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Philips now offers a warm-white LED bulb for their Hue WiFi-connected lighting system

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

My mission is to automate the lighting in my house.  I don’t have to have every light connected to the internet, but I would like to have WiFi-connected and controllable bulbs in certain rooms in my house.  I got the Hue Starter Kit for Christmas last winter, and I use them in my living roomRead More…


This simple doodad can make using a ceiling fan easier

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

There’s nothing world-changing about the Harbor Breeze Brushed Nickel and White Pull Chain set, but it will make it plainly obvious to everyone in your family and to visitors which chain turns on the light attached to the ceiling fan and which adjusts the fan speed.  The brushed nickel chain pulls look like a tiny light bulbRead More…


Add a little bit of sunshine to your room with the Happy Sunflower Lamp

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp will add whimsy and light to your child’s room.  The kit consists of a circular 10.8″ wall lamp with a face design on it and a collection of stickers to form the petals to turn the lamp into a potted sunflower.  (The stickers are easily removed.)  The fixture uses E14Read More…


You might not be able to control the weather, but you can control this cloud lamp

on Friday, July 4th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

This Interactive Cloud Lamp is more of an art piece than task lighting.  It looks fluffy like a real cloud and hangs from your ceiling like a small thundercloud.  It has interactive, color-changing Philips lights inside and a speaker system that can stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device or produce the thunder that goes alongRead More…


Magically turn on your lights with a wave of your hand using the iON capacitive switch

on Friday, April 11th, 2014

You’ve just come home to a dark house and your arms are full of groceries. With the wave of an arm or hand over the iON capacitive switch, you can turn on (or off) your lights without having to set your groceries down! And for the germaphobes out there, you no longer have to touchRead More…


Charge your phone like a BOSS

on Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These lamps aren’t going to appeal to everyone and won’t fit into every decor, but I’d love to have one of these functional lamps.  The BOSS Lamps Vintage and Industrial Custom Lighting shop on Etsy creates these one-of-a-kind lamps with a built-in charging station.  Each lamp has a power outlet in it with two USBRead More…


INSTEON LED Bulb and Controller Review

on Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I’ve been using X10 products to remotely and automatically control some of the lights and appliances in my house for years.  Insteon is the next generation of X10-compatible devices sold by SmartHome.   I’ve been considering updating the devices in my house to take advantage of the new technology, so I thought I’d start withRead More…


Energizer Edge Accent Lights Add Ambience to Your Home

on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Energizer, perhaps best known for their batteries, is offering a new line of household lighting products.  The Energizer Edge Small Accent Light has touch controls at the base of all four panels that “allow you to dim or brighten the light to customize the mood and ambiance of any room in your home.”  Twelve LEDsRead More…

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Makoto Hirahara Bright Blind

on Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Have one of those rooms that just doesn’t get enough natural sunlight ? Have a room where there’s no windows ?  Got a case of the Winter blues ?  Made of electroluminescent ( EL ) sheets, Makoto Hirahara’s Bright Blind simulates a window where none exists.  Turn the stick and control the brightness.  Measuring inRead More…


GE Mood Cam App Lets You Try Redecorating Your Room With Light

on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Lighting is a very important part of your room.  Not only does the style of the lamps matter, but the number of lamps and the brightness and color of the lights can completely change the feel and usability of your room.  The GE Mood Cam app for iPhone/iPod touch lets you snap a picture ofRead More…


Another Way to Change the Look of Recessed Downlights

on Monday, September 6th, 2010

The Gadgeteer recently showed you how to easily change your downlights into pendant lights without hiring an electrician.  Today, we’ve found another way update the look of your recessed lights.  Sky Mall is offering Recessed Light Covers in a variety of styles from modern to traditional.  These Recessed Light Covers snap into place over yourRead More…