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Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Dimming lights used to be easy with incandescent bulbs, but the new age of LEDs can be a flickering, migraine-inducing mess. Philips believes its Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is the answer, the combination of a simple white bulb with an equally straightforward remote that can be left on a coffee table or easily wall-mounted. Though Philips is pitching the $40 set at novices, there's plenty for the Hue enthusiast to find appealing, however, not least the remote control.

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Ford’s new headlights detect people in the dark, widen at intersections

Ford’s new headlights detect people in the dark, widen at intersections

Ford has just debuted its new prototype headlight technology that can detect and warn drivers of people, animals, or other hazards on the sides of roads at night. The system uses infra-red cameras to identify things such as people walking their pets or cycling, and then adjust the direction of the lights so they are easier to see. In addition, the lights will widen their beams automatically when the system detects intersections or other hazardous turns, improving drivers' visibility.

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Philips Hue makes gaming more immersive with “Chariot”

Philips Hue makes gaming more immersive with “Chariot”

The first video game to work with Philips Hue immersive lighting goes by the name Chariot. This game will be available exclusively on Microsoft's Xbox One, and will be delivered by Hue. The game will be enhanced by Philips with lighting connected directly to the game, changing brightness and color according to the action in the game. Frima Studio Inc., developers of the game Chariot, have worked directly with Philips to make this new level of interactivity - with bright shiny lights - a reality.

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Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Saffron has introduced its new Silk LED light bulb, and unlike some of its competitors that allow users to play music or set it to different colors, the Silk bulb has a more utilitarian purposes: it is designed to "bring sunlight inside", says the makers, combating the problems of artificial lighting. While artificial light has big effects on one’s internal clock, the Silk light adjusts its lighting colors automatically over the course of the day to mimic the sun.

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Dyson’s desk light lasts for 37 years

Dyson’s desk light lasts for 37 years

Forget bulbs that burn out after a month of use. Heck, forget lights that burn out after one year. Jake Dyson of the Dyson electronics group just introduced the Jake Dyson Light, a lamp that uses LED light that lasts for 37 years. "Their lights are built to fail and don't seem to mind," said Dyson of his company's competitors, "We mind. So we've invented the first light that cools LEDs properly. As a result, it lasts for 37 years." Dyson then dropped the mic and walked off the stage.

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Philips Hue Dimmer Switch and brighter bulb incoming

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch and brighter bulb incoming

Philips has a new remote control for its hue wireless lights in the pipeline, along with a brighter version of its color-changing bulb. The new products, revealed during regulatory testing at the FCC, include an update on the original hue bulb with an 800 lumen version. However, it's the new Hue Dimmer Switch which is arguably more interesting, given how it potentially addresses a common complaint among those with the remote-controlled bulbs installed in their homes.

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Philips’ first wireless Hue lamp hits stores

Philips’ first wireless Hue lamp hits stores

Philips' latest hue color-changing lamp has arrived in stores, with the Hue Go offering a more portable take from the smart home staple. The bowl-shaped lamp is Philips' first battery powered option in the hue line-up, offering both the normal gamut of user-selectable custom colors together with a set of presets that can turn it into a flickering yoga candle or a meditation lamp, even if you don't have your smartphone to hand.

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A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

You turn on the porch light to complement your relaxing evening outdoors, only to have the light serve as a beacon for every insect in the region. The same happens in the middle of the night when you've one light on and the window screen fills with bugs hoping to get inside because of it. That can be bothersome, but in the case of mosquitos and some other insects, it could also potentially be deadly if the little bugs bring diseases with them.

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Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

There’s a new decorative lamp called the Pretty Smart Lamp, and while it doesn’t do super bright illuminating, it is both pretty and smart. There are several designs available with it, but more importantly there are several features that your average lamp won’t do. One of those features is finding your phone when you lose it; another is letting you know of (and dismiss) notifications. There’s temperature monitoring, brightness monitoring, support for home automation systems, and more.

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America’s smartest bridge is going to dazzle you

America’s smartest bridge is going to dazzle you

America is gaining its smartest bridge, with the Tappan Zee Bridge - aka "The New NY Bridge" - debuting a slick LED lighting system that promises lower power and more flexibility. The project, a 3.1 mile long stretch across the Hudson River, will be outfitted with more than 3,000 LED lights from Philips, including many which can change color just like the company's hue lamps for the home. When I caught up with Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, he argued it was the natural next step for connected living.

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Adaptalux uses octopus-like LED arms to illuminate your photos

Adaptalux uses octopus-like LED arms to illuminate your photos

If you’re fond of macro photography, you know the troubles often encountered when trying to illuminate a subject without overpowering it. The task becomes even more difficult when attempting to use more than one color light, and that’s where Adaptalux comes in. Adaptalux is bid as a miniature portable lighting studio for those who do video work and macro photography, and it works using magnetically-connected “arms” with lights on the end. The lights are complemented with colored diffuser ends that diffuse the lights.

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