Happy POST-TURKEY-DAY, folks! They call this “Black Friday.” What a drag!
I hope that you are all having post-tryptophan hangovers like me today – I didn’t get to spend Thanksgiving with my family this year, but I did get to hang out with three of the greatest people I have ever had the chance to know. All in all, a great day (I did pretty much nothing most of the day) that ended with food, laughter, and good company.
If you’re on the road on a show this Thanksgiving weekend, I am especially hopeful that you were able to have some good times, laughter, and good company!
In honor of the “Black Friday” deals out there, I wanted to post some Amazon-specific deals on light-related and me-related stuffs for your enjoyment. This is the kind of stuff I look at when having some retail therapy!
LET THE LIST BEGIN!
I have the Logitech DiNovo Mini remote, but I’ve been eyeing this one for a few months. I have my desktop tower at home powering my 32″ LED TV, and I use it for everything from wysiwyg to watching Netflix and movies. The Harmony 1100 is supposed to be pretty freaking awesome.
1300 lumens. Almost 250 hours of battery life. 1500 feet on the beam. This thing is definitely bad ass, which is also why I want one.
A simple ammeter? Not quite. This clamp ammeter also has data logging capabilities, and you can hook it to a PC. That, sir, is BA.
I like stuff that lights up – this Himalayan Salt Crystal lamp is pretty, it lights up (a bonus), and people claim that when lit, it’s a natural air cleaner. I don’t know all about that, but I certainly know that they make pretty light inside your room!
Everybody needs a goo incident/exposure meter. I have a digital one, and I have a nice analogue one as well, with measurement needles and a dial. I love to watch the needles quantify light and I love doing the conversions in my head – but you all knew I was a nerd, so it’s all good!
This inexpensive digital Luxmeter is a good stocking stuffer for any light lover in your life. I have one, I’ve used it on a variety of projects with success. It reads lux/footcandles, it operates on a silicon diode, and you can use it easily to read incident light or reflected light. As students grow and learn about quantifying light, this is a great gift for them to learn the ropes of lighting measurement before going to get a nice Sekonic meter or another brand of your choice. I highly recommend this item!
This cool little light gadget from Philips is a cross between a low-output battery light and a votive candle with no fire. Each “candle” charges in a base station that is build to house all parts of the system. It’s kitchy, it’s neat, and they give off a nice, romantic glow.
Another LED-powered candle replacement device, the OXO DemiGlow tealights set. Same principle – chargeable base which doubles as a holder, nice, soft light, and a small form factor. Kitchy? Perhaps. Interesting and different? Of course!
I find the form of this LED desklamp from Lumian Design pretty slimlined and unique – I’ve always been a fan of the shape of certain LED desklamps, especially after getting all gaga over Pablo Pardo’s “Brazzo” desklamp being on the show “Fringe.”
I love, love, love these remakes of the original “squirrel cage” lamps – the filaments glow bright amber, and they make an excellent addition to ANY room, office, study, restaurant, or what-have-you. These lamps are one of my favorite decorative light sources!
This is one of the nicer Sekonic exposure meters – and well worth the price. Are there nicer ones? Of course there are, and at a wide range of prices. I’ve always kinda been partial to this model because it was my first light meter. The L-758DR does incident readings, reflected readings, and it has a 1° spot meter. All in all a good package!
At some point in your life as a lighting professional, you need a good distance meter. Those of us working in the business know that Leica distometers are among some of the best. That’s really all that needs to be said about Leica distometers. If you’re using a Fat Max laser meter or some other equivalent, give the series of Leica distometers a try. I highly recommend them!
The Fenix PD30 is a bright little flashlight! 235 field lumens, and several different modes make this a pretty cool addition to the road case.
I get a fair amount of grief for posting this little E27 RGB LED spot with remote, but I don’t care – I have five of these little lamps, and they do just fine for the application they were designed for – residential pizazz lighting! I have a few of them in uplight cans in my office lighting up my wall, I have a few at home in downlight cans to light up my apartment wall, and they’re a lot of fun. The remote that comes with the lamp has several modes, colors, and intensity controls. It’s a cheap little RGB LED spot, and I like it a lot.
I bought one of these Philips LivingColors generation 2 LED fixtures a few months ago, and I have it sitting atop of the bookshelf in my office. It’s bright (really bright for its size), the remote includes a color picker and several hundred built-in color change settings, and as of today (November 26, 2010) it’s down 30 bucks on the Amazon site. Check it out!
The Philips LivingColors Mini is the step-down from the larger, more expensive model above. The remote is built-in to the side of the fixture as you see above, and it’s not clear like the original LivingColors series fixtures. Still, a pretty cool and bright addition to whatever room you decide to color up!
This is the remote I currently have for interfacing my home desktop, which is the main computer I use for WYG, watching movies and TV shows, and rocking iTunes in my apartment. This little thing is so freaking cool – if you use your home desktop like I use mine, it is a pretty efficient keyboard/mouse replacement. Don’t get me wrong, you’re not gonna want to use this for word processing or anything like that, but it is certainly pretty great.
This is a short list, but I hope it was helpful! Check back for more lists as we get closer to Christmas! Happy Black Friday, everybody! I hope you find some sick deals!