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Philips Hue, Razer Chroma turn gaming rooms into colorful warzones

Philips Hue, Razer Chroma turn gaming rooms into colorful warzones

It might break the stereotype, but gamers love colors. No, not the painterly colors of graphics artists but the neon glow of their gaming rigs, from keyboards to mice to cases. Depending on their patience and expertise, they can even color code those lights to match their game and mood. But why stop at lighting up accessories? With today’s smart lighting systems, you can even light up your room in the same way. And that is exactly what Philips and Razer have done with its first partnership that puts the Hue and the Chroma together into a dazzling and dizzying light show for gamers.

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Wink Bright kit, new services secure homes in a wink

Wink Bright kit, new services secure homes in a wink

There are dozens upon dozens of connected products in the market these days, all promising to make your homes smarter or more secure. From smart speakers to smart doorbells to smart lights, it can be an overwhelming task to choose which product to start with, let alone actually get started. To help ease consumers into this new IoT frontier, Wink is making available a new Bright “starter kit” and two new security services that help you set up a secure smart home without batting an eyelash.

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Ikea joins the smart home biz with Trådfri connected lights

Ikea joins the smart home biz with Trådfri connected lights

Although not exactly present in all corners of the globe, the name Ikea is well-known for ready-to-assemble furniture, and sometimes overpriced products. It isn't, however, known for being on the cutting edge of technology. Although it has dabbled a bit in augmented reality and wireless charging, it has yet to jump on the home automation market. It isn't jumping yet, but it is now at least dipping its toes in that still young segment. And like any budding smart home product, it's Trådfri line is starting with the simplest one of all: connected lights.

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HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA A19 bulb needs no hub to be smart

HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA A19 bulb needs no hub to be smart

Smart appliances and Internet of Things products are growing to be quite myriad, but they sometimes speak different languages that you need hubs to translate them. Not so LEDVANCE's SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 LED bulb. Everything it needs to be smart is inside it already. All you need to do is screw it in, connect it to your iPhone or iPad, and magic the light shine. The magic is all in Apple's HomeKit app and platform.

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Philips SceneSwitch bulb offers three light modes, no add-ons needed

Philips SceneSwitch bulb offers three light modes, no add-ons needed

Philips Lighting has launched an interesting new LED light bulb focused on giving consumers a selection of lighting choices without requiring additional purchases. Dubbed the SceneSwitch, the new bulb supports three different light modes and using it seems about as straightforward as you can get without having to purchase new switches or dimmers.

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Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips has a new Hue light set for smart home fans, and this time the connected bulbs aim to bring every shade of white light into your bedroom or living room. The Philips Hue White Ambience kit introduces a new bulb, which although only offering white light - rather than the colors Hue is perhaps best known for - can be adjusted in light temperature.

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ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

LED light bulbs, as great as they are, all look alike after a while. The same can’t be said for the ZappLight bulb, which also happens to double as a bug zapper. Worried about mosquitoes when you’re out grilling? Screw one into the light socket and you’ll enjoy neutral light while bugs gravitate to the blue UV inner core, meeting their death within. When not in use, the light portion can be shut off while the bug zapper remains live.

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Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

It seems that the IoT wars are finally heating up and Philips may have just fired the opening shot. The company has just rolled out a firmware update to its Hue brand of network-connected smart bulbs and one of if not the most significant thing it does is to cut off connectivity with third party bulbs, which is to say smart bulbs from its rivals like GE. This will, at least for the time being, probably dash the hopes of some to have an interconnected smart home, or at least smart lighting, with IoT devices from different and competing brands.

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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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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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Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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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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