Everything is smart these days. Smart phones, smart homes, smart cars. This week, Samsung unveiled another ‘smart’ thing: a smart LED light bulb, called simply Smart Bulb.
The idea behind the smart bulb is that this is a light bulb that can be controlled from an app on your phone or tablet. A connection to up to 64 bulbs is made via Bluetooth, and then you’re able to control these individually or en masse. Most previous smart bulbs have required a Wi-Fi connection with a router in the middle; using Bluetooth is simpler and cheaper.
The bulb is able to dim to 10% brightness, and can provide light from a warm 2700K to a cool 6500K. Each bulb has a life expectancy of 15,000 hours, or about 10 years.
It’s also possible to automate the control of the bulbs using a third-party ZigBee Bluetooth hub, allowing automatic turning on and off of lights to match your schedule or to make your home appear occupied while you’re out, deterring would-be thieves.
The Samsung Smart Bulb is expected to cost around $30 (£18), although final UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. That means it’s quite possible to outfit a room or an entire house without incredible expense.
For more information on the Samsung Smart Bulb or to place your pre-order, visit the product page linked below:
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