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Awesome Lights

Luci Solar String Lights

Luci Solar String Lights
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Add a splash of light to your campsite, nighttime tailgating, or backyard dinner party with these solar-powered string lights from MPOWERD. They attach to a charging puck that holds an 18-foot length of cord, dotted with 20 LEDs. It runs for up to 20 hours per charge, and is available in both warm white and color versions.

Greenidea Magnetic Work Light

Greenidea Magnetic Work Light
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This rechargeable light bar is perfect for working under your car hood, near breaker panels, or other metal surfaces. It has two powerful magnets and hidden swivel hooks for mounting versatility, and its 7800mAh battery pack can also recharge gadgets. It outputs up to 1200 lumens and offers four adjustable color temperatures.

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The Matrix Halloween Light Show

The Matrix Halloween Light Show

Each year, Tom BetGeorge puts on an awesome Halloween light show to help raise funds for the McHenry House Family Shelter. One of 2021’s displays was inspired by The Matrix, complete with those iconic green computer effects, and set to Rage Against the Machine’s Wake Up, the track from the ending sequence of the movie.

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.

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.

Arclight Bike Pedals

Arclight Bike Pedals
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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.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

Infinity Fireworks Effect LED Bulb

Infinity Fireworks Effect LED Bulb
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This truly unique LED bulb will definitely be a conversation piece in your room, and you won’t want to hide it behind a shade. It uses LEDs and a colorful prismatic mirror effect to make it look like there’s a burst of fireworks inside of its glass. It’s not bright, but works great as an accent or nightlight.

ULANZI VL49 RGB Photography Light

ULANZI VL49 RGB Photography Light

This 3″ fill light can mount in a camera’s hot shoe or stick to metal surfaces, providing a bright source of illumination in a wide variety of colors. It offers a color temperature range of 2500K(warm) to 9000K(cold), plus hundreds of other colors thanks to RGB LEDs. At max brightness, it runs for about 2 hours on a charge.

Coleman One Source Lantern

Coleman One Source Lantern
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This airy-looking LED lantern kicks out up to 1000 lumens of light in high brightness mode, or 50 lumens in low mode. It’s powered by Coleman’s OneSource interchangeable battery packs, which can be used in other gadgets like flashlights, fans, speakers, and tent lighting. It can also be used to recharge smartphones.

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