The Very American History of Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That's not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that's easily overlooked. America doesn't just make things. America makes things spectacular. » 12/24/14 10:01am Wednesday 10:01am

OLED Wallpaper Could Be the Future of Lighting

It's the Star Trek-inspired future we were promised—walls that glow and change color, perhaps with just a gentle voice command. And it's finally (almost) possible thanks to a series of advances in OLED sheets. This new lighting solution also uses half as much energy than existing fluorescent lights. It is, however,… » 10/07/14 1:15pm 10/07/14 1:15pm

Inventors of the Blue LED Inside Nearly Every Device You Own Win Nobel

There's pretty good chance you have a piece of this year's physics Nobel prize-winning invention in your pocket. The blue light-emitting diode (LED) is found in the screens of millions of phones as well as our bright, new energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Today, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the three… » 10/07/14 12:30pm 10/07/14 12:30pm

These Swirly Light Paintings Look Like a Flash-Forward to the Rapture

Despite predictions to the contrary, we have yet to experience any kind of global rapture here on earth. Should believers ever get beamed up to the heavens, I kind of imagine it would be in the kind of illuminated vortices created and snapped by British photographer Martin Kimbell. » 8/21/14 12:44pm 8/21/14 12:44pm

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

Chicago's Huge Vertical Farm Glows Under Countless LED Suns

Chicago, Illinois, isn't exactly a major player in national food production anymore, but that could soon change if companies like Green Sense Farms continue to sprout up. With the help of next-gen LED grow lights, the country's biggest indoor commercial vertical farm can produce masses of produce regardless of the… » 5/19/14 11:40am 5/19/14 11:40am