LIFX’s Mini LED bulbs offer an affordable way to enter the world of home automation and smart lightbulbs. Available in color and white versions, the Mini emits 800 lumens of light and works with Apple HomeKit out of the box.
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Artist Cyril Bagnost presents a cool take on 3D acrylic illusion lamps, with whimsical low-poly designs cut precisely to the outline of the animal. The bulldog and panther are pretty sweet, but we also dig his Jeff Koons-inspired balloon dog. Lamps are powered via USB.
Add a warm glow or a splash of color to any room with this USB rechargeable LED lamp. It can run up to 11 hours in nightlight mode, or 2 to 3 hours at full brightness for reading. Select from hundreds of colors, and never change a bulb with its 35,000 hour estimated life.
Rctestflight shows off some eyepopping desert aerial photography, the most impressive of which are the nighttime shots starting at 1:09. They used multiple drones – one to capture the imagery and another to provide illumination using a powerful 1kW LED light source.
For decades, artists had to rely on clunky old lightboxes if they wanted to trace a subject. We recently discovered modern lightboxes, which are thin and portable. They use bright white LED illumination and USB power. There’s a good variety of styles and sizes over on Amazon.
A fresh take on snap-together building blocks, each oversize Light Stax brick has a built in LED light source. When placed on the powered base block, your creation lights up. Available in sets ranging from 12 pieces to 102 pieces, as well as an educator’s set with multiple power bases.
This unique chess set features glass pieces with LEDs inside of them, providing a soft glow of light from each one. The lights use inductive power so they only glow when placed close to the board, and don’t require individual batteries. In blue/white or blue/red combos.
Make: author Caleb Kraft came across this nifty plaything by Mike’s Electric Stuff, which uses sensors and a cylindrical grid of LEDs that simulate falling snow or sand as it’s flipped end-over-end. Mike needs to turn this thing into a toy you can buy. He’d sell thousands.
This accent light can be used either a wall- or table-mounted, and displays colorful light animations which spread from its perimeter into the toroidal pattern in its center. Made from CNC machined maple wood with an etched acrylic top. Comes in 12″, 18″ and 24″ sizes.
If you thought the LED flashlight you bought was bright, wait til you get a load of this thing. Matt of DIY Perks recently got their hands on a $500, 500-watt LED module from YUJILEDs, unboxed it, then connected it to a power source to show off just how intense its beam is.
An absolutely stunning retrofuturist timepiece, featuring four miniature Soviet-era Nixie tubes for its display. The circuitry is housed in a body milled from a block of aluminum, and can activate automatically when you turn your wrist. Includes a wireless wooden charging stand.
10KLumen shows off a super cool build – a slick replica of the headgear that Jay Kay wore in the music video for Automaton. It lights up, changes colors, and even has moving spikes. Learn how you can win one of the helmets on their Facebook page. (Thanks Victor!)
A great writing instrument when you need to write in a darkened location without impacting your night vision. This tactical pen has got a red LED for illumination at the tip, a non-reflective metal barrel, and comes with a pressurized ink cartridge that writes in all conditions.
We’ve got Striker’s awesome LED lights in our garage, and they do a fantastic job. They’re super bright, adjustable, and have a motion sensor built in. We’re giving away one to a lucky reader ($129 value), and everyone gets 20% off with promo code AWESOME at the Striker shop.
A waterproof lantern you can take anywhere thanks to its inflatable design. It squishes down almost flat, and when filled with air, its body diffuses light. A built-in solar panel lets it charge when you don’t have a USB power source around. Available with white or RGB LEDs.
Light up your room with efficient LED bulbs which can set the mood in millions of different colors. The companion smartphone app can control up to 32 bulbs via Bluetooth, and offers scheduling and countdown timer features. Save 44% on a 2-pack in The Awesomer Shop.
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