GravityLight: Gravity Powered LED Light.

GravityLight - Gravity powered LED lightWhat’s not to like about the GravityLight? It harnesses gravity to power an LED light for 30 minutes with just one lift of the included weight bag. The creators of the GravityLight, Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves, are currently on Indiegogo raising funds to expand production. Their goal is to manufacture and promote the GravityLight as an inexpensive alternative to kerosene lamps in developing countries. [Grist]

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Turning On The Rima LED Light Is Like Opening A Curtain. May Be The Coolest LED Light I Can’t Afford.

The Rima light has 56 LEDs and was designed by Matthias Pinkert for the German lighting company Dreipuls. The Rima light lets the user slide its 4 rings, like opening a curtain, to adjust and create the perfect amount of light for their application.

Unfortunately great design does come with a price – the Rima sells for approx $2400 (US). Looks like I’ll be sticking with the “Bite Me” edible LED light until the Rima reaches economies of scale. [Fast Co.Design]

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The Edible ‘Bite Me’ LED Lamp From Victor Vetterlein Is Jubbling Squared.

Bite Me LED LampBite Me Lamp ingredients.Victor Vetterlein’s “Bite Me” LED desk lamp could be the stocking stuffer of the future. The edible Bite Me LED lamp is made out of biodegradable plastic derived from vegetable glycerin and agar (a gelatin made from sea algae). So if hunger strikes and your in a pinch, the Bite Me becomes the Eat Me lamp and can be consumed after you remove its LED light-source strip, clean it and then dunk it in water for about an hour. The Bite Me comes in 4 flavors – orange, cherry, blueberry and apple – and after a good soaking, your soon to be Ate Me lamp reportedly has the consistency of gummy bears. Is it a good idea to build consumable desk accessories? Jubbling thinks it should be mandatory. [Dezeen via Gizmodo]

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The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution: DIY LED Lighting You Can Control With Your Mobile Phone. Necessary?

GreenWave Reality LED Lighting SolutionWireless smart bulbs or are they Wi-Fi lights? The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution, from GreenWave and NXP Semiconductor, includes a router, remote and 4-35 watt equivalent LED light bulbs. It’s a simple DIY lighting solution that allows users to remotely control their WiFi’d LED light bulbs. Here’s how you install the system:

    1. Screw in the GreenWave LED smart light bulb.
    2. Plugin the router.
    3. Setup each LED through an iOS or Android app.

There’s a lot of positive buzz about the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution and how great it is to be able to remotely control your homes’ lighting and I don’t get it. GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution Yes, migrating your lighting to more energy efficient LEDs is good and the tech behind this product is amazing but I still don’t get why we need the router and remote/app to control our lights. Haven’t we all figured out the light switch?

Products like this turn lighting and home efficiency into an unnecessary gadget and my guess is that with the Greenwave Reality solution installed, spooking your spouse/kids at home by remotely controlling the lights will get more play than genuine concern about leaving the lights on.

So here is our suggestion: use the $200 you might have spent on the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution to buy and install 10 – 12 equivalent LED light bulbs. You’ve mastered the light switch and you deserve to save more electricity. [GigaOM, Gizmodo, Greentech Media, Inhabitat….]

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Radast Design’s LightDrive LED Lamp: A Bad-Ass Upside Down LED Lamp That My Broke-Ass Can’t Afford.

Radast Design LightDrive LED table lampRadast Design definitely challenges the norm with their upside-down LightDrive LED table lamp. From their website:

“This contemporary bulb-less design uses specially engineered optics to channel light from the high‐power LEDs in the base to the top of the lamp where it is softly diffused. Heat is carefully managed via a system of machined aircraft grade aluminum components resulting in a lamp exterior that is neutral to the touch and with no exposed hotspots.

The LightDrive LED table lamp is expected to last for 15 years and comes with a 5-year warranty. Radast Design’s LightDrive LED table lamp is now looking for funding on Kickstarter to help cover the added cost of ordering components in quantity, getting certified (UL Listing etc.), package design and to cover tooling costs.

Retailing at $799, the LightDrive LED table lamp is definitely in the “neat but hard to justify” price range. It’s not for everyone. But if it delivers as promised for those willing to spend $799, it’ll hopefully work like a gateway LED and motivate satisfied LightDrive customers to make the switch to LED lighting throughout their home. [Core77]


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The Castro Leal Library In Mexico City Lit By Shelf Level LED Lighting And Skylights

The Castro Leal Library in Mexico CityNot looking like your typical library, the Castro Leal Library in Mexico City recently won first prize at the Mexican Association of Interior Designers’ Awards. Power-saving LED strip lighting allows the books to glow and does so without sacrificing their findability. Skylights provide natural lighting during daylight hours. [Gizmag]

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