With many countries phasing out incandescent light bulbs, you're probably on the lookout for replacements. Our friends at the Wirecutter think the Cree Warm White bulb is the best one around. Here's why.
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If your desk drawers or kitchen cupboards have a dark interior that makes it hard to find items, consider adding strips of LED lighting controlled by a magnetic alarm switch.
Lamps aren't terribly expensive — even some of the cooler ones — so you're not going to save a lot of money by making your own. That said, if you've ever wanted a great project to teach you about basic electronics, MAKE's got a simple set of instructions for creating your own energy-efficient lighting.
We've pointed out numerous times that staring at bright screens such as tablets or laptops in bed has a bad effect on your sleep patterns and your overall health. Now one study hints at an possible link between regular exposure to artificial light and levels of depression.
An important part of taking great photos or shooting great video is paying attention to your lighting. It can be frustrating when you're shooting indoors and there just isn't enough light for the job. Instead of struggling with desk lamps, this DIY strip light uses a heavy-duty power strip, a bunch of compact fluorescents (CFLs) and an umbrella stand to create a portable strip light that packs enough lux for photography, shooting video, or just some task lighting in the garage.
Becoming a good photographer requires several things, and one of the hardest to learn is lighting. Virtual Lighting Studio is a free web app that lets you light a (pretty awkward) subject with up to six lights so you can see how each setup affects the image. Because lighting is one of those things that you learn best by practice, this is possibly the easiest way to understand what different arrangements can do for your image.
We've previously looked at some great ways to achieve ambient lighting with and without rope lighting. If you have some to spare, consider running them underneath your kitchen or bathroom cabinets or island to make sure you never stub your toe in the middle of the night again.
Instructables user scraptopower designed a thermoelectric lamp that can convert heat into small amounts of electricity. One of the best uses for this is building an LED lamp that runs from tea candles.
A major part of how I cut my electric bill was swapping out old incandescent light bulbs to CFLs, which use less energy and last longer. On paper, the CFLs are better in every way, but apparently, Unpluggd says there are some times when you shouldn't use them.