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Ledlenser ML4 Mini Lantern

Ledlenser ML4 Mini Lantern

This teensy lantern from Ledlenser measures less than 4″ tall but produces up to 300 lumens of glare-free lighting. It has a built-in hanging hook, and three white light modes, and two red light modes. It comes with a rechargeable battery but can also run on a AA battery. Available in cool or warm white versions.

NEBO Bucket Flashlight

NEBO Bucket Flashlight
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NEBO’ collapsible lantern doubles as a watertight bucket. It folds down to just 2.2″ thick and expands to hold up to 1.3 gallons (5 liters) of contents. With its lid on, it works as a lantern, and its puck-shaped magnetic light is removable. It’s perfect for doing under-sink repairs or for carrying bathing supplies when camping.

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LED Electric Guitar

LED Electric Guitar

Thanks to modern technology, low-voltage, electronically-controlled lighting can be integrated into all kinds of things. Immerge Interactive shows off a project they did where they embedded colorful LED illumination into a Fender Telecaster guitar. It works with their software to display patterns in sync with the music.

Stanley 5000LM LED Worklight

Stanley 5000LM LED Worklight
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You’ll never work in the dark with this supremely bright LED light from Stanley. Its three heads combine to crank out 5000 lumens, or can be dimmed to 50%. The main light can be angled up or down, while the side units can rotate as well. It also packs a USB port and a 120VAC outlet on front, and it’s safe for damp locations.

Why Ships Don’t Have Headlights

Why Ships Don’t Have Headlights

Every now and then you hear about a ship that collided with another in the dark of night. You’d think that the solution would be to equip them with headlights like cars, right? Casual Navigation explains the optical properties at work which makes the idea suboptimal, and explains the other kind of lights that ships do have.

DeepLight 12 Dodecagon Light

DeepLight 12 Dodecagon Light
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Artist David Hughes created this incredible light-up showpiece using bespoke 2-way glass mirrors to produce an endless array of patterns. Its custom circuit boards power 960 colorful LEDs, which come to life to produce its hypnotic designs. It’s built with a sturdy, anodized aluminum frame and is limited to 500 pieces.

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light
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This compact, tubular light adds a splash of color to photographs or can set the mood of any setting. It offers adjustable color temperatures, RGB color, and effects modes. A strong magnet and tripod thread provide versatile mounting options. Depending on brightness, it can run from 2 to 15 hours per charge.

Arclight Bike Pedals

Arclight Bike Pedals

These LED-illuminated bike pedals improve nighttime safety while looking awesome. They’re much brighter than standard bike lights and have sensors to keep the white light forward and red light backward. Their light modules can be removed for charging or attached to other locations such as handlebars or a seat post.

FLEXiT 4.0 Flexible Flashlight

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The latest version of STKR’s FLEXiT flexible work light allows for a huge variety of hands-free positions and angles. Its multiple CREE LEDs output up to 400 lumens, with focused spot and wide floodlight modes, a red night mode, and a 2-color flashing hazard mode.

Hexa-LED Honeycomb Ceiling Lights

Hexa-LED Honeycomb Ceiling Lights
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Give your garage, workshop, or business a bold new look with these hexagonal LED light fixtures. They’re modular so you can connect multiples, and produce a bright and crisp 6000K color temperature. Sold as 4′ individual rings, 10′ x 5′ strips, or 15.75′ x 8′ grids.

Nite Ize Buglit Micro Flashlight

Nite Ize Buglit Micro Flashlight
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Hang this cute critter on your keyring or backpack, and you’ll always be ready to bug out. The BugLit micro flashlight is a handy task light with a carabiner and bendy legs to point the light where you need it. The rechargeable light has four modes and is bright enough to illuminate up to 50 feet.

Streamlight Work Light Series

Streamlight Work Light Series

Streamlight’s work lights are perfect for automotive work. The durable aluminum lights include the Syclone with its 360º rotating body, the adjustable Flipmate which cranks out up to 500 lumens, and the long and skinny Strion and top-of-the-line Stinger, which can squeeze into tight places and aim light where you need it.

World Light

World Light

This unique piece of decor puts an illuminated world map on your wall. Created by Zero Degree, the World Light is a 3D cutout wood map by day and lights up with thousands of tiny dots at night, like cities in nighttime satellite imagery. It’s available in natural wood or white finishes, in traditional or geometric map designs.

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Blade Runner Neon Signs

Blade Runner Neon Signs
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The neon glow of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles is one of the most iconic looks in all of science fiction. Yesteryear Prop Store sells real neon signs based on ones seen in the movie. Our favorite is the noodle bar dragon, but if you’ve got the bucks and the space, go for the giant TDK sign and reenact Roy Batty’s Tears in the Rain speech.

Wireless LEDs

Wireless LEDs

Adafruit Industries shows off some tiny LEDs that can light up without being attached to a power source. They use wound copper wire to capture inductive power from up to a foot away, much like a wireless phone charger. Apparently, they’re used by model makers in order to light up scenes without running wires. More here.

Shadow Lamp Color Projector

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Add a splash of color to your space with this ambient LED floor lamp. The center of the lamp is made from a plate of anodized aluminum and features unique optics to distribute a smooth gradient of color on your wall, ceiling, or other surfaces. Available in yellow-orange and blue-purple versions. The lamp measures 67″ tall.

STKR Flexit Headlamp Pro

STKR Flexit Headlamp Pro
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Never be caught in the dark when hiking or camping with STKR’s 650-lumen Flexit Headlamp Pro. The lightweight, hands-free light offers an adjustable spotlight and 240º wide-angle floodlight, as well as a red “night vision” mode. It’s USB rechargeable and its 18650 li-ion battery can easily be swapped out.

STKR Multi-Point Illumination System

STKR Multi-Point Illumination System
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Give your garage, basement, or workshop a serious upgrade with STKR’s whole-room lighting system. The main module screws into a light socket, while its four pods can be connected to spread 7500 lumens of smooth, white light throughout your space. It has an adjustable motion sensor and a USB port for connecting a security camera.

LED Waveform Headphone Stand

LED Waveform Headphone Stand
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Give your over-the-ear headphones a proper place to rest when you’re not wearing them. This handmade stand from AmbiColoredLight features a head-shaped sandalwood-veneered base. At its center is a light-up acrylic porthole that displays a laser-etched waveform graphic that can change colors to suit your mood.

Nite Ize Radiant ShineLine

Nite Ize Radiant ShineLine

Add a splash of ambient light and color to your campsite or backyard with this waterproof string lighting from Nite Ize. It has a light source at one end and a 10-foot-long fiber-optic strand, along with ties for stringing up the light. Its rechargeable battery lasts for up to 6 hours per charge. Comes in blue, white, and lime green.

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NEBO Galileo Lanterns

NEBO Galileo Lanterns
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NEBO’s LED lanterns punch out more light than most, with both 500-lumen and 1000-lumen models available. They project smooth light in either a 120º or 360º pattern, and both include a red light mode for nighttime or emergency use. Their rechargeable battery packs can also be used to charge gadgets.

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Xyla Foxlin likes to build all kinds of things but has a special affinity for canoes and paddles. Using an existing canoe as a mold, she created a translucent fiberglass vessel that she wired up with strips of RGB LED lighting, making it the most vibrant and colorful boat on the water.

LaserCube Piano Key Demo

LaserCube Piano Key Demo

Wicked Lasers shows off a neat use for its LaserCube programmable laser projector and LaserOS software. By syncing up the laser’s beams with MIDI keypresses they’re able to project colorful lights onto the keys of a synthesizer, synced perfectly with the music being performed.

How to Make a Neon Sign

How to Make a Neon Sign

You can approximate the look of neon with LED or electroluminescent lights, but there’s nothing like the warm glow and high-voltage buzz of a real glass neon sign. Eater’s Katie Pickens takes us on a tour of Brooklyn Glass to learn how they make these colorful signs for restaurants and other businesses around New York City.

RGB LED Tower Desk Light

RGB LED Tower Desk Light

Add a bit of cyberpunk style to any desktop with these LED lamps from AshelArt. The 15″ tall lamps are made from a stack of acrylic tiles which diffuse color through their edges and can display a variety of colorful lighting and rainbow effects. It’s sound-sensitive too, so it can change colors to the beat of your music.

Olight Obulb Light

Olight Obulb Light
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This tiny 2.13″ diameter sphere provides a splash of light wherever you need it. It has both a warm white light and red emergency light, and runs for up to 56 hours on its low setting. It’s IPX7 waterproof so you can float it in water, and has a magnetic back for attaching to metal surfaces.

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