Lighting

  • Lightpack 2 successfully funded, HDMI pass-through will support 4K

    After successfully crowd-funding the development of the original Lightpack, the project from Woodenshark is back and Lightpack 2 is now once again on Kickstarter. Despite having 35 days to go, they’ve already smashed their $198,000 goal, with 1,172 backers providing $254,698 so far. This time around Lightpack has evolved into a...
  • Review: Philips Hue 2.0

    Smart and connected lighting systems are incredibly common, but Philips brings one of the biggest brand names to the market. After a successful entry with Hue 1.0, Philips have improved their offering with Hue 2.0. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent plenty of time lighting my life...
  • Philips HUE 2.0, smarter, faster, better.

    Part of any essential home automation and IoT plan involves a connected lighting system. With a crowded marketplace, its often difficult to know where to start. Philips Hue is a market leader, and with integration to a number of services like IFTTT, that’s for good reason. Now that successful...
  • Yonomi adds LIFX support

    Yonomi is one of the best services that brings your IoT devices together. Each smart device usually comes with a dedicated app from the manufacturer, but that leaves users diving in and out of apps, each with different UI to learn. Yonomi is becoming the best option for a...
  • Sydney lights up landmarks with 264,000 lumens

    This Christmas will be a bright one, especially for those in Sydney. Technical Direction Company (TDC) are bringing their large-format video projection technology to two locations this Christmas. The two locations are St Mary’s Cathedral and the Merry Go Round  at Martin Place. To light up the faces of these buildings isn’t an easy task....
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    Review: LIFX Color 1000

    When LIFX started their journey, the concept of a multi-coloured light globe that housed a WiFi module, controllable with your smart phone, was brand new. Fast forward a few years and the market is crowded and big competitors like Phillips Hue are now in the market. That hasn’t stopped...
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    Control your LIFX lighting from the new Windows 10 app

    Controlling the brightness and colour of the lights in your home or office is now made easier thanks to the LIFX Windows 10 app. Traditionally controlled from a mobile app, the Windows 10 app offers LIFX bulb owners the ability to control their lighting schemes from their desktop. With...
  • Review: LIFX Color 650 downlights

    LIFX are famous for their successful Kickstarter project to launch a Wi-Fi connected, multi-coloured LED lightbulb. Now they’ve finally shipped the downlight to all Kickstarter and pre-order customers and will soon launch exclusively to retail at Harvey Norman. Before that happens, I had a chance to try out 2...
  • Raspberry Pi using node.js to control RGB LEDs

    Over at Tinkerlog, they’ve been playing with that super cheap, yet super powerful micro-computer Raspberry Pi. With multi-coloured LEDs becoming increasingly more common in commercial and residential interior design, wouldn’t be it great if you had a way to control them exactly the way you want. In a video...