Behind the Scenes: Business Development

Behind the Scenes with TCP offers a look into the different departments that make up this establishment and today, we’re diving into Business Development with Nicole Inman.

Nicole began her career here at TCP in October of 2013 and is the Business Development Lead.

The Business Development team is an extremely knowledgeable and creative group of individuals  at TCP, comprised of marketing, graphics, and inside and outside sales teams. Nicole’s primary role and responsibilities on the team include; “leading team initiatives for end user contact and outreach”.   She promotes the TCP brand by building strong relationships with C-suite level end-users. She plays a major role in the creation of new business development and expanding current business.

Primarily using Salesforce and LinkedIn for pursuing and managing accounts, Nicole is most interested in, “new product development and industry trends”.  As we all know, the lighting business is an extremely fast-paced industry that is ever-evolving so, staying informed on how the  market is changing and in turn how our customer needs are changing keeps our team on top of potential wants, needs and opportunities our customers will have moving into the future. ” While Nicole loves the research aspect of her job she says that she most loves, “working with my end-users and building those relationships day in and day out. Watching them integrate TCP into their locations and hearing of their benefits makes every day great”.

So what does she feel is the greatest benefit to an organization integrating TCP lighting products into its location(s)? Nicole responded with hands-on account management. “I really believe the greatest benefit to our customers is the passion and dedication from all levels of the company. Our company is incredibly dedicated to ensuring a successful customer experience; I personally encounter that on a daily basis from all levels of management; and honestly, the product just speaks for itself!

Thanks Nicole for giving us a glimpse into Business Development. Stay tuned for more from Behind the Scenes with TCP!

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Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day

Helping to protect the environment and reducing your carbon footprint should not only be celebrated on Earth Day, but every day. Not sure how to start doing your part for the environment? Here’s a few easy ideas to help you do your share to protect the environment.

Shop Smart:

Look for EPA labels when you purchase major appliances, electronics, light bulbs and anything else that displays these labels below. Products that have earned these labels have gone through rigorous testing by the EPA and are trusted to keep you and your family safe. Learn more about EPA labels here.

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Recycle:

Did you know, since 1960 the amount of waste generated by a single person has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.6 pounds each day? Help trim that weight by recycling. Not sure what can be recycled? Check with your local waste management provider. Here are some basic tips for recycling.

Conserve Water:

Just being more conscious of your water usage will go a long way. Try knocking a few minutes off of your morning shower, or turn off your sink in between washing dishes. Another tip is to check for water leaks. According to the EPA, the average family loses over 10,000 gallons of water each year to leaks. Learn how to repair leaks here.

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Make Your Home Energy Efficient:

If you have not removed all of the incandescent light bulbs from your home, now is the time! Investing in energy efficient lighting will help lower your energy costs and consumption. Look for ENERGY STAR rated LED light bulbs for ultimate energy savings.

Check out this article from the EPA to learn more about celebrating Earth Day everyday.

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Earth Day Activities

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Want to do your part this Earth Day? Here’s some ideas to help celebrate today.

Enjoy the Outdoors: Enjoy and appreciate the world we live in! Have a favorite trail or park near you? Take pride in your neighborhood and help keep it looking beautiful for years to come. Take a few hours on a Saturday and pick up litter or help plant trees or flowers.

Turn off the Lights: This is a simple tip that is often forgotten. Make a habit to turn off the lights as soon as you leave a room. Utilize motion sensors outdoors to ensure your lights are only on when needed, or set your lighting to timers with smart lighting options such as Connected by TCP.

Shop Local: Support local businesses! Shopping in your own backyard and buying locally produced foods and goods minimizes the amount of energy expended for production and shipping and helps to maintain a stable local economy.

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As a whole, we have continued to make positive strides to reducing waste and pollution since the first Earth Day in 1970. Here’s a great info graphic from The USA Today on how Earth Day looks today at age 45.

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History of Earth Day

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Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Aimed at creating a mass environmental movement, Senator Nelson focused on educating the public about air and water pollution with a “national teach-in on the environment”, promoting events throughout the United States. As a result of Senator Nelson’s dedication to the environment, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and the government took notice. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Earth Day Today:

Much has changed since the initial Earth Day celebration, but the first for a clean environment continues. Today’s Earth Day initiatives include a push towards clean energy and global warming awareness and prevention. Earth Day has evolved into a larger and more important topic in government and local areas. Earth Day festivals, rallies and month long celebrations take place throughout the world to support a cleaner environment with more than a billion people participating in Earth Day campaigns every year.

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How to Get Involved:

A great way to get involved in supporting a cleaner, greener environment is to make changes in lifestyle. Small changes like reducing your energy consumption, recycling and reusing can go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint. Check out EarthDay.org to learn more ways to work towards a more sustainable future.

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Flip Your Bulbs to LED this Earth Day

Many people know that making the switch to energy efficient LED lighting will lower their energy bills, but do you know how making the switch positively effects the environment as well? Here’s some quick facts:

Less Energy Consumption with LED: Did you know that lighting consumes about 15% of the total electricity used in the United States? Here’s a little more math for you:

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That’s right, if every household replaced just ONE bulb, we would prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 550,000 vehicles. ENERGY STAR® rated LED’s typically use up to 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb.

Longer Life: Longer life, less waste. Did you know TCP LEDs are designed to last up to 22.8 years or about 25,000 hours? No other bulb type on the market can compare to LEDs in rated life. Imagine all of the incandescent bulbs that will eventually end up in landfills all over the world, and don’t forget to properly recycle those CFLs! Here’s some more great info on the lifetime savings of ENERGY STAR rated efficient bulbs.

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Want to reduce your carbon footprint this Earth Day? Consider making the switch to LED! Shop TCP LEDs at both Amazon and The Home Depot today.

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LED Applications, Where Are They Now?

Christmas Lights – Many holiday lighting options uses xmas-lights-bigLED technology to bring the holiday spirit into your home.

Flat Screen televisions- TV’s have made one of the most impactful strides in LED technology. They have fostered the highest amount of awareness for how the technology can be used in the commercial channel. The platform has grown so far from what is now considered older plasma technology, to having the LED technology featured on most television sets.

SmartphoneSmartphone’s- Have you ever wondered about those spectacular graphics featured on your phone? Or, why your phone gets so hot after talking on it for a while? Well, the answer is those double tubes transmitting that electricity through the diode which projects the light you see as your screen display.

Tablets- tablets have become the new on the go technology partner to use in conjunction with the cell phone. If you don’t want to experience the heat radiating from your phone these serve as a better option and the LED display on them is larger for viewing clarity.

Traffic lights- Don’t know if this one is a surprise, but yes, those lights built to weather rain, sleet, and snow are illuminated by LED technology.

These products are just a few of the advances made in LED technology. Some honorable mentions that you may not have known include: automobile headlights, flashlights and newer model household appliances.

Now that we have journeyed through the past and present of LED technology, let’s see if we can go into the future and discover just how far LED technology will go. Even though it is used for some basic uses, LED technology has also displayed some fun and creative ways to enhance your entertainment experience as well. Check out this article from inhabitat.com about 7 weird and wonderful ways to use LED lighting. The author of that article also composed an article on what I think is the coolest use of LED technology created to date. Also check out, Solar Powered Augmented Contact Lenses, these lenses consist of 100’s of LED’s that cover your eyes. Let us know your thoughts, Would you try solar powered augmented contacts?

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LED There Be Light!

In continuing with the theme of educating ourselves on LED light bulbs, we are shedding some light on the variety of bulb types consumers can purchase. Here is a quick LED video that explores a plethora of different bulb types that consumers can choose from to best fit their needs. Keep in mind, no matter the bulb type, LED bulbs across the product lines will use 60-80 percent less energy used than its incandescent comparable. The bulbs featured here are designed in different styles, bases and color options to maximize the results of any home or home improvement project.

Did you know that LED bulbs offer a variety of colors and color temperatures that allow for specific uses? For instance:

Red is the traditional color used for maintaining night vision.

Green is the preferred color of the Armed Forces and military to help with night vision. The color doesn’t erase or render invisible when using military maps and charts. Many of us have witnessed this when we watch movies that have naval ships or submarines in them.

Blue is considered the most favorable to the eyes. It is helpful as a reading light, especially for the elderly. Light bulbs with the blue tint to them would be considered Daylight color temperature.

White is the most popular of all the colors. White is most commonly used in households and for general purpose appliances. This color temperature is best known as Soft White.

Lastly, there is Amber. The color Amber, with its orange tones throughout is highly unattractive to bugs and flies, therefore, functions best when utilized in an outdoor area. Many consumers place these bulbs on their patio and decks where our flying friends are known to hang out.

If you didn’t see a bulb that matches the assortment or has the color temperature you need you can check out the full assortment of our product line on tcpi.com.

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