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Prying eyes: Cool LED lighting

18 Aug 2015  | Brian Dipert

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It's probably not news that LEDs are the hottest (and coolest, come to think of it) thing in illumination nowadays. Consumer-pleasing and consistent colour temperatures combine with consumer-friendly pricing (two Philips 60W for $5, per a recent Home Depot promotion) to increasingly make them the technology of preference with conventional light bulb form factors. Their combination of long operating life, high intensity, and high efficiency also makes them candidates for incorporation into new lighting designs for which incandescent and fluorescent precursors wouldn't have been feasible options.

Take, for example, Jasco's recently released Enbrighten Lighting product line, which is sold under the GE brand via a licensing agreement with General Electric. In addition to conventional lantern-style designs, it comes in both battery-powered guide light and AC-powered light bar form factors. The former is available in both motion-sensing and touch-activated options, while the latter comes in both light- and motion-sensing configurations. This particular teardown will analyse the battery-powered, touch-activated guide light, which currently sells for $24.99 on Amazon.

Flip the unit around, exposing its backside, and here's what you'll see:

The minor mars you might notice are glue remnants left over from the review unit packaging. Note, too, the freestanding and wall-mounted installation options offered by the design. Now let's pop off the battery cover.

Four of the six required AA batteries are now visible. Flip up the stand, and you'll see four Phillips screw heads underneath:

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