GreenWave Reality is aiming to bring us the lightbulbs of the future with its new Connected Lighting Solution line-up of Wi-Fi-aware LED bulbs. These bulbs use a fraction of the power of the light bulbs that you're used to, and can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet immediately after being put into their sockets. You can also group a set of bulbs together to control them all with one command. You can even set up timed lighting on the bulbs individually, or as a group, for a nice set-it-and-forget-it configuration. If all that is too much for you, another great feature is that the setup is even motion sensitive, so you can have lights turn on in any room that someone enters. All in all, it's pretty neat. We're looking to get our review units in soon to give you a deeper look at GreenWave's lighting solution.
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After years of abuse, the common light bulb is now getting its just rewards. No more hiding under lampshades for this bulb. It stands proudly and exclaims, “I am the focal point here.” Okay, we are pushing it a bit, but we appreciate the creativity that has gone into the LampLamp. The E25/E27 bulb is 30 W, is available in 110 or 220 V, and is a mere $28.00. You can keep the shade for that next New Year’s Eve get together.
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Instructable’s annual DIY contest is going on now, and it may give you some last minute ideas for Halloween ghoulies, gadgets, and costumes. We especially liked this low-cost Lightning Globe, created by member NK5. You will need a bulb that is gas-filled, a black painted aluminum screen to attract electricity, a high voltage power source such as an old monitor, and a black plastic pot. NK5 claims that the entire project will cost about $5.00 but cautions that you had better know what you are doing to avoid frying yourself during the construction process. Check out the video for more details.
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Made from an actual light bulb, the Glow Brick collects energy from the sun by day and lights up your night. Each one is 3.3 x 3.3 x 5-inches, large enough to keep you completely out of the dark by glowing. The effect takes place when a small space between the container’s light bulb glass and acrylic resin shrinks during production. The photoluminescent lamp is available for $29.95. We applaud the idea that we can have a night light and conserve energy without really trying.
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We wonder what Thomas Alva Edison would have made of this incarnation of the light bulb, courtesy of the always-entertaining Brando website. It’s the USB Think Light, and basically, the faster you type, the brighter the lamp shines. If you stop typing, the lamp goes off. That’s it! We suggest pairing it with Brando’s equally wacky USB Mini Fridge to add a little fun and frivolity to your
workday. By the way, if you’re seriously looking to test your typing speed and accuracy, we highly suggest the video game
“The Typing of the Dead”, part of the “House of the Dead” video game franchise, in which you kill zombies by correctly typing words that flash onscreen. Yes, we’re serious. The USB Think Light is available for $15.