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Why Is My Smart Home So Fucking Dumb?

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were about to watch a surprisingly bad scifi movie in my crowded apartment. One of them asked if we could dim the lights, and started to head to the switch. "No, no, I've got it," I said, reaching into my pocket. "He's reaching for his phone!" said the friend. This was the… » 2/12/15 11:05am 2/12/15 11:05am

The First Super Bowl Played Under LEDs Will Use 75 Percent Less Power

It might seem like LED bulbs are only for early-adopters hoping to cut down their monthly Con Ed power bill, but come Sunday, the energy-efficient lighting alternative will take center stage at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. This will actually be the first Super Bowl to be entirely lit by LED bulbs. » 2/01/15 12:00pm 2/01/15 12:00pm

Cree's Cheap New Smart Bulb Is a Long-Lasting LED Dream

Cree's always impressed us with good-looking LED lightbulbs at wonderfully affordable prices. Now, the North Carolina company is raising the stakes with a new connected bulb that's not only dimmable and programmable; it also lasts for 25,000 hours, just like its less-smart sibling. The best part? It's still a bargain. » 1/15/15 9:00am 1/15/15 9:00am

How to Outfit Your Entire Home With LED Light

Now that incandescents have gone the way of the dinosaur and everybody's generally agreed that CFLs are terrible, it's finally the dawning of the age of LED. And there has been no shortage of bulb makers stepping up with offerings to hang in your house. Here are some of the latest and greatest options available on the… » 6/07/14 1:00pm 6/07/14 1:00pm

Cree LED Bulb Review: Nobody Needs to Know You've Gone Green

LED light bulbs have always been a bit like car repairs: they're either good quality or affordable, but very rarely both. And it's all very well and good that these bulbs use a fraction of the electricity as incandescents but dropping $30-$40 on a single bulb—especially when they're so alien looking—keeps many… » 7/08/13 4:20pm 7/08/13 4:20pm