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Public places are equipped with emergency backup lights so that in the event of a power outage people can find their way to safety. So why shouldn’t your home have that too? The ReadyBright system from Mr Beams lets you easily install emergency backup lights all around home — which is probably a minefield of toys if you’ve got kids — that automatically power up when the power disappears.
Another Kickstarter success story in the vein of LIFX, Lightpack is a device with questionable necessity. It’s a set of sticky-sided, multicolour LED strips that you attach to your PC monitor. Switch it on, and the lights and colours of your computer screen will be reflected in the ambient light that Lightpack creates. Whether’s it’s useful or not is completely irrelevant, though — it’s just flat-out cool.
Despite what the classic video game Paperboy taught us, the biggest threat to cyclists isn’t dogs, RC cars, or random rolling tyres, but the drivers they share the road with. So in addition to ensuring they’re definitely seen, the Fly6 bike light includes a constantly recording video camera designed to keep drivers behind a cyclist on their best behaviour.
For many of us it will still be a few months before dinner parties on the back patio are feasible again — but there’s no reason you can’t start preparing now. A winter of heavy drinking has probably left you with a mountain of empty wine bottles that can now easily be repurposed as stylish lamps with these $US15 LED corks.
Liat Segal’s Confession Machine printer isn’t designed for running copies of TPT reports at work, unless you’re really making an effort to realise a truly paperless office. Because instead of ink or toner, Segal’s creation uses an array of 16 ultraviolet LEDs to ‘print’ messages on a static surface covered with a photosensitive paint that turns bright blue as the printhead passes over — but only momentarily.
Bulky incandescents are pretty rare in desktop lamps these days, and it’s interesting to see how lighting designers are taking advantage of smaller bulbs — reducing lamps down to their absolute bare minimum. Take Jella, a super-slim aluminium stick that’s embedded with both LEDs and magnets, so you can reconfigure it any which way you want on the steel stand.