wave of LED replacements. Any discussion of light bulb lifetime would be incomplete without mention of the Phoebus cartel, an international organization formed in 1924 by the world’s leading light bulb manufacturers to manipulate the bulb market. As discussed by Markus Krajewski in “The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy”, the cartel assigned ...

The chemical compounds responsible for the way marijuana effects users are known as cannabinoids.  The cannabis

The chemical compounds responsible for the way marijuana effects users are known as cannabinoids.  The cannabis plant contains about 85 cannabinoids, with the two most widely discussed being CBD and THC. While THC is what is responsible for cannabis’ psychoactive properties, Cannabidiol (CBD), is non-psychoactive and comes with a lot of healing properties. CBD isolate is what it sounds like: the extraction of CBD from the cannabis plant so that the subsequent product is “pure” CBD.  Companies that do this use some kind of extraction process, likely CO2.  They remove unwanted plant material from the extraction, giving you a concentrated CBD isolate, which only amplifies the healing properties of the cannabinoid. Because it’s already been decarboxylated, there is no need to vape CBD isolate to recieve its benefits. You can simply ingest the isolate and let it go to work. Also keep in mind that consuming isolate (as opposed to smoking a high CBD strain of cannabis) yields you higher concentrations of CBD in smaller amounts, making it a great medicine for those who need it. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and regulator of gastric motility, which makes it a potential therapy for ...

No matter the outdoor adventure you’re dreaming of, there’s a perfect pack out there to help

No matter the outdoor adventure you’re dreaming of, there’s a perfect pack out there to help make it happen. Choosing a backpack for your next outdoor adventure is no easy task. With dozens of options available, narrowing down the best pack for you can take some serious research. What it really comes down to are the features that will be most important to you, based on the type of outdoor weekend you’re planning. If you’ll be doing a fast-paced section hike, you’ll want a lightweight pack that allows you to carry all the backpacking essentials (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, food, tent, etc.), but will also hold up in bad weather. For camping weekends, you’ll probably be more concerned with a large carrying capacity so that you can fit all your overnight supplies. And if you’re looking for a basic travel pack to get you from point A to point B, pockets will be your best friend. Below, we’ve rounded up three of the best weekend backpacks for any outdoor adventure, with main draws ranging from carrying capacity to weight to weather durability. Perfect for a long weekend, the Osprey Farpoint 55 (available to fit the physiques of men and women) can accommodate up to 50 pounds of ...