POLL: What Time of Day Do You Read


I am interested in fine-tuning the posting schedule according to how people read – 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

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 (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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A JimOnLight Community Question: How Do You Stay in Shape On The Road?

This might be a silly question for some, but for many people who work across the industries of light, being away from home, family, friends can be along the same vein as being away from the treadmill/elliptical machine and a healthy diet.  All of the ways that we live when away from home can be positive to our experiences of the world and of our current away gig – but sometimes we party like it’s 1976 – er, I mean 1999 – and forget that we’re actually working and not just having a  vacation.

One of my goals while here in Sweden is to lose some weight while I am spending lots of time in front of my computer learning about spectral power distribution curves and how Americans are apparently silly that we call fluorescent lamps in 8ths (like a T5 or a T8).  It’s getting colder here in Sweden, so every time I go outside to run or jog or play basketball, I get sick for 3-4 days.  This is forcing me to find other ways to observe some moments of cardio, and the process is going s-l-o-w-l-y.  My problem might be one of motivation, especially after a 16-hour or 18-hour day.  What’s your excuse?

I ask for your your community input on this one – can you answer the poll below and maybe leave a comment about how you stay in shape on the road? If you don’t stay in shape on the road and don’t really care – why?  If you are having a hard time staying in shape when on the road but are trying valiantly to do so, what are the problems you’re having?  I realize I’m opening myself up for one of those GI Joe jokes here – but in order to learn about light and practice our art and craft, we must maintain a healthy body and mind.

What tricks and/or tips can you share with the Community?

How are your health habits on the road?

  • I could certainly do more to be healthy when I travel for work. (39%, 9 Votes)
  • Waitress, can I have two more heffeweisens and another order of fried cheese? (30%, 7 Votes)
  • I stay healthy on the road, but motivation is a problem. (22%, 5 Votes)
  • The work itself keeps me in good health and fitness. (9%, 2 Votes)
  • I do just fine keeping myself in good health while on the road. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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POLL: How Do Readers Feel About Healthcare Reform?


I’ve been following healthcare reform in the United States for the last few months, and no matter what happens, it affects those of us in the lighting industry just like everyone else.  There are pros and cons both ways – many of my friends and colleagues in the industries that work freelance have self-insurance, which stands to take a hit also either way.

I am conducting a plain ol’ poll to find out how people feel about health care in the United States.  Do you think we need to reform the process, or should we leave it alone?  Please vote, no matter where you are!

What are your thoughts on healthcare reform?

  • We need healthcare reform! (82%, 14 Votes)
  • Leave healthcare alone! (18%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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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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