Philips opens its Hue bulbs to Internet control. This time for real!

Philips opens its Hue bulbs to Internet control. This time for real!

You might think you read this some time ago: Philips is opening up the design of its Hue light bulbs so that mobile phone and computer apps will have an easier time commanding the bulbs to flash, dim, turn off, change colours, dance, wash the dishes or do anything that you haven't even thought of yet.

New material could slash LED costs

New material could slash LED costs

Researchers at Cambridge and Oxford universities have demonstrated a new way of making LEDs that could eventually slash manufacturing costs.

And now, natural light makes nurses laugh

And now, natural light makes nurses laugh

Earlier this week we wrote that office workers confined to spaces away from natural light are tired and weary compared to their colleagues by the window, as a U.S. study observed. 

Now, like the proverbial string of buses, another study has come right along revealing the same general effect and more: People who work near the window laugh more.

Windowless workers are losing sleep

Windowless workers are losing sleep

More fodder for those who believe that exposure to the wrong kind of light undermines sleep: Employees who work in windowless areas rest poorly at night compared to their colleagues with a view.

Nighttime light impedes cancer drug

Nighttime light impedes cancer drug

The latest twist in the good light/bad light health saga is an alarming one: Exposure to even low levels of bedroom light could stop a key breast cancer drug from working, U.S. research suggests.

Low quality imports harm India's LED market

Low quality imports harm India's LED market

With a population of over a billion people and with the government encouraging energy efficienct lighting, India would seem like a fertile market for LED bulbs – but low quality products from China and other countries are tarnishing the take-up.

LEDs on the rise into high ceilings

LEDs on the rise into high ceilings

LEDs will soon literally climb up in the lighting world as they move into high ceiling installations where they'll take over from fluorescents to illuminate warehouses, gymnasiums, cavernous retail stores and the like, all because prices are tumbling.

Office workers 'want bright light they can control'

Office workers 'want bright light they can control'

Initial findings of research by Zumtobel and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering have shown that office workers like bright light sources they can control, with variable colour temperature output.