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Elgato Avea takes on Hue; Eve HomeKit sensors teased

Elgato Avea takes on Hue; Eve HomeKit sensors teased

Elgato is wading into the smart home space, launching a new wireless lightbulb and teasing an iOS 8 HomeKit compatible range of sensors dubbed Elgato Eve for launch later this year. Elgato Avea hooks up via Bluetooth Smart, thus requiring no hub unlike Philips' popular hue system, and is controlled via an iPhone and iPad app with various preset color scenes.

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Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Selling people on the concept of Philips Hue color-changing bulbs generally isn't hard, but convincing them on the cost of the system can be tougher. Into the mixture, then, steps Hue Lux, slashing the price of the bulbs though giving up on color as a compromise. At just under thirty bucks a bulb, has Hue Lux finally got the balance right?

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LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

Lightbulbs that talk to you may not sound like the very first thing your smart home needs, but LightFreq believes they'll help give its color-changing speaker lamps an edge over Sonos, hue, and others. The crowdfunded bulbs have already more than tripled their Kickstarter goal of $50k with time to spare, and so are adding voice notifications to the feature list.

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Nike’s all-LED basketball court is a dream come true

Nike’s all-LED basketball court is a dream come true

Marketing is huge for sports, but some have it easier than others. A football field or soccer pitch are green, making it easy to force an ad on the surface for TV viewers. Other sports like basketball don’t have it so easy, and have to find crucial areas to sell ad space. A new court, which is totally LED, may be the next generation of ad revenue for the NBA.

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Hue Lux ships September for entry-level wireless lighting

Hue Lux ships September for entry-level wireless lighting

Philips' latest hue bulb has hit virtual shelves, with the Hue Lux becoming the most affordable of the company's wirelessly-connected lighting, albeit without exactly the same functionality. Announced back in March, Hue Lux is up for preorder now, with Philips telling us that it will begin shipping in the first week of September.

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Cree 3-way LED bulb spans 30W-100W

Cree 3-way LED bulb spans 30W-100W

Cree has outed its latest LED bulb, and it's embracing the 3-Way in the process, with a trio of light settings to adjust the brightness. The new bulb is switchable between 30W, 60W, and 100W traditional incandescent bulb equivalents, despite using a quoted 90-percent less power.

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GE’s bright idea: Bytelight brings iBeacon tech to lighting

GE’s bright idea: Bytelight brings iBeacon tech to lighting

As the iBeacon platform starts to take shape, retailers will start to take notice of the promise it holds. Contextually aware beacons placed strategically throughout a store can push timely information to a smartphone, paving the way for increased sales and data gathering about how customers move through a store. Finding a place to put the beacons may be tough, but GE has a bright idea.

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Philips SlimStyle BR30 shrinks LED flood: Hands-on

Philips SlimStyle BR30 shrinks LED flood: Hands-on

It may look like a strange plastic mushroom, but this is actually Philips' latest low-power bulb, the SlimStyle BR30, aiming to cut power consumption for domestic floodlights as well as make them less bulky. Following in the footsteps of the flattened SlimStyle bulb launched earlier this year, the SlimStyle BR30 ditches the heatsink most LED lighting demands.

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Raglite offers portable, rugged LED lighting via Kickstarter

Raglite offers portable, rugged LED lighting via Kickstarter

If you’ve ever been wanting for light when snapping a pic or taking video, Raglite is here to make life easier for you. The lighting system, which offers a flexible LED bank of lights, can offer lighting in any situation, whether it be for media or not. Currently on Kickstarter, the Raglite has a ton of useful applications.

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Philips Ambilight TVs get speedy game mode and deep hue control

Philips Ambilight TVs get speedy game mode and deep hue control

Philips has boosted its Ambilight LED backing light system for more immersive TVs, with the 2014 upgrade improving color-changing response speed as well as offering contextual information through lighting. The tech, which will be loaded on the 2014 Philips Ambilight TVs, includes a gaming mode that allows the colors to keep pace with faster gameplay, where before it had been tuned for a more leisurely response.

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Acandescent light bulbs promise LED efficiency sans the cost

Acandescent light bulbs promise LED efficiency sans the cost

A mixture of regulations and increased energy costs have prodded many consumers towards LED and compact fluorescent bulbs, the former of which in particular comes with a (relatively speaking) high price tag. One startup, the Finally Light Bulb Company, aims to toss another option into the mix: the "acandescent" bulb.

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Philips SlimStyle LED bulbs get nod for energy company cuts

Philips SlimStyle LED bulbs get nod for energy company cuts

Philips' low-cost SlimStyle LED lightbulb will be offered as low as $1.97 after getting ENERGY STAR certification and thus qualifying for rebates from select energy companies across the US. The 60W-equivalent flattened bulb, announced back in December, is currently around $8.97, but that could be reduced considerably depending on where they are in the US.

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