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Cree steps up as Philips, Samsung call it quits on LEDs

Cree has always been a household name for me, as all of my best EDC (every day carry) flashlights have Cree bulbs in them. They’re bright, reliable, and affordable – the trifecta for those who don’t want to blow half a paycheck on a quality flashlight. But soon enough you can equip your entire home more »

Samsung pulls the switch on its LED lamp business

Samsung has been in a rough patch lately, as profits from its mobile business sales have been shrinking. Although they’ve been selling more smartphones overall, margins have been whittled away by steady marketing costs and falling sales prices. Just recently the company has announced its plan to discontinue making LED lights, an indicator that the more »

Hue tap provides physical switch for all your Hue smartbulbs

There has been a growing concern that people are becoming too attached and addicted to mobile devices. It’s easy to point out, maybe, when you know someone who perpetually checks their social media every minute. Literally. But at the same time, manufacturers keep developing awesome apps and/or hardware that can consolidate features into a single more »

TechnologyTell Review: Belkin WeMo LED Starter Set

There are a lot of products coming out with a wireless feature for remote operation. Everything from sprinkler systems, AC units, thermostats, and fans can now come with an app for iOS and Android. More products are soon to follow – such is the nature of the Internet of Things. While some of these wireless-enabled more »

Swann Security expands into the connected home space

Swann Security is a household name known for cameras and security, and have been for quite some time. After some recent tiptoeing into home connectivity geared toward the common consumer, Swann Security has decided to jump right in. The company has just announced its latest flagship product, the SwannOne. It kind of has a ring more »

Control lighting, privacy, temperature with TiltMyBlinds

Many of current home automation products involve the control of light. Some are wireless-enabled switches, while others are LED bulbs with Bluetooth built right in. But of the ones you could get and install today, none of them really manage any natural light in the home. That’s where TiltMyBlinds comes in. Most homes have the more »

Savant App delivers entirely new level of home automation

If you haven’t had the chance to experiment and play with some wireless-enabled home equipment, you’re seriously missing out. Not only do the latest wireless lights, thermostats, fans, humidifiers (and more) save energy, the user control is both fun and convenient. Wireless connectivity with all these different devices makes it possible to stay on top more »

Stack Alba light bulbs are smarter than smart

By now, we’re pretty familiar with smart bulbs and how they work. LED-powered bulbs – such as Lumen, LIFX, and Philips Hue – are wireless-enabled, use less energy, and sometimes can shift to any color of choice. But the real fun feature is being able to control them through mobile devices. Open the app, and more »

Get home automation hands-on with Insteon at RadioShack

With the increasing number of home automation options, it can be a little difficult to visualize how and where one might use them. Not only that, similar products from different brands can have certain features to fit some needs better than others. We like to test-drive cars before we buy and test-fit clothes before we wear, so why not also test home automation technology?

Philips introduces Hue lux LED bulb

LED lighting is transforming the way we light our homes, and “smart” LED lighting takes lighting control to a new level. Now there’s a new smart LED option for homeowners, as Philips, one of the key drivers of the trend, today introduced its Hue lux LED bulb.

Emberlight provides wireless smarts to regular bulbs

There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and more »

BrightSwitch automatically shuts lights off, saves energy at home

If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »