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The Flyte lightbulb uses magnetic levitation and induction charging to hover wirelessly ab...

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.  Read More

The new Philips 8.5-W LED bulb is equivalent to a 60-W incandescent bulb

If you've previously been put off LED bulbs by the price, now may be the time to reconsider. Philips, in partnership with The Home Depot, has announced that it will sell an A19 60-W LED equivalent bulb for just US$4.97. The firm says it's the most affordable LED bulb on the market.  Read More

Brick Lamp is a minimalist lamp shaped like a brick

As its name suggests, Brick Lamp is a lamp shaped like a brick. This is minimalism brought to bear on the world of lighting, with Brick Lamp featuring "no switch, no shade, and no wires."  Read More

Los Angeles will reduce its street lighting energy consumption by up to 70 percent, by swi...

Philips has announced that it plans to make 110,000 LED street lights in Los Angeles connected. The company will bring the lights online using new plug-and-play CityTouch technology. It is said to be quick and easy to install, and will allow the city's lights to be monitored and controlled via the web.  Read More

The Philips Hue Go allows users to choose from more than 16 million colors and seven diffe...

Philips Hue lights let users choose the brightness and color of light they want for any room. Now, a new Hue device lets you carry your chosen ambience around in a portable bowl-sized light as well. The Philips Hue Go is a portable lamp that users can control with their smartphone.  Read More

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

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