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It's not always practical or cost-effective to have a sound system in every room of your home. If your light bulbs could play music, however, it would kill two birds with one stone. Well, Sony Japan has unveiled precisely that: an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.

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Back in October, Cree released an improved version of its LED bulb, revamping its cooling system while hitting an affordable price point. The company’s latest effort continues the trend, adding in smart home functionality while keeping the price down and the energy efficiency high. Read More

The marketplace for more-or-less normal-looking LED light bulbs became just a little more crowded yesterday, when Philips announced the dimmable 75-watt equivalent version of its SlimStyle bulb. With an output of 1,100 lumens, it's a significant step up from the 60-watt equivalent 800-lumen model that previously sat at the top of the SlimStyle line. Read More

Having connected devices in the home is quickly becoming more and more popular. One device that's leading the charge is the light bulb, with products like the Lumen Smart Bulb and LIFX LED light bulbs feature connected coolness. Now, GE is entering the space, as the company has just announced Link, a connected LED bulb with a fairly reasonable price tag. Read More

Looking to add further functionality to its range of smartphone-controlled hue LED light bulbs, Philips has announced a kinetic-powered switch to extend control over color settings at times when your smart device might be out of reach. Read More

It's highly possible that you may own one of those rechargeable flashlights, that sits plugged into an outlet when not in use. While you may not have to worry about its batteries being dead when you finally need to use it, it does spend most of its time occupying an outlet, doing nothing. MoMA's Bulb Flashlight, on the other hand, doubles as an LED light bulb. Read More

Not long ago, we took a look at Cree’s new LED light bulbs. At US$12.97 a pop, the 60-watt-equivalent model sounded like a pretty good deal. If NliteN’s disk-shaped 2D-Lite reaches production, however, it could make the Cree product look downright expensive. Initially slated to sell for $10, the dimmable 60-watt-equivalent "800 lumen-class" bulb is planned to drop to $6 by 2015, and to $3 by 2017. Read More
LED light bulbs may be more energy-efficient and longer-lived than their incandescent equivalents, but they’re also considerably more expensive to purchase. This is largely because rare earth elements (REEs) are used in their phosphors. There are hazards involved in the mining and processing of REEs, plus China is responsible for almost the entire world’s supply, so they’re becoming increasingly pricey. Now, however, scientists have come up with a plentiful alternative material that they say is much more environmentally friendly, and that should drive down the price of LEDs. Read More
The app for Philips' smartphone-controlled color-changing LED light bulb, Hue, has been updated with a number of well-thought out additions which multiply the possibilities for automating its behavior in all sorts of interesting and useful ways. Read More
In late March, all of the US Home Depot stores began carrying Cree’s new LED light bulbs. While they’re by no means the first such bulbs to offer the same form factor as standard incandescent bulbs, their combination of a relatively low price and visually-pleasing light quality have got some people – and not just publicists working for Cree – saying that they could be what finally brings LED light bulbs into the mainstream. I recently got a chance to try one out for myself, and I definitely liked what I saw. Read More
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