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ZOinks! NXP wants to give every light bulb an internet connection! Who said the future was dead? May 25, 2011

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Gadzooks! Lightbulbs are beginning to be the cure-all for all of society’s ills! Well..maybe not but they sure aren’t the light bulbs I grew up with! Check out this article about Semiconductor manufacturer NXP vision the new internet light bulbs!


Semiconductor specialist NXP has announced an innovative new way for businesses and consumers to reduce their energy usage: smart, internet-connected light bulbs that can talk to each other.

Demonstrated this week at the LightFair International Show, NXP – in partnership with TCP and GreenWave Reality – has developed a product it calls ‘GreenChip’, which it plans to use to create ‘smart lighting’ networks by giving every light bulb its own internet connection.

Adding additional power-draining hardware to a bulb to reduce energy use might seem counter-intuitive, but NXP believes it could have a massive impact on energy efficiency, through smarter, rather than dimmer, lighting.

“The GreenChip smart lighting solution signals a fundamental shift in the way we interact with lights – at home, in the office, even outdoors,” claimed NXP’s John Croteau. “By bringing together wireless IP connectivity with our energy-efficient lighting and power conversion technologies in a compact, low-cost solution, we are transforming the way we design, control and manage lights.”

Croteau envisions GreenChip technology being used to create lights that communicate with each other and with their owners via the internet, creating ‘intelligent lighting environments’ – lights that turn on and off when they’re needed, at a predetermined level of brightness.

“Our smart lighting solution also brings us one step closer to the ‘Internet of Things’,” Croteau claimed, “a world in which every home appliance can be monitored and controlled via an IP address.”

The GreenChip network is designed to operate on the same wireless frequencies used by ‘smart meter’ technologies, potentially allowing interoperation between the two systems – and the technology behind the network, known as JenNet-IP, will be made open-source for other manufacturers to add support to their products.

NXP has announced that reference designs of its Internet-connected light bulbs are available now, but has yet to suggest when the technology will be ready for a commercial launch.

Author: Gareth Halfacree


In the Future You Will Listen To Lightbulbs..maybe May 18, 2010

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Sylvania combines speakers and light bulbs, oddly

While Sylvania isn’t the first to combine light bulbs and speakers, the idea is sound. Okay, sorry. But consider the placement of a couple of lamps in your living room. Wouldn’t those locations also be suitable for speakers? Yes? Then MusicLite is for you.

Each one of these fixtures has an array of LEDs on board that emit as much light as a 65-watt incandescent, while cranking out 25 watts of sound at the same time. The speakers are all connected wirelessly, and can be placed 90 feet away from each other. Hide a subwoofer under the couch, and you’re ready to rock.

Too bad you’ll have to wait until Fall to find out the price of these clandestine light/speaks, but if you’re itching for some now, Klipsch might beat Sylvania to the punch with the same thing, with Klipsch saying theirs are “coming soon.” However, the Klipsch models will rip you for $600. Maybe these will be cheaper.


Zoinks!Dr. Z is back! April 7, 2010

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Gadzooks.. After along hiatus.. I have returned to my beloved lightbulb blog. You know the only thing better than enjoying lightbulbs is writing about them! So stay tuned and be ready for more lightbulb info than you can shake a candle at! Yowza~!wee

Dr.Z and Mr. Y are back in the lab and ready to light some lights!



Dr. Z wins 3rd place in the Mighty Boosh video contest! August 12, 2009

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Zoinks! We won! What you may ask?? 3rd place in the BBC’s Mighty Boosh video dance contest! Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Well… just watch the video..

Dr. Z


I’m a little light bulb.. Compact Fluorescent Green Song June 10, 2009

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Dr. Z sings a song. “I’m a little light bulb” for his Mom. Keyboards and drum machine supplied by Kraftwerk influenced musician Hans Wagner (who is perhaps best known for his work with Jazzhorse and Gnome Machine) Dr. Z will be playing at select nightclub in Las Vegas in between the Koko’s Burlesque and John Wackers’ “Elvis Ate My Sandwich” revue, which explores the culinary vision of the king of rock n roll. Fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches anyone?
Get Lit Stay Lit


Z got the LED out! LEDs are at Zbulbs.com! May 28, 2009

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Gadzooks! LED lights are at www.zbulbs.com!

Gadzooks! LED lights are at http://www.zbulbs.com!

ZOinks! We just added LED’s to our store at www.zbulbs.com! Come check them out. The most affordable price for the highest lighting technology!

Get Lit Stay Lit

Dr. Z

Zbulbs.com is now open! April 7, 2009

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ZBulbs.com (https://www.zbulbs.com) the Best Bulbs in ZWorld. Our collective 150 yrs experience will dazzle you with knowledge in long life, high performance lighting products that are environmentally friendly. We cover the whole spectrum of light bulbs from compact fluorescent light bulbs to incandescent light bulbs, H.I.D., fluorescent tubes, halogens, and ballasts. Dr. Z will exceed your expectations of knowledge.