2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Lighting

Gallium nitride transistors enabled the compact design of this 2090 lumen retrofit LED lam...

Although known for long life and low energy consumption, the LED uses a DC power supply, or driver, to overcome its sensitivity to current fluctuations, and it’s the high-frequency, high-speed switching transistors in this driver that’s made the LED so costly for use in large-scale commercial applications dominated by fluorescent and incandescent lighting. But that’s about to change. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a new, more economical means of making the high-performance gallium nitride transistors needed for the LED’s high-efficiency driver.  Read More

The Lightie is a solar-powered light designed shaped to fit right into the neck of a stand...

South African designer and social entrepreneur Michael Suttner recently unveiled the Lightie: a portable solar-powered light that fits into a standard soda bottle. The low cost and durable device is designed to provide sustainable, safe, and affordable lighting to people in developing nations – and anyone else with a low income.  Read More

The app-based system determines the shopper's location via the flickering of the overhead ...

Wondering where your local supermarket keeps its whole wheat flour? Soon, an app on your smartphone may be able to guide you to it – with a little help from the store's overhead LED lights, and technology developed by Philips.  Read More

Rekindle from Benjamin Shine is a cleverly designed candlestick that means no wax goes to ...

Candles never quite seem to last long enough, and you're always left with a clump of useless wax to dispose of. Rekindle from designer Benjamin Shine tackles these issues, helping to prevent both mess and waste.  Read More

bottlelight-festooned wine bottles, helping to class things up a little

There's an old camping trick, for people who don't want to bother getting a lantern: just stick a flashlight up against the bottom of a plastic pop bottle, turn the flashlight on, then bask in the bottle's glow. Now you can do the same sort of thing with wine bottles, using suckUK's bottlelight.  Read More

A rendering of the GE Chandelier as it will be mounted high above PlayhouseSquare in Cleve...

PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland's historic theater district is erecting what is claimed as the world's largest outdoor crystal chandelier. With a height of 20 ft (6 m) and comprising some 4,200 crystal pieces, the biggest surprise is that General Electric, which is designing the chandelier, believes it will stand up to Cleveland's extreme weather.  Read More

Local luminaries fire up the now solar-powered Las Vegas sign

Last week, the world's attention was focused on Las Vegas thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show. With that backdrop of bleeding-edge technology, the city's iconic welcome sign received a little technological makeover of its own.  Read More

The Blacklamp Carbon has a simple exterior that hides its rather unique features

The Blacklamp Carbon watch produced by the UK-based Schofield Watch Company lights up in two different, and rather unusual, ways. This goes some way to explaining, but probably cannot justify, the asking price of £9,900 (US$16,000).  Read More

Phlite lamps convert your photography gear into interior lights

Whether it's their vintage rangefinder or a carbon fiber tripod, some photographers like looking at camera equipment almost as much as the photographs they've taken. The Phlite lamp is a product which might mean us camera-geeks don't have to pack our kit away at the end of a shoot, because it turns photography gear into stylish interior lighting.  Read More

Third Kind kits add some light for safety and style

There are a number of outfits like Light Bohrd that make LED-lighted skateboards, adding some safety and style to the deck. But what happens if you like the lights but don't like the boards themselves? What happens is you look for a Third Kind. The company's new kit adds colorful LED lights to any skateboard, casting an eerie glow over the street or park features below.  Read More

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