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silk-by-saffron-color-changing-light

In recent years, there's been a lot of discussion about how the blue light from the screens of mobile devices could be negatively impacting sleep patterns.  Humans evolved having bright, bluish-white light from the sun during part of the day.  The only light they had at night was either from the stars and moon or [...]

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neon-mfg-signs

Before I got married, I found some pieces of neon light tubes and a power supply at a local "junk" shop, and I assembled them into a really beautiful, abstract art piece for my living room.  When I got married, I realized this huge light sculpture above my fireplace didn't exactly mesh with our new furniture, [...]

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ATLeisure-solar-lighted-umbrella-2

If you're lucky enough to have a personal outdoor area to enjoy warm weather, check out this lighted umbrella for your patio table.  The ATLeisure 9' Easy Light Touch Solar Umbrella with 44 LEDs will fit in the umbrella holder made into most patio tables, or you can use it without a table if you purchase a [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
blue-rely-a-light-lamp

This Blue Rely-A-Light Lamp looks too pretty to be emergency lighting, but it is.  It functions as a normal reading lamp, but it has the added bonus of a USB charging port built into the base.  When you lose power, the lamp has bright LED emergency lights that switch on automatically and can stay on for up [...]

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ikea-qi-wireless-charging-line

IKEA just announced they will be introducing a new line of bedside tables, lamps, and desks with Qi chargers built-in.  The wireless charging furnishings will be available in Europe and North America beginning this April, with global availability soon after.  You can read the entire press release at PRNewswire.  Check the IKEA website for availability information [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Home, Kitchen, News, Wireless
moodies-lightbulb-color-changer-2

I have several Philips Hue bulbs in my house that started with a Christmas gift last year and has grown over the year since then.  I love the ability to change the mood of my room by varying the intensity and the color of the lights, but it is an expensive setup.  The starter hub [...]

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kuna-wifi-security-light-2

Kuna isn't just a lighting fixture, of course.  This outdoor fixture also has a WiFi camera and intercom system built in.  You connect the Kuna fixture to an app on your Android or Apple phone, and Kuna can send you alerts whenever someone is at your door.  You can customize the app to notify you [...]

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hue-widget

Now you don't even have to bother entering your passcode on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 to control your Phillips Hue connected lights.  When you update to the latest version of the Phillips Hue app, you'll have access to the Hue widget for the Notification Center.  To add it, just swipe down to [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
toggle-switch-plates

If normal switch plate covers are too mundane for you, try these Toggle Switch Plates from UncommonGoods for a little Rube Goldberg steampunk style.  They are designed by father and son Lance and L J Nybye.  The plates are made with brass hardware and laser-engraved plywood.  You can attach them over your existing standard switch plates [...]

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philips-hue-lux-connected-lighting-2

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 room [...]

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harbor-breeze-ceiling-fan-pull-chains

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 bulb [...]

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happy-sunflower-wall-lamp-2

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 E14 [...]

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interactive-cloud-lamp

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 along [...]

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ion-touchless-capacitive-switch-2

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 touch [...]

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bosslamps-with-charging-station

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 USB [...]

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Insteon1

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 with [...]

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Peel wall

This is lighting that's just a little bit different.  This lamp from YOY is discrete and neat and is placed into the corner of the room. "The integrated form implies the lamp is part of the architecture of the room, but the purposefully exposed cable reveals that the light’s placement is temporary. The light is held [...]

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energizer-edge-small-LED-lamp

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 LEDs [...]

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Makoto Hirahara Bright Blind

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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 in [...]

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ge-moodcam

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 of [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, News