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GE smart lightbulbs to take on Philips hue

GE smart lightbulbs to take on Philips hue

GE is getting into the smart lighting industry, revealing its upcoming connected light bulbs. As with the competing Philips hue (read our review), these bulbs will let users control the lighting in their home or office using their smartphone or tablet and a related app.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips' hue tap battery-free switch for hue wireless bulbs has gone on sale, offering an app-free way to quickly control groups of lights between a set of favorite presets. The circular switch was announced back in March as a way for those with hue installed to avoid pulling their smartphone or tablet out.

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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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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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Philips Clear LED bulb goes retro

Philips Clear LED bulb goes retro

LED bulbs are already more efficient than their incandescent forebears, more flexible, and longer running, but is the absence of that familiar old clear design still holding them back? Philips apparently suspects that's the case, hence the new Philips Clear LED, a 40W-equivalent bulb that looks to the casual glance just like a regular, old-fashioned light.

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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips' hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. However, it's Philips hue tap that we think might be more exciting, both to existing hue fans and to home automation users in general.

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Philips introduces power-over-Ethernet connected lighting

Philips introduces power-over-Ethernet connected lighting

We've seen various connected lighting products over the months, having gotten our hands on the Huli color-changing lamp back in January, for example. Newest among them is a connected LED light system powered over Ethernet and targeted specifically at companies.

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