Mr. Electric - electricity http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/463 en Power Behind March Madness http://www.33pulse.com/blog/power-behind-march-madness <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Power Behind March Madness</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me_-_power_behind_march_madness_blog.jpg?itok=nFONP1Kl" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="830" height="415" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me_-_power_behind_march_madness_blog.jpg?itok=nFONP1Kl" width="830" height="415" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, March 13, 2015 - 2:31pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>By Maddie Ogletree</strong></p> <p>What goes on behind the scenes of March Madness often goes unmentioned. The action is up front, while the lights and cameras are working hard in the background. Some major aspects of the March Madness experience happen without a hitch, and sometimes they’re the hardest to manage. No wonder there was a lighting mishap during the Super Bowl in 2013.</p> <p>Amidst all the madness this March, take a moment to notice the electrical components powering the stadiums, such as:</p> <h2>AV Systems</h2> <p>The music and sound effects heard during the event can all be attributed to the thousands of cables running throughout stadiums across the country, linking the AV control rooms to the speakers above the court. When stadiums are built, every single cable is intricately installed to enable you to experience the sights and sounds of March Madness the way you’re able. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, host of the Final Four and championship games, reports about 764,000 cables in their audio and video setup alone!</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-system-maintenance">Back Up Generators </a></h2> <p>To ensure that the arena doesn’t go dark mid-play, backup generators are a must to make sure everything runs smoothly during the games. It might not be the first concern to pop into your mind, but in an emergency or accidental power failure backup generators are the heroes of the game. Most arenas are prepared for these events and have multiple generators ready to go in the event of a power failure.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/home-lighting-design">Lighting </a></h2> <p>How the stadium stays perfectly lit is not often considered, but it’s a necessity for these games that can be tough to power. Recently, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas updated their lighting to a more sustainable system. The new system draws 337 kilowatts of energy at full power – 60 percent less than their previous system. That’s huge, especially when their stadium now houses more than 65,000 LEDs. Imagine keeping all of those lights functioning properly during the entire South Regional game.</p> <h2>Video Boards</h2> <p>Keeping up with the scores at games is easy with the giant screens present at every modern sports arena. But most people don’t realize the energy that is needed to show those replays on the big screen. While it does take quite a bit of energy, arenas are starting to focus on using sustainable sources of energy. The Moda Center, which will be hosting second and third round games for this year’s March Madness, purchases 100 percent renewable energy programs.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/power-behind-march-madness" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:31:28 +0000 Brad Roop 5551 at http://www.33pulse.com 5 Things Edison Taught Us http://www.33pulse.com/blog/5-things-edison-taught-us <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>5 Things Edison Taught Us</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre_-_5_things_edison_taught_us.jpg?itok=ePRPcykl" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3133" height="1571" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre_-_5_things_edison_taught_us.jpg?itok=ePRPcykl" width="3133" height="1571" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:13am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Inventor Thomas Edison is world renowned, not only for the array of inventions which continue to significantly impact the modern world to this day, but also for the positive attitude and relentless approach he took to his endeavors. On this anniversary of Edison’s birthday, February 11, 1847, let us celebrate not only his vast array of contributions, but also the spirit of the man himself.</p> <h2>Amazing Contributions of Thomas Alva Edison:</h2> <h4>Incandescent Light Bulb</h4> <p><em>“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”</em></p> <p>Though Edison did not invent the first light bulb, as most people believe, he did invent the first incandescent light bulb. Though prior bulbs burned out after only a few minutes, Edison’s?incandescents?were practical, staying lit for hours and hours, and amazingly are still in use today after over 135 years.</p> <h4>Electricity</h4> <p><em>“There are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”</em></p> <p>Thanks to Edison’s dynamo technology, devices similar to generators, which make direct current (DC) electricity with the help of electromagnetism, a complete system was created capable of delivering DC electricity to large areas. In 1882, the formation of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York, constructed the first commercial electricity generation and distribution system. It powered a one-mile square of residences and businesses in Manhattan, offering Americans more affordable, efficient electricity and lighting. The company would later take part in mergers leading to the formation of General Electric in 1892, which would later become innovators in AC electricity, though Edison would not play a starring role.</p> <h4>Phonograph</h4> <p><em>“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”</em></p> <p>One of Edison’s favorite inventions, the phonograph, revolutionized sound recording. Though devices existed capable of recording sound, none had the capability for playback, as Edison’s 1877 phonograph did. The two needled device – one for recording and one for playback – led to the development of recorded telecommunications, improvements in dictation and letter writing, phonographic books for the blind, music boxes and toys, and music portability.</p> <h4>Motion Picture Camera</h4> <p><em>“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”</em></p> <p>After the phonograph and with the help of employee W.K.L. Dickson, Edison spent years inventing the motion picture camera. He wanted to do for the eye what the phonograph did for the ear. Following the invention of the?kinetograph?(motion picture camera) and?kinetoscope?(peephole motion picture viewer), he constructed a motion picture production studio for filming. The Boxing Gordon Sisters, fighting cats, and films starring Annie Oakley and Native American Dancers from Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West Show” were some of Edison’s first productions. He would later be beaten by Jenkins and?Arnat’s?vitascope?before creating his own device for displaying movies to large groups, the?projectoscope, forerunner to today’s movie projectors.</p> <h4>Alkaline Batteries</h4> <p><em>“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”</em></p> <p>After thousands of experiments involving metals and other materials in an attempt to create a lighter, reliable, more powerful storage battery for the electric cars of the time, Edison discovered an alkaline solution, which produced a longer lasting battery. Though gasoline powered cars took over the market before the battery's completion thanks to Henry Ford, it was nevertheless hugely successful in industrial applications and one of Edison’s biggest moneymakers in later years.</p> <p><em>"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second,?stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”?</em></p> <p>Thanks, Mr. Edison, for empowering us all, and to everyone else: always remember, we at Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> are here to help power your tomorrow, too!</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/5-things-edison-taught-us" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:13:18 +0000 Super User 5483 at http://www.33pulse.com How Electricity Changed Sports http://www.33pulse.com/blog/how-electricity-changed-sports <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>How Electricity Changed Sports</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicsports.jpg?itok=ioFurkua" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicsports.jpg?itok=ioFurkua" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:00am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The baseball season has started, NASCAR has revved up for the summer and football is right around the corner. All these sports, at one time, could only be enjoyed during the day. Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup>, a company committed to powering tomorrow, looked at how electricity and lights changed sports forever.</p> <h3><strong>Football</strong></h3> <p style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://1890sweekend.com/the-story-of-the-1892-football-game/"><img alt="a picture of the reenactment of the Mansfield Seminary and Mansfield State Normal School game during 1890s weekend" class="alignnone" height="277" src="http://1890sweekend.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/1890s-weekend-2010-football1-1024x680.jpg" width="417" /></a><br /><em>Every year the Mansfield Seminary and Mansfield State Normal School reenact the first nighttime football game during <a href="http://1890sweekend.com/the-story-of-the-1892-football-game/">Fabulous 1890s Weekend.</a></em></p> <p>On the night of September 28, 1892, the game of football was changed forever when Wyoming Seminary played Mansfield State Normal School in the first-ever night game. The game lasted 20 minutes, consisted of a total of ten plays and ended with neither team scoring. The game ended early due to several players getting hurt by running into light poles caused by the insufficient lighting system. The first night game West of the Mississippi was played in Kansas by the now, Wichita State, and Sterling College in 1905. With upgraded lighting systems many games are now played at night. On September 28, 1992, Monday Night Football celebrated “100 years under the lights” in a game featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams.</p> <h3><strong>Baseball</strong></h3> <p style="font-size: 12 px;"><a href="http://onthisdayinsports.blogspot.com/2013/05/may-24-1935-first-ever-mlb-game-under.html"><img alt="The first night game in baseball was May 24, 1935, in Cincinnati when the Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies" class="alignnone" height="237" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H2Hkn_eP7Cg/UZ7oWXZ3M8I/AAAAAAAABy4/BPmX963_C-c/s1600/6DZG7YeE.jpg" width="421" /></a><br /><em>On My 24, 1935, the Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati in the first night baseball game.</em></p> <p>Baseball was behind football when it came to playing at night. Though teams had played at night since the 1880s, many teams did not make it common practice until many years later. The first ever Major League Baseball game to be played at night took place on May 24, 1935, in Cincinnati when the Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies. The Chicago Cubs were the last Major League Baseball team to finally host a game at night in their home stadium of Wrigley Field. The game took place on August 9, 1988. The World Series had its first night game in 1977. Now, every Major League Baseball stadium has lights and night games are a common occurrence.</p> <h3><strong>NASCAR</strong></h3> <p><a href="https://plus.google.com/+bristolmotorspeedway/posts"><img alt="Bristol Motor Speedway was the first NASCAR track to have lights installed for night races." class="alignnone" height="238" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xM1KPDJ0kVI/UZpatjtTPlI/AAAAAAAAB1s/jSyfxIa3zKI/s630-fcrop64=1,12f60000f0b4ffff/339193_10100242295150793_20617682_o.jpg" width="422" /></a><br /><em>Bristol Motor Speedway was the first NASCAR track to have lights installed for night races in 1992.</em> In order for night racing to take place in NASCAR lights had to be designed that would not blind the drivers as they raced around the track. Bristol was one of the first tracks to have night racing. Since 1992, many tracks have added lights for night racing. Some of the most popular night races take place at Kansas City, Richmond, Charlotte and Bristol Speedways. None of these sports would be where they are today without the advent of electricity and intelligently designed lighting systems.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/how-electricity-changed-sports" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Super User 4274 at http://www.33pulse.com

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