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People Might Actually Care Who You Are Thanks To This DIY LED Nametag

The next time you’re at a conference and forced to wear a humiliating nametag, swap that sharpied sticker for this LED badge you build yourself. The soft glow of its 50 red LEDs is sure to have your fellow attendees actually caring what your name is, what you do, and if you’re willing to make one for them too.


Radar-Enabled Light Bulbs Automatically Detect When The Elderly Fall

Even when the elderly are being tended to by a caregiver, it’s almost impossible to keep an eye on them 100 per cent of the time. So a Japanese company has developed a pair of LED light bulbs featuring built-in laser-based radar to track the movements of someone in its vicinity, and automatically send alerts when they have fallen or suddenly stopped moving.


Watch A Skier Bomb Down Dark Slopes In A Glowing LED Suit

A few days ago, we brought you a video of two skiers wrapped in LED light rope. The effect was extraordinarily weird and cool and now GoPro has released the POV footage of the skiers themselves. Night skiing is always magical, but this goes beyond your average shadowy last run.


The City Of Sydney's LED Lights Saved $370,000 And Cut Power Usage By 34 Per Cent

LED lights are great. They’re more energy efficient than incandescents, they provide better quality light than sodium and tungsten lamps and they’re less prone to failure than fluorescents. (Although Hollywood movies will never look the same.) The City Of Sydney has installed over 4000 LED globes in city street lights so far, and the results speak for themselves.


How Cathedrals' New Video Makes Light Dance To The Music

This is the video for the Cathedrals’ song “Unbound”. It’s lovely! And the way the light cubes in the background pair up with the music is no accident — there’s some really cool tech behind it.


Skiing In Light Suits Looks Like The Most Spectacular Thing

Skiing? Fun. Night skiing? Even more fun. Night skiing in impossible bright light suits that transform your body into a glowing orb as you fly down the mountain? That has to be the most fun you can have. And, if it’s not, it’s definitely the coolest looking way to ski down a mountain.


The Sistine Chapel Will Soon Be Lit Up With 7,000 Bright LEDs

Though talented with a brush, the Renaissance masters didn’t know much about art preservation. So over the years their paintings faded with exposure to sunlight. Even Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was subjected to sun damage until the Vatican sealed off its windows in the 1980s. But soon visitors will be able to experience it again in all its glory thanks to a custom-designed LED lighting system.


A Built-In Colour Picker Lets You Tint This Lamp To Any Shade You Want

Now that a trio of red, blue and green LEDs can reproduce almost any colour you can imagine, tinted mood lighting has become a hot trend. But why settle for manually dialling in a specific shade when this ColorUp lamp includes a built-in colour picker that can sample and reproduce any colour you so desire?


Inventors Of The Blue LED Inside Nearly Every Device You Own Win Nobel Prize

There’s pretty good chance you have a piece of this year’s physics Nobel prize-winning invention in your pocket. The blue light-emitting diode (LED) is found in the screens of millions of phones as well as our bright, new energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Today, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the three scientists who made this revolutionary discovery.


Just Add Water And This Tiny Emergency Torch Glows For 72 Hours

Because batteries have a limited shelf life, that torch you’ve been saving for an emergency might not actually work when you need it to. So instead of stocking up on candles, grab a couple of these tiny emergency lights from Eton that simply need you to add water to keep them lit for three full days.


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