As 1800ES points out, light output can vary a lot in non-incandescent lamps (although I've also noticed dimming in those bulbs right before they stop working). I wonder if he's referring to CFLs and their habit of going from lower to higher output after they're switched on?
I agree with you about the dimmable light, Ann. And it looks like it stands a good chance of winning this round of Gadget Feeak voting. We'll know in a few days when we shift to the fifth round. If Andy wins with his dimmable lamp, that will be two for him, since he won the first round.
Ya, the devices that provide light these days are so varied, dimmers should be on all of them. You can't just grab a 75 watt bulb and know what you'll get. Next, let's work on a uniform and easily located volume control ...... the old knob was NICE!
My LED desk lamp is both practical and functional. I built 4 of them, which I use everyday. The dimming greatly enhances the utility of the lamps. I know of no commercially available LED desk lamps that are dimmable.
It's easy to find these projects in their full presentation. On the home page, look at the Gadget Freak posting and you'll see the word "all" at the top. Click this will get you to the full list of complete Gadgewt Freaks.
I hope the readers know that complete build instructions and parts lists are available elsewhere online. Obviously, the regulars will know that. I believe that how easy a gadget is to build might play a role in how attractive a particular project is.
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In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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