By The Light Of The Wall

By The Light Of The Wall

Multiuse designs provide ideal pieces for efficiency minded spaces. Wall coverings add spark to a room, and don’t have to consist of just paint or wallpaper. Incorporating lighting into wall treatments is an original way to add a stylish and functional element to plain walls, and the following are a few ways designers are putting up the spotlight. The team at MeyStyle have experience in interactive design and theater that brings that extra something to their interior fabrications. They have combined lighting and wallpaper to come up with an interesting application. Softly illuminating decorations can be dimmed to create just the… read more

Compact, Lightweight, Rechargable Bike Light: USB Light


To stay safe on a bike at night, the brighter the lights you have, and the more of them, the better. While it’s great to have a headlight to see where you’re riding, it’s also good practice to have one or more lights on the frame of your bike, or on your body itself, so that you’re more visible from the back or the side. One great new choice for cyclists is the USB Light, which can be easily mounted or removed from just about anywhere on the bike, and come in five different colors for the fashion-minded. “USB Light… read more

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

Natural elements are always a source of inspiration for the worlds of art and design. Whether mimicking structure or capabilities, nature influenced designs are innovative and sometimes unique or even unusual. However, what happens when natural design goes beyond imitation and protrudes into the everyday? That must have been one of a series of questions for artist Berndnaut Smilde in creating the idea for his atmospheric, wispy cloud wonders. His cloud formations are art in motion. Appearing in a room by way of a smoke machine, a flowing white cloud drops in and wafts by, then evaporates just like the… read more

LED Lights Could be Broadband Transmitters


LED lights have made a pretty big splash in lighting tech, as they are bright, long-lasting, and use much less electricity than alternatives, and they may soon also be components used for high-speed internet. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) have been developing a method of using off-the-shelf LED lights to transmit data, which means that in the future, your wireless network could be using the lights in your home. This optical WLAN technology from HHI has reached data rates of up to 800 Mbit/s in their labs, and rates of 500 Mbit/s in real-world installations, using standard… read more

Glowing Trees


The blockbuster movie Avatar depicted many inspirational and creative ideas of new forms of life. Imagine if one such idea, the glowing trees providing luminescence in the dark, could become a reality. Modern display and lighting devices use LED for illumination,which includes phosphor powder to simulate light of different wavelengths. These phosphor powders are highly toxic and are expensive. Dr Yen-Hsun Su of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, has led a team that have discovered a way to develop a less toxic substance to replace the phosphor powder which poses a serious threat to human health. This project resulted in bio-LEDs, developed by… read more

Brighter And Lighter

Full-colour quantum dot displays fabricated by transfer printing

An innovation in LED lighting achieved through the use of quantum dots has greatly increased the efficiency, brightness, lifetime and low turn-on voltage of this energy source. A research team at Seoul National University, South Korea has published their research in a recent issue of Nano Letters. They found that the key to improving the brightness and efficiency of the QLEDs (Quantum Light Emitting Diode) comes from improving the injection of current-carrying electrons and holes into the quantum dots. The more efficiently the electrodes can inject electrons and holes into the quantum dots, the more efficiently QLED can emit light. The anodes… read more

Wi-Fi LED Bulbs

Greenwave Reality smarter lighting

The internet has almost become everything in this connected world, with more and more application of the internet, advancement in electronic devices and even our homes becoming smarter. A start-up company, Greenwave Reality, has come up with a “wireless LED lighting kit” which surely is a gateway to a smarter home. Headed by former consumer electronics executives, the company sells this lighting kit at a price of US$200. It contains four 40 watts LED bulbs and a Smartphone application – which is the game changer. The four supplied bulbs are Energy star rated and they should be connected to the… read more

It’s a Green Christmas

Christmas decorations

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, green decor is essential to sustainability. This season we hope to inspire you with a few eco-friendly DIY options that are available and committed to creating a healthy home for your family and the planet. Dried Rinds: Drying slices of fruit for garlands adds a natural feel to your holiday décor along with aroma of the holidays. The slices of fruit are layered on paper towels and dusted with salt. The salt helps dry the fruit more quickly and furthers the preservation process Apple Cinnamon Ornaments: These are plenty of fun for… read more

Lighting: The Greener Way

Energy efficient lighting

Light is the most dynamic element of the home décor. Home lighting today is much more than just about illumination. The light is not just a “utility”, rather it is the essence for the ambience for the home that echoes the mood and adds a flavor to the home decor. But considering the wastage on the inappropriate lighting solutions, it becomes a major concern when this issue is seen at the macro level. Say, for instance, in a country like India, over 10,000 MW can be saved if proper lighting is used, both domestically and commercially. This is just a… read more