Smart light bulb tested; step stools, generators recalled

Consumer Reports checks out $199 Philips Hue LED system

Consumer Reports took a first look at what Philips calls the world's smartest light bulb.  It's called the Hue, a unique $200 LED light bulb sold exclusively at Apple stores.

The Hue lets you change the color the bulb's light to any of about 16-million colors, and you can do it wirelessly with a free app for your phone, tablet or computer.

The starter set, which includes three 50-watt equivalent LED bulbs plus a device you attach to your wireless router, goes for $199.

Consumer Reports tested the Hue for color temperature, brightness and accuracy.

"We found that when the light was whiter, it was bright, but the color wasn't very good. When the light was a warmer color and the accuracy was better, it wasn't quite as bright," said Consumer Reports' Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman.

With the system you can customize the lighting in eaach room and set the timing of the bulbs.  Additional bulbs cost $59.

RECALLS

Champion Power  Equipment  recalled thousands of portable generators sold at Costco because they are a fire hazard.   Eight fires  have been reported.

The recall involves two models: 41332 and 41532. 

There have been 11 reports of fuel leaking from the generators.  

Consumers can contact the company or return the generator to Costco for a full refund.

For more information: www.cpsc.gov.

Trican Industries also recalled 84,000 step stools sold at The Home Depot because the top platform can break, posing a fall hazard.

The recalled products are Easy Reach by Gorilla Ladders 3-Step Pro Series step stools sold from April through August for about $27.

Consumer should contact Tricam or visit www.gorillaladders.net for more information.


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