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Magnets Let You Rearrange These Modular LED Lights On The Fly

Conventional lighting systems suffer from a serious but seemingly unavoidable limitation: sockets. Along with wires, plugs and fixtures, this basic infrastructure dictates where lights can go and what they could look like. How would a designer get around that? Magnets, of course!


Modern Conveniences Make This Retro Torch New Again

Whether you’re mining for gold deep in the heart of Western Australia, or trying to find your way downstairs to replace a blown fuse, this retro-styled lantern from Barebones will light the way without needing a single drop of kerosene. Because instead of a flame, it uses a three Cree LED bulbs powered by a rechargeable battery.


The First Super Bowl Played Under LEDs Will Use 75% Less Power

It might seem like LED bulbs are only for early-adopters hoping to cut down their monthly Con Ed power bill, but come Sunday, the energy-efficient lighting alternative will take centre stage at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. This will actually be the first Super Bowl to be entirely lit by LED bulbs.


Inverted Skyscrapers Hang Like Glowing Stalactites From Your LED Bulbs

LED bulbs are not only more energy-efficient than the incandescents they’re slowly making extinct, they also run cool to the touch, which means if you’re bored by their uninspired shape, you can snap on these wonderful 3D-printed hanging skyscrapers that glow like stalactites, turning your living room into an art-deco oasis.


You Can Remotely Control This LED Camping Lantern With A Smartphone

Is there anything worse than entombing yourself in a warm sleeping bag only to realise you’ll need to face the cold of night again to turn off the lantern in your tent? For those who like their camping on the comfier side, Brunton’s new Lightwave Amp can be controlled remotely using a Bluetooth connection to an app on your smartphone.


The World's First Inflatable Torch Never Needs New Batteries

There’s no point in keeping a stash of emergency torches around your home if the batteries inside them just end up getting stolen for TV remotes and the kids’ toys. So the folks who created the original LUCI, a dirt-cheap inflatable solar-powered rechargeable lantern, have tweaked its design for the new Luci EMRG so that it produces a more intense focused beam and can now double as an emergency torch.


This Lamp's Very Structure Is Its Light Source, Too

Are you looking at the outline of lamp or just the glow of a bulb? Or maybe it’s both? This lamp, you see, is made entirely from the fluorescent tube which is used to emit its light.


These Wirelessly Powered Christmas Lights Would Decorate Tesla's Tree

It’s probably time to think about finding a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, that also means trying to untangle the seven kilometres of tree lights, a solid 50 per cent of which will have broken in the last year.


Your Desk Isn't Geeky Enough! Here's A Stackable Tetris LED Lamp

Tetris has come to us in many forms since its release in 1984, some more interesting than others, but few manage to combine functionality with fun as well as this stackable Tetris LED lamp, which only lights up pieces that are connected to each other.


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.


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