Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Bulbs Put the Light Switch On Your Phone

Belkin continues its pursuit of making home automation a simple plug-and-play affair with the introduction of its new Smart LED lightbulbs to its WeMo line. The 60-watt equivalent bulbs produce 800 lumens and cast a warm 3000 Kelvin glow across a room—so they should satisfy even those who've stocked up on incandescent… » 1/05/14 7:30pm 1/05/14 7:30pm

You'll Happily Swap Your Old Bulbs For This Interactive Party Ball

If you're outraged that the government would dare tell you what kind of lightbulbs you should be able to buy, ION Audio's new Party Ball should help quell your rage. It's designed to screw into a standard ceiling mounted light socket, but instead of just providing a warm glow to illuminate a room, it puts on a dazzling … » 1/05/14 12:00pm 1/05/14 12:00pm

Heathrow Airport Needs Tightrope Walkers Just to Change Its Lightbulbs

Heathrow's Terminal Five was designed to be a soaring, light-filled tribute to the wonders of flight. Five years into its life, though, 60 percent of its lightbulbs are burned out—because there's been no safe or cost-effective way to change them. Now, officials say they've found a solution: Acrobats. » 11/25/13 9:40am 11/25/13 9:40am

How to Make Your Own Glowing Light Bulbs That Don't Need Electricity

If remembering to keep an emergency flashlight charged is beyond your responsible capabilities, here's a great tutorial on how to make another backup light source that never needs power or batteries. Over on Korean-based Hobby Design there's a relatively simple steb-by-step guide on how to make these glowing silicone… » 11/18/13 1:20pm 11/18/13 1:20pm

What's Your Favorite Philips Hue App?

The Philips Hue smart lighting system is, by virtually all accounts, very awesome. I mean, who wouldn't want access to all 6 million colors of the LED rainbow at their fingertips? But damn, if the stock Hue app doesn't leave a lot to be desired. Luckily, as the Hue's popularity grows, so too do the number of… » 11/05/13 4:50pm 11/05/13 4:50pm

Philips Adds a New Bulb To The Hue Lineup

The first bulbs in Philips' color-changing, app-controlled Hue line were designed to mimic the omnidirectional shine of standard A19 light bulbs. This made them ideal for conventional lamps, but wasted a large portion of their light when installed in recessed ceiling fixtures. But today, Philips has announced the new… » 11/05/13 12:32pm 11/05/13 12:32pm

This Flashlight Bulb Keeps On Shining During a Power Outage

Everyone knows they should keep a flashlight on hand in the event of a power outage, but how many of us remember to check its batteries, or ensure it's always charged between emergencies? With this brilliant Bulb Flashlight, you never have to worry about such responsibilities, because it's always charged. » 9/16/13 8:46am 9/16/13 8:46am

A Simple Way To Make a Compact Fluorescent Bulb Less Ugly

Compact fluorescent bulbs might be magnitudes more energy-efficient than their incandescent counterparts, but they're also all kinds of industrial and ugly looking. And if you don't have a lamp or fixture that hides them under a shade, consider Guus Oosterbaans' approach to making them considerably less of an eyesore. » 8/19/13 6:20pm 8/19/13 6:20pm

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

What Are You Doing About Light Bulbs These Days?

There are the LED lightbulbs you know you should buy, and then there are the insane 10 for $10 sales that try to lure you back to the incandescent days. But between everlasting light bulbs, app-controlled light bulbs and light bulbs that do the dishes and see into the future, it's pretty clear that change is upon us.… » 6/23/13 2:18pm 6/23/13 2:18pm

A Chandelier Light Bulb Is Unreasonably Adorable

There are things that are adorable but make complete sense: babies, puppies, kittens, small phones, you get the point. Then there are things that are cute that make no sense: monkeys eating bananas, a ball of yarn and so on. A miniature chandelier would usually be sensibly cute. But putting that miniature chandelier in … » 5/30/13 8:30pm 5/30/13 8:30pm

Samsung LED Lamp Review: Just Like a Normal Light Bulb, Except It…

Television-based web browsing, Facebook-integrated refrigerators, iPad-enabled potties—this multifunctionality craze is getting out of hand, often at the cost of a device's performance. Samsung's latest LED bulb however does the one thing it was designed to do really, really well. » 1/21/13 2:20pm 1/21/13 2:20pm

The American Outlaws Hoarding Lightbulbs in the Name of Liberty

Do a Google search for "Karen De Coster" and you'll turn up a photo of her—a few photos, actually—wearing Daisy Dukes and a sky-blue tank top, her short blonde hair tied beneath a black paisley bandana. She's brandishing a giant assault rifle, crouched on a scrubby hillside, in a defensive position, like she's… » 9/20/12 3:20pm 9/20/12 3:20pm