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8 Smart Light Bulbs You'll Want In Your Home

If there’s one thing every home needs, it’s a light source. And unless the zombie apocalypse occurs, th...

8 Smart Light Bulbs You'll Want In Your Home

If there’s one thing every home needs, it’s a light source. And unless the zombie apocalypse occurs, that light source isn’t likely to be a kerosene lamp. If we’ve no choice but to use electric bulbs, why not make them a little more intelligent?

Here are 8 of the smart light bulbs you’ll want in your home.

 

Phillips Hue

You can program Hue using the IFTTT web service to change colors, brightness, and timing based on your personal schedule and/or preferences, and it’s good for five whole years.

At $179.99 for a starter kit that includes a hue bridge (which can control up to 50 different lights!) and 3 bulbs, it’s well worth the cost for the convenience and variety it provides.

 

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GE

Not to be outdone, GE, purveyor of the smart thermostat, has just revealed a more affordable alternative to Hue. Dubbed Link, it works with an app called Wink (why not?) for Wi-Fi remote control. It has a lighter price tag but also fewer options. Read more about the Link here.

 

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Samsung LED Smart Bulb

Samsung hasn’t exactly been a sluggard in the smart lighting sales race either. Perhaps they could have used a catchier name, but it is straight to the point, even if it’s not for sale just yet.

Instead of using Wi-Fi, it’s controlled via Bluetooth so you won’t need anything more than your phone or laptop. It also changes colour.

 

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Belkin WeMo

WeMo is a whole family of smart appliances, and the Smart LED Bulb is the latest addition. Also using IFTTT service, it can be automated to turn off and on when desired or whenever triggered. WeMo comes with a price tag of $129 for the starter set (comes with two bulbs). That’s because you need the WeMo Link hub to put the smart in the Smart Bulb. Expect this one to be released in the near future.

 

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Insteon LED Bulb

Insteon, on the other hand, is focusing more on Hubs than bulbs. The Hub can also control other Insteon smart gadgets. It’s currently available, but all you can do is turn your lights on and off, so the functionality is a bit thin. The Hub goes for $129, and the 9W LED Bulb is $29.99.

 

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LIFX Smartbulb

A new player in the electronic field, LIFX, started out as a Kickstarter project that touted its smart bulb in 2012. It’s been described as a “Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient,” LED light bulb. Nothing new here, except that when they say “multi-color,” they mean it. Is this necessary? Not really. Is it awesome? Most definitely, even at $99 a bulb. It also works without the use of a hub or bridge.

 

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TCP Connected LED Light Bulb

TCP is an old hand in the smart-lighting business. Unfortunately this Wi-Fi-enabled product doesn’t have the fancy colour-changing options like the newer offerings. Still, at $109 for a starter kit, which comes with the TCP Gateway (aka bridge), a remote control, and 3 bulbs, it’s not a bad deal.

 

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Lumen LED Smart Bulb

The Lumen Smart Bulb offers a practical white light with options for coloured party lights on demand. It’s Bluetooth-enabled, so purchasing the bulb for $48.95 ensures that you’re good to go. Well, you’ll also need the app. You might want to check out the more affordable LuMini for your lamps, too.

 

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Some of these aren’t available yet, but patience is a virtue. Which bulb do you want lighting up your life? Tell us which product you prefer in the comments.

 

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