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

This Smart Lightbulb Adjusts to Your Behavior

In the home of the future, there will be no light switches, but the light will always be perfect, syncing itself with the sun and adjusting to your circadian rhythm. The smart home vision for future of lighting is energy efficient and completely responsive. And according to Stack, that future is now. » 9/10/14 11:50am 9/10/14 11:50am

Is this the LED Bulb that Will Conquer Incandescent Light Once and for…

Switch Lighting believes they've got all the problems with LED lighting figured out. They say their bulb is efficient, relatively cheap and, most importantly, mimics the ambiance of a soft white lightbulb. And they've got Slate's Farhad Manjoo sold on it. » 7/06/11 10:20pm 7/06/11 10:20pm

LED Lights Able To Stream Video At 2Mbps Thanks To Chinese Research

Turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, everyone! Well...not quite yet. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully used LED lights to transfer wireless data to a laptop at a speed of 2Mbps. » 5/18/10 3:36am 5/18/10 3:36am

LED Bulb Life Spans Are Not What They Seem

Based on our experience with incandescent bulbs, when we hear that an LED will last 25-50,000 hours, most of us assume that's when the bulb will burn out. However, that is not the case. » 2/11/09 7:30pm 2/11/09 7:30pm

Ledtronics LED Bulbs Light Up the Area in 360 Degrees

Ledtronics now offers these three-dimensional G3 series bulbs that cover their LED arrays with spherical orbs, protecting them from the elements for outdoor use. Those LEDs are pointing every which way, lighting up the area front-to-back, while using just 13 watts. Being highly efficient LEDs, they emit very little… » 9/28/06 12:47pm 9/28/06 12:47pm