Holly Jolly LEDs

‘Tis the season for electric companies! Lights indoors, outdoors, and covering trees and menorahs means big bucks for the electric companies. But with LEDs you can stick it to the man a little while keeping your holiday display bright and unique!

USA Today has a great overview of some of the newer LED products for the winter season. My favorite is Aura’s wireless bulbs. Their technology keeps the wires out of the equation, meaning you can light your entire tree (or even string them along a mantle in range of the ring etc) without worrying about tangles. Plus kids will get a kick out of the instantaneous reaction:

(from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1034423012/aura-the-first-ever-wirelessly-powered-christmas-l)

It is a little tree-specific though. For more versatility, the light strings are the best. We’ve talked about Philips Hue’s lightstrips before, and OLED can do the same, but the Lumenplay string mentioned in the USA Today brings that art-deco old-timey feel to their bulbs. Classic for the holidays.

The BlissLight holographic set is for the big-players — I don’t know anyone who uses those yet. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout through the lit neighborhoods though! Post your pics if you see or use them, too, either to our Facebook or on the comments here!

The Responsive Lightbulb

We’ve talked about programmable LEDs in the home before. Seems perfect in many ways, right? Reduced energy usage and cost, individualized programs so each room can be treated differently, and they can help keep your biology in check. Generally, you need a smartphone to program these, turn them on, etc.

But now some bigwigs are coming out with a completely responsive lightbulb. The Alba is a bulb with built in motion and light level sensors. That means once it’s programmed, you don’t need anything for it to turn on when you enter a room. Or to dim when the sunlight comes through the windows.

(from stack.com)

Even better, the bulb starts to learn your home-lighting patterns. Always go right to the kitchen after entering the home? Alba will light you a path. You won’t forget to turn off the lights because Alba will turn them off automatically once there isn’t any movement.

Oh and those bigwigs? Just a former Tesla CEO and some NASA dudes. NBD.

Individualizing Light

The Sydney Opera House has been re-lit with custom made LED. The fixtures kept in tune with the architectural integrity of the building and upheld the previous atmospheric lighting standards for the Orchestra, while also upgrading for both energy and individualism. Each of the 355 lamps can be programmed individually, creating effects in the traditional setting for whatever the environment calls for. Which is one of the benefits of LED — versatility. We know the benefits in terms of energy costs and sustainability, but when it comes to depth of versatility, LED leads. Keeping the individualized programming contained in these fixtures will also save the Opera House time, money, and physical space by decreasing the need for specialty lighting fixtures. And just look at these fixtures in the space!

(from abc.net.au)

 

(from abc.net.au)