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GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE has decided it is time to part ways with compact fluorescent lamp production, the company announced in a statement today. This year, GE plans to cease production of CFL light bulbs and switch its focus over to LED bulb production instead; CFL bulbs have been on the downswing, and says GE, they “were never really beloved.” Now that LED prices are coming down, consumers are increasingly turning their attention to the more efficient bulb technology.

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Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips has reversed course on its controversial decision to block third-party connected bulbs from its Hue system. The company had found itself facing the ire of smart home enthusiasts earlier this week, when a firmware update for the Hue bridge prevented bulbs from other manufacturers from connecting, even though they use the same ZigBee wireless standard.

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Death Star and Borg Cube shine as paper lanterns

Death Star and Borg Cube shine as paper lanterns

Prefer your displays of fandom to be a touch more subtle than tea kettles and giant rugs? Enter a pair of new paper lanterns styled after Star Trek’s Borg Cube and Star Wars’ Death Star. Both look, at first glance, like ordinary paper lanterns in spherical and cube shapes. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see the designs printed across their fragile, thin paper shells.

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Elgato Avea Flare is a wirelessly charged 8-hour mood lamp

Elgato Avea Flare is a wirelessly charged 8-hour mood lamp

This week the folks at Elgato have revealed a torch - a medium-sized lamp that shines light in all directions and stays powered up wirelessly for 8-hours at a time. This lamp also connects to your smartphone, allowing you to change its color with Elgato's own unique app. This (along with the Avea Bulb and Eve, revealed earlier this year) ushers in a new sort of age for Elgato (in the public's eye, anyway) where they go from video processing hardware and software to a much wider collection of app-powered lifestyle accessories.

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Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Challengers for the throne of connected lighting have come and gone, but Philips' Hue system remains the best-known of the wireless bulbs. It's color-changing and white lamps are now available for a number of sockets and fittings, but one thing has proved consistent: the central bridge that controls them all.

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GE’s latest connected lightbulbs adjust color based on time of day

GE’s latest connected lightbulbs adjust color based on time of day

GE has just introduced a new pair of connected LED lightbulbs that adjust their lighting and color temperature based on the time of day in order to match sleep patterns and moods. The line is called C by GE and features two models, Life and Sleep. The bulbs don't require a smart home hub to work, but can still connect to GE's smartphone app for manual adjustments.

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Luna lamp brings celestial ambiance to your home

Luna lamp brings celestial ambiance to your home

Last night, did you find yourself wishing you could see the supermoon every night? A new Indiegogo campaign aims to make that possible, only on a smaller scale. The Luna lamp is a realistic rendition of the moon, only designed for your apartment or house. It glows from the inside out, adding to the realism and giving your home a celestial ambiance you won’t get from an ordinary lamp. Luna is offered in seven different sizes.

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Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing Lamps, for those unfamiliar, are trippy 3D-printed lamps that use an optical illusion to produce unique, somewhat mind-bending lighting arrangements. The design company behind the lamps, Studio Cheha, saw ample success with its first array of Bulbing Lamps, and due to popular demand it has launched its newest lineup. Says the maker, its new Bulbing offerings are “classically designed” and entirely refined.

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Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips' is giving its Hue Lightstrip remote-controlled lighting a pro-style upgrade, with the supercharged version brighter and more flexible than before. Hue Lightstrip Plus sticks to the same core theory as its predecessor - a self-adhesive strip of color-changing LEDs, which can be snaked around kitchen cabinets, run along skirting boards, or underneath breakfast bars - but addresses some of the lingering comments from early adopters.

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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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Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a $40 remote lamp upgrade

Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a $40 remote lamp upgrade

Philips' Hue range of remote-controlled lighting is getting a new member, with the Hue Wireless Dimming Kit introducing both a bulb and a handy remote. The $40 kit will be the cheapest entry into Hue ownership, avoiding even the need for the bridge that has traditionally hooked up the wireless bulbs to the home network.

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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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