lighting

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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Philips Hue Go Review – Finally, a battery

Philips Hue Go Review – Finally, a battery

Philips has been pushing its Hue smart lighting system for years now, but it’s taken until now, and the Hue Go, for the lamps to gain a battery for truly wireless convenience. Latest to the app-controlled line-up, the distinctive little lamp offers the same millions of color options as Hue has from the start; unlike most Hue bulbs, however, Hue Go can not only cut the cord but doesn’t demand a nearby smartphone. That flexibility comes with some compromises along the way, however; read on for my full review.

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Philips Hue Go adds battery for portable LED light

Philips Hue Go adds battery for portable LED light

Philips has launched its latest hue lamp, the Hue Go, taking multi-color LED lighting and throwing in battery power for portability. Joining the existing range of ZigBee-connected hue bulbs and luminaires, the Hue Go is a semi-spherical mood lamp capable of mixing together over 16 million different color combinations, despite being liberated from a power supply for up to three hours.

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Philips Hue Phoenix lamps promise healthier light

Philips Hue Phoenix lamps promise healthier light

Philips has outed a new lineup of remotely-controlled lamps, the Hue Phoenix range, integrating "light recipes" which the company claims can stimulate productivity and concentration. Five different styles will be on offer, spanning downlights through table lamps, and finally ceiling lamps, and all with the same UFO-styled lozenge enclosure. As with Philips' Hue Lux bulbs, which we reviewed last year, Phoenix is all about white light.

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Switchmate hands-on: Smarter switches, no electrician needed

Switchmate hands-on: Smarter switches, no electrician needed

The smart home might be intended to make our lives easier, but actually upgrading with home automation kit is more like a headache. Ripping out legacy switches and replacing them with their smart brethren isn’t only a headache, it’s out of the question for many who rent rather than own where they live. Startup Switchmate plans to change that, opening up automation with ridiculously simple and non-destructive gadgets that install in seconds. I caught up with the company to find out how a Bluetooth switch could pave the way to making the smart home mass-market.

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Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected lighting was a big theme at CES 2015, but remotely-controlled bulbs are seldom cheap. That's something Cree is aiming to change with its new Connected Cree LED Bulb, a 60W equivalent priced under $15 apiece and offering wireless compatibility not only with Home Depot's Wink hub, but in fact any hub that's ZigBee certified. From there, control over on/off status and bulb brightness can be made.

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Belkin shows off 8 new WeMo smart bulbs

Belkin shows off 8 new WeMo smart bulbs

Have you fallen in love with a connected home? If so, several new WeMo light bulbs will be arriving in the near future, expanding the lighting options available with both indoor and outdoor lights, full-color options, and more. The products are available in collaboration with Technical Consumer Products (more commonly referred to as TCP) and OSRAM SYLVANIA -- the latter's bulbs are up for pre-order now, but the TCP bulbs won't be arriving for a little while still. We've all the details after the jump!

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