Eco-Friendly LED Bulbs You Can Control with Your Smartphone
For those of you who never let your smartphone out of sight, packing bucket loads of useful features into your handy gadget sounds like a good thing. That’s because it is! From an oven that takes commands via text message to sensors that allow you to automate everything in your home, we're all about empowering our smartphones to help out around the house.
So in that spirit, we are happy to introduce the INSTEON LED Bulb – the world’s first networked dimmable light bulb. That’s right, networked. That means the bulb itself – not the outlet or a wire switch – is controllable by INSTEON controllers and even your smartphone.
Don’t like coming home to a pitch black home at night but don’t want to leave a light on all day long? Want to be able to dim the lights during a romantic dinner without having to leave the table? You get the picture. We like to think of it as The Clapper for our generation.
And, as you may have guessed, the LED-powered bulb will save the world and your wallet since it produces the brightness of a 60W-100W incandescent bulb while using only 8W. Projections vary from 50% to 90% reduced power consumption. All this for just under $30.
Any INSTEON LED Bulb you install can be connected to as many controllers as you’d like. Choose from a door sensor, keypad, motion sensor, or even the tried and true wall switch. For another $100, you can harness the power of INSTEON’s SmartLinc Hub that allows for complete control from network-connected smartphones, computers, or tablets.
INSTEON is also proud of their simple setup. The picture above hardly does it justice. All customers have to do is connect their INSTEON controllers with the click of a button, replace their old Edison bulbs, and enjoy their new dimmable LED bulb with remote control!
Saving precious energy and money while enjoying the cutting edge of tech innovations sounds like a definite win. If you had only one of these nifty bulbs, which room would you put it in and why? Perhaps you'd use one of these modern desk lamps? Let us know what you think of the INSTEON LED Bulb. Comment below or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)