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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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Zuli adds Hue support to presence-tracking IoT plugs: Hands-on

Zuli adds Hue support to presence-tracking IoT plugs: Hands-on

In the smartest Smart Home, everything plays nicely together, and IoT smartplug maker Zuli is further joining up its dots with the addition of Hue support. The Zuli smartplugs, which differentiate themselves by using Bluetooth to figure out when rooms are in use and adjust devices accordingly, can now command Philips' color-changing LED bulbs too.

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Star Wars BB-8 desk lamp shines at your touch

Star Wars BB-8 desk lamp shines at your touch

Need an adorable Star Wars droid in your life? Enter the BB-8 desktop lamp, a model of the BB-8 droid from The Force Awakens that functions as a reading light. The lamp has a trio of lighting modes suitable for different situations, and is made from high-quality aluminum, according to ThinkGeek. Even better, it’s available as of now. See it in action after the jump!

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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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GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE has decided it is time to part ways with compact fluorescent lamp production, the company announced in a statement today. This year, GE plans to cease production of CFL light bulbs and switch its focus over to LED bulb production instead; CFL bulbs have been on the downswing, and says GE, they “were never really beloved.” Now that LED prices are coming down, consumers are increasingly turning their attention to the more efficient bulb technology.

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Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips Hue backtracks on third-party bulb block

Philips has reversed course on its controversial decision to block third-party connected bulbs from its Hue system. The company had found itself facing the ire of smart home enthusiasts earlier this week, when a firmware update for the Hue bridge prevented bulbs from other manufacturers from connecting, even though they use the same ZigBee wireless standard.

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Death Star and Borg Cube shine as paper lanterns

Death Star and Borg Cube shine as paper lanterns

Prefer your displays of fandom to be a touch more subtle than tea kettles and giant rugs? Enter a pair of new paper lanterns styled after Star Trek’s Borg Cube and Star Wars’ Death Star. Both look, at first glance, like ordinary paper lanterns in spherical and cube shapes. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see the designs printed across their fragile, thin paper shells.

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Elgato Avea Flare is a wirelessly charged 8-hour mood lamp

Elgato Avea Flare is a wirelessly charged 8-hour mood lamp

This week the folks at Elgato have revealed a torch - a medium-sized lamp that shines light in all directions and stays powered up wirelessly for 8-hours at a time. This lamp also connects to your smartphone, allowing you to change its color with Elgato's own unique app. This (along with the Avea Bulb and Eve, revealed earlier this year) ushers in a new sort of age for Elgato (in the public's eye, anyway) where they go from video processing hardware and software to a much wider collection of app-powered lifestyle accessories.

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Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Challengers for the throne of connected lighting have come and gone, but Philips' Hue system remains the best-known of the wireless bulbs. It's color-changing and white lamps are now available for a number of sockets and fittings, but one thing has proved consistent: the central bridge that controls them all.

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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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Luna lamp brings celestial ambiance to your home

Luna lamp brings celestial ambiance to your home

Last night, did you find yourself wishing you could see the supermoon every night? A new Indiegogo campaign aims to make that possible, only on a smaller scale. The Luna lamp is a realistic rendition of the moon, only designed for your apartment or house. It glows from the inside out, adding to the realism and giving your home a celestial ambiance you won’t get from an ordinary lamp. Luna is offered in seven different sizes.

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Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing Lamps, for those unfamiliar, are trippy 3D-printed lamps that use an optical illusion to produce unique, somewhat mind-bending lighting arrangements. The design company behind the lamps, Studio Cheha, saw ample success with its first array of Bulbing Lamps, and due to popular demand it has launched its newest lineup. Says the maker, its new Bulbing offerings are “classically designed” and entirely refined.

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