The storm called Sandy

A little over a week ago my seven year old grand-daughter asked her mom, do hurricanes ever come to Ohio. Mom answered “of course not”. Well, guess what. We got hammered by Sandy with winds off of lake Erie approaching 80 miles per hour.

Bay Village, home of my residence and business, was one of the hardest hit areas, with lots of trees blown over. In turn, power was disrupted – no, not disrupted – but devastated.

Our power went out at 10:00 PM Monday and came back on at 3:00 Sunday afternoon. Even with a fire going in our fireplace every night, the temperature still dropped to 52 degrees on Sunday.

My wife and I were not entirely in the dark, however. We found a new use for battery powered Ektralamp music lights. They make wonderful reading lights during a power outage.

To those of you who have ordered lights, know that our production came to a standstill last week, but we are now back in business. However, we are still about one week behind. Thank you for your patience.

Will Limkemann

AGO Convention Drawing Winner

We’re back from the AGO (American Guild of Organists) national convention in Nashville.What a long, hot, yet successful week it was. I do believe outside temperature was over 100 degrees every day.

We were pleased with the traffic at our exhibit, and so happy that so many of our lamp customers stopped by to tell tell us how much they enjoy and appreciate our products.

Our give away was a black grand piano/music stand lamp. One hundred sixty eight people signed up for a chance to win. The randomly drawn winner was John Friesen, an organist at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln Nebraska, and who also works for the Bedient Organ Company. Congratulations John!

Ektralamp Winner

John Friesen - Ektralamp winner

Organ light emergency

I got a call today from an organist who is to give a recital in an unfamiliar church one week from today. She was panicked as she discovered that the organ has very poor lighting, and could we help her out by providing an Ektralamp organ lamp in time for the recital.

To meet the needs of individual organ consoles, we custom make each lamp to order, and our lead time is normally at least two weeks. However, understanding her predicament, we will fast track a lamp and get it to her in time.

After all, what is more important to us than the customer? We are proud for the constant comments we get on not only our outstanding products, but the way we treat customers.

 

WIll Limkemann

 

LED vs Incandescent Picture Lights

I learned today of a large building with several thousand art works all illuminated by incandescent lights. While the initial cost was relatively low, the cost of ownership has proved very expensive for the labor and material of having to constantly replace burned out bulbs. Not to mention the damage to the artwork from the heat and possibly ultraviolet radiation from the lights.

An organization installing our Ektralamp LED-based lamps today would ultimately have a lower cost of ownership while eliminating heat and UV radiation of other types of lighting.