LED lighting

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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solar-panel-led-postcap-light

Outdoor lighting makes using your deck much more enjoyable, but it can be expensive when you have to have an electrician come out and wire them.  These Solar LED Stained-Glass Postcap for 4X4 Posts lights don't need wiring because they have solar panels built in to charge the included 1 AA NiMh rechargeable battery that powers [...]

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netbright-wireless-network-security-lighting

Motion sensors are great in concept - illuminating your property when they sense nearby motion - but they can lack in execution.  Normal motion sensors light up only a relatively small area around the light when they detect motion.  This isn't a problem when the motion is from an animal, but could allow a more [...]

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phillips-hue-go-lamp-2

Phillips has a variety of lights for their WiFi-connected Hue system.  There are color-changing bulbs, white light-only bulbs, strips lights, and tabletop lamps, but they all have one thing in common:  they have to be screwed into a lamp socket (bulbs) or plugged into a power outlet to work.  The Go lamp is the first [...]

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cree-connected-2

We live in a world where almost everything is connected and I love it. Whether it's my Dropcam cameras, my Withings WiFi Body Scale,  or even being able to check the temperature of the chicken I have baking in the oven with iDevices thermometer, connected devices are convenient and fun to use. Today I want to [...]

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cree-2

Every few months my power company Duke Energy sends me a letter that shows how my home's energy usage compares to other houses in my area. It's like getting a report card from the electric company and let's just say that my grade point average hasn't been too good for awhile now.  So in an [...]

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OSRAM-ULTRA-01

Be careful what you wish for…! I volunteered to check out a new line of LED dimmable household bulbs from OSRAM SYLVANIA, wondering at the time where I would test them. Almost immediately, light bulbs that had lasted fifteen years began to burn out all over the house! I no longer had to worry about [...]

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creebulb

In the past few years a lot of people have traded their power sucking incandescent bulbs for CFL bulbs as a way to cut energy costs. They get a big thumbs up for cutting energy, but there are problems with CFL bulbs including the fact that they have mercury in them. Not disposing of these bulbs properly [...]

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mocreo-bluetooth-speaker-led-lightbulb-1

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, [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News
snappower-snaprays-6

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 my [...]

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sparse-bicycle-lights

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 in [...]

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snaprays-guidelight-2

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, [...]

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captain-america-night-light

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 look [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News
kohler-nightlight

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 light [...]

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belkin-wemo-lights-and-crock-pot

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 home [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News, Wireless
star-wars-mood-lighting

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. [...]

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nanoleaf-led-bulb

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 electricity [...]

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alien-abduction-lamp

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 abducted [...]

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moma-led-lightbulb-and-flashlight

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 you [...]

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knog blinder 1

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 5 [...]

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