POLL: Who’s Your 2012 Presidential Hopeful?

I’m traveling a lot this month.  Something that gets even worse as I travel is my addiction to the complete waste of time we Americans call “politics.”

I watch and listen to a lot of CNN while I’m traveling – it seems like every airport television is tuned to either CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News.  Right now there is a lot of talk on the news about how no one in the US Senate and House of Representatives can agree on anything (even though their own people assigned a select committee on solving our fiscal crisis and failed straight up);  how the American people are getting the short end of the stick on every path imaginable while the seven or eight people who have all of the money get to do anything they want anywhere;  last and perhaps most vomitous is the travesty that the Government is about to throw down to the American people that will then be spoon-fed with a silver spoon to the Telecomm giants – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Ah, memories.

So, all of that being said, have you been watching the Presidential Candidates’ Debates lately?  Who are you rooting for at this point to lead our country down the mountain peak road we’re on with no guard rails and no brakes on the bus we’re all riding?  Please participate in the poll, I am very interested in the political leanings of the huge group of people across this great planet that is the JimOnLight.com Readership!

Who's Your Presidential Hopeful for 2012?

  • Current President Barack Obama (D, IL) (56%, 14 Votes)
  • US Representative Ron Paul (R, TX) (36%, 9 Votes)
  • Former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R, GA) (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Some write-in like Paul Hogan (4%, 1 Votes)
  • US Representative Michele Bachmann (R, MN) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry (Republican) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (Republican) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Former Senator Rick Santorum (R, PA) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Thanks Wikipedia, Central LA Politics, and Redwood Coast!

POLL: How Do You Pronounce the Acronym for “Light Emitting Diode?”

I love to meet people from across the globe who do what we do – fellow lighting professionals and lighting industry people.  Something that I also enjoy is languages and how people pronounce common words.  One of these words is the acronym for light emitting diode, or LED.  People say this a lot of different ways, and I am intrigued and curious as to how the JimOnLight.com community of readers pronounces that term.

Some people say “led,” and some people spell it out.  How do you say it?  Please take the poll!  If you’re an RSS feed reader and the poll doesn’t show up, please pop on over to JimOnLight.com and participate!

How do you pronounce the acronym for "light emitting diode?"

  • L-E-D, as if I were spelling it out (79%, 140 Votes)
  • "led," as if I was being "led" (20%, 35 Votes)
  • I just say "light emitting diode" (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Is that the thing that lights up when the DVD player comes on? (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 177

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(thanks for the image, Wikipedia!)

POLL: Do You Belong to Any Lighting Organizations?

You know, I am sitting here going through my organizational memberships for 2010, and I wondered just now – to what professional lighting organizations do JimOnLight.com readers belong?  Please let me know below – if you’re an RSS feed reader, could you visit the site and contribute in this poll?  It will literally only take you a few seconds!

I have not added all of them to the list in the poll – however, if there is one you belong to that’s not on the list, leave a comment to support your org!

Select as many that apply below:

Do you belong to any professional lighting organizations?

  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) (69%, 9 Votes)
  • United Scenic Artists Local 829 (USA 829) (23%, 3 Votes)
  • Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) (15%, 2 Votes)
  • International Dark Sky Association (IDA) (15%, 2 Votes)
  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) (8%, 1 Votes)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (non-North America) (IES) (8%, 1 Votes)
  • National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) (8%, 1 Votes)
  • International Commission on Illumination (CIE) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • National Lighting Bureau (NLB) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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POLL: What Time of Day Do You Read JimOnLight.com?


I am interested in fine-tuning the posting schedule according to how people read JimOnLight.com – I’ve always posted most things starting around 6am central, and I spread things out as the day goes on.  What time of day do you read JimOnLight.com?

If you’re an RSS feed reader, could you vote in the poll below?  Pretty please?  Feeders are readers and are just as important to me as everyone!

What times of day do you read JimOnLight.com? (pick as many as they apply)

  • evening, late night, or during night owl hours (55%, 40 Votes)
  • top of the day at the office (8-9am) (29%, 21 Votes)
  • mid-afternoon, 2-3pm (25%, 18 Votes)
  • mid-morning at the office or at home (10am-ish) (21%, 15 Votes)
  • noon - over lunch or at lunch (21%, 15 Votes)
  • after lunch, while in a lunch coma (19%, 14 Votes)
  • before I go home, or end of the day (4-5pm) (18%, 13 Votes)
  • before 7am with the morning coffee (15%, 11 Votes)
  • elevensies (14%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 73

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POLL: Most Important LED Qualities

I have been wondering this among readers for quite some time – are any of these choices similar to how you think?  Concerning LEDs, which of these choices best describes your feelings on LED research and development?  Pick all of the choices that apply from the selections below.

Which of these statements describes your thoughts on LEDs? Choose all that apply.

  • Priority of LED research should be lumens over power consumption. (51%, 19 Votes)
  • Development of white LEDs is more important. (38%, 14 Votes)
  • LEDs need to be brighter no matter the cost. (32%, 12 Votes)
  • Heat dissipation is the biggest issue that LED output faces currently. (27%, 10 Votes)
  • Developing RGB and single color LEDs is more important. (22%, 8 Votes)
  • Power consumption is more important than heat output. (16%, 6 Votes)
  • Finding a suitable replacement for civil lighting applications with LED is less important than releasing LED consumer replacement sources. (16%, 6 Votes)
  • Heat output is more important than power consumption. (8%, 3 Votes)
  • LED sources will grow rapidly with the grid parity of solar power. (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Poll: Energy Star Guidelines

Which agency do you think can more accurately administer guidelines for the Energy Star Program?

  • Department of Energy (73%, 8 Votes)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (27%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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