Kaiser Idell Luxus Lamp

True to the ideas driving the design philosophy of the Bauhaus, the Kaiser Idell Luxus Lamp ($815) shows us that a simple device, in this case a desk-top lamp, doesn't need to look like a boring appliance. With its characteristic dome top, curving details, and glossy black embellishments, this recently-reintroduced design is a credit to the original. With chrome-plated steel and brass construction, as well as patented swivel joints that adjust the angle of the light, this lamp is more a work of modern art, than a simple device for illuminating whatever it is you're working on.

  • Philips Friends of Hue

    By now you've probably heard of Hue (iOS app-connected LED lightbulbs that alternate colors and screw into normal light sockets) — with Philips Friends of Hue ($80-$90) you can extend your existing home light show, making something truly incredible. The collection consists of two products: LightStrips and the LivingColors Bloom. LightStrips are six-and-a-half-foot long bands of flexible LED lights that can connect to any surface: underneath your couch, along a hallway, or behind a speaker. LivingColors Blooms are standalone bulbs that cast LED light onto your walls. Both let you tailor your light scheme to your mood, sync up to the music you're playing, and more. Requires the Philips Hue starter pack ($200) to work.

  • WeMo Light Switch

    Control the lights in your home from any room, or anywhere in the world, with the WeMo Light Switch ($50). This WiFi-enabled light switch replaces any standard light switch in your house or apartment, letting you turn lights on and off from your Android or iOS device. A quick project for the average DIYer — it's easy to install and features a clip-on faceplate that fits flush against your wall. The app lets you program your lights to turn or off on a schedule, or at sunrise and sunset. A subtle backlight makes the light switch easy to locate, and IFTTT support connects it to a number of apps. [Scouted by Joe & Bob]

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