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Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

A new successful Kickstarter campaign presents the Heng Balance Lamp, a modern lamp with a minimalist design and natural wood appearance. Unlike most lamps, the Heng Balance Lamp doesn’t have an obvious power switch — this is because the two seemingly decorative wooden balls in the middle turn the device on and off, also appearing to float in the air thanks to embedded magnets.

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Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer's Project Ariana was used this week at CES 2017 to show the potential of Razer Chroma lighting in full-room immersion. The company announced earlier today that they'd be making Razer Chroma open to 3rd-party partners, meaning more companies could bring millions of colors of light to their devices. Project Ariana is a device that lights up a whole room - and it's not just a concept for Chroma Lighting. This is a real-deal product that Razer says will be a production device - available for purchase - by the end of the year 2017.

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Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

The folks at Nanoleaf have an interesting set of lights prepared for living rooms wishing for colorful accents with "Aurora." The Aurora system is a modular smart lighting solution that allows the user to control each panel from a smartphone. The user configures the lighting grid however they like, then turn the lights on, off, dim, and color-change all from a smartphone screen.

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C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

General Electric has taken the wraps off a new futuristic ring-shaped lamp called the C by GE. Not only does the C feature a design you’d expect to see in some future-minded sci-fi movie, GE boasts that it also has ‘Jetsons-like’ voice support thanks to the inclusion of Amazon Alexa. According to GE, this is the first time Amazon’s personal assistant will be available within a lighting product sans a related hub or other device like an Echo. This means anyone can use Alexa via the lamp itself.

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Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

There’s a new Death Star lamp on the market, and it boasts three different lighting options. During the day, this lamp simply looks like a Death Star-themed desk lamp. At night, though, it takes on a whole new look by illuminating either the themed lampshade, the glowing base, or both the lampshade and the base at the same time. Thanks to this multi-lighting design, the lamp could also be used as a night light.

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Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple has a dongle problem, and it only has itself to blame. The company's new MacBook Pro line-up, with as many as four Thunderbolt 3 ports, finds itself on the cutting-edge of notebook connectivity, but it's a rare owner indeed who will be quite so modern in their digital lifestyle. Just as an ethernet adapter was par for the course with the old MacBook Pro, so even more dongles and connectors are likely to feature in the laptop bag of the typical new MacBook Pro user.

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With ENERGY STAR nod, Philips Hue unlocks smart bulb rebates

With ENERGY STAR nod, Philips Hue unlocks smart bulb rebates

Philips' Hue connected bulbs have clinched coveted ENERGY STAR certification and could potentially get more affordable, the light specialist will announce this week. The certification, which Philips plans to detail at the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, makes the company's Hue platform one of the first connected lighting systems to qualify not only for ENERGY STAR's badge of approval, but utility subsidies that could make upgrading to smart bulbs considerably cheaper. I caught up with Todd Manegold, senior director of Hue product marketing, to find more.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

You can control your connected lighting by app, from your smartwatch, by voice, and even by a good old-fashioned button, but Philips' latest addition to Hue only cares when you're around. The Hue Motion Sensor takes a hands-off approach to smart lighting, triggering scenes across any of Philips' bulbs, lamps, or luminaires when you walk past, either for convenience, security, or both.

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Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Lighting has a couple of exciting announcements today, the first being that it has “enhanced” the Amazon Alexa skill for its Philips Hue light bulb for users located in North America. As well, the company says it is expanding that skill into the United Kingdom and Germany, allowing Hue owners in both of those countries to use Alexa for controlling their lights, including those new aforementioned enhanced functions. As of today, owners can now use Alexa to have Hue turn on light scenes like “wake-up” or “party."

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Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

There are plenty of ways to turn on connected lighting, from an app on your phone, through smart switches like Logitech Pop, to voice control via Alexa or Siri, but Philips wants to make it as simple as moving into the room. The new Philips Hue motion sensor does away with physical or voice controls altogether, and instead triggers different individual bulbs or whole lighting scenes via movement instead.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips looks set to add hands-free smarts to its Hue lighting system, with word of a new Hue Motion Sensor sneaking out ahead of the gadget's launch. A mainstay of many smart home installations, Hue's wirelessly-enabled bulbs can be controlled by various means, including the company's iOS and Android apps, from a smartwatch, the Hue Tap switch, and basic scheduling, but if you wanted motion-triggers you had to look to third-party platforms.

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Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

If embracing the smart home has a common first step, it's often remotely-controlled lights, but that can be an expensive, time-consuming, or technical upgrade. Wireless bulbs switch out for their dumb cousins, but equipping every lamp can get expensive; swapping dumb wall switches for wireless versions looks clean but requires screwdrivers and dealing with mains electricity, not to mention potentially incurring landlord wrath. Step forward Switchmate, then, with an alternative that's up and running in mere minutes.

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