The light bulb is more than just an appliance; it's a powerful symbol of great ideas, strokes of genius and inspiration. But after nearly 150 years of incandescent bulbs, not much has changed. However, smart light bulbs are enabling the fixture to once again live up to its symbolic status.
At their core, smart bulbs rely on LED technology to provide an efficient, eco-friendly alternative to their incandescent cousins, often clocking in at about 48,000 more hours of life.1 Once you pair your smart bulb with a companion app, you can instantly control the lighting from anywhere in the US where you have Wi-Fi or network coverage; dim and re-color the glow; stream music; or snap photos. Here are a few smart bulbs that don't just light up the room – they illuminate your world.
Wake up with Belkin
The Belkin Smart LED Bulb* crystallizes the smart bulb experience. It minimizes your power bill with its 10 watts of energy usage (traditional bulbs use 60 watts) and can go without replacement for up to 23 years**. But the real revelations come when you sync your bulb with the free WeMo app. You can control the light from anywhere there's Wi-Fi; make sure your kids always come home from school to a warmly lit kitchen or make your house look lived-in even when you're halfway across the country. If you're big on routine, you can program single bulbs or groups to operate on a regular schedule. The Belkin Smart LED Bulb even dims gradually during the evening and gently comes back to life as the sun rises, offering you peaceful sleep.
A different kind of pulsing light
In a smart home, everything is connected, and nothing does just one thing. Because people are creatures of both light and sound, the Sengled Pulse Bluetooth Speaker System combines two essential household staples into one intuitive device: After you twist the Pulse into its socket, it warms up your eyes as well as your ears – rich tunes flow from any Bluetooth-enabled device through the Pulse, powered by an ample, 13-watt JBL speaker that's built right into the bulb's housing. Transform cleaning into a musical experience as up to eight Pulse speakers work in unison*** to create an immersive stereo soundscape that follows you from the bedroom to the laundry room. And the sound flows easily, so you won't need wires or power cords to get going – just a few twists will do the job.
Enhance your ambiance
Lights are more than just a utility. They affect everything from our mood to our ability to focus. That's why the Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance**** smart bulb paints your home's visual landscape with up to 16 million colors. Cast red, white and blue lights at your next Fourth of July party, or sync your living room's color scheme to accent your favorite movies, TV shows and video games. The Philips Hue bulb takes immersion to a whole new level. The bulb is compatible with Apple HomeKit and the Nest Learning Thermostat, and it can mimic the visual vibe of any color you can pull up on your smart device with just a tap. Hosting holiday parties will never be the same.
Smart bulb, smarter security
Smart bulbs keep our homes bright and our music loud, but they can also help keep us safe. When you have an all-weather+ Sengled Snap HD Camera in an indoor or outdoor socket, you have eyes on the homefront from anywhere you can reliably get online. Don't be fooled by the name; the Snap HD is much more than just a camera. It's a camera-smart bulb hybrid that works with your Android or iOS device to serve as an HD video monitor. When you're jetting on a Wi-Fi-enabled plane over the Pacific, you'll still see exactly what's going on in your garage, thanks to the Snap's built-in motion sensor. And if you need photo evidence of that house party your kids promised they wouldn't throw, just save the Snap's pics or videos right to the cloud.++
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*Works with the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set (sold separately).
**Based on 3 hours of daily usage.
***Individual Pulse bulbs work in unison up to 100 feet apart.
****The Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 Single Bulb requires a Philips Hue Bridge.
+Operating Temp: -20° ~~ +40 C°.
++Snap cloud storage plans are available from the manufacturer.
1. Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine: Saving Energy with Smart Lighting: http://www.csemag.com/single-article/saving-energy-with-smart-lighting/77adf087c3cf84e8f67727667712bc26.html