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Add a Bluetooth speaker to your lamp

on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

I have an iPad mini with Retina display, and I love everything about it except for its wimpy speaker.  I do like that it has an external speaker so I can – in theory – listen to sounds from the mini without having to plug in headphones.  In practice, I can barely hear the thing,Read More…


Snap Power SnapRays Guidelight review

on Friday, June 27th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

How many of these do you have scattered around your house? Would you like to free up your outlets but still have the functionality of a night light that only turns on when it’s dark? Me too, that’s why I helped fund the wildly successful SnapRays Kickstarter project earlier this year. I was very excited when myRead More…


Fixed light system for bicycles from Sparse

on Monday, March 31st, 2014

Sparse offers bright, theft-resistant lights for your bicycle that will not only make others aware of your presence on the road, but will also illuminate your path as you turn.  The Spacer Light replaces a spacer beneath your stem. The light fits both 1″ and 1 1/8″ steer tubes; this mounting keeps the light pointing inRead More…


This outlet cover can light your way in the dark

on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

We have a long, dark hallway that has overhead lights, but those are too bright to leave on all night.  There are a couple of outlets along the hall, and I’ve thought about buying some LED night lights to light up the hall at night.  I’ve hesitated to do that, because the hall is narrow,Read More…


Captain America will protect your child through the night

on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

If you have a kid who’s a big fan of Marvel’s Captain America, this nightlight is the perfect accessory for his or her room.  The nightlight has an LED bulb and is powered by three AA alkaline batteries.  It’s shaped like Captain American’s shield, and it comes with a wall decal that makes it lookRead More…


Kohler lets you see your toilet in a whole new light

on Friday, February 7th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I’ll admit that when I first saw this I snickered – potty humor, you know.  But I have to admit the Nightlight toilet seats from Kohler could provide an important function in households with kids or anyone who needs a little extra visual help in a dark bathroom.  I don’t like leaving a bathroom lightRead More…


Belkin expands its WeMo line with internet-connected light bulbs and a Crock Pot

on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

According to Belkin’s latest press release, they are introducing new WeMo products at the 2014 CES.  I’ve been using Belkin WeMo Switches to automate my lamps for months now, and they have worked flawlessly.  I wanted to use some of their WeMo Light Switches to control ceiling lights, but the wiring in my older homeRead More…


Let Darth Vader be your guide in your travels through the dark

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If your kid needs a night light or perhaps you’d just like an accent light with a touch of the Dark Side, check out the Star Wars Mood Lights.  They look like Darth Vader’s or a Storm Trooper’s helmet, and they have five LEDs inside to provide enough light to keep the dark at bay.Read More…


NanoLeaf may be the world’s most energy efficient light bulb

on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

We just bought a condo, and we’ve been buying things we need to get it set up.  One of the things we purchased was a bunch of CFL bulbs for three floor lamps and a couple of new bathroom fixtures.  We paid $100 for those bulbs, but at least I know I’ll be saving electricityRead More…


The Alien Abduction Lamp – I want to believe!

on Monday, October 7th, 2013

I’ve been looking for lamps recently, and I stumbled across this.  It may not be the statement I want to make in the living room, but it might be perfect for the home office.   With the Alien Abduction Lamp, it looks for all the world as if old Bossie the cow is being abductedRead More…


Charge an emergency flashlight in your bed-side lamp’s socket

on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Here’s a new one for me.  This low-heat LED lightbulb from the MoMA Store becomes an emergency flashlight when you need one.  It screws into a standard socket, and it produces as much light as a 40W bulb using only 6W of electricity.  The LEDs will produces up to 60,000 hours of light.  When youRead More…

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Knog Blinder 4 and 4V bicycle lights review

on Monday, July 15th, 2013
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Having given up the cigarettes for almost 10 months now  and feeling heaps fitter,  I decided it was time for me to step up my fitness.  What started as walking to the bus stop just outside the house, turned into walking about 2 kilometres to another bus route, which turned into walking the whole 5Read More…


Have a starry, starry night indoors with the Starry Light

on Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These beautiful Starry Light lamps from Anagraphic look like a traditional half-sphere pendant lamp at first blush.  Closer inspection reveals tiny holes drilled in the powder-coated aluminum shade; when the LED light source is on, pinpoints of light are projected onto your walls.  (The lamp is designed so that light is directed downwards as well.)Read More…


Turn nearly any empty bottle into an LED table lamp

on Friday, May 10th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

Just as the title says, you can turn almost any empty bottle into a USB-powered LED table lamp with this kit from Satechi.  The Touch USB LED Lamp allows you to save two ways: by recycling a bottle for the lamp base and by using LED lights that consume only 1.2W of power.  They don’tRead More…


Now you can read by the light of your Moleskine

on Friday, April 12th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

In addition to their journals, Moleskine makes accessories for readers and writers.  Their Rechargeable Booklight will shed light on the book you’re reading or on the journal you’re writing in.  It’s USB-rechargeable, has two LEDs, and it measures 7″ X 1.5″.  The Booklight has a soft-touch, matte plastic exterior and a flexible, bendable inner structure thatRead More…

Cree’s new LED light bulb is the best thing since the invention of the light bulb

on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The title of this article is Cree‘s slogan for their newly released LED light bulbs.  These bulbs look like the normal incandescent bulbs we’re used to seeing, so your light fixtures will look like they have normal bulbs in them.  Cree says their “innovative bulb is illuminated by Cree LED Filament Tower™ Technology and providesRead More…

Give the Gift of Light with LuminAID

on Monday, October 15th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

The LuminAID is an ingenious portable LED light that was designed by architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta as a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.  Simply leave it laying in the sun to charge up the internal battery (rechargeable up to 500 times), inflate the bag, and the LuminAID can provideRead More…


Reduce Your Lighting Costs with Samsung LED Bulbs

on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Samsung has introduced three new LED light bulbs that will help you in your efforts to reduce your daily energy consumption.  There are three different styles with different light output available.  Costs vary from about $17 to about $60 per bulb, depending on style.  Each bulb promises to deliver 20X the lifespan of a halogenRead More…


NuGreen LED Desk Lamp from NewerTechnology Review

on Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We’ve all heard by now that replacing standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs can save us money in the long run.  They use less energy to produce the same amount of light, and they produce less heat doing it.  Compact fluorescent bulbs can be big and bulky and not fit into every lamp andRead More…


Energy Efficient Flexible Neck LED Desk Lamp from NewerTechnology

on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

The NuGreen LED Desk Lamp from NewerTechnology adds some “green” style to your desk.  The lamp is made from aluminum and has 50 cool-white LEDs that simulate daylight.  The LEDs use only 3.6W of power, and they provide about 45,000 hours of light – 22 times more than a traditional light bulb.  The NuGreen lampRead More…