Archive for February, 2009

One of the Best lighted Houses in Finland

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

VL HouseIn Seinäjoki, Finland, there was a Jämerä-Stonehouse (made of aircrate) showing on 21.2.2009. What made that occasion very special, was the lighting of the house: the whole house was lighted with Viva-Lite fullspectrum daylight lamps, both compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and fluorescent tubes (FSL).

There is plenty of good light in the house which is very important because the family has children. Children need a lot of daylight to be able to develop in a good way. The lighting was carried out mostly indirectly by Viva-Lite fullspectrum lamps and tubes. The family is very satisfied with this lighting.


Finalists win from being excellent

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Viva-Lite FinalistTips on how to be an excellent organisation were shared at a breakfast for this year’s Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards finalists on 11 February where Viva-Lite is a finalist.

Vero CEO Roger Bell, who hosted the breakfast, told guests that the awards are getting stronger every year as businesses get more competitive.

“People have seen their competitors enter and have followed suit,” he says. “Business people now realise that if New Zealand is to be world class they need to follow a framework that engenders excellence. And with these awards you don’t end up just being be excellent in one area alone like customer services; excellence goes right across leadership, strategy, your people, your processes and the way you handle knowledge and information and of course the results from all of those elements.”

All 49 finalists agreed that being “excellent” is vital for the growth and prosperity of their organisations; providing excellent business support is key so that businesses don’t just compete on price but on the quality of their offering.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Perceived Market Risk

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Do northern hemisphere seasonal variations impact stock market volatility and return by affecting aggregate investor/trader mood? In their April 2008 paper entitled “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Perceived Market Risk“, Guy Kaplanski and Haim Levy test the effect of seasonal environmental factors (daylight hours, temperature and fall season) on perceived market risk as indicated by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX).

VIX, also known as the Fear Index, is a measure of the risk perceived by traders of S&P 500 index options. Using VIX and actual volatility data and environmental measurements (for latitude 41 degrees north, Chicago and New York) over the period 1990-2007, they conclude that: (more…)

Rakentaminen ja sisustaminen 6.-8.1.2009 Turun Messukeskuksessa

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Kiitos osastollamme vierailleille. Varmaan sait uutta ajateltavaa.

AD-Luxin osasto oli taas kerran messujen valoisin osasto. Tästä syystä myös esittelijät olivat messujen pirteimmät ;o). Esittelimme mm. uutuusLED-valaisimia. Seinällä on 580 mm:n Jasmina-valaisin, jossa 2 kpl 36 W:n päivänvaloloistelamppua. Taustalla epäsuora ylhäällä päivänvalovalaistus. Teimme runsaasti väritestejä, se sai hymyn huulille. Huomaa, että osastollamme valo oli puhtaan valkoista.

Lighting up Other Lives

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Toby and Margit in Palm BeachA career as a concert pianist was put on the backburner when Toby Ruckert and his partner Margit Brusda chose to light up peoples lives. Moving to Waiheke in 2003 they brought with them ‘Viva-Lite’. Their light bulb producing company that specialises in full-spectrum lighting to assist businesses whose employees suffer from headaches, eyestrain and stress.

“People can get very low emotionally in the middle of winter due to the lack of natural light,” says Toby. “People feel entirely different working under these lights as they reduce tiredness and mood swings especially if it relates to the winter blues. But the lights also improve energy levels.”

Toby and Margit say that small businesses can reduce the number of sick days by changing their lighting. “For people who get headaches in the office, this improves them. Normal fluoro tubes only have three colours and we try to bring in as much of the suns natural spectrum as possible.”