LED Holders Upgrade Newspapers With the Latest Headlines

If you've ever read the newspaper in a library or a coffee shop, you've probably used those long wooden holders that help make them slightly easier to wrangle without tearing the pages and impossible to pilfer. But an ad agency in Switzerland found a way to make them even more useful with invisible LED news tickers » 4/18/14 1:40pm Yesterday 1:40pm

Forget On/Off Switches, These Force Lamps Only Shine Under Pressure

Your average human will buckle under too much pressure, but the more weight you pile on these force-sensing lamps, the brighter they'll shine. Designed and built by Kebei Li, a pressure sensor inside the lamps works like a bathroom scale. But instead of displaying pounds, they cause a ring of LEDs to burn bright… » 4/16/14 10:20am Wednesday 10:20am

A Clever Lamp Without a Bulb That Still Projects a Classic Silhouette

You can buy light bulbs with every kind of color temperature, brightness, and finish you can imagine these days. So the need for a lamp shade to diffuse, soften, and direct their light is all but unnecessary—unless you yearn for that classic lamp silhouette. In that case, this LED lamp from YOY design is a clever… » 4/15/14 3:20pm Tuesday 3:20pm

Symbolic Bike Lights Make Cyclists More Visible to Traffic

Common sense dictates that the brighter the lights on your bike are, the more visible you'll be to other traffic at night. But according to research from the University of Oxford's Experimental Psychology Lab, a glowing version of the universal symbol for a bike rider could actually a better way to make drivers aware… » 4/09/14 10:40am 4/09/14 10:40am

A Rechargeable Bike Light That Tells You Exactly When It Will Die

The lights strapped to your bike only keep you safe at night as long as they're visible. When they die, you're just another shadow that drivers barely notice. So not only does the rechargeable Eagle 600 boast a whopping 600 lumens of light, it's also got a built-in OLED display letting you know exactly how much longer… » 4/07/14 5:00pm 4/07/14 5:00pm

A Clampable Lantern That Stays Perched Wherever You Need Light

A headlamp is the ultimate hands-free flashlight when you're going toe-to-toe with mother nature, but you don't necessarily want to wear one 24/7. For those times when you're hanging out at a campsite, or getting ready for bed in your tent, Blackfire's Clamplight Lantern also seems like a great alternative to trying to … » 3/25/14 5:40pm 3/25/14 5:40pm

The World's First LED Inspired This Giant LED Lamp

Energy-efficient LEDs have only just started replacing the energy-wasting incandescent bulbs we've been using for decades. But did you know that LEDs date all the way back to 1962? Most people don't, but this modern lamp designed to look like Nick Holonyak Jr.'s original LED design should help educate the masses—or… » 3/20/14 5:50pm 3/20/14 5:50pm

The World's Thinnest LED Is Only 3 Atoms Thick

LEDs have come a long ways. From the early 70s when a bulky LED watch cost thousands of dollars to LG's announcement last month that it had created an OLED TV as thin as a magazine, these glowing little bits of magic have become wonderfully cheap and impossibly small. But guess what: they're about to get much smaller. » 3/10/14 3:20pm 3/10/14 3:20pm

You'll Never Trip Over This In-Ground Solar Light

They're the perfect accent to a well-manicured backyard, but the solar-powered lights dotting your gardens and walkways are just one misstep away from being accidentally destroyed. So Ikea's come up with the perfect solution, LED lights that you press into your lawn so that they're flush to the ground while still… » 3/09/14 6:00pm 3/09/14 6:00pm

Wireless Emergency Lights Can Brighten Up Your Next Power Outage

Public places are equipped with emergency backup lights so that in the event of a power outage people can find their way to safety. So why shouldn't your home have that too? The ReadyBright system from Mr. Beams lets you easily install emergency backup lights all around home—which is probably a minefield of toys if… » 3/07/14 1:20pm 3/07/14 1:20pm

Newark's Fancy New LED Lights Have Little Spy Cams Inside

The next time you're passing through Newark airport, look up and smile. The airport's new super-efficient LED light fixtures are also embedded with cameras and sensors—and they're part of a growing market for surveillance technology that is built into other, everyday systems. » 2/18/14 11:20am 2/18/14 11:20am

A Rear-Facing Bike Camera Reminds Drivers They're Being Recorded

Despite what the classic video game Paperboy taught us, the biggest threat to cyclists isn't dogs, RC cars, or random rolling tires, but the drivers they share the road with. So in addition to ensuring they're definitely seen, the Fly6 bike light includes a constantly recording video camera designed to keep drivers… » 2/13/14 12:20pm 2/13/14 12:20pm

A Rechargeable LED Cork That Turns Empty Bottles Into Lamps

For many of us it will still be a few months before dinner parties on the back patio are feasible again—but there's no reason you can't start preparing now. A winter of heavy drinking has probably left you with a mountain of empty wine bottles that can now easily be repurposed as stylish lamps with these $15 LED corks. » 2/09/14 9:00am 2/09/14 9:00am

This LED Printer Creates Fleeting Messages on Photosensitive Paper

Liat Segal's Confession Machine printer isn't designed for running copies of TPT reports at work, unless you're really making an effort to realize a truly paperless office. Because instead of ink or toner, Segal's creation uses an array of 16 ultraviolet LEDs to 'print' messages on a static surface covered with a… » 1/22/14 10:00am 1/22/14 10:00am

Reconfigure This Lamp's Magnetic Arm For Light Exactly Where You Want It

Bulky incandescents are pretty rare in desktop lamps these days, and it's interesting to see how lighting designers are taking advantage of smaller bulbs—reducing lamps down to their absolute bare minimum. Take Jella, a super slim aluminum stick that's embedded with both LEDs and magnets, so you can reconfigure it any… » 1/19/14 3:00pm 1/19/14 3:00pm