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Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips has been making multi-colored lighting for some time, but even so the hue system came as a surprise last year. ZigBee-enabled wireless LED bulbs, remotely controlled by an open mobile app, and promising the sort of smart home functionality that would once have demanded many thousands for installation, hue quickly sold out in stores and built a loyal following of users and developers tapping into the API. Now, for 2013, there's the "Friends of hue" range, a new line of companion products that hook into hue ecosystem. LivingColors Bloom is a compact, portable lamp, while the LightStrip is a long, adhesive-backed strip of LEDs; read on for our full review.

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Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips has outed two new Hue-compatible LED multicolor lights as part of its "Friends of Hue" range, the LivingColors Bloom and LightStrips, each working with the remote control app and open API. The LightStrips is 6.6 feet of flexible LED light cord, with self-adhesive backing the ability to trim the length to suit your particular installation, and just as with the original Hue wireless lightbulbs it can be adjusted in color remotely as well as grouped up with multiple other lights for overall room scenes.

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Philips Hue Ambilight support arrives alongside 60″ Elevation TV

Philips Hue Ambilight support arrives alongside 60″ Elevation TV

Philips has updated its Ambilight color-illumination system for TVs by integrating it with Hue wireless LED lightbulbs, spreading content-themed light effects around the room. The update - which comes with a new Ambilight+Hue app for iOS and Android, compatible with Ambilight TVs from 2011 onward - arrives alongside the Philips Elevation TV, a new ultra-slim 60-inch LCD TV with Ambilight "4-sided XL" for all-round colors.

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Ford Atlas Concept eyes-on

Ford Atlas Concept eyes-on

With the Ford Atlas Concept vehicle, the company delivers a showcase of technologies and capabilities that'll be ready for the next generation of on and off-road drivers. We've gotten the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Ford Atlas Concept this week, having a peek at its interior as well as its striking silver outer on the showroom floor. This vehicle comes in with an aesthetic that's not that far off from the current range of F150 vehicles and makes for a heavy-duty push in both image and power.

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Canon LE-5W portable projector set for summer with 3LED technology

Canon LE-5W portable projector set for summer with 3LED technology

As projectors continue to be a big business in an industry ripe with mobile devices, Canon's newest hardware has appeared with a foot in both camps. This is the LE-5W Multimedia Projector, coming in any color just so long as its black or white, working with 3LED technology to ensure the photos users have taken with their Canon cameras are projected with as vibrant and color-correct a light as possible. Of course this device isn't a camera in and of itself: instead you'll be running content through an HDMI cord or USB thumb drive.

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Philips updates Hue App with recurring schedules and more

Philips updates Hue App with recurring schedules and more

We have talked about the Philips Hue LED lighting system several times over the last year or so, in fact we reviewed the system late last year. The Hue is Philips' LED lighting system that replaces the standard incandescent bulbs in your home with more energy-efficient LED units that also have some smart features. This means not only will you save money on electricity, but you can also remotely control the lighting in your home via your smartphone.

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LED streetlamp innovation aims to reduce light pollution

LED streetlamp innovation aims to reduce light pollution

A group of researchers from both Taiwan and Mexico have developed a new design for an LED streetlamp that will limit light pollution all the way down to 2%. Currently, LED streetlamps can leak as high as 20% of their light into areas they weren't intending to target. These new streetlamps will only shine light in areas they are configured to light up, and will only leak a tiny amount of light into the night sky or surrounding objects.

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Philips TLED aims to replace all fluorescent bulbs in near future

Philips TLED aims to replace all fluorescent bulbs in near future

It's time to get bright with no less than the new world's most energy-efficient warm white LED lamp from Philips! This world record has been beaten with a massively fabulous 200 lumens per watt of high-quality white light - this is compared to a 100lm/W in fluorescent lighting as well as a paltry 15lm/W in traditional light bulbs. This next-generation LED lamp is set to hit the consumer market by 2015 in both office and industry applications while a home-ready lamp will be brought forth soon afterward.

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Utilitech LED light bulbs get cheap at Lowe’s

Utilitech LED light bulbs get cheap at Lowe’s

I don't why, but it seems like I'm constantly changing light bulbs at my house. Normal incandescent bulbs last only a couple weeks in some of my lights meaning every other time I hit the switch it feels like I'm needing to pull out the stepstool and replace some bulbs. I would love to use LED-based light rather than the little florescent bulbs I've started using because I don't care for the color of light they produce.

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