Philips Hue: LED Lightbulb Shines in 16 Million Colors

While much of the tech wars press coverage goes to phones and tablets, look over there, guys! There’s a pretty intense skirmish breaking out in the light bulb theater! Yes, I said light bulbs.  All of a sudden, these ancient inventions are being infused with millions of colors, Wi-Fi, and nacho dispensers (coming soon I bet). The Philips Hue is being billed as “the world’s first Web-enabled LED home lighting system,” though this bulb we covered last month might have a beef with that. Regardless, the Hue is a pretty special LED, capable of producing nearly every color of light in the spectrum. Working in concert with an iOS device (only), you can program the Hue to fade off or on to any color at any time. For now, you can only get the Hue starter kit at Apple stores for $199.

Industrial Brewery Lamp

Role playing that you’re a struggling blacksmith in the 1820s used to require hard-to-find antiques and an over-reliance on phrases like “Ye olde porridge bowl.” But with this Industrial Brewery Lamp ($155), you’re good to go. The lamp is made from American-made black iron piping, and the vintage amber bottle gives off a quaint, old-fashioned glow–perfect for donning knickers to.

LIFX: Wi-Fi Enabled, Smartphone Controlled Light Bulb

Is it OK to be more excited about a new light bulb than the new iPhone? I think so. Especially when it’s the LIFX ($70), an LED bulb with built-in Wi-fi allowing you to control your lighting and change its colors via smartphone. With an estimated lifespan of 25 freakin years, auto dimming, and the ability to sync to the beats in your phone, the iPhone has some catching up to do.

Motion Lamp: Flexible Lighting

We all love lamp, but some lamps are more lovable than others. The Motion Lamp is quite lovable, being a low-energy, lightweight OLED fixture that can be twisted and contorted into more shapes than the US gymnastics team. The actual light that comes out of this thing is also quite enticing. It’s the kinda light that might make you even love carpet, too. Or desk.

Enlightenment Book Lamp

Determining which one of your many fine leather-bound books you’d like to enjoy under while puffing on a lovely spiced (paprika) pipe is tough when you can’t see the titles. “Let’s see… there’s Maby Duck… Teh Grape Gabsy… A Tall of Two Titties.” That just won’t cut it. With the Enlightenment Book Lamp ($113), you can see what’s on your shelf, while also filling up a valuable space that otherwise would’ve required yet another icky book. Whew!

F*** You Lamp

Well this is bold. The F**k You lamp by Andrea Maestri seems like the kind of thing that your angry ex would send to your house after she finds out you cheated on her with the carpet cleaning guy. Yeah, the carpet cleaning guy. Way to get creative with your infidelity! Now will your mom approve when she comes for a visit? What’s that? Oh, you live with your mom. Well, either way, it’s gonna be a tough sell for anyone over 40. But hey, if Cee Lo get make a mainstream hit out of the phrase, you can light your living room with a middle finger.

Plug Lamp for ateljé Lyktan

Finding an outlet usually involves – ugh – bending. Plug Lamp ($348) says funk that noise and delivers room-brightening light and a handy plug-in point all in one. Set it on your nightstand or your coffee table and you’ll always have a place to charge your phone or tablet, along with a dimmable light source. Plug Lamp is made of powder-coated aluminium and available in green, red, grey, black, and white. Stop bending and start plugging.

LED Lightbulb by Philips: 20 Years of Light

On the scoreboard of futuristic breakthroughs, it’s now light bulbs 1, flying cars 0. Philips’ L Prize, award-winning LED bulb ($60) will be available in stores starting this Sunday, Earth Day. An instant $10 rebate comes with it, along with a mind-mashing 30,000 hours of LED light. At four hours of use per day, that’s 20 years of light. 20 years! And you know what? When this bulb burns out, we still won’t have those damn cars.