Lighting

Add light and some outer space to your room with this light fixture

NEWS – This semi-flush mount light fixture is perfect for the ceiling of any aficionado of astronomy or sci-fi.  The ceiling canopy of the ELK Astronaut light fixture is black with star and planet designs.  The light fixture itself has three bulbs: one 60W standard bulb behind the glass bottom of the “space ship” to …

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Take your home’s lighting back to the future

NEWS – I have a fascination with Mid-Century architecture and design.  When we moved into our condo in the only Mid-Century high-rise in our area, we started looking for things to enhance our new home that were appropriate to its age.  One of the things we wanted was a Sputnik chandelier, but it took us …

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Forget smart lighting. Add Star Trek phaser-controlled lighting to your home!

NEWS – Remember in The Enemy Within episode from Star Trek TOS when Mr. Sulu and the landing party were stuck on Alfa 177, where the temperatures were dropping to -120°?  They survived by heating stones to glowing, hot heat generators with their phasers as they huddled nearby under their survival blankets.  Well, the Star Trek TOS …

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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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