'Tis the season for Christmas parties, leaving many homes empty and prime targets for burglars while revellers are away visiting family and friends. But there's nothing to worry about if you've decorated your home with these festive, motion-activated Christmas lights that crank to 12,000 lumens of brightness to scare off intruders.
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Consider the humble light globe. It hides in your ceiling, turning electricity into light, but little do you know how inefficiently it's doing that. Halogen light bulbs aren't great, but traditional incandescents are downright terrible. Ikea says that the average Aussie household could save nearly $150 a year by switching its lighting to LEDs.
Nothing classes up a room like a massive, intricate chandelier hanging overhead. But they can be a hassle to find, hard to get home, and complicated to install without tearing a hole in your ceiling. Unless the words "some assembly required" don't frighten you, in which case this flat-packed faux chandelier is a much easier alternative.
Hidden away in a warehouse theatre in Sydney's Inner West, a stage show with a difference is happening. An improvised re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the actors switching the scene from romantic to sad to action-packed, the mood entirely driven by the colour of the lighting.
And the colour of the lighting is entirely driven by the audience - via Philips Hue.
If you head on over to Deercreek Drive in Riverside, California, and find the house near Orange Terrace Park, you'll be treated to what has become one of the best Halloween traditions anywhere in the country. There you'll find one of the most spectacular Halloween light shows imaginable — making you thankful you're not one of this guy's neighbours.
Wicked Lasers is known for its handheld lasers and torches that redefine what it means to be bright. A few years ago it released a torch that was intense enough to start a fire, and now the company has managed to dramatically shrink its design so you can easily bring it the next time you go camping and leave the matches at home.
A stellar view of the night sky, including all of our celestial neighbours, is dependent on countless factors like light pollution, the weather, and even the time of year. But you can guarantee that all of the planets in our solar system are visible when you go stargazing with this planetary string light set created by ThinkGeek.
More powerful lights, a new app and a new website are the backbone of Philips' Hue 2.0, but it's the Apple HomeKit integration that will probably tempt most of the smart, Wi-Fi-connected multi-colour LED lighting system's new buyers. The new Hue 2.0 Bridge is the heart of the setup, and it sounds like we're finally getting to a point where Hue is a feasible lighting solution for a smart home.
Just because you've completely shunned ebooks and e-readers for classic paper tomes, that doesn't mean you can't let a little technology improve your reading experience. Kyouei Design's Bookmark Light will not only save your page, it will also save your eyes, turning into an ultra-compact reading light.