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Lights are no longer just for lighting

LED lights can now be customised and synced with smartphones to improve health, moods and even food

Eric A Taub 

With the development of LED lamp technology, the lowly light bulb is doing more than just turning on and off. A lamp can be the centrepiece of an environment meant to improve health, moods and even food. LEDs can create light in multiple colours, generate less heat and use a fraction of the energy of older types of bulbs. And LEDs can be controlled remotely from a PC or smartphone app, as programmable as a television. "There's a tremendous potential for LED lighting to go beyond illumination," says John Strainic, General Electric's general manager for consumer ...

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First Published: Fri, March 14 2014. 21:23 IST