Tag: lighting

The Sparkr flashlight is your zombie apocalypse must-have

If you’re an Amazon Prime member that survived Prime Day 2017 without spending all your money on vitamin supplements and Hummel figurine knockoffs, take a breath, clear your palate, and be sure to check out the new Amazon Exclusives page. The program feels like Kickstarter meets Groupon meets Fab.com or Quirky, giving you short-term deals on decidedly cool products and brands. But this week, it was the The Sparkr flashlight that immediately grabbed me. (And sorry to use that term when we’re thinking about brain-eating walkers here.)  CMT is an Amazon affiliate Related: 4 ways tech is keeping your family...

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BeON Home: The smart lightbulbs that keep your house safer

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that whenever my family heads out on a trip, we worry about the safety of our homes when we’re gone. So I was intrigued by the BeON smart lightbulbs, which use clever lighting responses to prevent burglary, plus have a backup battery to give you light when the power’s out. Smart, right? Here’s how they work. Each BeON LED bulb has a battery pack that slides inside the bulb, with a microphone and Bluetooth capability built in. Once the bulbs are screwed in, you connect them to the BeON Home app on your smartphone. If...

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Your iPhone flashlight just got a whole new use.

There are times when the brightness of my iPhone flashlight is helpful — like, when I’m helping my kids look for their forgotten shoes outside in the dark, or I can’t read a darn menu in a restaurant. Then, there are times when a little bit of diffused light would be nice, instead of a blinding glare. That’s where Italian designer Nazzareno Ruspolini’s adorable Ibat-Jour iPhone lamps come in. These tiny translucent lamps clamp to the side of your phone and give off a soft glow when your flashlight is on. Brilliant in every sense. Sure, this could be really useful for reading at...

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A great light therapy lamp to help you beat the shorter days.

Oh, Daylight Savings. The time that non-parents cheer for that extra hour of sleep. As for me, I kind of dread the shorter daylight hours knowing that Seasonal Affective Disorder tends to hit me hard. I get tired, cranky (sorry, colleagues), crave carbs up the whazoo, and have trouble staying up much past the kids do. So, after much begging from friends for me to try the benefits of light therapy lamps,  I recently spent more hours than you can imagine searching websites, cross-checking reviews, and finally nailing down the one light therapy lamp that seemed like it could help me over the long...

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The smart bulb with a speaker built right in: A bright new trend in mash-up technology.

Question: How many Beyoncés does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: As many as you’re in the mood for, because these rad LED light bulbs are also Bluetooth wireless speakers. So basically whatever strikes your fancy when you’re turning them on, whether it’s Beyoncé or Taylor Swift or Dan Zanes or Dave Brubeck, listen to your heart’s content with these special, smart light bulbs. Will this trend catch on? For the right person, it seems like it could considering the sheer number of brands that seem to be throwing their hat into the smart bulb with speaker ring these days. So...

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5 smart ways to live greener without making major changes to your life. (As in, no turning your bathtub into a hydroponic garden.)

We are always looking for ways that we can live a greener lifestyle with our families, but trust us, we know how overwhelming it can be. As we’ve discovered over the years, it’s the small things that can really add up — in effort and attention — and make a huge difference. We’re thrilled to be working with our newest sponsor JetBlue, who is continuing their own greener efforts through technological advances, as well as through their work with CarbonFund.org. You might not know that when CO2 is released into the atmosphere it remains there until it is absorbed in some...

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LIFX bulb review: Why this whole smart bulb trend is especially awesome for parents

I was definitely fascinated by the smart home trend at CES back in January, and particularly the smart light bulbs. Though they do seem more like a fun special effect rather than a necessity for your home. But after playing around the the energy-efficient LED LIFX bulb in my own home for a few weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re a smart investment, especially for parents, and here’s why. First, I am impressed with how easy it is to set up and use. You simply pop the bulb into an existing lamp in your home, download their free app (for iOS and Android), and then connect to WiFi....

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Vany: This little ring light of mine.

I’m not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed by my selfie technique, which involves doing a 360 degree turn to find the best light. But with Vany, (yes, as in “vain”) which is a new ring light for smartphones, I just might be able to nail selfie perfection every single time, no ridiculous spin required. If you’re not familiar, a ring light pops on a DSLR lens and throws a shadowless light, which happens to be extremely flattering. It’s an essential bit of photography equipment on pro fashion shoots. That’s why a small version of it like the Vany seems like a cool idea, whether...

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The coolest fitness tech gifts: Holiday Tech Gifts 2014

Next up in our Holiday Tech Gift guide series, we’ve put together some awesome gifts for the fitness fans in your life: The very coolest of the cool fitness tech gadgets to help someone achieve those lofty goals — even if the first goal is just to get started. Whether you’re shopping for a runner, a biker, a yoga fan, or a couch potato (though not for much longer), here are our top picks for fitness tech gifts that will be favorites long after the holidays. And we’re so pleased to present our 2014 Tech Gift Guide on behalf of our sponsor, Sharper Image,...

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9 of the easiest steps towards more sustainable living, thanks to tech

As fans of the planet–and yeah, humanity in general–we’re always looking for ways to live more sustainably and to help our kids be more aware of it too. And as we’ve all discovered over the years, it doesn’t have to be about massive life changes or suddenly turning your guest room into an organic vegetable garden. Even the smallest changes can make really make huge difference. In other words, all that nagging the kids about turning off the lights really does help. So we’re thrilled to be working with our newest sponsor PURE Energies, a big deal energy adviser that aims to help families across North America adopt solar power and...

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