Lighting

Set the mood without a flame using the ArcLighter

What do birthday candles, scented candles, candles for binding spells and incense sticks all have in common? They all need something to light them. If you’re anything like me, when it comes time to light a candle, it’s a chore to find a box of matches or a lighter that still works. The ArcLighter is …

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Elgato Avea Flare Portable Mood Light Review

I absolutely love all forms of light, whether it be enjoying natural I absolutely love all forms of light, whether it be enjoying natural sunlight, or lighting in the home. Since I already have the Philips Hue bulb system, I was attracted to the idea of reviewing another Bluetooth controlled lighting system.  Meet Elgato’s Avea …

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LuDela is a smartphone controlled candle. Yes, that’s a thing

We’ve all seen LED bulbs that can be controlled with a mobile app. But LuDela is the first mobile phone controlled wireless smart candle. Yes, it’s a real candle with a real flame and not a LED that just looks like a flame. And yes, you can really control it with a smartphone. LuDela consists …

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Switchmate Smart Light Switch review

Have you seen the acronym IoT? It stands for Internet of Things and according to Google it means: a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. Someone at google needs to update their definitions because this isn’t something we’ll have in the future. It’s …

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Say good-bye to harsh fluorescent lighting with Skypanels

Have you ever been sitting in your office, or maybe your basement with no windows and felt claustrophobic or cramped? Well, when all the frustration from the day has you holding your head in your hands and you’re at your wits end…look up!  Designed to reduce the harsh glare from existing fluorescent lighting, these amazingly …

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Forget boring nightlights; keep the dark away with a rainbow!

You don’t have to settle for a boring nightlight in your kid’s room.  Use a beautiful rainbow to chase away the shadows instead!  The Uncle Milton Rainbow in My Room device shines a rainbow of colors across the ceiling and walls of a bedroom or any other room that could use a bit of color …

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Control the lights in your home without buying special bulbs

If you’ve been thinking about swapping out all the light bulbs in your home with bulbs that can be controlled with your smartphone, I have an alternative product that you might want to consider. Switchmate, an Indiegogo crowdfunding project, is a switch that fits over your existing light switch plates by using magnets to snap onto the …

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LOFTEK 10 Watts Rechargeable LED Floodlight review

I am the quintessential handyman…always building, repairing, and/or tearing out something. I started my first home improvement project nearly 25 years ago. Back in the day, there were limited battery operated tools and work typically involved dragging electrical cords everywhere you went. As battery technology improves and becomes much more cost effective, we find it powering devices/tools …

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Viatek Night Stars Landscape Lighting review

Ever since my granddaughter visited Disney World, she’s been asking when I was going to put “Fairy Lights”  in the trees around the house.  I’ve been able to deflect, usually with the promise of ice cream, but now I can answer her request using the Night Stars light.  Although my initial thoughts were “who needs …

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Power Outage Activated LED Lantern with USB Charger from ReadyBright

If you read Bill’s recent review of the mrBEAMS ReadyBright Home Power Outage System and thought it was a great idea but you’d like a portable light, too, you might want to check out the ReadyBright Lantern.  (This is an IndieGoGo project currently seeking funding.)  The ReadyBright Lantern is an add-on to the mrBeams system, and …

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Bluetooth Light Bulb Will Simplify Your Life (or Make You Lazy)

You’ve got your popcorn and drinks, you’ve got your movie lined up, you plonk into your sofa ….. and you’ve forgotten to turn the lights off. Well the Bluetooth Bulb will save you having to get up off the sofa to remedy this. The bulb uses low-power LED technology and replaces standard bulbs. You download an …

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Bask Blade SaberTooth Ultraportable LED Utility Light

The SaberTooth Ultraportable LED Utility Light from Bask Blade looks like a small fluorescent light bulb, but it’s a portable LED light with a rechargeable battery inside.  It has a durable, shatterproof casing, and it’s weather resistant.  At 8.3″ X 1.2″ and weighing 4.8 ounces, it’s small enough to fit in a backpack, bag, or …

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