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The International Youth Culture Centre in Nanjing, China, is illuminated using 700,000 LED...

A building in Nanjing, China, has become a colorful addition to the city's skyline. The International Youth Culture Centre features an LED system from Philips that has 700,000 nodes and a palette of 16 million colors. Despite this, it reportedly costs less than €114 (US$122) per day to light.  Read More

Sir Kostya Novoselov (left, one of the two graphene Nobel laureates) and Chancellor George...

In two claimed firsts, researchers at the University of Manchester have produced both the first commercial application of graphene and the world's first graphene light-bulb. It is expected that this new device will have lower energy emissions, cheaper manufacturing costs, and a longer running life than even LED lights. And this isn't just a pie-in-the-sky prototype, either. The team who developed it believes that the graphene light-bulb will be available for retail sale within months.  Read More

Switchmate is a new device that turns existing light switches into smart switches

Being able to control your home's lights from your phone can be useful. Lights can be switched on or off from your bed, for example, or set to come on when you arrive home. Now, Switchmate is offering this functionality without the need for new fittings and wiring like, say, the WeMo Light Switch.  Read More

Adaptalux is a macro lighting system which uses flexible LED arms

Adaptalux is a modular lighting system which features flexible spider-like LED arms to offer macro photographers and videographers adaptable and creative lighting options. The system consists of a control pod, LED arms, and a number of attachable effect components and is currently vying for funding on Kickstarter.  Read More

BioLite has increased its line of off-grid gadgets with the NanoGrid (Photo: BioLite)

BioLite is expanding its line of off-grid gadgets with the recently-unveiled NanoGrid, a combined lighting and power storage system that helps keep your camp illuminated and charges your USB-powered devices, too.  Read More

Sunday's Superbowl will be the first under LED lighting

When the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks face on Sunday, it will also showcase new technology as the first Superbowl game played under LED lighting. According to the makers, the new high-performance LED stadium lights built by Cree and Ephesus Lighting will provide better lighting for less energy.  Read More

Gizmag tries out the RoundFlash Ring and Dish  (Photo: Simon Crisp/Gizmag.com)

The RoundFlash Ring and Dish are a collapsible ring light soft-box and beauty dish that work with your speedlight and DSLR. Like the ring flashes used by fashion photographers, they produce a big round light which can be used to create shadowless images with distinctive circular catchlights. Join us as we review the affordable ring flash alternative to see whether it deserves a place in your kit bag.  Read More

Philips plans to upgrade 225,000 city lights in Madrid

Philips has announced that it plans to upgrade the city lighting of Madrid, Spain, with internet-connected LEDs. A total of 225,000 street lights will be replaced, in what the company says is the largest such project to date. The city will benefit from improved efficiency, costs and light quality.  Read More

Ghost Ship is an installation at the Amsterdam Light Festival (Photo: Janus van den Eijnde...

Visitors to Amsterdam at the moment better have nerves of steel. A ghost ship has been spotted moored on one of the city's famous canals. There's no need to be scared, though. The spooky apparition has been created with some clever visual trickery, as part of the Amsterdam Light Festival.  Read More

Gizmag tries out the aerelight OLED lamp (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag)

While OLED technology is increasingly being applied to things like electronic gadget displays and TVs, it can also serve as an efficient and aesthetically-pleasing form of lighting. A number of companies have capitalized on this fact by marketing OLED lamps, although most of them are quite expensive – prices can range from around US$500 up into the thousands. Canada's OTI Lumionics, however, has developed its own cost-effective OLED lighting system, and incorporated it into the $239 aerelight. I recently got to try one out for myself.  Read More

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