Seven Secrets To Choosing A Safe, Healthy Pet Food

Do you choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are provided with very little information to base your decisions on (other than advertising) – it can get so confusing! Well, buckle your seatbelt depending on how much you know of the pet food industry, this could be a bumpy ride! You are about to learn seven secrets – well kept secrets – of pet food. Sit back, brace yourself, and keep reading.

Beneful says it’s ‘Premium Dog Food for a Happy, Healthy Dog’ and sells for around $18.00 for a 31 lb. bag, Science Diet “promises” ‘precisely balanced nutrition through continuous research and the highest quality food backed by your Vets endorsement’ and sells for around $21.00 for only a 20 lb bag. Then there are numerous pet foods that make the very same statements – ‘Premium Dog Food, Highest Quality’ – that sell for $30.00 or more for a 20 lb bag. And the same holds true for cat owners…Do you choose Whiskas that states ‘Everything we do is about making cats happy!’ or do you choose one of those high end cat foods that make the very same claim of a happy, healthy cat but cost 3 times as much?

Now with the on-going pet food recall pet owners have questions such as ‘Has this food been recalled?’ or ‘Is this food the next one to be recalled?’…’Is my pet safe?’ Wow this is confusing! And scary too! What exactly is a pet owner to do? How about learning a few secrets! Equipped with the knowledge of a few secrets of pet food, it’s not nearly as confusing.

Secret #1…

All pet foods use descriptive words like choice and premium mat though few of them actually use premium or choice ingredients in their food. The ‘secret’ is that per the rules of the pet food industry, no pet food can make any claims or references on their label or advertising as to the quality or grade of ingredients. You see, the word ‘premium’ when it’s related to pet food DOES NOT mean that the ingredients in the food are premium. With pet foods, premium does not (can not) describe the food nor does it (can it) describe the quality of the food. It is a marketing term and that is all. Per the pet food industries own rules and regulations, “There are no references to ingredient quality or grade” (regulation PF5 d 3). So, words like premium, or choice, or quality are just marketing or sales terms. They should not be interpreted as terms describing the quality of the food.

Now why wouldn’t a pet food label be allowed to tell a prospective customer the quality of their ingredients? Doesn’t a pet owner deserve to know what they are buying? This leads me to the next secret…


If I can compare ‘people’ food to pet food for just a second, we all know there are different qualities of people food. There is White Castle (I’m guilty here, I love the little guys!) and there is Outback Steak House (another favorite). Both restaurants serve meat and potatoes. At White Castle for under $3.00 you can get a couple of hamburgers and an order of fries. While at Outback you can get a steak and baked potato for around $16.00. Both serve beef and potato – yet you already realize that there are huge nutritional differences between a fast food hamburger and a steak…right?

The problem in the pet food industry – is that most pet owners don’t think in the same terms when it comes to pet food. They don’t think in terms that there are fast food types of pet foods and there are sit down restaurant more nutritious types of pet foods. In fact, several years ago a young man tried this very experiment with his own diet – eating nothing but fast food for 30 days. In just one month of eating fast food three meals a day, he gained a great deal of weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels sky-rocketed. Now, imagine your pet eating this type of food its’ entire lifetime.


Questions and Answers About LED TV – Why LED?

1.Q: What are the advantages of Mini LED TV?

A: LED (Light-Emitting Diode) Lights offer a multitude of advantages over traditional light sources including lower electricity consumption, much longer lifetime, higher durability, no ultraviolet and infrared radiation, low heat and smaller size.

2.Q: Can I directly replace my existing lamps with LED lamps?

A: The LED Lights we offer are direct replacement of incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent lamps. This means that you do not have to do any changes to your existing system.

3.Q: Why should I choose LED lamps over the cheaper traditional lamps?

A: Consider not only the initial price of the lamp, but the true cost of light, which includes the cost of energy, replacement and maintenance costs.

– LED lights use much less energy. When installed at applications with long work hours the saved electricity cost can bring the payback time to less than 2 years.

– LED lights have much longer life, from 30,000 to 50,000 hours. Imagine that you do not have to change your lamps for the next 20 years, especially those hard to reach light fixtures.

For commercial applications long life LED Lights mean lower replacement costs and no more group relamping. Taken into consideration reduced maintenance costs, the ROI (Return Of Investment) time for LED Lamps can be less than 1 year.

LED lamps produce very little heat thus reducing the power used by your air conditioner.

LED light has no harmful UV (ultraviolet) and IR (infrared) rays.

LED lamps contain NO mercury like the fluorescent lamps. LED Lights are completely safe for the Nature and can be disposed as ordinary waste.

4.Q: Will the Low Voltage LED lamps work with my existing transformer?

A: Low Voltage LED lamps are compatible with magnetic transformers used with VAC lighting. If you have an electronic transformer one LED lamp may not work due to its very low power consumption. To work properly most electronic transformers require a minimum load greater than the 3-watt used by our LED Spot Lights. When connecting a few LED lamps to one transformer the load increases to a point where the use of an electronic transformer is acceptable.

5.Q: How does a LED work?

A: The LED (Light Emitting Diode) is an electronic light source that works by the effect of electroluminescence. When a semiconductor diode is turned on electrons recombine with holes and energy is discharged as light.

6.Q: What is the color of the light from a LED?

The light color of LED Lamps is measured by Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) in Kelvins. Contemporary High Power LEDs are covered with phosphor to convert light from a blue LED to a wide spectrum white light. Most common LED Light colors used are:

Warm White (Soft White) – 2,700 – 3,300 K – the color of the light of a traditional incandescent light bulb

Cool White – around 4,000 K – similar to moonlight, xenon lamp light color

Daylight White > 5,000K – looks like flashlight, or typical daylight.

7.Q: What is Color Rendering Index?

A: The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is measuring the ability of a light source to simulate the colors of different objects accurately in comparison with the sunlight. Although there are critics of the subjective color rendering in practice, the CRI is widely used as a measurement of the quality of the light. Higher CRI corresponds to etter quality light, in scale from 0 to 100.

8.Q: What is the CRI of LED light?

A: Generally LED lamps score above CRI 80, which is higher than many other light sources. LED Lamps with CRI above 90 are used for visual inspection tasks.

9.Q: How efficient LED lamps are?

A: The output of light sources is light and heat. The higher the ratio light to heat, the more efficient the lamp. Today’s high efficient LED lights have efficiency of about 50 %, compared to standard incandescent lamp with 2-3% and fluorescent lamps with 15-20% efficiency.

LEDs naturally have directional light, this means that the light is easier to manage with less losses. That presents an even greater advantage in regards to LED lamps’ high efficiency over all other existing light sources.

10.Q: What is luminous efficacy?

A: The luminous efficacy is the light output per unit power input. It is measured in lumen per watt (lm/W). Nowadays commercially available LEDs have efficacy of 130 lm/W for cool white and 107 lm/W for warm white light (CREE XLamp MX-6). This is much higher compared to incandescent bulb that produces 15 lm/W and fluorescent lamp with 60-70 lm/W.

However, the efficacy of a single LED should not be mixed with the efficacy of the lamp. Many manufacturers and resellers state the LED Lamp Light Output as sum of the output of the individual LEDs. This is not correct because there are always losses from light trapped inside the lamp. The efficacy of a LED Light Lamp, also called LED Light Engine, can be increased by better design and using high quality materials.

11.Q: Is the lumen per watt the only aspect I should consider when choosing a LED Light?

A: No, you should consider also the CRI (quality of light) and your individual visual preferences. Some people like the more yellow Warm (Soft) White light that resembles the light from the incandescent lamp. Other prefer the brighter and more true-color rendering Cool / Daylight white.

12.Q: What is the lifetime of a LED Lamp?

A: When properly installed and well ventilated, LED Lamps will very rarely burn. However, the brightness of the LED light fade over time, so LED Lamp’s life is measured by 2 characteristics – how much will it fade after 1,000 hours of exploitation, and when the brightness will reach 70% of the initial value.

Quality LED Lamps are rated at less than 3% light output decrease for the first 1,000 hours, and 30,000 to 50,000 hours for the 70% decrease, which is the standard for commercial lighting applications.

Again, compared to traditional light sources, LED lights are superior regarding lifetime.

13.Q: Does the lifetime of a LED Light Bulb shorten by frequent on/off switches?

A: Unlike the fluorescent lamps, lifespan of LED Lamps is NOT influenced by frequent switching.

14.Q: What certifications your LED lights have?

A: All of our LED Lights are CE certified and RoHS compliant. Most of the LED Lights we offer are also C UL US certified.

Alternate-Frame Sequencing 3D Gains Headway in China

Heightened demand for Google TV is boosting development in auxiliary sectors. Autostereoscopic displays, meanwhile, are increasingly being adopted in portable electronics.

The success of Avatar has reawakened the dormant 3D industry in China. Now, suppliers are developing everything from old-fashioned anaglyphic glasses to the more advanced alternate-frame sequencing TVs and portable autostereoscopic devices.

Just this year, many of the country’s major TV manufacturers have launched or are in the process of releasing alternate-frame sequencing 3D models. These include TCL, Skyworth, Changhong, THTF, Konka and Haier. Midrange manufacturers are following the trend, albeit incorporating lower technology. Makena Electronic (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd, for instance, is offering under 46in LCD TVs employing polarized 3D. At about $1,800 each, the units are priced 50 percent less than alternate-frame sequencing versions.

Presently, the panels used on alternate-frame sequencing 3D TVs come mainly from LG Display, Samsung and Sharp. The growing demand for 3D TVs, however, is encouraging more suppliers to start manufacturing related parts and components. Projections from iSuppli and DisplaySearch peg global shipments of 3D TVs to reach 4.2 million and 2.5 million in 2010, respectively. The latter also anticipates output to hit 27 million by 2013.

In the past quarter alone, companies such as AUO, Chimei Innolux and Chunghwa began releasing their own series of 3D panels. This, in turn, is expected to push panel costs down at least 5 percent by year-end.

China manufacturers are also seeing progression in the autostereoscopic 3D line. Shenzhen Inlife-Handnet Co. Ltd currently offers 7-inch digital photo frames that incorporate the technology. These are priced at $280 per piece. The company is also set to release 3D digital cameras at $350 each and professional versions with an optical image stabilizer at $600. 3D vidicons and portable digital TVs are in the R&D stage as well.

To date, Sharp and AUO are the ones providing autostereoscopic 3D panels. The former supplies 3D camera modules as well. In addition to incorporating these components, Shenzhen Inlife-Handnet employs Zoran’s IC solutions.

Four types of 3D

China’s 3D industry started toward the end of the 1990s. Back then, products consisted only of anaglyphic 3D glasses that were priced no more than $2 per pair. By 2006, polarized 3D glasses began penetrating the export market, albeit at very low volumes.

There are currently four major 3D technologies. Anaglyphic is the oldest, simplest and lowest cost. Polarization is adopted widely in the movie industry and boasts a better viewing experience than with anaglyphic. Alternate-frame sequencing is currently the mainstream solution for home electronics, with both international and domestic TV and projector makers focusing on the technology. This is also adopted on peripheral devices such as game consoles and monitors.

These three technologies require the use of passive red-cyan, passive polarized and active shutter lenses for anaglyphic, polarization and alternate-frame sequencing, respectively. There are an estimated 15 suppliers of polarized 3D glasses. Alternate-frame sequencing glasses are also available, but at a pricey $120 per pair.

Autostereoscopic 3D is currently the most advanced form of technology as glasses are not required. It is also very costly. A 46-inch LCD TV with autostereoscopic display is priced at about $28,000 each for retail. In contrast, models that utilize other types of 3D technology are between $1,800 and $3,000 per unit. Apart from cost concerns, the optimum viewing angle for autostereoscopic displays is limited to about 120 degrees. As such, the technology is adopted primarily for mini and portable devices, including mobile phones and TVs, and digital cameras.

At present, 3D TVs have LED backlights, IPS hard panels and refresh rates exceeding 120Hz. The display can switched from 3D to regular 2D modes via special ICs such as Panasonic’s Cell chip or Altera’s FPGA. For these reasons, 3D models are significantly more expensive than mainstream flat-screen TVs and priced roughly 20 to 30 percent higher than LED TVs with IPS panels. Quotes generally include two or three pairs of glasses.