Home lighting

Casper introduces Glow a light designed for better bedtime

NEWS – Casper is best known for making mattresses and pillows, now they’re getting into the bedroom lighting game with the introduction of their latest product the Glow. The Glow is a self-dimming light designed to help you wind down naturally for a better, deeper nights sleep. When you turn the Glow on it begins a …

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You won’t need an electrician to install a Mr. Beams wireless motion-sensor ceiling light

NEWS – Have a dark closet in your house or a dark garage?  Maybe you could even use a light over your shower, but you don’t want the expense of hiring an electrician to run wiring to install the fixtures you need.  You won’t need to run wiring with the Mr. Beams Wireless UltraBright Motion Sensor …

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Add solar lighting to your house gutters with this set from Falove

NEWS – Most DIY solar landscape lighting seems to be the sort installed in the ground to light a pathway or to wash a wall or a plant in lights.  These Falove solar-powered lights can be attached to your house’s gutters to light up an area where you could never plant them in the ground …

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Philips announces the Adore mirror with smart Hue lighting

NEWS – Philips has announced a new fixture that can replace both the mirror and the over-mirror light in your bathroom.  It can be used as general lighting for the room, and it can provide task lighting for shaving or applying makeup.  The new Philips Adore bathroom mirror adds to your existing Hue bridge that …

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SANSI 30W LED Security Motion Sensor Outdoor Light review

We’re in the middle of remodeling the exterior of our house. It had wood painted wood siding and it’s currently (I can hear the contractors hammering right now…) getting vinyl siding. As luck would have it, a few weeks ago SANSI contacting me to ask if I might like to review their 30W LED Security Motion …

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SnapPower SwitchLight review

I love products that are simply designed, simply packaged, and easily installed. Products from SnapPower tick all three of those boxes. Three years ago I reviewed their GuideLights outlet covers plates which I still use today and today I’m going to show you their newer SwitchLight covers.

Silk by Saffron Smart LED Lighting matches your home’s lighting to your body rhythms

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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Affordable neon art for your home

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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Light up the night with this solar patio umbrella

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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Emergency lighting that doesn’t look utilitarian

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 announces new products with Qi chargers built in

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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Turn a standard CFL or LED bulb into a color-changing bulb without breaking the bank

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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Keep a eye on what’s happening at your front door with the Kuna lighting fixture

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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Now control your Hue lights with a widget in the iOS 8 Notification Center

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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Add a little steampunk ambiance to your home with these 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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