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Symbolic Bike Lights Make Cyclists More Visible to Traffic

Common sense dictates that the brighter the lights on your bike are, the more visible you'll be to other traffic at night. But according to research from the University of Oxford's Experimental Psychology Lab, a glowing version of the universal symbol for a bike rider could actually a better way to make drivers aware of your presence. Read More >>

gadgets
A Light-Up Alarm Completely Changed My Life

Slamming the snooze button over and over again is pretty much the crummiest, least restful way to kick off your morning, so consider this a public service announcement: A light-up alarm completely changed my life, and I think it can change yours, too. Read More >>

design
These Sleek, Activity-Sensing Lights Adjust to Your Movements

Do you ever feel like lights don't move enough? That's a serious question! After all, humans are constantly in motion—so wouldn't it make sense for our lights to follow? Read More >>

bikes
This Laser Bike Light is Like a Bat Signal for Cyclists

Cyclists can adorn themselves from head to toe in flashing lights, but it's still possible that pedestrians and drivers won't see them until it's too late. It's a problem the Blaze Laserlight hopes to solve by projecting an early warning signal four to six metres ahead of a cyclist, so that others on the road will know they're coming in advance—and have time to react. Read More >>

chatroom
Show Us Your Crazy Christmas Decorations

Every year, my parents' street goes all-out for Christmas. We're talking, trees wrapped in lights from trunk to top, teams of reindeer on display, and even a house with giant, moving jack-in-the-box effigies of every family member moving in sync with carols. Have you seen similar stuff? We want to see it.
Christmas decorations are one of the best parts of the festive season. Everything, I mean everything, flies, whether it's classic white lights, or an over-the-top camp cramming of plastic Santas on every inch of your lawn. In fact, the latter describes one of my favourite displays I've ever seen (picture above). Ahh, Santas everywhere. Anyway, when it comes to decking the halls, nothing is off-limits. So we want to see what you see in the form of the lights and decorations you've been peeping this Christmas. Read More >>

design
This Magical Table's Electromagnetic Field Turns on Nearby Light Bulbs

Hold a fluorescent light bulb near this table, and the filament will suddenly flicker on. It looks like magic, but it's simple science: An embedded circuit produces an electromagnetic field that acts on the mercury gas inside the bulbs, making them glow as if they're plugged in. Read More >>

gaming
Sony's DualShock 4 Sensor Light Bar Can't be Turned Off

The little backside sensor on the PS4's new controller that hooks it into Sony's PlayStation Eye camera can't be turned off. So that's one more slightly annoying light source you'll have to worry about reflecting on the screen or bury under a cushion when firing up a film. Read More >>

design
Position These Lamps to Shine a Light on Corruption, or Just Anything

Some spaces are awkward. Dark corners or cavernous closets that could really use some light. And tap lights don't always cut it in terms of brightness or aesthetic quality. But Australian designer Flynn Talbot is working on the situation. His aluminium and steel lights, called Latitude, can go anywhere and point in any direction. Read More >>

bicycles
A Glowing Pump That Lets Drivers Know You're Doing Roadside Repairs

There's a reason that Topeak's MiniRocket iGlow bike bump won a 2013 Red Dot Design Award: the transparent barrel encases a internal optical fiber that turns a small red LED into a brilliantly-visible glowing safety strip. And at just 67 grams, it adds minimal weight to your bike's frame, so it's easy to always keep on hand. A pair of watch-sized batteries powers it continuously for up to 50 hours on its brightest setting, and 100 hours when dimmed. Read More >>

art
Water-Activated LED Wall: Sounds Dangerous, Looks Beautiful

Water and electricity: historically, not a great combo! But Antonin Fourneau, a French artist and engineer, combines both to remarkable ends in his installation, Water Light Graffiti, which landed in New York this week.
The surface of Water Light Graffiti is dotted by thousands of LEDs, each ringed by a sensor that triggers the light when it's wet. Visitors are welcome to grab a paintbrush or super soaker (or straight-up bucket) and go to town on the board, which fades back to black after a few minutes. The idea, Fourneau says, is to get people creating and interacting without the self-consciousness of actually painting. He describes the installation as a way to "share magically:" Read More >>

design
This Floor-to-Ceiling Lamp Marries Modern-Day Tech and Old School Design

Lamps can be pretty, but there are few quite as versatile as Konstantin's Grcic's OK Lamp. Both a ceiling fixture, but also kind of a floor lamp, its rotating LED panel can cover almost any possible angle. And it's form is the marriage of new tech with decades-old design. Read More >>

design
Amazingly, This Lamp Isn't Made By Google

This lamp looks like it's come straight outta the offices of Google. But in fact it was created by the famous Italian designer Alessandro Mendini — and we think it's beautiful. Read More >>

gadgets
Is This the Most Over the Top Christmas Tree Ever? Maybe

I came across this image buried in one of those wacky picture dumpster sites, wandering from url to url across the web. I don't know who set the tree up. I don't know how many thousands of LED lights are around that tree. And I don't know why people spend so much money making these things. Read More >>

design
Will Wild OLED Installations Like These Be The Light Fixtures Of Tomorrow?

OLEDs have a lot of potential for awesomeness, like putting a flexible screen on your holiday sweaters. Well, maybe that's a bad example. These prototype light fixtures developed by Philips, on the other hand, are significantly better ones. Read More >>

home mod
How to Hang a Kickass Christmas Lights Setup

You want your house to be lit up brighter than Clark Griswold's in Christmas Vacation. But you've got problems to solve, beyond just the aesthetic challenge. How can you make sure you don't take a three-story dive off a slippery eave? And how much power are a few thousand metres of lights gonna require? Read More >>

stunts
Quick! Get to Brighton! See the Amazing Obscene Christmas Lights!

This is brilliant. Whoever was tasked with putting up the Christmas lights in Brighton had a whale of a time, creating a huge male genitalia light sculpture that's only visible from the right angle and also hiding "BUY MORE SHIT" inside a display. Read More >>

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