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Antec Unveils LED BIAS Lighting

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2011

BIAS lighting, in case you don’t know, is not lighting that favors some individuals over others. (Although some cameras can make it seem this way.) BIAS lighting is lighting located behind a monitor, so that you aren’t staring at a bright monitor in complete darkness around it. They help reduce eyestrain.

Antech has a new bias light that uses LED lights and is affordable at just $12.95. It has six LEDs on the back that create a nice soft glow behind your screen. The light will fit a screen of up to 24-inches and is powered by a USB port. Your eyes will thank you.

Lightsaber wall lamps will geek up any room

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

Look, we all love Lightsabers and we all need some light in our man-caves. This is the perfect geek way to light any room as if it were a Jedi temple. Each wall-mountable light measures 27-inches tall, and has LEDs inside the lightsaber blade which produce seven colorful effects.

Each light includes a remote control, because let’s face it, Jedi powers don’t come easy. They run on 5 AAA batteries, but since they use LEDs, they should last for a long time before they need changing.

Robotic lighting: Robolamps

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Robotic lighting: RobolampsCheck out these Robolamps from Croatian artist Robert Matysiak. They are all kinds of awesome and I want one now. They’re made from plumbing supplies and green or yellow light bulbs, which is probably what gives them their unique look.

Sadly they aren’t available to the public just yet. That’s a real shame because geeks like me would clean them out. They’re robots. They’re lamps. Enough said.

Hangman lamp combines old-fashioned lynching with lighting

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2009

Hangman lamp combines old-fashioned lynching with lightingWe like unusual lamps here, but this one goes beyond morbid. Sure, these hangman lights are cool and creative, but would you really want these things hanging around above you? Maybe if you have a really dark sense of humor.

They might be good for Halloween, or to decorate your old west jail, but I just can’t see many people wanting to hang these. Thankfully, this is just a concept from designer Ji-youn Kim. What do you guys think? Would you hang these guys in your home?

VHS Lamp: It’s like your favorite Trek episodes are holding a light bulb

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2009

VHS LampI knew there was a use for all of those old VHS tapes in the closet. Seven, count ‘em, seven VHS tapes are holding up this light bulb. Whether it’s old Sanford and Son shows or Star Trek the Next Generation, old television is the new way to light your home.

As the creator points out, the lamp is designed to be used with a CFL (compact flourescent) bulb ONLY. A standard bulb might get too hot and melt your VHS tapes. There’s nothing worse than a mound of melted tape. Trust me on that one. Goes well with the VHS toaster.

Eye Lamp is watching you watch it

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2009

Eye Lamp is watching you watch itThis eye lamp is creepy in a Sci-Fi, the-wall-is-alive kind of way. It’s the kind of functional wall art that will have you waxing philosophic. Are you looking at your lamp or is it looking at you? And if the eye lamp is closed so that it can’t see you, do you still exist? Mostly this concept lamp is just cool as hell and unsettling. It’s made of polished metal and shines light when it’s open.

It’s the kind of thing that Gods speak to people through. Will it require a sacrifice? What bad things will it make you do, so that it may join the world of the living? The all seeing thing even has a dimmer light, which is just the “lids” closing partially. And that just makes it looks creepier.

HexoLight 3000 LED lighting system for Guitar Hero

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2009

HexoLight 3000 LED lighting system for Guitar Hero Are you rocking as hard as you can? Maybe you can rock harder with your fake guitar. The HexoLight 3000 Sound Activated LED Lighting System can help. This lighting system will add a whole new dimension to the game how you enjoy the game, with pulsating colors that flash according to the game’s beat.

There are three colors in all and no roadies are required to set them up. Red, yellow and blue, in an octagonal shape. You can customize the different shapes and configurations and you can control the sound threshold as well as speed of the flash.

Alien Abduction lamp

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2009

Alien Abduction lampThere are few things cooler or more awesome than seeing a cow being lifted into a flying saucer. Though the cow may disagree. Haven’t witnessed this with your own eyes in the night sky? Here’s the next best thing.

The antenna on top is the on/off switch. It comes in a plain version with just the saucer and light ray and you can also get the more humorous cow abducting edition. The Alien Abduction Lamp is in the functional prototype stage and not yet available, sadly. Hopefully soon as I know the creator has been at it for some time.

GeoBulb II: LED lighting that lasts for 20 years

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

GeoBulb II: LED lighting that lasts for 20 yearsThe problem with producing a long-lasting and bright LED Light Bulb is that the components in an LED bulb often fail before the LEDs themselves. Looks like that may change. The GeoBulb II Wedge Base type bulb is designed to fit into all wedge-based fixtures, bringing LED light bulbs up to the brightness of incandescent bulbs and maintaining the quality that make LEDs so good.

The bulb will supposedly last 30,000 hours, using just a fraction of the power of incandescent bulbs, while generating very little heat and isn’t susceptible to vibrations or repeated on/off switching. The bulb uses 7.5-Watts of power while dispensing 60-watts of equivalent light.

Giant Atari Joystick Lamp is the ultimate in nerd lighting

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2009

Giant Atari Joystick Lamp is the ultimate in nerd lightingIt sounds wrong, but I’ll just say it. I’ve never seen a joystick so huge in my life. Now that I have I want one. This has to be the most awesome lamp ever for a bachelor geek. You can make one just like it with a little hard work and some nerd enthusiasm.

You’ll need the enthusiasm as this DIY project is a bit more time consuming then some others. The creator was able to get it done with just a small supply of basic tools. If you have a band saw or a scroll saw, you should be able to knock one out faster. Check out the shade too. It’s brimming with retro Atari cartridge art.

The Ziplamp: Unzip for some light

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

The Ziplamp: Unzip for some lightThe Ziplamp by Merry Design Studio is an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styren) light stick hiding inside in a neoprene cover. To turn on the Ziplamp, just… Well, unzip the cover until you have the desired amount of light. It’s a pretty nifty, almost organic looking looking way of using lighting. I don’t see why it couldn’t be incorporated directly into the wall, or the roof of a car for that matter.

The Ziplamp almost seems a bit sexual given it’s unzipping nature. They should probably have a miniature version you can put under your clothes. That way you can wow the ladies and they’ll tell all their girlfriends that you were so amazing you exuded light from your privates. That’s a ringing endorsement.

Flat Light Bulbs are not bulbs at all

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

Flat Light Bulbs are not bulbs at allLight bulbs are…well bulbous. They take up way too much room, are a pain to store due to their shape, etc. Those newer corkscrew deals are no better. It’s an old design for an old world. That’s why Joonhuyn Kim’s concept makes sense. Flat bulbs take up less space and make them easier to stack, store and transport. My only concern is that the odd shape would somehow make the light all weird on the wall. Great idea even if it is a bit late to the lighting arena.

Noose Hanging Lamp is some depressing lighting

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

Noose Hanging Lamp is some depressing lightingWhat can you say about a Noose shaped hanging lamp. It’s mood lighting for sure. And that mood is depression. I suppose the noose lamp is a creative way to kill oneself, while making some comment about light and darkness in society. Or maybe the light and darkness of your soul. Designer Marie Thurnauer must be a super cheerful person with a sunny disposition. Somehow I don’t think so. I think the idea is that if you buy this 135-centimeter tall fixture for $6,395, you’ll definitely want to use it on yourself. It’s a great gift to send to your banker friends too.

USB lamp and iPod dock brought to you by the letter C

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

USB lamp and iPod dock brought to you by the letter CThe makers of this lamp/iPod dock obviously believe in simplicity as well as educating people Sesame Street style on the letter C. It is a space saver. We’ve seen our share of iPod docks and USB lamps, but not together in the same device, that I’m aware of.

The Conof USB lamp has a bright light and can swivel 270 degrees, making it extra useful. Not many details, but it appears to have dual USB ports, so you can dock your iPod and another item of your choice. The lamp is powered via the USB port on your computer. Once you tire of this device, maybe they’ll throw some “D” letter action your way with another like it.

Flashlight & lamp get together in one device

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2008

Flashlight & lamp get together in one device“Two Lamps” is a simple and genius solution for joining a rechargeable flashlight with your lamp. At least it looks like it doesn’t completely suck. The flashlight is probably not that powerful, but just knowing where your flashlight is and having it at the ready is what’s awesome here. Plus, it saves space. Sadly, it’s just a concept right now, but it’s one that can easily find a place in the home. We’re thinking it will be available in a year.

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