BrightGuy and Wisemen Trading Keep Shining with NightStar jP

Shake Light 40 Rechargeable Battery Flashlight
Shake Flashlight – SL40


NightStar jP Lights the Way

The continued sales success of NightStar jP LED flashlight with retailers Wisemen Trading and Supply and BrightGuy Inc. is a testament to the confidence their customers have in the quality and performance of ECN lighting merchandise.

Each retailer has been an ECN customer for well over ten years. Not limited to the NightStar line both distributors also retail the Shake Light 40 flashlight and other ECN merchandise. It’s an honor to have these long term partners supporting the sale of our renewable energy lighting.

Wisemen Trading and Supply is located in Athens, Alabama. In business since 1998, the Wahl family embraces the rural living and outdoor adventures northern Alabama and surrounding states offer. Wiseman’s product mix of survival gear and food stocks make them a “go to place” and authority on self sufficiency and practices for enjoying the great outdoors.

The folks at BrightGuy, Inc. are flashlight officinados. Located in Willoughby, OH BrightGuy is a major supplier of flashlights to firefighters, police, industry and outdoor sports enthusiast. They carry all major brands of portable lighting equipment. A family run business BrightGuy shines in customer service.

Emergency Lighting and Preparedness Equipment

Emergency Lighting and Preparedness Equipment

Portable emergency lighting is an essential tool for police, fire and utility workers; however, emergency equipment is also essential for everyone. An emergency by definition is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The ability to manage an emergency involves planning and preparation.

Portable Lighting

Portable lighting, which includes flashlights, lanterns, LED electronic flares, and LED batons are invaluable during power outages or when an accident occurs. Lighting is necessary to identify potential hazards, help with search and rescue and provide a sense of comfort. LED lighting is available in all forms of portable devices and ranges from blinding bright light to low level light. There are times when excessive bright light can actually be a hindrance. For situations where high contrast illumination is desired that is not overwhelmingly bright consider the NightStar Green LED No Battery flashlight.

For most people power outages last but a few hours but increasingly as severe weather, flooding, fires, earthquakes and tsunamis strike with devastating effect power outages and other emergency situations are measured in weeks or longer in extreme cases.

Advanced Warning

The longer lead time a person has for monitoring an advisory, warning or watch issued by the weather service the more proactive a person can be with taking shelter or evacuating an area. Communication tools such as a radio that includes a crank radio or NOAA weather radio equipped with automatic alarm, and a means of charging a cell phone or other low voltage device via a remote charging station such as a solar charger are all tools that should be considered if not included in an emergency kit at home, work or the vehicle. offers a wide range of emergency equipment including lighting, radios, emergency signaling devices and solar charging stations. Our assortment of shake, crank, solar and battery powered devices are manufactured for reliability and performance. We take safety seriously. The level of devastation that can occur in a matter of seconds is unimaginable unless you have witnessed such an event in person. TV news is no substitute for the real thing!

Winter Weather is Taking Its Toll

Vortex Crank Flashlight
Vortex Crank Flashlight

Winter is Taking Its Toll

Left in the Dark? Welcome to the club. So far this winter 6 major snow, sleet and ice storms have brought the country to a standstill leaving millions of homes without power, commuters stranded in their vehicles during dangerous winter storm conditions and countless folks relegated to staying home and hunkered down until circumstances improve.

Schools, government and private sector offices have shut down, at times to late into the winter weather crisis leaving thousands stuck in dangerous conditions. New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and other states struggle to get salt and sand for winter road maintenance and power crews work long hours to repair downed lines. People in the Midwest struggle to acquire enough propane to keep homes from freezing. What a winter it’s been and weeks remain before spring. In the meantime what preparations have you made to keep your family safe?

Introducing a revolutionary new portable light, the Vortex Flashlight, which NEVER requires replacement batteries, recharges by cranking and is super bright.

The Vortex Flashlight has 3 light modes and charges cell phones and other devices too.

In Floodlight Mode two .5 watt LEDs emit a broad beam of light that provide general floodlight illumination to a distance of 30 feet. Switching to Spotlight Mode a high brightness 1 watt center mounted LED generates a powerful ray of light, which can illuminate objects over 120 feet away. Stranded and need to summon help then switch to Emergency Beacon Mode. The 1 watt spotlight flashes SOS with the light beam capable of being seen from miles away. In addition to operation as a flashlight the Vortex crank generator also charges a variety of low power devices most importantly your cell phone. Always stay connected with love ones without depending on the power grid or car battery to recharge your mobile device.

Vortex is manufactured to provide years of reliable use, one of the reasons the U.S. Army selected the flashlight for their emergency kits. The impact resistant housing is rugged and withstands underwater submersion to a depth of 33 ft.

Vortex is a “tool” designed to keep you and your family safe and comfortable during emergencies or whenever a flashlight is needed for activities including camping, working around the house or as a contractor work light. Need “Light”… choose the Vortex Crank Flashlight and Phone Charger.

November is Warming Up

November is Turning Up The Heat

The cold November chill that captured much of North America was apparently not the big chill the planet needed to reverse the trend of global warming.  In a press release from Cape Canaveral, FL on Tuesday government scientist reported that November was the warmest on record dating back to 1880 when record keeping began.  Average temperature measurement data that combines both water and land temperature readings showed the month of November was 1.4 degrees above the 20th century average. The trend of increasing temperatures in November has been ongoing for the past 37 years and is symptomatic of the general trend of increasing temperatures over the past 29 years.

Is energy conservation and efficiency the lynch-pin to stabilizing or even reversing this trend? What role will LED technology play in obtaining energy management goals?

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Good-bye Incandescent Light Bulb

Incandescent Light Bulb

Audios Incandescent Light Bulb

When the ball drops in Times Square and countless other venues across the U.S. on New Year’s Eve not only does the landing of the orbs represent the end of 2013 but also the end of the incandescent light bulb? At least bulbs that use 40 watts or more of power. This phase out is the result of implementing the third leg of Congressional legislation, passed in 2007, aimed at transitioning the incandescent light bulb of Edison to more efficient new lighting technologies. The purpose of the law is to drive consumers to purchase lighting products such as fluorescent bulbs and as prices continue to drop to LED lights where energy saving of 75% and higher result from the changeover. In addition, huge savings from maintenance service reductions at commercial properties are also realized. How many more drops of New Year’s Eve globes will there be before fluorescent lamps go the way of incandescent light bulbs and the only lighting device future generations know is LED? Fortunately, many of the New Year’s Eve globes have already been converted to LEDs so no need to worry about “seeing” the start of 2014.

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Car Winter Safety Recommendations from the National Safety Counsel

Winter Driving Safety Kit

Car Winter Safety Recommendations from the National Safety Counsel

Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. To help you make it safely through winter, here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.

At any temperature — 20° Fahrenheit below zero or 90° Fahrenheit above — weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the Web, radio, TV, Weather Channel, or in the daily papers.

Your Car
Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:
• Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
• Changing and adjusting the car spark plugs.
• Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
• Inspecting the distributor.
• Checking the battery.
• Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
• Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line.
Your car should have a tune-up (check the owner’s manual for the recommended interval) to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts and faster response on pick-up and passing power.

Necessary Equipment
An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared. In addition to making sure you have the tune-up, a full tank of gas, and fresh anti-freeze, you should carry the following items in your car trunk:
• Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
• Shovel
• Jumper cables
• Tow and tire chains
• Bag of salt or cat litter
• Tool kit

Essential Supplies
Be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car. Replenish after use. Essential supplies include:
Working flashlight and extra batteries
• Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
• Compass
• First aid kit
• Exterior windshield cleaner
• Ice scraper and snow brush
• Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
• Scissors and string/cord
• Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.

In addition, if you are driving long distances under cold, snowy, and icy conditions, you should also carry supplies to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap and blankets.
If You Become Stranded…
• Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation.
• To attract attention, light two flares and place one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
• If you are sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
• To protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia use the woolen items and blankets to keep warm.
• Keep at least one window open slightly. Heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.
• Eat a hard candy to keep your mouth moist.
Reprinted with permission from the National Safety Council

No Pet Left Behind

Pets are Family Too

Emergency Kit for Your Pet

A tragic lesson learned from Hurricane Katrina is the number of human fatalities attributed to pet owners staying home to protect their beloved family members of the furry kind. Fortunately emergency response officials learned this lesson well and during the recent Colorado floods rescue workers understood the importance of rescuing both human and non-human creatures alike deploying significant resources including air and boat rescue to accomplish that goal.

The Colorado rescue project was dubbed No Pet Left Behind and its implementation was a tremendous success. Once rescued hundreds of volunteers opened their homes and property to provide a helping hand to evacuated homeowners by offering shelter and food to humans and pets alike.

Our pets welcome us home or ride shot gun in the car or truck as we run our errands about town. They are our best buds on many occasions and their loyalty is unmatched; especially dogs, my personal bias. Making sure our dogs and cats, not discounting the assortment of other critters we welcome into our lives, are safe during difficult times involves spending a few minutes to assemble emergency supplies that can be used to provide pet first aid.

The Humane Society publishes a list of basic supplies and other useful items that may very well be a life saver for your family member. In many cases your emergency supplies serve double duty and are suitable for both human and pet alike. When putting together your own personal safety kit take a few minutes to look at the list published on the Humane Society web site and think about augmenting your kit to include supplies suitable for pet emergency response. You never know if the pet you help may be that of a stranger who will be eternally grateful that you were able to help rescue or save a family member.

Emergency Preparedness

emergency preparedness
Colorado flooding 2013

Emergency Preparedness

There is no time like the present to address emergency preparedness preparations. Earlier this year it was devastating fires that scorched millions of acres across the western states. This past week rains of biblical proportions flooded Colorado and New Mexico. The threat of more rain looms as favorable conditions in the Gulf of Mexico support the formation of a tropical storm or maybe even the first hurricane of 2013 to impact the continental U.S.

The severity of natural disasters continues to increase. Is it global warming or merely deviations in what is typically referred to as the natural cycle, aka seasonal averages? With the change of season come shorter days and the inevitable transition to cooler then down right colder temperatures. We know this is the order of things so why not make sure we are prepared for what is coming down the road.

The best emergency preparedness for difficult conditions is planning for “what ifs” including power outages, disabled vehicle, getting stranded when severe weather makes travel unsafe to move on. The web site is one of numerous resources that provide details of what an emergency kit should contain. No matter what checklist you refer to each and every one includes the importance of a reliable flashlight.

EcoCentricNow LLC via our web site offers a variety of flashlights that are ideal for every kit including kits for the home, work or vehicle. Our rechargeable capacitor and battery lights provide illumination without the concern of running out of batteries. Our crank flashlights, Vortex and LightStorm SL1, provide bright illumination and can also be used to charge cell phones. In this day of staying in touch, it’s comforting to know that your cell phone will be available even when the power grid is down.

September is Emergency Preparedness Month but the fact is every month is emergency preparedness month. Take the time to make sure you’re ready for what Mother Nature may throw your way.

NEED Projects Selects ECN as Battery Supplier

NEED Selects ECN as Battery Supplier

National Energy Educational Development (NEED) elects to purchase batteries from EcocentricNow LLC parent company of AIT. This purchase is an expansion of NEED to include both renewable energy shake flashlights and an assortment of batteries to their educational kits.

Contact Us to learn more about how EcocentricNow LLC (ECN) can help your company or organization purchase batteries in bulk.

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation’s schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.

NASA Wallops Island, VA Rocket Launch

LADEE satellite launch from Wallops Island, VA

NASA Rocket Launch of LADEE Satellite from Wallops Island, VA – A Sight to See

Weather conditions were perfect on the night of September 6, 2013 to watch the launch of the Minotaur V rocket from NASA’s space flight operations located in Wallops Island, VA. Our viewing point was South Bethany Beach, DE approximately 40 miles from Wallops Island. Not a cloud in the sky when the bright glow to our southwest illuminated the horizon in a ball of yellow colored light. Within seconds the long flame from the rocket engines could be seen rising into the night sky as the vehicles trajectory took it directly over our perch in the sand at the ocean’s edge. Stage separation, a total of five but we could clearly observe three, was beautiful to watch as the spacecraft flew by. The rocket was visible for approximately 2 minutes before the pin point of remaining light faded into the eastern sky.

According to news reports the rocket could be seen along the eastern seaboard as far south as South Carolina and points north beyond Boston, MA. As close as we were to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility our viewing location was nothing short of fantastic.

The Minotaur V rocket is carrying the LADEE satellite, which stands for Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer. After launch the rocket will orbit the earth before continuing its journey to the moon to explore dust particulate in the thin lunar atmosphere. The abundance of dust on the lunar surface has been a mystery since the Apollo missions transported men to the moon starting in 1969.

The Minotaur V rocket has a long history in the U.S. arsenal. Its ancestry dates back to when it was referred to as the Peacekeeper missile. This is the first time a rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Island, VA facility will leave earth’s orbit. Without question watching future night time launches is a must see event.