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Christmas Lights recycled into slippers in China

Christmas Lights recycled into slippers in China

If you live in North America, chances are you've had a good time purchasing, stringing, taking down and ball wrapping, and next year throwing away Christmas Lights - as the video in this post will show, those lights don't always just go in a landfill, they get turned into nothing less strange than a pair of slippers! The video here shows a Chinese recycling factory that sits in the town of Shijiao, near Guangzhou, and they've got a yearly run-through of 20 million pounds of old Christmas lights per year. They chop them down, mush them up, and flip them out!

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Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light Review

Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light Review

You don't have to have been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to come down with the winter blues, or indeed to require some help waking up in the morning or keeping momentum during the day. Philips reckons it has the answer in the shape of the goLITE BLU HF3330/HF3332, a portable light lamp that promises to wake you up refreshed, buoy you during the day, and even help you say goodbye to jetlag. Ambitious claims from a box of LEDs: check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Flex Lighting shows off integrated light for eBook readers

Flex Lighting shows off integrated light for eBook readers

eReaders like the Amazon Kindle and others are great for reading in a bright room or outdoors since they last a long time and have little glare for the user to contend with. The downside to the design is that the eReaders lack a backlight inside so if you want to read in a dark room you need an external light of some sort for the reader to be able to see the words.

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2013 Ford Mustang has lighted logo projector, shuts down factory

2013 Ford Mustang has lighted logo projector, shuts down factory

When you've got something so utterly groundbreaking as a lamp that projects an image onto the ground beside your car, you know you're about to change the industry - or at least that's what Ford hopes will happen with the 2013 model of the Mustang, complete with running horse under the side mirror. When you head to your car and drop the key in the lock, before you open the door you'll be able to admire nothing less than the classic steed galloping along the ground (not animated, just still) in a projected light image emanating from under your side mirror. Of course there will be other features on the vehicle that you've never heard of before - but who cares when there's awesome lamps to be had?!

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Samsung LED bulb line comes the America with green intent

Samsung LED bulb line comes the America with green intent

This week the folks at Samsung have revealed their intent to bring their lovely line of Advanced LED Light Bulbs to the USA for both energy efficient and natural-looking light. Dissatisfied with those old classic-looking bulbs with their burning out over a few months and their uncomfortable yellow glow? No more, says Samsung, no more indeed! Samsung's initial offering will be through popular hardware store Lowe's in a lineup set to immediately replace your standard incandescent, halogen, and CFL bulbs throughout your whole home. Get lit up now!

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Light Up inSoft pillow will have you awake all night

Light Up inSoft pillow will have you awake all night

When it comes to gadgets, its not often that one will catch your eye for its softness, but that's just what designer Takaaki Oguchi has done with this one - it's a light up pillow. Without a doubt the most comfortable bit of technology I've seen all week, Oguchi's "inSoft" LED light pillow has the ability to light from within without making your ear go "ouch!" Through a combination of cool-burning LED lights and padding that'll allow just so much light to travel through it surrounding the light module, Oguchi may well have created the nightlight every kid is staying awake at night screaming about.

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BMW working on laser lights for future vehicles

BMW working on laser lights for future vehicles

BMW was among the first carmakers out there to start using LED lights for headlights and other lights. The LEDs are great because they use less power and they are able to last much longer than your typical automotive lighting. BMW is working on what it calls the next logical step in automotive lighting with laser lighting. The lights are expected to come to market within a few years.

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DOE announces Phillips wins L Prize competition to develop efficient replacement for 60W normal light bulb

DOE announces Phillips wins L Prize competition to develop efficient replacement for 60W normal light bulb

The Department of Energy (DOE) held a competition to get companies to design a replacement for the typical 60W incandescent light bulb that was more energy efficient. The prize for winning the competition was $10 million. There was only one entry to the competition and that was Phillips. The bulb you see in the photo below is the 75W Phillips LED replacement bulb, which looks just like the 60W bulb that won the contest.

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3D printed mushroom cloud lamp costs $1495!

3D printed mushroom cloud lamp costs $1495!

I really like that you can print anything you can dream up with a 3D printer. If you give a design geek access to a 3D printer, you never know what they will dream up. Designers at the Veneridesign Studio have cooked up this awesome mushroom cloud lamp. The design of the lamp is intended to look like the cloud produced by a nuclear explosion.

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Switch Lighting LED light bulb is cheap and makes light just like incandescent

Switch Lighting LED light bulb is cheap and makes light just like incandescent

I am all for moving away from the normal incandescent bulbs almost all of us use today to a more efficient and longer lasting alternative like CFL or LED lighting. The problem is that the incandescent bulb is dirt cheap; you can buy a box of four for a few dollars. The CLF bulbs are more expensive with one selling for a couple times that price and the LED bulbs today are even more costly with each bulb selling in the $40 to $50 range.

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