(PG-13: Nudity) There’s something about the quality of light that neon and tubular lights produce that create a dramatic mood. Editor Anton Moskalenko’s compilation looks back at some of the films and TV series which have effectively used neon to illuminate scenes. Naturally, there’s a heaping helping of Nicolas Winding Refn.
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We already have a variety of options when it comes to mood lighting for inside the house. But if you want to light up the outside of your house as well, check out Lighting Ever’s iLux Smart Floodlights. You can control up to 50 of them at once using its app, no hub needed.
Luke Roberts‘ Model F is a powerful and incredibly versatile lighting solution. It has over 300 RGB LEDs that allow it to shine light in all directions, in one or two spots, only below, or only above. You can use it as an alarm clock, save presets, and integrate it with Amazon Alexa.
SpellBrite LED signs are durable, reusable and energy efficient alternatives to neon signs. They’re extremely bright, are dimmable and modular. They can be hung, wall-mounted or placed on a flat surface. The red characters are already on sale, with blue, green and white ones incoming.
Merchoid’s officially-licensed USB lamp is the perfect desk or bedside accessory for fans of The Legend of Zelda. The Seal the Darkness Master Sword Light is about 12″ tall and has a switch incorporated in the Triforce symbol. It can also be powered with three AA batteries.
The Nemuix Biölite is a reading light that’s as thin and small as a bookmark. Its low-blue light LED is designed to minimize effect on your sleep cycle, and is mounted on a flexible conductive film. You can clip it to the top of a book or use it freestanding. It lasts up to 4h on a coin cell battery.
Similar to the Nanoleaf, PhotonLab’s Element is a modular RGB wall light. You can control each tile or a group of tiles using via its app, gestures, sound, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or IFTTT. It can also be used as a night light, a clock, and a notification display.
Klein Tools’ 56029 Clamping Worklight is a versatile lighting solution. You can use it as a normal flashlight, but when you need both your hands you can set it on the ground or use its built-in clamp. Its head pivots 90º and rotates 360º. It’s also dust- and water-resistant.
Dyson’s Lightcycle is a highly-adjustable multipurpose lamp. It can change its color and brightness based on the time of day. When used with its app, it can even account for the user’s age and activity. Its heat pipe cools the LEDs to ensure performance for up to 60 years.
UCO’s Sprout is a camping lantern that delivers up to 100 lumens of light. Yet it measures only 2.5″x 2.5″x 1.9″ and weighs just 2.7oz. Its light is dimmable and can be switched to blue for daytime use. Its lanyard attaches magnetically for easy connection and removal.
The Zarathustra is a pair of handlebar-mounted bicycle LED lights. They work as turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights and standard lights. They are waterproof and easily removable for charging. Their modes are toggled via a thumb button and managed via an app.
Want to automate your lighting without replacing your existing bulbs with smart ones? Check out Orro. It’s a tiny computer in the form of a touchscreen light switch. It uses sensors to detect your presence and automatically adjust your lights, whether they’re dimmable or not.
Casper’s Glow is a light designed to help you sleep. Its warm light gradually dims in the night then slowly warms up during the day. You can control one or more lights using its app, but you can also control it with gestures. It has a built-in battery and a charging stand.
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