LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick

LED lighting is great. The right bulb gives the same warm incandescent glow you love from a fraction of the energy. But there's a downside: while LEDs make cities look awesome, the most common type of LED lighting dims the ultraviolet trick laundry detergents use to make white clothes look whiter. The future is bright, … » 4/19/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

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

You Can Actually Solve This Working Rubik's Cube Lamp

If you've reconciled your childhood frustrations and animosities towards the Rubik's Cube, you might be happy to hear there's now yet another way to make the iconic puzzle a part of a room's decor. Believe it or not this Rubik's Cube LED lamp is actually solvable, although you probably won't want someone to ever mess… » 4/10/14 10:40am 4/10/14 10:40am

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

This Lighting Designer's Business Card Is Only Visible In Bright Light

Your business card isn't just some way to share your contact info. It represents you and your company, and it can be a great way to make a first impression. So how does a professional lighting designer make a big impact with his business card? With a design that's completely dependent on light. » 4/01/14 9:20am 4/01/14 9:20am

Three Awesome New Hues That Will Light Up Your Living Room

Philips has announced the upcoming release of three new products in the Hue lighting ecosystem: a streamlined and dimming white light, a kinetic-powered control panel, and a 3D-printed lamp that will sure to become the centerpiece of any room. » 3/28/14 12:01am 3/28/14 12:01am

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

A Double-Filtered Water Bottle That Lights--and Lightens--Your Load

It's rarely the case that buying a two-in-one product is better than purchasing each component separately. But ÖKO makes a strong case for merging your flashlight and water bottle when you're heading off into the wilderness. Its Odyssey provides both safe hydration and ample illumination when you'e trying to keep your… » 3/19/14 10:00am 3/19/14 10:00am

A Soft Squeezable Flashlight That's Safe To Keep In Bed

For those who need to make frequent trips to the bathroom every night, designer Jung Soo Park has created the Molli flashlight, which is only as bright as you need it to be. It's also the first flashlight that feels like a stuffed animal, so you can actually sleep with it beside you so it's always easy to find. » 3/18/14 12:20pm 3/18/14 12:20pm

Poke Out Parts of This Perforated Lamp Shade To Make Your Own Pattern

This Take-Off light shade comes in a single perforated sheet, and you poke out the teensy shapes to make whatever the heck pattern you want. It's like the design equivalent of popping bubble wrap—everyone likes popping bubble wrap!—except you've got to be pretty precise. Once false move and you've got a wackadoo motif… » 3/17/14 5:00pm 3/17/14 5:00pm

Overhead Laser Lights That Illuminate With Images and Video

As far as giant corporations go, it's usually Sony that's willing to a take risk on an unorthodox new product. But this time it's Panasonic's turn with the company's new Space Player that combines overhead lighting with compact projectors letting you project everything from different colors, to still images, to videos… » 3/16/14 3:00pm 3/16/14 3:00pm

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