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Smart bulbs ain’t cheap, but GE has decided to enter your smart home with a new LED bulb called Link, which promises to make intelligent lighting cheaper. Well, a bit cheaper at least.
Conventional incandescent bulbs are increasingly illuminati non-grata in the US, but there was once a time when they played a vital role in not just lighting American homes, but also protecting the country itself from alien invasion.
If remembering to keep an emergency torch charged is beyond your responsible capabilities, here’s a great tutorial on how to make another backup light source that never needs power or batteries. Over on Korea-based Hobby Design, there’s a relatively simple step-by-step guide on how to make these glowing silicone light bulbs that should provide enough light to help you find your way around during a power outage.
The Philips Hue smart lighting system is, by virtually all accounts, very awesome. I mean, who wouldn’t want access to all six million colours of the LED rainbow at their fingertips? But damn, if the stock Hue app doesn’t leave a lot to be desired. Luckily, as the Hue’s popularity grows, so too do the number of independent programmers out there designing better and more functional controls for the system.
The first bulbs in Philips’ colour-changing, app-controlled Hue line were designed to mimic the unidirectional shine of standard A19 light bulbs. This made them ideal for conventional lamps, but they wasted a large portion of their light when installed in recessed ceiling fixtures. But today Philips has announced the new Hue BR30 downlight bulb.
The future of the incandescent bulb is not a bright one, especially if people keep coming up with replacements like the LED-sprinkled Nanoleaf pictured here. For 12W, you get light equal to a regular 100W bulb, except it lasts longer, is much cooler and is a great talking point when friends ask why your globes look like something out of Doctor Who.
Everyone knows they should keep a torch on hand in the event of a power outage, but how many of us remember to check its batteries or ensure it’s always charged between emergencies? With this brilliant Bulb Flashlight, you never have to worry about such responsibilities, because it’s always charged.
There are the LED lightbulbs you know you should buy, and then there are the insane 10 for $US10 sales that try to lure you back to the incandescent days. But between everlasting light bulbs, app-controlled light bulbs and light bulbs that do the dishes and see into the future, it’s pretty clear that change is upon us. Bulb life, light quality and price all factor in. What do you buy and why?
There are things that are adorable but make complete sense: babies, puppies, kittens, small phones, you get the point. Then there are things that are cute that make no sense: monkeys eating bananas, a ball of yarn and so on. A miniature chandelier would usually be sensibly cute. But putting that miniature chandelier in a light bulb? Boy, I don’t know why I love this so much.