Incandescent light bulbs may put out a warmer-looking, more familiar type of light than LEDs or compact fluorescents, but they're far less efficient – the majority of the energy they use is wasted, mainly in the form of heat. Technology may save them yet, however. Scientists at MIT and Purdue University have developed an ultra-efficient new incandescent bulb that reuses the heat it gives off, converting that heat into more light.
The number of LED bulbs on the market has exploded in recent years, and with them has come a dizzying array of so-called smart bulbs featuring wireless connectivity and control, allowing users to set options for colors, schedules, and remote on/off functions. Although most of these look and perform similarly, consumer experience still varies as it generally comes down to the execution of the companion app. So how do the devices in MiPow’s Playbulb Studio compare? We lit up these LED bulbs to see how well they shine.
Smart LED lightbulbs typically let you change their color. Some provide
more advanced functionality, like simple automation. The new Ilumi
smartbulb, however, has a host of features that make it far more
versatile than others. It's also said to be brighter and more energy
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.
Need something to place alongside your levitating Bluetooth speaker? Or just sick of utilitarian lighting solutions anchored down by ghastly wires and fittings? It looks like progress in magnetic levitation, wireless charging and a particular product designer's brain have come together to save the day. Flyte is a globe that hovers freely above its base, offering a unique way to light up a room.