If you've been waiting for brighter and more affordable options in the LED aisle, then you're in luck.
Today, Philips announced Energy Star certification for their second-generation 75- and 100-watt replacement LEDs, along with exclusive discounts on both bulbs at Home Depots nationwide. Combined with the regional utility rebates that come with Energy Star certification, this means that consumers in some parts of the country will be able to purchase the 75-watt replacement for less than $10, with the 100-watt replacement going for just under $15. For the rest of us, the bulbs will retail for $19.97 … Read more
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Negotiators in the House and Senate came to terms on a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill Monday night, including provisions that would effectively halt the ongoing phase-out of classic incandescent light bulbs.
Though no existing efficiency standards would actually be overturned, the clause -- one paragraph out of a 1,582-page document -- would prevent the Department of Energy from implementing or enforcing the phase-out, blocking standards set by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). Negotiations for the appropriations bill involved leadership from both chambers, meaning that passage seems likely.
Lighting that changes color on demand is nothing new, and if you've read our review of the Philips Hue Starter Kit, then you know that we're at least somewhat charmed by the idea. Unfortunately, the costs of these kinds bulbs have put them largely out of reach for a wide number of consumers. The Philips Hue kit will set you back $199, while slow-to-emerge competitors like iLumi and LIFX each cost over $80 per bulb -- if you can even get your hands on one.
That's why BeeWi's new Smart Color Light -- which the company … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Life up on the International Space Station presents a few more challenges than most of us deal with down here on Earth. Aside from reconstituted spinach, astronauts have to deal with disrupted sleep cycles due to the station orbiting around the Earth every 90 minutes.
Lighting Science created special lightbulbs for the ISS. There are daylight bulbs with bluer light to encourage energy and activity during what would be daytime hours, and then there are lightbulbs that dial back on the blue to boost astronauts' production of melatonin for a good night's sleep. Those special bulbs are now available for terrestrial use.… Read more
Many of us expected home automation to take a step forward at CES this year, and Belkin didn't disappoint, announcing a new slate of WeMo devices that promise to make the smart home even smarter. With new LED light bulbs, an intriguing, multifunctional "Maker" device, and even a connected slow cooker, WeMo is looking less and less like a niche offering and more and more like a legitimate, full-fledged home network.
Belkin is adding LED bulbs to their rapidly expanding WeMo family of smart devices, the company announced today at CES.
The Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bulb is an 800 lumen 60-watt replacement that you'll be able to control remotely on Android and iOS devices using the free WeMo app. Each bulb features a warm white color temperature of 3000K along with a lifespan of 25,000 hours. You'll be able to automate the bulbs to turn on and off at certain times, or trigger them with another WeMo device, like a motion detector.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, incandescents; it tolls for thee.
Along with the start of a new calendar year, the changeover to 2014 will signal the dawn of a new era, one in which rising efficiency standards render 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs obsolete. The new standards will put an end to the Edison creation's century-long run as America's favorite light, and force consumers to turn to newer, more efficient technologies when replacing a burnt-out bulb.
In the big picture, incandescent bulbs seem to be going out with more of a whimper than a bang, … Read more
The most commonly used household light bulbs are set to be phased out in just a few days, but a majority of consumers is unaware of the impending changes, according to the 2013 Osram Sylvania Socket Survey.
Conducted at the end of every year since 2008, the Socket Survey polls hundreds of consumers from around the country to help track their opinions on the rapidly changing lighting landscape. This year, Sylvania reports that just 4 in 10 consumers are aware that beginning on January 1, a sharp rise in efficiency standards will effectively render standard 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs … Read more