lighting

Sensor-based fluorescent lamp reduces power by 60 percent

Sensor-based fluorescent lamp reduces power by 60 percent

We’ve seen Bravia Eco TV with sensor-based practice to adjust LED backlit in real time, the similar trick is now being used in a Panasonic produced home-user fluorescent lamp to exhibit its effectiveness in cutting down your power bill.

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OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

The Fraunhofer IPMS, responsible for OLED development since 2000 and the team behind the Center for Organic Materials and Electronics Devices Dresden (COMEDD), are planning to demonstrate the first roll-to-roll OLED lighting panels this year, as well as developing pico-projectors using OLED panels and touch-controllers using the technology.  Speaking in an interview with OLED-Info, institute director Dr Karl Leo described the group's intent to not only push OLED design but production methods as well.

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Glow Graffiti lets you tag with UV light

Glow Graffiti lets you tag with UV light

If your kids love scribbling on your walls, or you're an agoraphobic tagger who gets fed up of filling your house with paint fumes, the Glow Graffiti might be your salvation.  Ostensibly a normal spray can, in actual fact you paint with UV light: the nozzle hides a UV LED (the batteries hide inside the can) and you can "paint" light onto the included UV-reactive sheet.  Your artwork stays visible for around 30 seconds, then fades away.

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New CatWalk stepping stones allow for a front yard light show

New CatWalk stepping stones allow for a front yard light show

More often than not you will find drab walkways leading to your doorstep or slippery stepping-stones that tend to crack. The CatWalk walkway is a modular steel walkway that was created with modernism, elegance, versatility, safety, and durability in mind.

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Segway inventor creates ‘Net Zero Energy’ LED island

Segway inventor creates ‘Net Zero Energy’ LED island

Segway inventor Dean Kamen is turning his three-acre island home, the regrettably-named North Dumpling, into the first "net zero energy" island.  With no mainland electricity connection, the entire island uses solar power; Kamen has brought in Philips Color Kinetics to replace all lighting with LEDs.  Kamen has also fitted energy efficient appliances and water purification systems, some of which he invented himself.

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AmpLamp concept combines lighting with audio

AmpLamp concept combines lighting with audio

It's always nice when a device is a multitasker. And if anyone watches the cooking show, "Good Eats," they'll know how a multitasking device can save you money and space. However, what would you say to a lamp that is also a stereo speaker?

The AmpLamp is a concept design that sports the form of a lamp, yet has speakers tucked away within the lamp shade. The base of the lamp has a subwoofer. The really cool thing is that it utilizes NXT technology, which can turn a flat surface into a speaker. It also uses Airsound, which is noticeable by the flared out speakers on the sides of the lamp.

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Constellation Chandelier is unique lighting option

Constellation Chandelier is unique lighting option

If you are one for lighting fixtures that really stand out, the Constellation Chandelier from Studio 1 Thousand ought to do the trick for you. This hanging lamp brings the look of stars into your home and in all honesty, who doesn't love that sort of thing.  

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Light Cast provides disco ball replacement, sort of

Light Cast provides disco ball replacement, sort of

I'm all for cool lighting fixtures, but this one looks especially neat. If you are looking to set the mood, the Light Cast from Gadgetshop should do the trick.

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LED Streetlights tested in NYC

LED Streetlights tested in NYC

The future is upon us! In New York City, a few LED streetlights are being tested. And if they're approved, look to see brand new lampposts that sport LED lights.

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The Vaka Light has removable lighting

Concept designs are just cruel and unusual. First of all the designer creates something completely new and gets consumers all excited over a product that may never exist (although sometimes eventually does). To make it worse, bloggers help the process by writing it up.

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Magic Mushrooms to light your path

If you’re looking to make your yard look a bit more mystical, or attempting to make it look like that last time you were on all those mystery drugs then pick up a few of these “Magic Mushrooms”.  That or you could just screw with your friends that have permanently fried their brain and pretend to not see them.

I have a couple of friends like that, when you invite them over it’s a bit like hiring a clown for a child’s party.  They are there as the entertainment.

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The Allume Retractable Light for versatile lighting

The Allume Retractable Light for versatile lighting

As I type this up, I am currently staring at the chandelier in my dining room. The rental company decided it hung a little too low. So instead of being thorough and making a nice clean job of shortening the wire they just hooked the chain it hangs from a little higher and let the excess chain and cord sort of hang there.

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