In Brief: Dec. 6, 1999

LIGHT IT UP When you think of halogen bulbs, those omnipresent black floor lamps from Ikea may come to mind. But a new bulb from Philips will turn any fixture into a gale-force illuminator for $5.99. Halogena is the size of an ordinary incandescent but so intensely bright that Philips had to turn down the wattage from 75 to 40 for those bulbs that will take a star turn lighting the fabled Times Square ball on New Year's Eve.

LEAP TO IT When you tell your kid to jump, does she ask, "How high?" No matter; if she's wearing Reebok's new...

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