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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $50 on a Verilux sunshine simulator

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You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends atThe Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we'll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot -- some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Verilux HappyLight Deluxe 10,000 LUX sunshine simulator

Street price: $130; MSRP: $190; Deal price: $80

Only the second time we've posted a deal on this lamp, and it's a huge drop below the last price we posted, which was $108. This blows past that, dropping all the way down to $80, though you've got to be a Prime member to get this discount.

The Verilux HappyLight Deluxe is our runner-up pick for the best light therapy lamp. Kit Dillon said, "It has many of the same features as the Day-Light Classic Plus, including UV-free, 10,000-lux light and a large 200-square-inch face. Unlike the Day-Light Classic Plus, the HappyLight is not adjustable by height and angle, though that makes it a less cumbersome light overall. In fact, upright designs like this one will project light further than adjustable units; the HappyLight promises a 10,000-lux intensity up to 14 inches away from its surface—that's two inches further than our top pick provides."

Samsung SmartThings Hub

Street price: $100; MSRP: $100; Deal price: $79

We've only posted this price once in the past, though it did drop this low one other time that we missed. This is part of a larger Samsung SmartThings sale that's available until the 10th, so if you're considering upgrading multiple devices, it's a great time to buy.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is our pick for the best smart hub. Jon Chase wrote, "The Samsung SmartThings Hub is a polished, powerful option for tech-savvy DIYers who have a desire for an integrated smart home but lack the budget for or interest in a professionally installed system. It's easy to set up on your home network, and pairing it with other smart devices is largely seamless."

He went on to say, "We did extensive research on hubs in general and the SmartThings hub in particular, and believe our experience is consistent with the reviews and findings of most other outlets: Namely, of all the hubs on the market, the Samsung SmartThings Hub is the most powerful and promising, but is best suited to devout tinkerers and those willing to spend a fair amount of time tweaking and refining their smart-home system."

Philips Hue white and color Ambiance A19 bulbs

Street price: $60; MSRP: $60; Deal price: $50

This is a nice $10 drop from the usual $60 price on this LED bulb. It rarely drops in price at all, and if you're planning to buy multiple bulbs for your house, the savings add up.

The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 is our pick from the LED smart bulb starter kit we recommend in the best smart LED light bulbs guide. Grant Clauser wrote, "The Philips Hue A19 color-changing smart LEDs are the all-around best smart bulbs you can buy. The Hue does everything its competitors do, but a wider product and app ecosystem allows for more flexibility and creativity than any other smart bulb. It costs a bit more than the average smart bulb, but wide compatibility with other products and systems, such as Apple's HomeKit, Samsung's SmartThings hub, and Amazon's Alexa, mean you'll be able to do more with them than other bulbs; this makes them a more practical long-term investment."

Refurbished Motorola SB6183 SURFboard cable modem

Street price: $84 (new); MSRP: $100 (new); Deal price: $55

We haven't posted too many deals on the SB6183 since the SB6141 is usually a much better value, but at $55 for a refurbished model, we think this is worth it That puts it only $15 above the best price we've ever seen on refurbished models of the SB6141, and for those of you with faster internet plans, that's likely worth the upgrade. This comes with a 90 day warranty.

The Motorola SB6183 SURFboard is the upgrade pick in our guide on the best cable modem. David Murphy said, "It supports double the download speeds of the SB6141, but few Internet plans offer that much speed. You'll need it only if you subscribe to a plan like Time Warner's 300Mbps Ultimate tier, found in locations like Los Angeles, New York City, and Austin."

He added, "If you're not paying a ton of money for these super-fast plans, our upgrade pick is overkill. Our primary pick, an 8×4 cable modem, gives you plenty of overhead for your service."

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